Harvard Physicist Sets Record Straight on Internet Carbon Study – TechNewsWorld
A story in the Sunday Times of London sent Google’s public relations machine into an advanced search for answers. The Times reporters wrote about a new Harvard study that examines the energy impact of Web searches. The story’s lead paragraph: “Performing two Google searches from a desktop computer can generate about the same amount of carbon dioxide as boiling a kettle for a cup of tea, according to new research.” One problem: the study’s author, Harvard University physicist Alex Wissner-Gross, says he never mentions Google in the study. “For some reason, in their story on the study, the Times had an ax to grind with Google,” Wissner-Gross told TechNewsWorld. “Our work has nothing to do with Google. Our focus was exclusively on the Web overall, and we found that it takes on average about 20 milligrams of CO2 per second to visit a Web site.”
Tor anonymous network now has zero known bugs – Heise Online
The developers of Tor the internet anonymisation system, have announced that thanks to a Coverity analysis, they have removed a number of bugs and vulnerabilities. Coverity perform source code analysis of C, C++ and Java and in September 2008, found 171 problems in the Tor code base. By December 2008, the Tor developers had got the count down to 15 issues, and have now managed to reduce the bug count to 0. In announcing that they were Down to 0 issues on Coverity Scan, the developers said that using Coverity’s free of charge programme for scanning open source software for vulnerabilities had identified many issues which were “just sloppiness in our unit tests’ error handling”, but that number of the discovered issues were real bugs. This included some which could have caused crashing issues that usually would have been hard to debug.
Mandel out of hospital, ‘doing fine’: Mom – Canwest News Service
Canadian comic Howie Mandel, who was admitted to hospital Monday night after fainting, has been released, his mother said Tuesday. “He’s doing fine,” said Evy Mandel from her hotel room in downtown Toronto. The 53-year-old was admitted to St. Michael’s Hospital overnight for observation, but Mandel said her son was released Tuesday morning.
Hulu yanks hit episodes of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia – pressdemocrat
What would Charlie do if deprived of something he really, really wanted? Well, my guess is the cranky little character from the show It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia would freak out like many users of Hulu.com are doing. On Friday, Hulu.com yanked all but 5 episodes of the popular show, which is produced by the FX Network. Response from fans was immediate, and near hysterical: “I’m cutting myself right now, it’s your fault Hulu,” wrote one user. Another wrote: “I’m gonna throw up.”
Yahoo to Name Bartz as CEO – Wall Street Journal
Yahoo Inc. is expected to announce that Carol Bartz, former chief executive of software company Autodesk Inc., has accepted an offer to become the Internet company’s next CEO, according to people familiar with the situation. A spokesman for Yahoo, Sunnyvale, Calif., declined to comment. Ms. Bartz could not be reached for immediate comment.
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