Scientists who plagiarize papers or make up data are sort of like teachers who sleep with their students -- there's just no good excuse, but that doesn't keep the guilty parties from trying to plead their case with really dumb reasoning.
Also in today's links: using printers to create bones, Ecstasy to treat soldiers, and Facebook to get attention for elephant seals.
Given members' compulsive desire to collect online pals like living Pokemon, you could argue that social networks such as MySpace, Bebo and Hi5 are one big game unto themselves. But thanks to heavyweights like Electronic Arts and Wizards of the Coast, they're also rapidly becoming home to high-quality, innovative and multiplayer digital diversions.
Any sports fan that travels understands. The plane gets in 20 minutes before the kickoff, the first pitch, or the puck drop. The bar in the hotel doesn't have satellite and is playing reruns of Sex and the City. At the least, you want your game in HD. In a perfect world, you'll be surrounded by "your people," cloaked and clothed in the appropriate colors. A good plate of nachos would be the cherry on top. Fans, there may be an answer.
Find your friends five ways with these sleuthy Web services
By Eric MikaPosted 06.02.2008 at 1:35 pm 1 Comment
By now, even your toddler knows where and how to locate just about anything on the Web. But unless your friends are all dialed in to the same social network, a white-pages-style directory for finding actual people is often harder to come by. These five services aim to change that.
The social-networking site may have to give up the identities of some high school jokers who impersonated a dean online
By Gregory MonePosted 05.12.2008 at 1:38 pm 7 Comments
This probably seemed really funny until they heard about the court order.
A few anonymous Facebook users—most likely students—created a fake profile for the dean of Roncalli High School, a Catholic prep school in Indianapolis, then sent out messages and images from the account to other students. The profile has since been pulled down, but the dean sued Facebook to find out who created it.
Social-networking site's founder has been dogged by accusations he stole idea
By Gregory MonePosted 04.08.2008 at 9:31 am 1 Comment
The New York Timesreported yesterday that Facebook, the hugely successful social-networking site, is going to settle its disagreement with the founders of semi-rival ConnectU. The ConnectU founders all attended Harvard with Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg, and say that after they hired him to work on their idea for a kind of dating site called Harvard Connection, he stalled instead, and developed his own project while halting progress on theirs. According to ConnectU, Zuckerberg basically grabbed their idea and turned it into Facebook. Another ex-Harvard entrepreneur has made similar claims, but doesn't plan to sue.
By Gregory MonePosted 11.12.2007 at 3:38 pm 0 Comments
Time to get to work: A week after announcing its mobile applications platform, Google has launched a $10 million contest for developers that come up with the best mobile software in areas like social networking, media sharing, gaming, location-based services and news and information. The 50 most promising entries received by March 3 will each get a $25,000 award. During the next stage, these winners will be eligible for ten more prizes of $100,000, and another ten at $275,000. To keep track of developments, check the android blog here.—Gregory Mone