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February 18, 2009

LOTD for February 18

Filed under: Uncategorized — gokamoto @ 6:11 pm

As a former professor, this study was very interesting to me…students who watched a podcast actually scored better (a whole letter grade better!) on a test than students who attended the lecture!
http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn16624-itunes-university-better-than-the-real-thing.html?DCMP=OTC-rss&nsref=online-news

Iran will apparently be able to have nuclear weapons in a year, so they are extremely worried that Israel will target their facilities for bombing within the next year. Iran is trying to get advanced anti-aircraft missiles from Russia, but so far the Russian government hasn’t ratified the sale:
http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1233304807169&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull

UCLA professors tried to figure out where Bin Laden is hiding (they narrowed it down to 3 buildings!), but their assumptions seem to make their prediction quite suspect:
http://blog.wired.com/defense/2009/02/bin-ladens-loca.html

US Customs and Border Protection is starting to use UAVs to patrol the US/Canada border:
http://hsdailywire.com/single.php?id=7447

The Air Force is cutting off the Internet connections to bases that don’t comply with strict network security rules:
http://blog.wired.com/defense/2009/02/air-force-cuts.html

Japan’s huge new H-2B rocket is expected to bring 6 tons of supplies per year to the space station as well as launch commercial satellites:
http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5iizdmJEmUI7HQemfymWD4FAupfGQ

The US passed Germany last year to become #1 for wind power generation, and the wind power industry is responsible for 85,000 jobs in the US:
http://www.rdmag.com/ShowPR.aspx?PUBCODE=014&ACCT=1400000100&ISSUE=0902&RELTYPE=PR&ORIGRELTYPE=EDNT&PRODCODE=00000000&PRODLETT=B&CommonCount=0

Study found that ethanol plants are risky and do not provide much of a boost to local economies. The drop in gas prices but lack of drop in corn prices put a lot of ethanol plants in bankruptcy:
http://news.illinois.edu/news/09/0216ethanol.html

Verizon’s CTO revealed that they have selected Alcatel-Lucent and Ericsson as their LTE hardware vendors, and discussed Verizon’s plans for LTE:
http://www.fiercewireless.com/story/embargoed-verizons-richard-lynch-reveals-lte-equipment-vendors/2009-02-15?utm_medium=nl&utm_source=internal&cmp-id=EMC-NL-FW&dest=FW

Nortel and Motorola were the biggest losers in the LTE selection process by Verizon, with doubts now on their wireless hardware futures:
http://www.fiercewireless.com/story/ericsson-ala-lu-are-big-winners-what-about-losers/2009-02-18?utm_medium=nl&utm_source=internal&cmp-id=EMC-NL-FW&dest=FW

Google had more than 1 million people sign up for their Latitude service in itse first week!
http://www.fiercemobilecontent.com/story/google-more-million-latitude-users-first-week/2009-02-18?utm_medium=nl&utm_source=internal&cmp-id=EMC-NL-FW&dest=FMC

Woman is suing Microsoft over being forced to pay to downgrade to XP:
http://weblog.infoworld.com/robertxcringely/archives/2009/02/microsoft_downg.html?source=NLC-DAILY&cgd=2009-02-18

Five major newspapers in New York and New Jersey signed an agreement to share content:
http://www.mediaweek.com/mw/content_display/news/magazines-newspapers/e3i81e87508e923955f86d74875adcfd295

California residents can get a free $2 Subway gift card by going to:
http://www.subway.com/california

Going by vacancy rates, Las Vegas is the emptiest city in the US, with Detroit #2:
http://www.forbes.com/2009/02/12/cities-ten-top-lifestyle-real-estate_0212_cities.html

Woman saw a man breaking into a co-worker’s car, chased him down, and gave him a wedgie to subdue him until the police came:
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/29242028/

Apple has rejected the South Park iPhone Application:
http://www.boingboing.net/2009/02/17/south-park-iphone-ap.html

First-time home buyers get a $8000 tax credit (not a deduction, this is a credit!) if they buy a home before December 1 of this year…and that $8000 does not need to be paid back!
http://www.realtor.org/wps/wcm/connect/b32db1004d05f6338052c5fd73e5610f/government_affairs_tax_credit_chart_021308.pdf?MOD=AJPERES&CACHEID=b32db1004d05f6338052c5fd73e5610f

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