The American citizens today exercised their constitutionally guaranteed right of holding free and open elections to choose their representative leadership. In what's shaping up to be a staggering defeat for Republican Presidential candidate John McCain, at about 11:37pm on Tuesday, November 4, 2008, it was announced on several major news networks that Democratic Presidential candidate Barack Obama had the statistical advantage and would become President-elect. If true, he will be sworn in on January 20, 2009 - marking the end of a constitutionally limited two terms in office for the former President, George W. Bush.
AT&T is using Reno, Nevada, area as a testing ground for a
bandwidth cap experiment, with another market scheduled to be added
before end of the year. AT&T will limit the monthly bandwidth to up
to 150GB. The cap will apply to new users and existing users will be
automatically put into the scheme if they exceed 150 GB within a month,
regardless of their connection plan. Subscribers will be able to track
their data usage in real-time on the web and will get a call from
AT&T if they reach 80% of their set limit. Users who exceed the 150
GB bandwidth limit will pay extra.
Michael Dell has recently begun a new career, in acting. Dell and his
wife, Susan, make a rather brief appearance in a film titled “The Sno
Cone Stand,Inc.” In the film, they play themselves – in a role of big
investors who have decided to place their funds in the hands of Miller
Stinch Financial. Neither of the Dell’s have a speaking role in the
Research engineers and physicists at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have developed a method to measure how varying degrees of strain affect electronic structures in silicon, which in turn affect performance. The new model reveals just how much performance potential remains in this already strained industry.
Using fully stock production gasoline engine powered vehicles, with engine modifications limited only to changes in fuel mixture and ignition timing, Shell Oil Company served host to an open competition in automobile efficiency. The fruit of their forum was sweet indeed as a two-door, full-sized production car was able to drive off with the prize by achieving 376.59 miles in normal driving conditions using a single gallon of fuel. A more heavily modified vehicle was able to achieve over 1140 miles on a single gallon of fuel. Results like these are truly astounding and beg the question: Are we really getting all we can in efficiency from auto makers?
Scientists at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have found a way to
trap more than nine out of ten photons hitting a solar panel: A new
anti-reflective coating for solar panels could not only send mechanisms
that adjust the angle of solar panels to the sun into retirement, but
also hold the promise to come up with much more efficient solar panels
than those available today.
Microsoft released another edition of its Microsoft Security
Intelligence Report (MSIR), one of the most comprehensive reports on
current global malware trends. Microsoft’s analysts point out the
overall malware removal rate on PCs climbed by 43% over H2 2007, which,
however, may not be entirely bad news, and that users, who are looking
for more secure computing environments, should stick with Vista and a
64-bit version of the operating system.
Mozilla had a big month as Firefox is closing in on the 20% market
share mark. Microsoft’s Internet Explorer continues to lose share.
The global x86 processor market showed strength in the third quarter of
this year, posting 15.8% growth in terms of unit shipments. The big
winner of the quarter was Intel’s Atom processor, market research firm
Researchers at Eindhoven University of Technology claim to have crack
the “Internet security of the future” – the McEliece cryptosystem,
which is considered to be a candidate to safeguard Internet data
traffic when quantum computers arrive.
If you have a pacemaker or defibrillators you may want to rethink the
use of headphones of your MP3 player. Scientists now claim that MP3
player headphones can have a “potentially dangerous” impact on
implanted medical devices.
A documentary film broadcast on Britain's Channel 4 in March, 2007 entitled "The Great Global Warming Swindle," reports a very different take on global warming than is being widely reported here in the United States. Graphs depicting data gathered by independent research scientists show that in every instance of recorded temperature change, there is a direct corresponding change in the sun's intensity. When solar activity goes up the Earth warms up. When it goes down the Earth cools. Are we being misled as to the true nature of global warming? And cooling? Is this merely a political ploy? These scientists provide evidence that may be the case.