(yes I am terrible at subjects)
First up, anger: Vaccines do not cause autism, and the original study (based on 12(!) children) done by Andrew Wakefield in 1998 appears to be fraudulent. No one’s been able to reproduce the study, and Wakefield was paid by a law firm that intended to sue vaccine manufacturers. Meanwhile vaccination rates are down, and more kids are getting measles, seemingly because people like Jenny McCarthy keeps pushing the connection even though there is none. I hope Wakefield is prosecuted – he’s already lost his medical license…
Surprised: The Austin MetroRail now runs during the day, starting tomorrow! I’m surprised because it sounded like this would be impossible because of contracts with freight rail companies that use the same track, but apparently they worked something out. It’s still only on weekdays (and only every 45 mins-1 hour), but this seems like a big step forward.
Excited: HP/Palm is having a “special event” February 9 to announce presumably new hardware, and they invited developers for a small event after the official announcement. Sounds like a good time, but vacation/plane tickets/hotels are expensive. I will be eagerly following from here, though, and desperately hoping for a new Sprint device!
Intrigued: More details on Stuxnet, the virus that set back Iran’s nuclear efforts by years have emerged. It’s looking increasingly likely that either the US or Israel or both were involved.
Inquisitive: NI is hiring software engineers, so if you’re interested in a job in Austin, drop me a line! (working here is generally awesome) Vaguely related: Advice to a college sophomore programmer.