Friday, June 04, 2010

the Kindle in Colleges

Think it would be great to have all your textbooks in Kindle format? It seems like a great idea, but apparently, the Kindle has not yet gained favor in college campuses. Read this for an interesting discussion.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

You have the right to remain silent

We are all familiar with the Miranda Warning from television. Today the U.S. Supreme Court handed down an opinion (Berguis v. Thompkins) that tilted the warnings procedure towards the police. Criminal suspects must explicitly invoke their right to remain silent. Check out the SCOTUSwiki for the background of the case with supporting documents; and SCOTUSblog for an initial analysis of the deicison.
Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Sunday, May 30, 2010

The Environmental Impact of Google Searches

Although internet searches may not appear to have any environmental impact, they require servers, which require electricity. You may have even heard the rumor that every Google search uses as much energy as a 100 watt light bulb uses in one hour. This is not true. The Slaw blog outlines how much energy Google searches actually require--Google has tried to limit this energy consumption for both environmental and cost-saving reasons.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat