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Technology

+ - SPAM: Electronic Cigarettes: Blessing or Curse?

Submitted by Anarki2004
Anarki2004 (1652007) writes "A bit of back story: Electronic cigarettes were invented by Ruyan in 1993 as an alternative to traditional cigarettes. They allow for the intake of nicotine without the presence of carcinogens that are typically associated with combustion. Currently they are under scrutiny due to their nicotine-based nature. Proponents from both sides of the issue are coming forward in the debate. As of recent times e-cigs have begun to cut into the pockets of big tobacco. Recently there have been talks of banning e-cigs altogether in some parts of the USA. Additionally, there is a petition that you can sign, or you can participate in the debate at wide variety of forums by simply searching for relevant terms."
Censorship

+ - thepiratebay.se Blocked In North America?-> 3

Submitted by Anarki2004
Anarki2004 (1652007) writes "The famous torrent website thepiratebay.se is silently being blocked by Comcast, AT&T, and other ISPs in the USA. I have been unable to find a link to a proper news article, but the reddit page makes it clear. Anecdotal, but from my Chicago connection, I can't connect unless using a proxy. On the other hand, a traceroute shows the server not responding to be in Sweden so perhaps my conjecture is wrong?"
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Technology

+ - FCC Chair Seeks Comcast-NBC Merger Conditions-> 1

Submitted by Anarki2004
Anarki2004 (1652007) writes "From the article: The head of the Federal Communications Commission proposed regulatory conditions Thursday to ensure that cable giant Comcast Corp. cannot stifle video competition once it takes control of NBC Universal. Comcast is seeking government approval to buy a 51 percent stake in NBC Universal from General Electric Co. for $13.8 billion in cash and assets. The deal would create a media powerhouse that both produces and distributes content."
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The Military

+ - DARPA Wants To Control Soldiers' Brains->

Submitted by Anarki2004
Anarki2004 (1652007) writes "DARPA Wants to Install Transcranial Ultrasonic Mind Control Devices in Soldiers' Helmets.

From the article: "my laboratory has engineered a novel technology which implements transcranial pulsed ultrasound to remotely and directly stimulate brain circuits without requiring surgery. Further, we have shown this ultrasonic neuromodulation approach confers a spatial resolution approximately five times greater than TMS (transcranial magnetic stimulation) and can exert its effects upon subcortical brain circuits deep within the brain""

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Idle

+ - New Crop Circles Spotted at Wiltshire, Britain ->

Submitted by Anarki2004
Anarki2004 (1652007) writes "From the article: "This design, believed to reflect the passage of the sun and moon through the skies, is composed of a staggering 193 rings, with six outer rings and a seventh inner ring. Even if these are just some bored guys hanging out in a field or some kind of ad campaign, they’re still really impressive, aren’t they? That’s a whole lot of planning and work over night just to get some attention. You have to appreciate that kind of dedication to the cause of publicity""
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Hardware

+ - New Sony OLED display can roll into cylinder->

Submitted by Anarki2004
Anarki2004 (1652007) writes "Sony’s New Flexible OLED Display Can Roll Into Tiny Cylinder While Playing! From the article: Sony recently debuted its latest in OLED technology: a 4.1 inch screen that’s only 80 microns thick. The super flexible display can roll up into a cylinder just 4 mm in diameter – while still showing moving images at 432×240 resolution! Instead of brittle integrated circuit chips, the flexible screen has an on-panel gate driven circuit – a world first according to Sony. That innovation would allow everything but the power supply to roll and flex in applications."
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Government

+ - ALA Pushes For Ban Of Electronic Cigarettes->

Submitted by Anarki2004
Anarki2004 (1652007) writes "The American Lung Association is jumping on board the ban-E-cigs-train. From the article: So, while the ALA admitted that electronic cigarettes contain fewer chemicals than tobacco cigarettes, they refuse to acknowledge the obvious health benefit that lack of the most toxic chemicals provides to the smokers who switch. Are lives and lung health the real issue here or is nicotine addiction? The ALA must know that numerous studies show that, absent the tobacco smoke, nicotine is relatively harmless and comparable to caffeine. The American Heart Association acknowledges that nicotine is "safe" in other smoke-free forms such as patches or gum.

