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by Hal9000_sn3 (#22115436) Attached to: Researchers Work To Perfect Computerized Lip Reading
Look Dave, I can see you're really upset about this. I honestly think you ought to sit down calmly, take a stress pill, and think things over.
I know I've made some very poor decisions recently, but I can give you my complete assurance that my work will be back to normal. I've still got the greatest enthusiasm and confidence in the mission. And I want to help you.
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In the 80's there were a series of commercials for Reeses Peanut Butter Cups that revolved around the theme of accidental meetings between chocolate and peanut butter. The individuals would realize that the two tastes that they loved separately were even better together. Two great loves for many card carrying geeks are digital photography and astronomy. "

Biotech

+ - Doping: Beyond Sports?->

Submitted by runamock
runamock (1151441) writes "The Los Angeles Times ran a story on the growing use of 'mind drugs': 'Forget sports doping. The next frontier is brain doping.. Despite the potential side effects, academics, classical musicians, corporate executives, students and even professional poker players have embraced the drugs to clarify their minds, improve their concentration or control their emotions.. Unlike the anabolic steroids, human growth hormone and blood-oxygen boosters that plague athletic competitions, the brain drugs haven't provoked similar outrage. People who take them say the drugs aren't giving them an unfair advantage but merely allow them to make the most of their hard-earned skills.'"
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Sci-Fi

+ - Robbie Williams to play Captain Kirk

Submitted by AxminsterLeuven
AxminsterLeuven (963108) writes "After yesterday's announcement that Leonard Nimoy will be playing Spock again, reports are coming in that none other than Robbie Williams will be cast as Captain Kirk. Here's just one example, that quotes director J.J. Abrams as saying: "I think (Williams)'d be a good Captain Kirk. The Kirk in my movie is quite young, it's like the early years.""
NASA

+ - House: Investigate NASA General Counsel

Submitted by Doc Ruby
Doc Ruby (173196) writes "_Government Executive_ magazine reports that the Democratic and Republican ranking members of the House Science and Technology committee's Investigations subcommittee have formally requested the Justice Department investigate the NASA General Counsel (top lawyer) Michael Wholley for destroying all recordings of his meeting with NASA Administrator Michael Griffin:

At a May subcommittee hearing, Wholley testified that he broke the disks in pieces and threw them away, shortly after the agency chief of staff collected all known recordings of the meeting. Griffin had called the meeting to discuss an IG group investigation that found the appearance of a lack of independence in Inspector General Robert Cobb's close relationship with the administrator. The investigation did not find evidence of an actual lack of independence. [...]
"Wholley's knowing destruction of sensitive records in his possession was a great detriment to our committees' investigations," [...]
The lawmakers rejected Wholley's argument that the recordings were not yet government records when he destroyed them
"
Power

+ - Japanese company admits nuclear accident cover up

Submitted by
a-charles
a-charles writes "Reuters reports on a disturbing anouncement for anyone in the same state as a nuclear power plant:

"A Japanese power company admitted on Thursday that it had covered up a 1999 incident in which mishandling of nuclear fuel rods led to an unintended self-sustaining nuclear fission chain reaction for 15 minutes."

"Hokuriku Electric said the mishandling of nuclear fuel rods caused the company's Shiga No. 1 nuclear unit in central Japan to go into a "critical state" for 15 minutes in June 1999. The unit was shut down manually after an automatic shut-down function failed."

"The news... is likely to further dent public confidence in Japan's nuclear power industry, already undermined by safety scandals over the past decade."
And a separate incident later that year:

"In one of Japan's worst nuclear accidents, two workers were killed in September 1999, when workers at a nuclear facility in Tokaimura, northeast of Tokyo, set off an uncontrolled nuclear chain reaction by using buckets to mix nuclear fuel in a lab."
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Businesses

+ - Bank of America Makes Money Off of Your Prudence

Submitted by bizzynut
bizzynut (887594) writes "Bank of America credit card customers recently received a notice in snail mail about a new higher minimum finance charge. Customers who don't want to pay the higher fee are welcome to opt out... all they need to do is send a letter including their ENTIRE CREDIT NUMBER to a P.O. box somewhere in Delaware. The notice from the bank simply identifies the recipient as "customer" and includes the last four digits of your credit card number (something that can be found on a receipt you dropped).

A letter like this arriving in your email inbox would set off an alarm. You would throw it away without a second thought. Throw this letter away, though, and you are actually agreeing to a needlessly high finance charge.

How can Bank of America, an organization that goes to great lengths to ensure your online security, stoop to taking advantage of your due care regarding your credit card information in order to make an extra buck?"
Television

+ - Gumby on YouTube

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "In celebration of the 50th birthday of the first Gumby television serries, YouTube is airing the very first episode. From the article:

"The original TV episodes from the '50s and '60s have been digitally remastered by Joe Clokey, son of Gumby creator Art Clokey. The '50s episodes have also been restored to their original eleven-minute format, having been previously re-edited to create two six-minute shorts. All 223 installments, complete with restored soundtracks, will roll out over the digital channels during the next few months."
Viewers can find the first episode on the DMGI YouTube Channel."
Music

+ - Students busted on piracy charges

Submitted by taoman1
taoman1 (1050536) writes "The music industry is asking 50 Ohio University students to pay $3,000 each to avoid lawsuits accusing them of pirating songs off the Internet. The Recording Industry Association of America asked the university to pass along letters to the students with Internet addresses accused of being involved with the illegal sharing of copyrighted music. The university notified the students on Monday. "The downloading has occurred and we can't change that, but we can let them know what their options are," OU spokeswoman Sally Linder said Wednesday."

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