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+ - CNET parent organization blocks review and award to Dish over legal dispute->

Submitted by Coldeagle
Coldeagle (624205) writes "It looks as if CNET's parent company, CBS, has laid down the law:

Just one day after CNet named the Dish "Hopper," a new TV recording system that's drawing rave reviews in the tech press, to an awards shortlist, the site's parent company stepped in and nixed the accolade. Because of a legal battle between CBS and Dish over the Hopper's ad-skipping technology, CBS laid down a ban: CNet won't be allowed to even review Dish products, much less give them awards.

Got to love modern day freedom of the press!"
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News

+ - Tech stories we’re sick of->

Submitted by Coldeagle
Coldeagle (624205) writes "CNN has an interesting list of tech stories that have become a bit repetitive:
"Like Ned Ryerson, there are some irksome stories out there that keep coming back and coming back and coming back and just need to be put out of their misery. Or, like Needlenose Ned, punched in the face."

Maybe /. should think about such list!"

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+ - End of Net Neutrality? Old crop of neutralists out->

Submitted by Coldeagle
Coldeagle (624205) writes "Interesting tidbit from CNN, it appears as if all 95 members of the House and Senete who had previously pledged support for Net Neutrality have all been replaced in yesterday's election. According to CNN, most Republican's oppose Net Neutrality. Interest facts about how the FCC is also attempting to gain the right from Congress to apply Net Neutrality."
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+ - Dell Android Mini Tablet (Mini5) coming this July->

Submitted by Coldeagle
Coldeagle (624205) writes "Looks like Dell is bringing their UK Based tablet phone to the US:
"The Dell Android device will be available for $500 unlocked and open for use unlocked in the US. The five-inch mini tablet is only an inch bigger than the HTC Evo, which is due to be released later this week and has many of the same specs: same Snapdragon processor, same 800x480 display, same ability to make calls, should you desire.""

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NASA

+ - Astronauts having trouble with Tranquility module->

Submitted by Coldeagle
Coldeagle (624205) writes "Astronauts ran into trouble while trying to connect up the new Tranquility module onto the ISS. A critical insulating cover didn't fit quit right:

"The fabric, multilayered cover is supposed to go between Tranquility and its observation deck, but the metal bars are not locking down properly because of interference from a hand rail or some other structure at the hatch."

One has to wonder if this is another imperial metric snafu."

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Biotech

+ - Exercise in pill!->

Submitted by Coldeagle
Coldeagle (624205) writes "This has got to be the ultimate helping factor for the modern geek that doesn't have time to hit the gym. A group of scientists have created a pill that stimulates muscles into removing sugar from the blood:

"Sedentary mice that took the drug for four weeks burned more calories and had less fat than untreated mice. And when tested on a treadmill, they could run about 44% farther and 23% longer than untreated mice."

So not only do we loose weight while doing nothing, but we become able to further and longer! I don't know about you, but I'm looking forward to the transition from mousey to human!"

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Biotech

+ - Chemical Radiation sheild->

Submitted by Coldeagle
Coldeagle (624205) writes "Scientists have discovered a way to allow the body to block radiation damage to cells. This new technique actually mimics a tumors behavior in the way that it bypasses the bodies normal defense against bad genes:

"Learning that was the 'eureka' moment, Gudkov said. Apoptosis is the body's way of stopping defective cells, with damaged genes, from spreading. Tumors grow because cancer cells block apoptosis in various ways, including by activating a normally dormant cell-signaling pathway called "nuclear factor-KappaB" or NFKB.

Gudkov's team decided to try activating that same pathway in healthy tissue, to see if it could keep radiation-blasted cells from triggering their suicide program.

'We imitated a tumor trick,' is how Gudkov puts it.

The team knew that flagellin, a protein from normal gut bacteria, can wake up NFKB. So they created a drug based on that natural protein."

If this is successful, not only could we have better radiation protection from Chemotherapy and nuclear fall out, but for our astronauts!"

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Portables (Games)

+ - Where are the gaming laptops with Pointing sticks?

Submitted by Coldeagle
Coldeagle (624205) writes "Hey folks, I'm one of those from the old school pointer stick (or keyboard nipples to us old school guys) laptops, and I love them! My old Dell XPS Gen 1 is dying, and I need a new gaming laptop. I've been looking around, and I can't find any new laptops with a pointer stick that have decent Graphics! The best that I've so far is the Lenovo ThinkPad T-61 which has the NVIDIA Quadro FX 570M (256MB Open GL) graphics card which only has so-so reviews. Does anyone have an explanation for exactly why the pointing stick's have been phased out? Or can anyone advise me of a decent gaming laptop that has the pointing stick? I mean seriously, do you want your hands to leave the keyboard while gaming? They're great for games like WoW where you have to constantly type while moving around."
The Almighty Buck

+ - Cloned animals deemed ediable by FDA

Submitted by Coldeagle
Coldeagle (624205) writes "According to USA today, we could be having some good 'ol cloned beef, goat, and pork (well their offspring)!

"Meat and milk from cloned animals is as safe as that from their counterparts bred the old-fashioned way, the Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday.

The decision removes the last U.S. regulatory hurdle to marketing products from cloned cows, pigs and goats, and puts the FDA in concert with recent safety assessments from European food regulators and several other nations."

This begs the question...instead of where's the beef...what's the beef?"

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