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Comment: Re:on privacy (Score 1, Insightful) 106

by Darth Liberus (#21711564) Attached to: Eat, Drink, and be Monitored
I was in Amsterdam for five days in May and found your people to be really open, charming, and tolerant. I actually really liked the culture; everyone just goes about their lives doing whatever they damn well please and if someone's being an asshole people tell them to knock it off. American culture, on the other hand, can be VERY judgemental and VERY conformist, so I can see how such openness would cause some of us to become very, very paranoid :)
Businesses

+ - Is Executive Hubris Ruining Companies?

Submitted by Crash McBang
Crash McBang (551190) writes "In this article, Mathew Hayward, assistant professor at the University of Colorado, does a Q&A on his new book, Ego Check: Why Executive Hubris Is Wrecking Companies And Careers And How To Avoid The Trap , which shows how executives' inflated egos can impact what they choose to produce, the manufacturing decisions they make and how they market their products. What failures (colossal or otherwise) have you been involved in that could be contributed to Executive Hubris?"
Biotech

+ - Cancer cure Ignored due to not being profitable

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn10971-cheap- safe-drug-kills-most-cancers.html It sounds almost too good to be true: a cheap and simple drug that kills almost all cancers by switching off their "immortality". The drug, dichloroacetate (DCA), has already been used for years to treat rare metabolic disorders and so is known to be relatively safe. It also has no patent, meaning it could be manufactured for a fraction of the cost of newly developed drugs. Evangelos Michelakis of the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada, and his colleagues tested DCA on human cells cultured outside the body and found that it killed lung, breast and brain cancer cells, but not healthy cells. Tumours in rats deliberately infected with human cancer also shrank drastically when they were fed DCA-laced water for several weeks. DCA attacks a unique feature of cancer cells: the fact that they make their energy throughout the main body of the cell, rather than in distinct organelles called mitochondria. This process, called glycolysis, is inefficient and uses up vast amounts of sugar. [.........]"
Intel by OSTG

Intel alters computer-chip recipe 2

Submitted by OSTG Marketing Dept.
Intel is doctoring up their computer-chip recipe . Intel will replace materials it has used for decades in its next production process. The change will bring big gains in chip speed, while controlling power consumption. Intel will use two new materials for making transistors as production of 45-nanometer chips gears up. They will replace silicon dioxide and polycrystalline silicon, and start using new materials,
Enlightenment

+ - Greenland, or why you might care about ice physics

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Prof. Goose
Prof. Goose writes "http://www.theoildrum.com/story/2005/12/9/31522/59 10



What is clear after going through all of this research is that the Greenland icesheet melting very urgently needs to be understood. In particular in contemplating tar-sands, coal-to-liquids, etc, as solutions to peak oil, we need to understand what gamble with the ice sheet we are making, exactly. Many of these solutions, especially CTL, can make the problem oh so much worse.
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