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Biological Computer Created at Stanford 89

sciencehabit writes "For the first time, synthetic biologists have created a genetic device that mimics one of the widgets on which all of modern electronics is based, the three-terminal transistor. Like standard electronic transistors, the new biological transistor is expected to work in many different biological circuit designs. This should make it easier for scientists to program cells to do everything from monitor pollutants and the progression of disease to turning on the output of medicines and biofuels."

Comment Re:$30 mil per movie title! (Score 1) 199

Taking this a step further, it will cost a total of 2.16 BILLION (30 Mil * 72) dollars for all 72 Dreamworks Films . Dividing that total cost by the 25 million subscribers arrives at a net cost of $86.40 per subcriber. This year they will only make 9.60 per subscriber, not including operating expenses.

Comment Re:Next up: tiered pricing (Score 2) 314

If the packages contained enough content and the base price for non premium was acceptable, this is still a cheeper option than major cable providers, with no commercials and no filler channels. Really its not about getting charged for what you use, because you'll happliy pay for that. What gets me is when they make you pay for what you wont ever use.

"Necessity is the mother of invention" is a silly proverb. "Necessity is the mother of futile dodges" is much nearer the truth. -- Alfred North Whitehead