Justice Denied; Pokemon Go Drain; Google Maps Bonus; Beer Calories; New Snake Species


Justice Denied

In a recent post, CNET.com published a story about a child pornography case that was dismissed because the FBI refused to reveal how the agency hacked the defendant's computer to identify hidden child porn websites the defendant visited. According to CNET, this case presents another example in the debate about government hacking in criminal cases. The lawyers for the defendant argued successfully in court that the technology the FBI used might develop 'flawed data.' To read more about this legal issue, visit  http://www.cnet.com/news/fbi-wont-reveal-hack-so-child-porn-evidence-tossed/. Technology advances continue to affect our lives in many unimagined and unintended ways. Is this always a bad thing? Maybe or maybe not. What do you think?

Pokemon Go, Another Problem

Pokemon Go addicts now have another concern: huge battery drain caused by the software. CNET.com provides solutions to lower battery drain for game players. Click on  http://www.cnet.com/how-to/pokemon-go-battery-test-data-usage. This article shows you how to overcome the battery drain caused by the software. After all, you don't want to be out in the middle of nowhere and have your cell phone die. Enjoy and learn.

Google Maps Provide More Than Driving Directions

Readers of this blog have seen occasional references to  www.yesemails.com, a site for comedy pictures on all sorts of subjects. But recently, Yesemails provided fascinating information about a 1000 year-old British archeology site. It seems that Google Earth images discovered an old stone fish trap constructed on the English coast around the time of the Norman Invasion of Britain, but not seen since. The U.K. newspaper, Daily Mail, ran a story about the find and provided pictures of the site taken by Google Earth. To read the story and to view the pictures, surf over to  http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-1162395/Google-Earth-reveals-fish-trap-rocks-1-000-years-ago-British-coast.html. I am continually amazed by technology. Another picture provided by Yesemails references a White House Street View picture that shows President Obama standing in front of one of the windows. I don't know whether to be impressed or terrified by this invasion of privacy.

Beer Companies to List Calories By 2020

Labels on beer currently list alcohol content but not calories, carbs or fat. Beer makers promise that by 2020 labels will list other dietary information, but not list ingredients. Ingredients will be listed on manufacturer websites or on QR symbols. To view the list of beers and their calorie content, click on  http://www.nutritionaction.com/daily/calories-in-food/how-many-calories-are-in-beer-wine-and-cocktails. Learn which Lite Beers have as many calories as regular beer. Find out how many calories can be found in hard cider.   Dieters can find that alcohol- free drinks may contain the fewest calories and learn which brands to purchase.   An indispensable list.

New Snake Species Discovered in Costa Rica

University of Central Florida researchers recently discovered a new species of Pitviper in a remote section of Costa Rica. The new species, Talamankan Palm-Pitviper, is an example of cryptic speciation – a case where two species look similar but have different genetic makeup. In this case the other species is the Black-Speckled-Palm-Pitviper. Both snake species appear as green and black marked reptiles. To read the article and to view a picture of the new Pitviper, click on  http://today.ucf.edu/ucf-led-team-discovers-new-venomous-snake/. And so it goes.