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Watch What You Post on the Internet!

In a recent court case it has been ruled that tweets can be used against you in a court case… even if they have been deleted. In a New York trial, Criminal Court Judge Matthew Sciarrino, Jr. has ruled that no warrant is needed to view a defendant’s public tweets.

What has not been made clear is if the same would be true with “protected” tweets that are not freely available to the public. Whether “protected” tweets are safe from being subpoenaed or not, this serves as one of the seemingly constant reminders that we really need to be mindful of what we put on the Internet. I’ve been hearing it ever since the beginnings of Facebook from my high school English teacher, “Once you put it on the Internet, it’s always on the Internet.” This has proven to be true for the most part.

We are and will be held accountable for our actions and this is no different on the Internet. So think twice before you post that next crude tweet or post that embarrassing photo album on Facebook because it’s like a permanent marker on a dry-erase board: it can partially be erased, but there will always be remnants of it.


The Future of Transportation

Recently a new technology called Evacuated Tube Transport has been getting a lot of attention in the public eye. With reported possibilities of traveling from New York to Los Angeles in 45 minutes and Washington, D.C. to Beijing in two hours, it’s easy to see just what has gotten the public buzzing.

How does it work? It is basically an enclosed tube that eliminates the friction normally associated with travel. No friction means more efficient traveling. ET3, the company heading the efforts, reports that an evacuated tube could provide 50 times more transportation per kilowatt of energy than electric cars or trains currently provide.

The system is also designed in a way that would be quite safe. Being in it’s own one-way tube, a capsule would pretty much have no chance of being in a collision. It would also travel in a protected environment that would be virtually unaffected by weather. Finally, though it will travel at incredible speeds, the capsule would likely only experience around 1G of force which is around the normal amount of force that a human would experience in a car.

Will we see a technology like this come to fruition in our lifetime? Time will tell.


James Cameron Goes to Great Depths

Sunday, March 25th, James Cameron made history. This was not the kind of history typically associated with the famed filmmaker who’s films include Titanic and Avatar. This time, Mr. Cameron made history for being the first to reach the deepest part of the ocean, know as the Challenger Deep in a single-man sub.

The voyage took over seven years of planning, and the planning proved to be successful as it was the first trip so deep since 1960. With the growth in technology since 1960, Cameron was able to capture much better views and samples of specimen from the area than they were able to during the 1960 voyage.

Cameron was able to film his voyage with 3D video recorders which he hopes to use in a National Geographic special that will show the flora and fauna from the deep sea. Another technological phenomenon Cameron was able to do was to communicate with the world via twitter. Once he reached his lowest point, the entrepreneur tweeted, “Just arrived at the ocean’s deepest pt. Hitting bottom never felt so good. Can’t wait to share what I’m seeing w/ you.”

Hopefully some amazing scenes will be released from this remarkable trip and other entrepreneurs like Cameron continue to push the boundaries of what we are capable of discovering in nature.


Bulk Buying

You see and hear about it all the time. Whether it’s the latest gaming system or the newest iPhone, there just never seems to be enough supplies in stock to satiate the demand at a products release. A small group of people use this lack of supply to their advantage by securing a device in bulk right at release in order to reap the profits from selling the devices on ebay or to other resellers overseas.

To these people who use this as a method for income, the iPad 3 release proved to be a major disappointment. It seems that this release was rare in that there were actually enough supplies to meet the demand. This was not due to demand being lower than in the past. It actually sold over three million units in four days to become the most successful of the iPad launches to date.

Many of the “bulk buyers” were actually seen returning many of the iPads due to lack of success in reselling them for profit. Whereas one man was quoted to have made between 50 and 100 dollars per unit (and selling about 1,000 units) during previous iPad releases, it seems as though this was simply not a possibility for the most recent launch.

Will the age of the “bulk buyer” die out if more companies start ensuring adequate launch supplies? One would think so, but time will only tell.