Molecule blocks pathway leading to Alzheimer's disease
Researchers have found novel compounds that disrupt the formation of amyloid, the clumps of protein in the brains of people with Alzheimer’s disease believed to be important in causing the disease’s characteristic mental decline. The so-called “spin-labeled fluorene compounds” are an important new target for researchers and physicians focused on diagnosing, treating and studying the disease. http://j.mp/JxgtCw via @sciencedaily
Neurodevelopmental disorders: How human cells 'hold hands'
Biologists have advanced the knowledge of human neurodevelopmental disorders by finding that a lack of a particular group of cell adhesion molecules in the cerebral cortex — the outermost layer of the brain where language, thought and other higher functions take place — disrupts the formation of neural circuitry. http://j.mp/JthWtH via @sciencedaily
Mutltitasking hurts performance but makes you feel better
People aren’t very good at media multitasking - like reading a book while watching TV - but do it anyway because it makes them feel good, a new study suggests. The findings provide clues as to why multitasking is so popular, even though many studies show it is not productive. http://j.mp/IooT2B via @sciencedaily
Apple responds to tax criticism by highlighting job creation
Apple responded to criticism that the company goes to great lengths to cut its global tax bill by billions of dollars every year, trumpeting the “incredible number of jobs” it has created. http://j.mp/IhUVJ6 via @shellypalmer
ATT sale efforts were at odds with it’s technology infrastructure when they tried to sell me upgraded digital services that their lines could not support
By Steven Swimmer
So ATT contacts me offering U-verse service, which are newly available in my area. In a nutshell, U-verse is a package of high bandwidth internet with digital TV and digital phone options.
They said I could record/view 4 HD channels at once and get dedicated 12 Megabits of bandwidth internet connection. They also threw-in a digital phone package that would save me a bit of money too.
Frankly I’ve been pretty happy with DirecTV HD television and with Time Warner for cable internet access. But the ATT Uverse offering sounded good on paper. It seemed like it might be easier to manage everything from a single provider. But it would only be worth changing if I thought the service would be an upgrade from what I have.
This would replace my Time Warner cable modem service and my DirecTV HD digital tv service. My POTS (plain old telephone service) phone service would be switched to digital, but at a lower price.
When the technician came out I asked him to test the lines and tell me what to expect. I told him that I would test it anyway so please be straight about it. He said that even though the area was upgraded to fiber, the last leg was still copper wire.
My copper wire is old and in poor condition, so the most I could expect would be 8 Megabits internet instead of 12 and 3 tv signals instead of 4. But even that was only possible if some technical issues were cleared-up. I live in nice area on the West side of los angeles, but the phone lines are old. Even with DSL service I could never get more than about 2 Megabits… which is why I added Time Warner in the first place.
I tested my Time Warner cable connection and I’m getting 20 to 22 Megabits, during the day, far higher than they guarantee.
There was no question that it would not be worth it to me to change service under these conditions. Of course I had to talk with the call center rep to cancel the service. She continued to try to sell me on the service saying she thinks I will be happy with it, even though she admitted to the tech on speakerphone that she did not understand what he meant in talking about the internet data-rates.
I know that Verizon has a similar offering branded as Fios, which in some areas includes fiber to the home. Those lucky enough to have that service can get 32 Megabytes download and upload for the price of consumer internet. Apparently this costly (to the phone company) service upgrade is not in most places.
While I had the ATT rep. on the phone I decided to downgrading my other phone services that I was not really using. So they had a net loss from the deal.
Google crushes junky websites generated by spammers & spinners. In a move long in the making, Google is ratcheting-up it’s battle against search engine spam and otherwise junky content by beating-down sites with over-optimized content. The goal is to reward quality content that is original over the endless garbage being churned through the web.
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