GeekSpeak for 2011-10-29

Desalinate 7 Billion Brain Simulations

Mike Rodkin, former Mayor of Santa Cruz, will join us for a discussion on Santa Cruz water issues. Is a high-price desalination plant a good solution?

Microsoft Antitrust Decree Expires

For more than a decade, Microsoft (NSDQ:MSFT) lived under constraints of a consent decree with the U.S. government that, essentially, led the company to allow for “unbundling” of its Web browsing software from its flagship Windows operating system.

The final remnants of that decree lapsed earlier this year, and now Microsoft is wasting little time in returning to its past strategy: A pre-release version of Windows 8 shows an OS that is deeply intertwined with Internet Explorer 10

Jaguar recalls 18,000 cars over cruise control software fault

Jaguar has recalled nearly 18,000 X-type cars after it discovered a major software fault, which meant drivers might not be able to turn off cruise control.

The problem lies with engine management control software developed in-house by Jaguar. The problematic software is only installed on diesel engine X-Types, which were all produced between 2006 and 2010.

7 Billion People on Earth Today

We live in a world of 7 billion people, living in seven continents and more than 200 countries. Though family size (fertility) continues to decline in most places, our numbers are projected to rise for years to come. This dashboard allows you to take a closer look at the world population in 2011 and beyond: Check out populations by region or country. Look at the proportion of young and old. See what various paths the future population growth may take.

IBM Simulates Brains

“Supercomputers can store more information than the human brain and can calculate a single equation faster, but even the biggest, fastest supercomputers in the world cannot match the overall processing power of the brain. And they are nowhere near as compact or energy efficient.”

Facebook sees 600,000 compromised logins per day

“Facebook has released a statistic showing that fewer than one-tenth of one percent of logins into the social network are compromised. But since more than 1 billion Facebook logins occur each day, that could add up to 600,000 breaches every 24 hours.”

Blue Coat Acknowledges Syria Used Its Gear for Censorship

“A U.S. company that makes Internet-blocking gear acknowledges that Syria has been using at least 13 of its devices to censor Web activity there—an admission that comes as the Syrian government cracks down on its citizens and silences their online activities.”

Justin Bieber: streaming bill author should be "locked up"

“Justin Bieber has condemned legislation to make unauthorized streaming a felony punishable by five years in prison, calling it ‘ridiculous.’ In a Thursday interview with a Washington, DC, radio station, he said that the legislation’s sponsor, Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), should be ‘locked up—put away in cuffs.’”


! Mike Rodkin

Starting in 1979 Mike has serviced six terms as a Santa Cruz City Council member and has been a council Santa Cruz Mayor five times. Mike is also a lecture and Director of Filed Studies in Community Studies at UCSC. Mike was formally against the Santa Cruz Desalination Project and is now in support of desalination.

For more information, go to the [SCWD|http://www.scwd.com/]’s web site, SCWD.com.

! Other Perspectives

Though I (Lyle) think Mike’s take on Santa Cruz going to desalination makes sense there are others who think there are [Alternatives to Desalination| http://desalalternatives.org/], take a look for more info.