The 404 587: Where ask and you shall receive (podcast)

The final episode of "Lost" aired yesterday, but this episode is spoiler-free! You should know, however, that Wilson couldn't handle the emotional scenes at the end and shed a few tears, but he also cried at the end of "Little Nicky," so don't expect too much.


Thanks to Cheryl the Official 404 Grandmother for sending us this picture of our youngest fan--her 2-month old-granddaughter, Logan! CNET/The 404

The final episode of "Lost" aired yesterday, but this episode is spoiler free! However, you should know that Wilson couldn't handle the emotional scenes at the end of the episode and shed a few tears. But he also cried at the end of "Little Nicky," so don't expect too much.

If you live in a big city like us, and have ever considered inflicting irreversible damage on the guy barking away into a cell phone next to you on a subway train, a group of researchers at Cornell University know the reason why.

Following a study involving 41 college students and a series of concentration exercises, scientists claim that you get annoyed because overhearing half a conversation actually drains more attention from your brain than if you were to hear both sides at the same time.

The findings suggest that a driver's ability to control a vehicle could be impaired by a passenger's one-sided phone chat. It's a serious problem with a simple solution: speakerphone?

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The second half of the show revolves around a single talking point: is social networking killing instant messaging?

With Web sites such as Facebook and Twitter acting as a public forum for virtual conversation through comments and even their own built-in chat programs, the need for services like AIM has dropped significantly--will instant messaging soon go the way of AOL chats, ICQ, IRC, Geocities, and Xanga? If you're younger than 20, tune in and we'll explain to you what AOL was. If you're older than 20, get ready to travel through time.

So what do you think? Have your instant-messaging habits changed since Facebook took over the world, or are you still typing Radiohead song lyrics into your AIM profile with aLtErNaTiNg uPpErCaSe & lOwErCaSe LeTtErS? Write a comment on this blog, leave us a message at 1-866-404-CNET, or e-mail us at 1-866-404-CNET and let us know!


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