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Submission + - The Naked Truth About Censorship of Prince Harry's Photos 1

Hugh Pickens writes writes: "Americans had some fun with Prince Harry earlier this week as two nude pictures of the Prince partying in a Las Vegas hotel appeared on internet web site TMZ, but some British subjects did not find the pictures quite as amusing as the Guardian reports that British newspaper editors are bound by the Press Complaints Commission’s Code of Practice, which says that “everyone is entitled to respect for his or her private and family life,” and that “it is unacceptable to photograph individuals in private places without their consent.” That didn't stop Rupert Murdoch's “The Sun” from becoming the first mainstream British newspaper to publish the photographs of a vacationing Prince Harry under the headline “Heir it is!” — a play on Harry’s status as third in line to the throne — showing the 27-year-old prince naked except for a watch and necklace, protecting his modesty with his cupped hands. The newspaper defends its decision to go ahead with publishing the image as being in the interests of a free press. “The Sun is NOT making any moral judgment about Harry’s nude frolics with girls in a Las Vegas hotel; far from it. He often sails close to the wind for a Royal – but he’s 27, single and a soldier. We like him,” the story reads. Media lawyer Mark Stephens criticized the decision by The Sun newspaper to publish nude photographs of Prince Harry as not in the public interest and a blatant publicity stunt.” “This is about the ludicrous situation where a picture can be seen by hundreds of millions of people around the world on the Internet,” responded David Dinsmore, managing editor of The Sun. "but can’t be seen in the nation’s favorite paper read by 8 million people every day.""

Submission + - Teen Marijuana Use Linked To IQ Loss

An anonymous reader writes: Frequent marijuana use before the age of 18 may cause irreversible harm to a person's intelligence, attention and memory, scientists claim. Middle-aged people who had started using marijuana in their teens showed an average decline in IQ by about 8 points and quitting pot did not appear to reverse the loss either, according to researchers at Duke University.

Mythbusters "Peeing On 3rd Rail" Busted 17

n0tWorthy writes "The Mythbusters tested the myth that you could be electrocuted by peeing on the 3rd rail. The myth was 'busted' as the stream would be broken up due to distance and there wouldn't be a continuous path for the electrical current to follow. This seems to be refuted by a Monsanto, Washington man that was found electrocuted after urinating into a ditch that had a downed power line."

Chefs As Chemists 266

circletimessquare writes "Using ingredients usually relegated to the lower half of the list of ingredients on a Twinkies wrapper, some professional chefs are turning themselves into magicians with food. Ferran Adrià in Spain and Heston Blumenthal in England have been doing this for years, but the New York Times updates us on the ongoing experiments at WD-50 in New York City. Xanthan Gum, agar-agar, and other hydrocolloids are being used to bring strange effects to your food. Think butter that doesn't melt in the oven, foie gras you can tie into knots, and fried mayonnaise."
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Submission + - Seven DIY Bloopers (

ThinSkin writes: "As Oscar Wilde once quipped, 'Experience is the name everyone gives to their mistakes.' For Loyd Case over at ExtremeTech, he's had plenty of DIY experience. In his article on DIY bloopers, Loyd discusses some mistakes he's made when working with computers, while also pointing out other people's mistakes. One example learned from the article is that "your life is more important than your data." If your building is on fire, quit backing up your data and get the hell out."
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Submission + - Rethinking 'Crossing The Chasm' (

ReadWriteWeb writes: In 1991 Geoffrey A. Moore wrote a book that became widely read and quoted in the business community and turned into a theory — Crossing the Chasm. Moore argued that there is a gap that exists between the early adopters of any technology and the mass market. He explained that many technologies initially get pulled into the market by enthusiasts, but later fail to get wider adoption. So to create a company that is worth hundreds of millions of dollars, entrepreneurs need to come up with strategies that will help them build a bridge across that gap.

The problem is that compared to a few years ago, the speed with which new technologies are coming to the market has increased dramatically. All these technologies are aimed at the early adopters. And they love it and they try it. But the question is what happens when your early adopters run off to play with a new great thing before you have a chance to take your technology mainstream?


Submission + - Digitized Apollo Flight Films Available Online (

Pooua writes: "SpaceRef reports that NASA and Arizona State University have teamed up to offer all of NASA's Apollo lunar images online at no charge. The images are scanned at high resolution, then offered as 16-bit TIFF or 8-bit PNG or ISIS files. The project is expected to take 3 years, but some images are already available. The ASU-NASA website is Arizona State University Apollo Image Archive"

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