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.
Firefox 3 downloads have topped 18 million earlier today and it appears that Mozilla has picked up market share from Microsoft, but it is hardly the windfall many would have expected. According to Net Applications, Firefox is up about 0.8 points and has the 20% mark in reach.
Feature - Have you ever wondered what could have been, if New Orleans and the
federal government had been prepared for a devastating Hurricane such
as Katrina? How many lives, structures and businesses could have been
saved? Where do you put your money to build up a region’s defense
against the next natural disaster? These are the questions scientists
from the Mid-America Earthquake Center (MAE) are trying to answer in
order to prepare local, regional and federal governments for a
destructive earthquake that will hit the Midwest sooner or later.
High fuel prices seem to be adversely affecting American driving
habits, according to a new report by the Federal Highway
Administration. The report says Americans drove 30 billion fewer miles
since last November. This is approximately a 1% decline over the same
time period in previous years, but this is significant because total
mileage usually rises one to two percent a year.
Boeing has hit a critical milestone on the way to getting its 787
Dreamliner up in the air. The company today said that it has powered on
the first 787, preparing the plane for a complex series of tasks and
tests that bring electrical power onto the airplane and begin to
exercise the use of the electrical systems. The first flight remains on
scheduled for later this year.
Are you sick of your life? I mean really really
sick of it? Well, starting on June 22 you’ll be able to bid on another
life – that of Ian Usher in Perth Australia. Usher is auctioning his
entire life, possessions, job and even his friends to the highest
bidder on eBay. He hopes to raise $500,000 to fund a new life which he
says will include quite a bit of traveling (for $500K it better).
Researchers from Purdue University claim they are getting closer to
develop a much more efficient cooling system that the traditional
heatsink-fan design used in many computers today. Suresh Garimella and
Eckhard Groll say they can miniaturize traditional refrigerator designs
to become small enough to fit in desktop computers or even notebooks.
Analysis – Calling the iPhone a cellphone isn’t fair. We here at TG
Daily actually believe that it is the prototype of Intel’s mobile
Internet device (MID) category that happens to be about 3 years ahead
of its time. And, if you think about it, pricing this MID at $199 means
that the iPhone 3G is a real bargain – in any way you look at it. In
fact, it is such a bargain that some were wondering how Apple could
make money on this device. But look a bit closer and you notice
strategic tweaks that are likely to turn the iPhone into a gold mine
for Apple, much more than it was the case with the first-gen iPhone.
Santa Clara (CA) – Free webmail services are great, but it can be hell getting the name you want. Yahoo currently has 260 million users and new users often have to resort to convoluted names like firstname.lastname@example.org, but starting today you’ll be able to get addresses ending in @ymail.com and @rocketmail.com.
The new email addresses work the same as the regular @yahoo.com addresses so hurry up and be the first ones to grab email@example.com (oops that’s already taken).