Gongol.com Archives: September 2010
Brian Gongol

September 13, 2010

Computers and the Internet Intel says it's introducing a chip with a billion transistors
The product merges a microprocessor and a graphics processor onto a single chip

Computers and the Internet "Google Instant is trying to kill me"
Inevitably, a lot of the things that we're still trying to accommodate and to which we're trying to adjust now -- like Google's new rapid-fire search engine, Facebook privacy issues, and hazards like texting while driving -- are going to look positively quaint in 25 years or so, just like we mock relics like the blocky graphics from the start of the computer animation age. But Charlie Brooker has a point: Sometimes we need to step away from instant gratification, just to ensure we're making the right choices. An all-you-can-eat buffet might look enticing, but it's hard to make a decision not to eat when it's right in front of you...even when that may be the right decision to make.

Health National study of 100,000 children from pre-birth to age 21 starts soon
It's a national study with 105 local locations, of which Polk County, Iowa, is one. They're trying to figure out what environmental factors affect children's development, and in what ways. The larger the sample size, they figure, the more likely it is that they'll find solid results even on low-frequency health problems.

The United States of America Pop vs. Soda vs. Coke: Which is it?
Americans generally fall into one of three categories when giving a generic name for soft drinks, and the regional distinctions are drawn among some amazingly sharp lines. English, you fickle language, you.

Science and Technology Simultaneous independent invention
If two people invent the same thing simultaneously, but without any knowledge of one another, doesn't that stand as evidence that what they were doing is at least somewhat obvious? And, thus, not patentable? The US patent system is in terrible shape, and so is the copyright system. They're hurting innovation and thus harming the economy.

Business and Finance Banks around the world will be pushed to hold 7% capital reserves