PHYSORG has a noteworthy article [Link] on whether one should buy an iPhone. I was especially taken by one statement:
Maybe, but using it mainly as a phone seems like a waste.
Apparently the iPhone is not a very useful nor cost efficient phone. In fact, the only folks that the articles suggests should purchase the beast are streaming video and fashion addicts.
In other words, sort of a pacifier for the chronologically adult but mentally immature.
Meanwhile the Yankee government’s Federal Trade Commission has issued a report urging the congress critters and furniture lords to proceed cautiously on the matter of network neutrality. [Link] What this appears to mean is that the situation with network neutrality is too complex for their analysts to make any headway on. At least we hope it is that and not an exercise of them washing their hands over the two warring sides of corporate interests in the matter. Surely we cannot expect any agency of the Yankee government to consider the welfare of the citizenry?
Nonetheless this is welcome news after all the trumpeting of the increasing totalitarianism of government, especially that in the Yankee republic.
On a somewhat more interesting note, there is announcement [Link] that a beta version of Google Desktop for Linux is being released. While I have to admit to having only recently come to Linux and am still learning, I have to admit to no great emotion here. Linux is already fairly well fleshed out with calendars and RSS aggregators and the like. What does this offer?
I also have to admit to having seen a demonstration of Google Desktop for the PC. Luckily I had brought a book along and had something to occupy my attention from the presentation of non-features. But maybe there is more to the Linux version?
And in an improvement over this effort by Google we see a report that Australian zoologists at U Adelaide are extracting thylacine DNA from stercus. [Link] For those who don’t recall, thylacine is not a biochemical, as one might expect, but rather a variety of marsupial carnivore, the so-called “Tasmanian tiger” that was last observed in the wild in 1918 and in captivity in 1936.
If the DNA is indeed that of the tyger then this will indicate their continued existence into the 1960’s and hence offer some hope for a few still surviving in the wild.
We expect an announcement from the Alabama Polytechnic Institute – aka Auburn U – that they will undertake a cloning effort.
And for those who mumble that DNA has nothing to do with IT? You need to think on it before you engage your vocal cords.
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