By now you know that Bill Gates is taking a retirement of sorts and
will relinquish his daily duties at Microsoft. We’ve written a few articles
about his accomplishments, but I think it’s interesting to take a look
at his best and worst public moments to get a sense of how he’s evolved
personally. Sure, throughout the years, he looks a bit older and has a
bit more grey hair, but there’s definitely a positive change in public
personality. In mid to late 1990s, Gates was thought of as this cold,
calculating, Darkseid and Brainiac all rolled into one body, but in the
past few years he’s improved his image and morphed into the
likeable mega philanthropist. Thanks to the magic of the Internet and
YouTube, you can see this evolution in our list of the best and worst public moments of Bill Gates.
You wouldn’t expect the country of Hungary to be an automotive
powerhouse, but it strongly desires to be the green car capital of the
world. By 2012 Antro Solo want to produce a solar, human and
gas-electric hybrid vehicle that drives more than 150 miles per gallon
of gas. The Antro Solo is not only the most fuel efficient vehicle
currently thought of, but will also be extremely affordable, costing
consumers around $20,000.
ICANN today approved a plan that removes virtually all limits from URL
extensions, which are currently limited to 21 top level domains (257
including country codes). According to the plan, every extension, even
your name, a city or could be registered and free up an enormous range
of new Internet addresses.
Weighing less, consuming less power, made from recycled materials - these are the traits that many sustainable PCs advertise. But deciding upon a sustainable PC that is right for you can ultimately be a difficult decision. We have looked at a sample of three PCs described as sustainable - from Dell, Enano and Everex: Current green PC all boast many similar characteristics, but there are substantial differences in Green Computers and true green computers just aren’t yet available.
Birmingham City University officials say as
many as 1000 students worldwide are outsourcing their homework to coders in
India. The students attend or have attended universities and A-School
(Britain’s equivalent of the last two years of a US high school) and
outsourced homework as simple as a minor coding project to full-blown
post-graduate dissertations. Birmingham officials say students
sometimes paid as little as $10 for homework.
Occasionally, it is interesting to look beyond traditional computer
technology and it is especially interesting how much technology
innovation is happening in the eco-space. We recently came across this
faucet, which we consider the ultimate bathroom toy for geeks. It
recharges itself from the kinetic energy of water flow.
This one may give you chills. Scientist claim to have found a way to
predict whether a death row inmate will be executed or not with an
accuracy of 90%. They found a strong relation between certain profiles
of an inmate and the likelihood of execution. But it may not be the
profile you are thinking of.
Higher gas prices may drive consumers to look more seriously at hybrid
vehicles, but gas prices will have to rise substantially before you
will be able to save money on a per-mile-basis, Edmunds.com claims.
Ian Usher, the infamous Perth man who is trying
to sell his life on eBay, is having trouble with people placing false
bids. After the week-long auction started last Sunday, bidding
immediately exceeded $620,000, but Usher deleted several bids after he
discovered they were made in bad faith. Usher had planned on raising
between $450,000 to $500,000, but now he admits that he’s “beyond
worried at this point”.
It all began with Seti@Home more than nine years ago, when distributed
computing started to gain traction and took advantage of thousands of
client computers to analyze data and contribute to a results database.
Probably the most know distributed computing effort today is
Folding@Home and now we have Cels@Home, which is asking Internet users
to dedicate computer time to cancer research.
DuPont has developed its next generation of
bullet-resistant Kevlar fiber that’s stronger and lighter than previous
versions. Kevlar XP promises to stop .44 Magnum rounds in the first
two to three layers of an eleven layer vest, according to DuPont and
independent lab tests. While that’s impressive, DuPont says it can do
this with 10 percent less weight and 15 percent less backface
deformation which directly translates into less blunt force trauma to
vest wearers. While 10% less weight may not sound like much, police
officers and soldiers are grateful for a lighter vest, especially when
they have to wear tens or even hundreds of pounds of extra gear.
Senator John McCain, the presumptive Republican presidential
candidate, has proposed a $300 million prize for anyone who can build
an ultra-efficient car battery. At a town hall meeting at Fresno State
University, McCain said the new battery would reduce the nation’s
dependence on foreign oil. He also proposed giving tax credits to
buyers of efficient vehicles.