Submitted by Bibliofuture on September 4, 2009 - 10:54pm
Journalist Ted Conover went undercover for nearly one year working as a prison guard at Sing Sing Correctional Facility in upstate New York. His work was praised and criticized. As Conover told us in October, his time undercover was incredibly stressful, painfully isolating and ethically fraught but nonetheless it was necessary to get the story out.
Submitted by Bibliofuture on August 28, 2009 - 11:18pm
In most states, if somebody is texting behind the wheel and causes a crash that injures or kills someone, the penalty can be as light as a fine.
Utah is much tougher.
After a crash here that killed two scientists — and prompted a dogged investigation by a police officer and local victim’s advocate — Utah passed the nation’s toughest law to crack down on texting behind the wheel. Offenders now face up to 15 years in prison.
Submitted by Bibliofuture on August 28, 2009 - 3:45pm
Today NPR had a piece on the book Catching Fire: How Cooking Made Us Human. In May the NYT had a piece on the book.
Under the rules provided by anonymous posters on LISNEWS once a book is mentioned one place no one else in the world is able to mention the book again. Please contact NPR and let them know they committed a "no no".
Submitted by Bibliofuture on August 7, 2009 - 7:12pm
Hollywood studios are split over Redbox, the $1-per-night DVD rental kiosk company: They could supply it with cheap wholesale discs and ride its massive growth, or starve it in the hopes of preserving higher-priced purchases.
News Corp.'s 20th Century Fox fell on the side of starvation this week, joining General Electric Co.'s Universal Pictures, whose withholding of discs prompted a lawsuit.
Submitted by Bibliofuture on July 21, 2009 - 12:22am
Vending machines have long been popular with Americans who need a quick sugar fix. Those craving a good movie also are finding the machines to be quite handy, as they avoid a trip to the DVD rental store.
Submitted by Bibliofuture on July 16, 2009 - 12:26pm
You have advanced kidney cancer. It will kill you, probably in the next year or two. A drug called Sutent slows the spread of the cancer and may give you an extra six months, but at a cost of $54,000. Is a few more months worth that much?
Submitted by Bibliofuture on July 8, 2009 - 11:40am
I took my daughter to the dentist yesterday. As I was waiting I overheard two of the dental hygienist talking.
Topic of discussion? The Amazon Kindle.
One dental hygienist was telling the other that her husband had an Amazon Kindle and really loved it. Was mentioning that it was great when he travelled. Just found it interesting to hear discussion of the Kindle out in the real world. Also interesting to hear discussion about reading.
Submitted by Bibliofuture on June 26, 2009 - 12:36pm
Our Man in Mexico: Winston Scott and the Hidden History of the CIA
Mexico City was the Casablanca of the Cold War--a hotbed of spies, revolutionaries, and assassins. The CIA's station there was the front line of the United States' fight against international communism, as important for Latin America as Berlin was for Europe. And its undisputed spymaster was Winston Mackinley Scott.
Submitted by Bibliofuture on June 10, 2009 - 10:00pm
Article in NYT. Argues that access to email is driving many people to get a smart phone. With the expense of a smart phone if email is what you want here is a good option. There is a device called the Peek that provides unlimited email for $20 per month. The Peek device only cost $29 at Target. That $20/monthly cost is way cheaper than many of the data plans offered by the phone company.
A brilliant industrialist named Justin Cord awakes from a 300-year cryonic suspension into a world that has accepted an extreme form of market capitalism. It's a world in which humans themselves have become incorporated and most people no longer own a majority of themselves.
Justin Cord is now the last free man in the human race - owned by no one and owning no one.
Submitted by Bibliofuture on June 1, 2009 - 7:28pm
Amazon announced today that the super-sized Kindle DX ebook reader will ship on June 10. Unveiled in May, the DX attempts to correct a few perceived weaknesses of the original. In particular, many thought the first Kindle was a grand replacement for bulky novels, but its paperback-sized screen didn’t suit textbooks and magazine pages.