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Tuesday,  11/11/08  07:19 PM

The Ole filter makes a pass, from Rio de Janeiro, still with very little sleep...

Slate says don't count Matt Drudge out.  Okay, I won't.  In fact, I wouldn't think of it; although I rarely visit, I am subscribed to their feed and it is one of my best sources of breaking news...

BusinessWeek ran an interesting article about Reid Hoffman, CEO and founder of LinkedIn and my old colleague at PayPal.  Not only is LinkedIn a major player in the valley (with so many layoffs, a lot of people will be looking to use it to network their way into their next job), Reid is a prolific angel investor and is involved with a lot of Web 2.0 startups.  He must be one busy guy, but then he always was anyway...

breast MRIThis is pretty amazing: New MRI screening technique differentiates malignant breast tumors.  "Latest results from researchers at Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) in Portland demonstrate that 'shutter-speed' computer analysis can distinguish malignant from benign tumors 100 percent of the time in breast cancer screening, a method likely to reduce or eliminate unnecessary biopsies. Their findings are published in the current issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences."  100%?  Wow.  That is amazing.

Triton, a Kuiper Belt object...Here we have the five strangest Kuiper Belt objects.  They are all strange - the whole Kuiper Belt itself is pretty weird - but these are especially interesting.  And you probably wouldn't have expected it but Pluto is one of them :)  The one that threw me for a loop was...  Triton!  Neptune's large and weird moon is really another Pluto, captured by Nepture's gravitational field.  It doesn't even rotate the right way around its planet...

task manager with 256 processorsCheck out this Task Manager picture, of an HP SuperDome64 Itanium, Dual Core, HyperThreaded = 256 Logical Processors.  Wow, how cool is that?

Speaking of parallel processing, Parallels 4.0 is supposedly 50% faster than the previous version.  This is of course a virtualization solution which allows Windows to run on a Mac under OS X.  I like Parallels better than VMWare but I have to admit, it wasn't as fast, so I can't wait to try the new version!

"I'm a new Mac"Want to upgrade your Mac?  No problem!

Global Warming update: Snow arrives early at Snowbird.  I know specific examples don't prove anything, this could be an insignificant outlier, but I still think it's fun.  When the shoe is on the other foot the media are all over it...

The New Yorker has a new online Digital Reader; I have just started experimenting with it.  It is free to all print subscribers, and provides access to all their archives as well as all the material of their current issue.  A pretty ballsy and cool thing they did...  [ via Jason Kottke, who loves it but does say "Sadly, the actual reading interface is the worst part of the DR." ]

Going back to how the Kindle really rocks, the most rocking thing about it is that the reading interface is excellent.  Brings to mind the comment of Steve Jobs when introducing the iPhone: "the killer app for a phone is making phone calls".  :)

New Yorker Digital Reader

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