GeekSpeak for 2009-04-25

Exoplanetary Bluetooth Burkas

The Geeks discuss news, and take calls, using the burka analogy more than once.

Lightest Exoplanet Yet Discovered

Well-known exoplanet researcher Michel Mayor today announced the discovery of the lightest exoplanet found so far. The planet, ā€œeā€, in the famous system Gliese 581, is only about twice the mass of our Earth. The team also refined the orbit of the planet Gliese 581 d, first discovered in 2007, placing it well within the habitable zone, where liquid water oceans could exist. These amazing discoveries are the outcome of more than four years of observations using the most successful low-mass-exoplanet hunter in the world, the HARPS spectrograph attached to the 3.6-metre ESO telescope at La Silla, Chile.

Bionic Penguins!

Using their flippers, the mechanical penguins can paddle through water just like real ones, while larger helium-filled designs can “swim” through the air. The penguins are on show at the Hannover Messe Trade Exhibition in Germany.

Windows XP Mode unveiled for Windows 7

Running Windows 7 when it comes out just got even more appealing. You can still have your Windows XP OS, running Virtually as a complete OS using Microsoft’s Virtual PC technology. it’s free too!

FBI Used Spyware to Catch a Cable-Cutter

The FBI used spyware to catch a Massachusetts man who tried to extort money from Verizon Communications Inc. and Comcast Corp. by cutting 18 cables carrying voice and data in 2005, documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act by revealed yesterday.

Gamefly mad at USPS for poor handling of DVDs and CD

Gamefly has filed a complaint against the US Postal Service for poor handling of it’s mail, leading to excessive breaking of CDs, while competitors get preferential treatment of their mail.

Ubuntu 9.04 is out

The Ubuntu 9.04 Linux distribution is officially released. Enjoy faster booting (reports of 25 second boot times or better if you have SSD drive), better 3D graphics driver support, updated version of GNOME desktop. If you are new to Linux, this is a great one to try out.

'Fraction cells' found in human brain

I knew it! We’re hard-wired for math.

Verizon opens their catalog to user reviews

Discusses some possible metrics to decide if comments for your products make good sense.

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[Book a Book|] is a book sharing service similar to the idea of a library, but without the library of course. Also (contrary to the on-air description) it allows authors and readers to give each other feedback on unpublished manuscripts.