I always see many more interesting things on the Internet than I can post about but here are some things worth looking at from the many links I have saved in recent months:
- How the internet is changing language
Online, English has become a common language for users from around the world. In the process, the language itself is changing—BBC
- Closing the Internet Divide
At AllThingsD, Patrick Lo, Chairman and CEO of Netgear writes about the divide between the digital “haves” and “have-nots”
- Compromised Windows PCs bought in China pose risk to U.S.
Bogus copies of Microsoft’s operating system oftentimes end up as zombies within botnets and spread spam and malware beyond borders—CSOonline
- The Secret Printer Companies Are Keeping From You
Until recently, you could buy a new printer for the cost of replacement ink. It’s obvious that the printers were the loss leaders for the ink business. In reality, these are not printer companies, these are ink companies.
Now, to prevent people from buying a new printer for the price of a refill kit, companies have replaced the full cartridge sets with a sort of starter kit. The user needs to buy a second set of ink almost immediately.
Printer ink companies are also monopolizing ink cartridges for as long as they can. This means there are all sorts of different sizes and shapes of the cartridges themselves. I challenge anyone with an inkjet printer to find their ink at an Office Depot. The ink aisle is a mile long and there are hundreds of cartridges to choose from, each one compatible with a very narrow line of printers—John Dvorak at PCMag
- I.B.M. Looks Ahead to a Sensor Revolution and Cognitive Computers
Touch technologies may mean that tomorrow’s smartphones and tablets will be gateways to a tactile world. Haptics feedback techniques, infrared and pressure-sensitive technologies, I.B.M. researchers predict, will enable a user to brush a finger over the screen and feel the simulated touch of a fabric, its texture and weave. The feel of objects can be translated into unique vibration patterns, as if the tactile version of fingerprints or voice patterns. The resulting vibration patterns will simulate a different feel, for example, of fabrics like wool, cotton or silk.—Steve Lohr at the New York Times
- False Beliefs Persist, Even After Instant Online Corrections
It seems like a great idea: Provide instant corrections to web-surfers when they run across obviously false information on the Internet. But a new study suggests that this type of tool may not be a panacea for dispelling inaccurate beliefs, particularly among people who already want to believe the falsehood—ScienceDaily