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Swine Flu Genetics Suggest a Vaccine Is Possible 116

Kristina at Science News writes "The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced findings May 1 from genetic studies of swine flu virus from six different countries. A strong similarity from country to country suggests all the infections are from one strain, making a vaccine a strong possibility. It will be several months at least before such a vaccine would be developed, though."

Comment Re:Electric Cabs (Score 2, Funny) 302

Take a note: New Yorkers who rely on trains and cabs shouldn't claim authority on "reality" either. Leave that to us New Yorkers who commute by bike 12 miles a day ;D

Here's an interesting thought: thousands of guys who learned to drive on the insane streets of Mumbai/Colombo/Nairobi now driving ultra-silent electric vehicles so I can't hear them screaming up behind me to cut me off when turning a right (without use of a directional signal, naturally.)

I say the sooner New Yorkers stop being over-priveleged babies that need to be chauffeured around, the happier we'll all be.

Comment Re:I think that category is fading (Score 1) 519

I love telling Windows fan-boys about how many years of excellent service my Mac has given me. Then I tell them that Macs cost less than Pee Cees because they cost less per year of service.

Excellent. I'm in the same boat, posting this from a Sawtooth 500 --> Dual 1.2Ghz, 1.5GB RAM. Kind of mind blowing to think our motherboards are downright paleolithic by computing standards and still chugging along like little champs. I myself opted out of 10.5 until I finally feel the final itch to get new iron. Guess that'll be once enough software stops supporting Tiger (and PowerPC). Flash video is the only real bummer on this 100mhz FSB (ugh not even 133mhz). I think the power supply's finally giving up. Whenever the CPUs get thread heavy you can actually hear the fans slow down a couple notches at this point.

Previous to this I owned a 1st Gen 601 60mhz upgraded to 266 (via PDS/NuBus slot) which itself lasted me 6 years of loyal service.


Fun Things To Do With a Math Or Science Degree? 564

bxwatso writes "My niece just took the ACT and got a perfect score on the math section. 25 years ago, when I took the test, the kids who aced the math section were pretty special. Her score, combined with straight A's so far in high school, suggest to me that she might be able to go to a top university (MIT?) based on her math aptitude. The rub is that she doesn't like math or science, even though she finds them easy. She doesn't want to be an engineer or scientist. I thought the folks here would be a great group to ask: What are some creative, not too nerdy professions that nonetheless require a talent for math, engineering, or science?"

Submission + - Online Help Sought To Organize Galaxies

Petersko writes: Scientists need help sorting through an unusual digital photo album: pictures of about 1 million galaxies. The catalog of galaxies will help researchers understand how galaxies form and interact. They are asking volunteers on the Internet to help classify the galaxies as either elliptical or spiral and note, where possible, in which direction they rotate. It would be the largest galactic census ever compiled, something scientists say would provide new insight into the structure of the universe... Volunteers would sign on to the Web site complete a brief tutorial and pick through one galaxy after another. The galaxies would be identified by several people to guard against errors and pranks, and scientists would rule on any disputes.

Microsoft CEO Claims iPhone Will Be Bust 463

Theaetetus writes "In an interview with USA Today, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer claimed there is no chance that the iPhone is going to get any significant market share. The article also deals with Microsoft's friction with the Justice Department, friction with Google, and the profitability of MSN. 'No chance. It's a $500 subsidized item. They may make a lot of money. But if you actually take a look at the 1.3 billion phones that get sold, I'd prefer to have our software in 60% or 70% or 80% of them, than I would to have 2% or 3%, which is what Apple might get. In the case of music, Apple got out early. They were the first to really recognize that you couldn't just think about the device and all the pieces separately. Bravo. Credit that to Steve (Jobs) and Apple. They did a nice job. But it's not like we're at the end of the line of innovation that's going to come in the way people listen to music, watch videos, etc. I'll bet our ads will be less edgy. But my 85-year-old uncle probably will never own an iPod, and I hope we'll get him to own a Zune.'"
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Submission + - Games on Vista Will Connect to Xbox Live

nmb3000 writes: There has always been a separation between PC games and their cousins on game consoles, and one of these defining barriers has been the inability to play networked games that mix PC and console clients together into a seamless cross-platform experience. It seems, however, that this may be about to change with a new lineup of games coming of Windows Vista in 2007. Microsoft recently announced at CES that games for Vista utilizing DirectX 10 will be able to connect and participate fully in Xbox Live's services. This includes online game play and all related features such as voice communication. This means popular online games such as Halo 2's multiplayer will no longer be limited to console owners; from the article: "In addition, "Halo® 2" for Windows Vista (Microsoft Game Studios/Bungie Studios) will also support Live, including enabling Windows gamers to communicate with Xbox Live gamers and earn Achievements in the famed "Halo 2" campaign — a first for any "Halo" title on any platform."

TiVoToGo for Mac Announced 118

An anonymous reader writes "After much anticipation, some backpedaling, a bite of hope, and a delayed release date, TiVoToGo Mac Edition is here. While there have been some unofficial hacks, those solutions have not been ideal for everyone. With support for transferring shows and burning to DVD/iPod, TiVoToGo is bundled as a part of Roxio's Toast Titanium software that will be announced tomorrow at Macworld."
The Matrix

Journal Journal: My Epic Matrix Pilgrimage

When The Matrix came out in '99 I was working part-time shifts at my school's Mac Lab as a support-monkey. The day my buddies went to go see it they came back to the Lab and pleaded with me to take-off early and join them for a second screening. I declined, but joined them for their third screening a few days later.
User Journal

Journal Journal: Personal Roadmap

Part I: Whatever looks good to PBS (and other, lesser orgs) in my Portfolio

One of my next projects will be to create an interactive world map depicting regions in which the different standardized Unicode scripts are used.

While's lists are informative, they lack a certain... Panache? Usability?

You scratch my tape, and I'll scratch yours.