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Medicine

Congressional Committee Casts a Harsh Eye On Vaccination Science 858

Posted by timothy
from the are-you-or-have-you-ever-been dept.
The Bad Astronomer writes "A recent hearing of the Congressional Committee on Oversight and Government Reform became a bully pulpit for antivaccination rhetoric when Representatives Dan Burton (R-Ind.) and Dennis Kucinich (D-Oh.) made speeches connecting vaccines to autism — a connection that medical experts have shown does not exist. Although there were actual medical researchers there as witnesses, they were mostly berated by the Congressmen on the panel. Vaccines are one of the most successful medical advancements in human history, having saved hundreds of millions of lives, and after copious studies have been shown to have no connection with autism. Despite this, a vocal antivax lobby exists, including, clearly, members of Congress. In part this is why preventable and potentially fatal diseases like pertussis and measles are once again on the rise."
Television

Shaw Cable Again Blocks Firewire On Canadian Set-Top Boxes 257

Posted by timothy
from the now-that's-value-added dept.
WestCoastSuccess writes with this excerpt: "A year and a half ago, Canada's Shaw Cable began encrypting channels with the '0x02' flag. This flag has the effect of making the IEEE1394 (Firewire) output useless to customers who use third-party PVRs (such as the excellent MythTV, for example). After complaints to the CRTC and Industry Canada about this practice, the encryption flag was dropped on most channels and the Firewire connection again functioned. Until last night, that is."
Data Storage

+ - Why CNBC chose Apple for its primary storage-> 1

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Ian Lamont
Ian Lamont writes "Computerworld has written about CNBC and its storage infrastructure. Instead of relying on bigger vendors like NetApp or EMC for its primary storage, the cable news channel turned to an Apple Xsan. It's one of the few Apple SANs that the writer has seen in a data center of this size: 'Most corporations simply don't trust Apple — primarily because their infrastructure is Windows and Unix — to put it in their data center, much less to use it for their primary network storage,' he writes. Part of the reason why CNBC chose Apple is the CNBC graphics team uses Macs for a lot of their work, but cost and scalability figured into their choice, as well. There's a brief video interview accompanying the story, featuring CNBC's graphics engineer explaining the Xsan setup."
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The Courts

Court Strikes Down Age Verification For Adult Sites 359

Posted by kdawson
from the wouldn't-know-about-that dept.
How Appealing reports that a court has struck down age verification requirements for porn sites, as a First Amendment violation. Here is the ruling (PDF). While the average reader here has never been to such a site, porn has been a driving force in the economics and technology of the Net. The age verification requirements of U.S.C. Title 18, Section 2257 were yet another attempt to regulate to death what the government can't outright prohibit. The requirements intruded on the privacy and safety of performers and created headaches for sites like flickr and photobucket that host images. It is has long been thought that the requirements wouldn't hold up in court, but this is the first actual ruling.

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