Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Suki's Morning Links

Good Morning World!
Google's new thingie coming under geek criticism:

CNET identifies a central obstacle Buzz will have to overcome to gain traction: "The problem, however, will be the increasing backlash Google is seeing from the general public over how much data the company already controls on their online habits."
Sorry, there is no freaking way that is a general public backlash.  It is a geek, but in the know geek, objection.  Most don't give a care or they are unaware.
PC World coverage

I'm typing this on a netbook with no hard drive, not using a chip from Intel or AMD, and powered by AA batteries. Eight rechargeable AAs, to be precise, in a bank of cells right where a Li-Ion battery would sit in a conventional laptop. The batteries charge in place, too (regulation prevents overcharging) meaning that the power cord is a simple three-prong-to-cloverleaf cord, no wall-wart required. It's the EduBookfrom Xcore (see that page for some photos of the internals, too), and it's a cool concept. Despite some warts, it's one of the most interesting things I ran into on the CES show floor last month (Xcore's Michael Barnes kindly supplied the laptop, straight from the display case). Read on for my review

Water on Enceladus
"Scientists working on the Cassini space mission have found negatively charged water ions in the ice plume of Enceladus. Their findings, based on analysis from data taken in plume fly-throughs in 2008 and reported in the journal Icarus, provide evidence for the presence of liquid water, which suggests the ingredients for life inside the icy moon. The Cassini plasma spectrometer, used to gather this data, also found other species of negatively charged ions including hydrocarbons."

Amazon has acquired Touchco, a start-up company developed by NYU's Media Research Lab that specializes in touch screen technology, hinting that a touch-screen Kindle e-reader may be in the works. Neither side has disclosed the terms of the deal.
Touchco uses a technology known as "Force Sensitive Resistance" that has been in place since 1979, said Ken Perlin, NYU professor of computer science and co-founder of Touchco.
The technology allows "variations in pressure on a thin-sheet material to be converted into varying electrical conductance," Perlin said. The Touchco team developed a method, known as Interpolating Force Sensitive Resistance, that can distinguish between the different pressures recorded.

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