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+ - Disabled Woman Denied Entrance to USA Due to Private Medical Records-> 4

Submitted by Jah-Wren Ryel
Jah-Wren Ryel (80510) writes "The latest from the front lines in the War on Dignity:

In 2012, Canadian Ellen Richardson was hospitalized for clinical depression. This past Monday she tried to board a plane to New York for a $6,000 Caribbean cruise. DHS denied her entry, citing supposedly private medical records listing her hospitalization."

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Comment: Re:Intel was not an option (Score 1) 229

by HardYakka (#44242643) Attached to: Opinion: Apple Should Have Gone With Intel Instead of TSMC

I normally do not reply to ACs,but:

2011 EPS 2.39
2012 EPS 2.13
2013 EPS 1.87 (est)

EPS growth rate -4% vs. the semiconductor industry 6.9%

I'd say that is sagging - not a collapse, but sagging, especially for long term investors who are used to double digit gains from the Wintel days

Comment: Re:Intel was not an option (Score 1) 229

by HardYakka (#44178937) Attached to: Opinion: Apple Should Have Gone With Intel Instead of TSMC

Of course it is an option.

Intel's profits have been sagging for a few years due to the drop in PC sales, which is their core business. They have been unsuccessful for the most part in cracking the mobile device marker despite a lot of effort.

Investors have been pushing management to take some of their world class factories and make money fabbing chips for other companies, something that would have a big impact on their bottom line since their manufacturing technology is a generation ahead of everyone else and therefor would command a premium.

Intel has already signed fab agreements with other companies and it has been common knowledge for a while that Intel and Apple were in talks about just such a deal: http://www.tomshardware.com/news/Foundry-manufacturing-Apple-Intel-14nm,21400.html

Not heading in this direction would have caused shareholder revolt.


+ - Possible cure for the common cold and more->

Submitted by HardYakka
HardYakka (265884) writes "A team of researchers at MIT's Lincoln Laboratory have designed a drug that can identify cells that have been infected by any type of virus, then kill those cells to terminate the infection.
The researchers tested their drug against 15 viruses, and found it was effective against all of them — including rhinoviruses that cause the common cold, H1N1 influenza, a stomach virus, a polio virus, dengue fever and several other types of hemorrhagic fever."

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+ - Right-Wing Extremists Tricked by Trojan Shirts->

Submitted by gzipped_tar
gzipped_tar (1151931) writes "Fans at a recent right-wing extremist rock festival in Germany thought they were getting free T-shirts that reflected their nationalistic worldview. But after the garment's first wash they discovered otherwise. The original image rinsed away to reveal a hidden message from an activist group. It reads: "If your T-shirt can do it, so can you. We'll help to free you from right-wing extremism.""
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Comment: Limitation of search (Score 1) 407

by HardYakka (#26677387) Attached to: Google Search Flagging Everything As Potentially Harmful

I starting seeing this problem around 8:30 am est and tried to search the web for information about it, to see if it was something specific to my computer/isp/settings.

I guess that is a big limitation of the internet - it's very hard to find information about events as they happen since:
1. Search indexes need to be updated, which takes time
2. Community sites need to wait for stories to be submitted and edited or dug up
3. Major news organizations only rush stories with mass appeal.

I haven't used IRC in a while - maybe it would be better for disseminating breaking tech news? (or I should check out twitter)


+ - WordPress blocked by Turkey to appease creationist->

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John Hawks
John Hawks writes "The entire WordPress domain has been blocked by the Turkish government, and the WordPress blog carries a reaction. The blockage comes at the request of Adnan Oktar, a.k.a. Harun Yahya, best known as one of the foremost international promoters of creationism. Oktar alleges that WordPress sites have defamed him, and has demanded satisfaction. The Scientific American blog has more details on this matter and the news earlier this week that ScienceBlogger P. Z. Myers has been sued for libel."
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+ - Special wireless eggs transmit data, save species->

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coondoggie writes "Electronic eggs that transmit real-time incubation data from the nest to researchers are all the rage this summer. The telemetric egg, placed in the nest after the mother has laid her eggs, contains sensors that record temperatures on four quadrants of the egg's surface as well as in the egg's interior. Motion detectors record how frequently the mother turns the egg during incubation. Data are sent wirelessly via an antenna to a receiver and data logger. The data are recorded 24 hours a day and downloaded to a computer every 48 hours.The data have been key this summer at the Smithsonian's National Zoo to record important information about Kori Bustard — a threatened African bird species — during their incubation and subsequent hatching. The telemetric eggs have also helped two flamingo pairs sitting on eggs at the same zoo. http://www.networkworld.com/community/node/17910"
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Microsoft to Offer Free Online Storage 290

Posted by samzenpus
from the the-first-500-megs-are-free dept.
athloi writes "Microsoft Corp. is giving computer users up to 500 megabytes of online storage for their documents, music, photos and video. They're offering it to a select 5,000 test users for now, but will make it widely available later this summer. This move is the latest in a series by the previous large corporation we all loved to hate to compete with the newest large corporation we might hate and fear, Google."

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