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Submission + - Doctors and others reject UK 'Let's protect the children' moral panic (

Bruce66423 writes: The NSPCC, a large child protection charity in the UK, recently produced a report with the headline claim that 10% of 12-13 year olds reported themselves to be addicted to pornography. This prompted a Conservative Party pledge to block internet access to such material. This article is a letter challenging the moral panic and its scientific basis, going as far as to suggest that greater porn use is correlated with reduced sexual violence!

Submission + - Diamonds Should get a bit cheaper i n the near future (

An anonymous reader writes: It looks like the diamond industry is going to get a bit of a shock as soon as the Russion government decides to start mining a new site. The site is estimated to contain "Trillions of Carats" which is (actual) orders of magnitude larger than the current largest diamond reserve.

These diamonds are also said to be harder than the average diamond since they formed in an asteroid impact some 35 million years ago.


Journal Journal: Linux: adoption by those who are fed up? 6

Today, I had the most peculiar experience. A (female, and pregnant, but that has no importance at all for this story) cousin of mine complained on Facebook about a virus infection on her Windows machine (I assume Vista, but I actually didn't bother to ask). Locked out by one of these ransom viruses. Worst part is that she did have an up-to-date antivirus sponsored by the Bank where here partner works.

Submission + - Study finds tumors in rats fed on Monsanto's GM corn (

An anonymous reader writes: A study recently presented by a group of french academics called into question the innocuity of GMOs. Its results concluded to the increased risk of tumor development in rats over their complete lifespan. Past GMOs studies were generally conducted over shorter periods of time.
Given that the complete details of the study are still to be disclosed, a number of experts not involved in the study remain quite skeptical about the findings

Thus spake the master programmer: "Time for you to leave." -- Geoffrey James, "The Tao of Programming"