Newport Beach officials noted that patrons came to the city’s Balboa branch — there are four libraries total — to plug in their laptops or use the free Wi-Fi. Officials haven’t made a decision yet, but they’re considering replacing the library with a community center that would use a Netflix-like ordering system for physical books, as well as provide access to e-books and e-journals.
It’s a pretty controversial move, with supporters on both sides of the issue. What do you think?
“Asking whether large solar power plants are appropriate in the Mojave desert is like wondering whether subways makes sense in New York City.”
— Former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger lays out a case for putting solar farms in the Mojave as part of a policy based on improving public health, boosting the economy, and avoiding the risks of the fossil economy.
… Obama’s remarks were aimed at the American public, as it tires of ongoing war on two other fronts and begins to voice skepticism about the wisdom of the air strikes.
At its heart, Obama’s message for them was a simple one. The U.S. will send no ground troops to Libya. It will not lay a new burden on taxpayers, but rather will absorb the cost of the effort in current Pentagon budget restraints.
L.A.-based hacker Marc Maiffret was hired to probe network vulnerabilities in a large Southern California water system. It took his team one day to seize control of equipment that added chemical treatments to drinking water.
(Also, please file in the Annals of Aptronyms: The person who heads the U.S. Cyber Consequences Unit is named Scott Borg.)
“For the study, researchers at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health analyzed the Facebook profiles of 200 college sophomores and juniors. They found that 25 percent of the students showed one or more symptoms of depression — including references to decreased interest or pleasure in activities, change in appetite, sleep problems, loss of energy and feelings of guilt or worthlessness,” reports Linda Shrieves.
“Zombie copyrights” refer to copyrighted photographs of out-of-copyright artwork and, according to ARTINFO’s William Poundstone, have long been used by museums to lay claim to older public domain pieces.