Random Links

Some random links from my wanderings across the interweb:

  • SeaMonkey 1.0 Released – The first release of the successor to Mozilla was released this week. If you want an all in one browser suite, here it is.
  • Sonofusion Achieved – Whoa. A team of scientists has achieved nuclear fusion using oscillating sound waves to compress bubbles with intense pressure and heat. That’s cool.
  • Lawsuit Forces MS-Office Users To Upgrade – A lawsuit between Microsoft and an inventor has led to a forced upgrade for Office 2003 and Office XP users.
  • Bigger than Pluto – 2003 UB313, the distant Kuiper Belt Object announced last year as a possible tenth planet, is bigger than Pluto by about 700 kilometers.
  • HIPAA Worse Than The Disease – Here’s a good analysis of HIPAA and how it encourages Luddism among the medical community.
  • Sybase ASE Express for Linux – Free. Seems like all the big database vendors are offering up free versions of their products these days. DB2, Oracle, SQL Server are all available for free now. Guess they’re all feeling the heat from MySQL.
  • The Dakota Diaspora – North Dakota is becoming a ghost land, full of abandoned towns and farmland. Large quantities of the state meet the nineteenth century definition of frontier, and portions of the state qualify as wilderness.
  • IBM Pumps Up National Geographic’s Genographic Project – IBM is providing collection tools, data warehousing, analysis for this monumental study of humanity’s genographic diversity. And over 10,000 IBM employees submitted their DNA to the study. That’s cool.