Electronic cigarette blows up inside man’s mouth

A lot of those who want to quit smoking use other means to get that nicotine fix while they try to kick out the bad habit. Nicotine patches and other nicotine replacement therapy methods have been flooding the market to help individuals stay away from puffing. But a new technology has been making waves in the market.

Electronic cigarettes or e-cigarettes have been making waves in the past couple of years. Smokers who used to smoke traditional cigarette have replaced them with this battery operated devices. Though designers of these devices are not claiming that these e-cigarettes can help people quit smoking, what they brag about is e-cigarettes can help smoking a little bit healthier. It’s also reported that the effectiveness of teeth whitening kit increase tenfold after quitting smoking.

But it doesn’t seem to be the case for a Florida man who was taken to a hospital when his e-cigarette exploded while he was puffing it. The latter lost his front teeth (no activated charcoal for teeth whitening is going to fix this one), had minor facial burn and lost a part of his tongue due to this accident.

According to Joseph Parker of the North Bay Fire Department, “It was trying to hold a bottle rocket in your mouth when it went off. The battery flew out of the tube and set the closet on fire.”

This seems to be the first recorded incident of an exploding e-cigarette. But this was not the first one that caused facial burns.

So you better watch what you put in your mouth. If you’re using e-cigarettes, bear in mind that these are battery operated and a malfunction can lead to unwanted results.

Image source: ecigarettetree.com

Court orders Mininova to take down files

The fight against illegal file-sharing and downloading is getting more and more serious by the day.

A civil court on Wednesday has ordered Minninova, one of the largest index of BitTorrent files, to remove all the files on its servers that point to copyrighted works. The removal is to be done within three months, or it will face a fine of up to 5 million euro ($7.16 million).

The Dutch-based Strichting Brein, an organization funded by copyright-holder groups, was the one who started the petition saying that the BitTorrent index site encourages users to infringe copyrights and gains profit from infringement by allowing ads on their site.

According to Wednesday’s ruling, the Utrecht District Court “didn’t agree with Mininova’s argument that it was impossible for it to find and remove torrents that point to copyrighted materials”.

Before it was ordered to remove all their files, Mininova has already started removing some files. This action however, wasn’t good enough for the court saying that the site should assume that all commercial media works are copyrighted.

Mininova responded by saying that they are considering an appeal.

Source: http://tech.yahoo.com/news/ap/20090826/ap_on_hi_te/eu_netherlands_mininova

Online streaming supasses illegal file-sharing

According to a study conducted by Music Ally’s media and technology researches, illegal file-sharing in the UK has fallen big time (yay!).

The study, which was published last Monday, showed that between December 2007 and January 2009, the number of people who regularly file-shared dropped by a quarter. The trend was most pronounced among 14-18 year olds.

It also showed that more and more teens are opting to steaming music and video sites such as YouTube, Spotify, MySpace, among others.

Researchers wrote: “Nearly twice as many 14-18-year-olds (31 per cent) listen to streamed music on their computer every day compared to music fans overall (18 per cent). More fans are regularly sharing burned CDs and Bluetoothing tracks to each other than file-sharing tracks.”

This move towards music and video streaming though has some uhm, negative effects in the internet.

According to Larry Roberts ( the guy who invented – yep – the ARPANet and packet switching), traditional packet-based routing is not built for streaming services which results to poor streaming qualities.

“Keeping up with bandwidth demand has required huge outlays of cash to build an infrastructure that remains underutilised,” he wrote. “To put it another way, we’ve thrown bandwidth at a problem that really requires a computing solution.”

Source:

http://www.businessweek.com/globalbiz/content/jul2009/gb20090713_439306.htm

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