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Texting While Driving, No Big Deal?

posted Sunday Jan 31, 2010 by Kyria Gianos

Texting While Driving, No Big Deal?

Texting while driving seems to be a controversial subject in the United States, and actually all over the world. We've all seen that horrific video released on YouTube with the gruesome reality of what can happen while texting, but according to a new study, banning the use of cell phones and other hand-held devices has NOT reduced the number of accidents in at least four states.

New York, California, Connecticut, and Washington D.C. all have laws restricting the use of cell phones while driving, but when compared to other states that do not have the ban, accident rates have remained the same. "The laws aren't reducing crashes," according to the president of the Highway Loss Data Institute, Adrian Lund. Even though cell phones have been known to increase the risk of an accident while operating a vehicle, the study did not agree.

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Google Gets Too Personal?

posted Saturday Jan 30, 2010 by Kyria Gianos

Google Gets Too Personal?

For years Google has been the leading search engine out there. Just type in a fragment of the information you're looking for and bam! Well, Google may be getting "too good" at searching the web. I know, it doesn't seem possible for a search engine to be "too good" but now that Google searches will include social networking sites, it may be a bit too personal.

In the last year, some select Google users were introduced to a new way of searching the Internet, which allows you to link your social profile to Google and then gives your friends the ability to view information linked to your social networking page before all other web results.

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Apple vs. Google With Microsoft In The Middle

posted Sunday Jan 24, 2010 by Jon Wurm

Apple vs. Google With Microsoft In The Middle

In 2007 Apple eagerly made a deal with Google to make them the default search provider for the iPhone. The reasoning was that Google's growing popularity could help boost the popularity of an iPhone. That does make sense and Google certainly has the most revered search engine and they would benefit from the extra ad exposure. It's too bad for Apple that Google has also spent the last few years encroaching on their domain. With the Nexus One Google has certainly done that.

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Pirates Pay the Price...Petty Compared to Previous $2 Million

posted Sunday Jan 24, 2010 by Kyria Gianos

Pirates Pay the Price...Petty Compared to Previous $2 Million

We all know someone who has downloaded music illegally before. Come on, you know you've done it. A few months ago, Jammie Thomas-Rasset was convicted of willful copyright infringement for illegally sharing music on the Internet. Because of the "crime," she was required to pay a whopping $2 million, that's more than $8,000 per song. Yes, it was only 24 songs!

Well, the chief judge for the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota, Michael Davis, has overturned the decision, slashing the fine to $54,000. While much less expensive than the original amount, it still comes out to an astounding $2,250 per song. That's a lot more than the iTunes price of $.99 per download! Davis went on to say that "the need for deterrence cannot justify a $2 million verdict for stealing and illegally distributing 24 songs for the sole purpose of obtaining free music."

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Microsoft's Don't Ask Don't Tell: Zero-Day Flaw

posted Sunday Jan 24, 2010 by Jon Wurm

Microsoft's Don't Ask Don't Tell: Zero-Day Flaw

By now you are well aware of the recent attacks on Google and others originating from inside Chinese borders. What you might not be aware of is that the Zero-Day Flaw that primarily effected Internet Explorer 6 and was used to exploit those companies didn't just spring up out of nowhere. Last September, Meron Sellen, a BugSec security researcher, reported the security vulnerability to Microsoft and they immediately realized the severity of the flaw but did not address the issue immediately and instead decided to include the fix in a cumulative update sometime next month. Microsoft stated,

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Rickets is Back (and not the Hippo)

posted Saturday Jan 23, 2010 by Scott Ertz

Rickets is Back (and not the Hippo)

I apologize for the Death to Smoochy reference, but I have been thinking about it since I read this report. Aside from the hippo, though, when was the last time you heard the term rickets? Maybe in health class? Or even history class? I can't recall for myself, but it must have been a long time ago and mostly in passing. It is a long-gone disease from Victorian England, right?

Apparently not. As a health class reminder, rickets is a bone softening issue, caused by a significant lack of Vitamin D and Calcium. Well, guess what - it's back, and we might be the reason. Vitamin D is introduced into the body through sunlight, which gamers traditionally do not get a lot of. Obviously, being here in Florida, we get enough sun for most of the rest of you, but those of you living in, say Tennessee, should probably spend some extra time outdoors, or at least take a multi-vitamin.

The British study that I eluded to at the top of this article, says:

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