In today's Remainders: the next step. Fort John Grisham, it's ebooks. For the television-viewing public, it's viewing television while surfing the web. For Google, it's controlling the internet. And for NVIDIA, it's releasing GeForce drivers that don't melt your rig.
Bestseller John Grisham, one of the few celebrity authors that exists in our age of word-mouthing readers, is a certified ebook sceptic. Last year, he worried that if e-books got too popular, "you're going to wipe out tons of bookstores and publishers and we're going to buy it all online". But as of yesterday, according to an announcement from his publisher, Random House, all 23 of his books can be purchased in a digital format at Sony Reader Store, Barnes & Noble.com and Amazon.com, with editions specifically tailored for the iPad all but confirmed. Consider the "my Mum" demographic on lock for ereaders in coming months. [CrunchGear]
Distracted In an an unsurprising new study from Nielsen, an increasing amount of people are surfing the web while watching TV. Is this because we're growing more addicted to the internet with each hit of Twitter? Or because season 6 of LOST is less engaging than the ones that came before it? Or because our civilization is becoming so advanced, our brains so large, that we can do all these things at once without breaking a sweat? Whatever the case may be, Nielsen reported that nearly 15 per cent of Superbowl watchers were on the internet at the same time (half of which were tweeting about Megan Fox in a bathtub), and 13 per cent of Oscar viewers were doing the same (was Megan Fox even at the Oscars?) And those percentages aren't going anywhere but up, I'd imagine, with the internet wrapping its tentacles around our lives more tightly every day. Just be forewarned, if David Simon catches you on Facebook while you're watching Treme, he's going to beat your arse.
The Googlenet Everyone likes to joke about Google taking over the internet, but... well... Hmm, let's start from the beginning. Arbor Networks, one of those companies that measures things, recently took a look at Google's traffic. It's massive. Arbor claims that if Google were an ISP, it'd be the third biggest in the world. Now that doesn't make a ton of sense, because Google traffic and ISP traffic involves a lot of different stuff, but whatever. More interestingly, Arbor made this chart of Google's traffic as a percentage of the entire internet's. Right now, it's at just under 6 per cent, which might not seem like a lot, until you remember that this is the WHOLE F-ING INTERNET we're talking about, and then it's pretty staggering. What's more is that that number is growing fast. By my back of the napkin calculations, if they keep growing at this rate, they actually will take over the internet, 100 per cent of it, by 2048. By 2068, Google will control 150 per cent of the internet's traffic. Yeah, they're that good. But in all seriousness, take this data how you will. If you're a Google fan, the gigantic cup is already 6 per cent full. And if you're a hater, well, there's still 94 per cent of the big cup for you to enjoy. [Wired]
Hot Shit According to NVIDIA, some GeForce owners reported "fan speed issues" after installing their last set of 196.75 drivers. Read: some GeForce owners reported that their shit got melted after installing the last set of 196.75 drivers. Today, NVIDIA posted new 197.13 drivers, which reportedly have solved all those little problems. That's all! [NVIDIA]