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Science

+ - "80% Functional" Includes Junk DNA After All

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CTachyon
CTachyon writes "Last week the ENCODE project published a suite of papers, which were announced to the press with a claim that 80% of the human genome is "functional". But according to Ars Technica's science editor John Timmer, himself a Ph.D. in Molecular and Cell Biology, most of what you read was wrong: in their papers, the ENCODE team redefined the word "functional" so that known junk DNA (such as dormant viruses and broken pseudogenes) would meet the definition; and what's more, Timmer accuses individual ENCODE scientists of fostering confusion, rather than clearly explaining the semantic bait-and-switch."
Security

+ - Good Anti-Virus app for friends/family?

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CTachyon
CTachyon writes "A friend at work is having the usual Windows trouble with viruses and Trojans. She has an anti-virus program on there of some sort (unknown vintage, neither McAfee nor Symantec/Norton), and while it cleaned up a good chunk of the mess, there's still at least one more lurking on her system.

As one of the resident computer 'experts' at work, she came to me for advice. Unfortunately for her, I'm out of the Windows loop since I jumped ship to Linux years ago. While the proper thing for her to do at this point would be to back up her important data and reinstall from her recovery CD, I no longer have the patience for Windows to do that for anyone I'm not sleeping with, and it's a bit over her level of expertise to handle herself. That pretty much leaves trying another AV program.

Thus the problem. I'm out of the loop, so I don't know what's good and what's not. I did manage to instill in her a proper fear of Symantec/Norton, but I don't really know what I should recommend instead. If all else fails, I vaguely recall that AVG is decent, and it's little-f free (big plus for her). Do any of my fellow Slashdotters have some better advice for her?"

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