For those of you not in the know, electronic cigarettes (also called personal vaporizers) are a nicotine delivery device that resembles a cigarette in shape and size, but does not burn tobacco. It is less a expensive alternative to the traditional tobacco cigarette that is by all appearances (though not thoroughly researched) also healthier."

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Government

+ - Proposed Ban For Electronic Cigarettes (updated)->

Submitted by Anarki2004
Anarki2004 (1652007) writes "this story is being resubmitted because the original was linking to an outdated article and my first attempt at a re-submission was flagged as spam (too close together maybe?) The original submission can be seen here

The FDA tried to block imported e-cigarettes, but a Washington, D.C., court ruled that FDA can't regulate the products. In its appeal, the FDA argues e-cigarettes should be considered the same as gum and patches that help smokers try to quit. The agency can regulate those products.

The FDA, citing concerns that the devices still may contain carcinogens and toxic chemicals, has tried to suspend the sales of the e-cigarettes nationally, and in Michigan, the new ban doesn't specifically address them.

As a former smoker and an extremely satisfied user of electronic personal vaporizers, this ban would force me and thousands of others to either switch back to analog cigarettes, or give up nicotine all together (which as any smoker/former smoker knows is not an easy task). The only people who will benefit from this law are pharmaceutical companies peddling smoking cessation products, and the tobacco industry. This proposed ban does absolutely nothing to benefit the citizens.

Additional Links:

Hubpages.com

E-Cigarette-Forum Discussion

Freep.com"

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+ - SPAM: Proposed Ban For Electronic Cigarettes

Submitted by Anarki2004
Anarki2004 (1652007) writes "note: original submission linked to outdated article

There is yet another ban that nobody asked for being proposed in several states currently. From the article: Eddie Schmitt no longer has to wait for smoke breaks at work or brave chilling winds outside airports and bars to sate his nicotine cravings. The 28-year-old North Side advertising analyst's newfound freedom comes in the form of electronic cigarettes. They're made of a metal tube, a battery and a cartridge filled with flavored nicotine. Schmitt inhales and gets what he says is a warm, vaporous hit without producing a smelly cloud of smoke like a regular cigarette. It might soon be slightly tougher to get that type of nicotine fix in Illinois. Lawmakers and anti-smoking groups are trying to ban the sale of e-cigarettes, citing the federal Food and Drug Administration's lack of approval. Advertisement. The ban recently sailed through the Illinois Senate on a 49-4 vote and is now under consideration in the House. While the measure would prevent convenience stores, tobacco shops and mall kiosks from selling e-cigarettes, a big loophole remains — there's no way to stop smokers from buying them online.

As a former smoker and an extremely satisfied user of electronic personal vaporizers, this ban would force me and thousands of others to either switch back to analog cigarettes, or give up nicotine all together (which as any smoker/former smoker knows is not an easy task). The only people who will benefit from this law are pharmaceutical companies peddling smoking cessation products, and the tobacco industry. This proposed ban does absolutely nothing to benefit the citizens."

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+ - Proposed Ban For Electronic Cigarettes-> 13

Submitted by Anarki2004
Anarki2004 (1652007) writes "There is yet another ban that nobody asked for being proposed in several states currently. From the article: There is debate about whether or not the FDA has jurisdiction over e-cigarettes. There's a bill currently in Congress that would further complicate that debate. The Family Smoking Prevention And Tobacco Control Act was passed by the House on April 2nd, and is now in the Senate. One of its provisions would allow the FDA "to review and consider the evidence for additional indications for nicotine replacement products." That could be interpreted to allow e-cigarettes to fall under the FDA's jurisdiction.

As a former smoker and an extremely satisfied user of electronic personal vaporizers, this ban would force me and thousands of others to either switch back to analog cigarettes, or give up nicotine all together (which as any smoker/former smoker knows is not an easy task). The only people who will benefit from this law are pharmaceutical companies peddling smoking cessation products, and the tobacco industry. This proposed ban does absolutely nothing to benefit the citizens."

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