Archive for May 5, 2008

Chronicles Of Depression 2.0: #083

May 5, 2008

Oil passes $120, gas prices slip more than a cent

NEW YORK (AP) – Oil futures surged to a new record over $120 a barrel Monday, raising concerns about higher prices for gasoline and goods and services throughout the economy. Retail gas prices fell more than a cent over the weekend, but oil’s advance increased the likelihood that pump prices would resume their climb.

Supply threats that emerged overseas and a weaker dollar sent light, sweet crude for June delivery to a new trading record of $120.36 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange before futures retreated slightly to settle up $3.65 at a record $119.97.

Emphasis added by me.

Greed added by the speculators.

Pandemic: Who Lives, Who Dies?

May 5, 2008

Who should MDs let die in a pandemic? Report offers answers

Doctors know some patients needing lifesaving care won’t get it in a flu pandemic or other disaster. The gut-wrenching dilemma will be deciding who to let die.

Those who go are:

People older than 85.

Those with severe trauma, which could include critical injuries from car crashes and shootings.

Severely burned patients older than 60.

Those with severe mental impairment, which could include advanced Alzheimer’s disease.

Those with a severe chronic disease, such as advanced heart failure, lung disease or poorly controlled diabetes.

Why is this important?

The end of the article:

“You never know,” Devereaux said. “SARS took a lot of folks by surprise. We didn’t even know it existed.”

iPhone Conquers Net, China Conquers iPhone

May 5, 2008

AP launches news service geared for iPhone

The Associated Press and more than 100 of its member newspapers are launching a service Monday that will make news stories available on Apple Inc.’s iPhone and other mobile devices.

AP had announced the Mobile News Network at its annual meeting April 14 in Washington. AP’s president and chief executive, Tom Curley, said then that six newspaper companies were working to help develop the new service.

Paul Caluori, director of client content services for AP, said the service now has 107 newspapers participating, up from 18 at the time of the announcement. The papers include The Miami Herald, the San Francisco Chronicle and the St. Paul (Minn.) Pioneer Press.

Yeah … “other mobile devices.” But which one gets the headline?

So, iPhone slowly reshapes the Internet.

But then China comes along to reshape the iPhone!

Apple Includes Chinese Handwriting Recognition in iPhone 2.0 Beta

Apple has quietly included handwriting recognition for Chinese (Traditional and Simplified) into the latest iPhone Firmware 2.0 beta. When you select Chinese input, you are given the option to use handwriting recognition allowing you to draw characters on the screen with your finger. As you write the character, four possibilities appear on the right side of the screen.

Really, English can’t be far behind.

Neanderthal Die Off Explained

May 5, 2008

Neanderthals were separate species, new study finds

Yeah, blah blah blah.

But this photo with that article explains it in one:


Veoh: The Janitor

May 5, 2008

Busy with other things. Amuse and amaze yourselves with this animation.

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