writes "Higher U.S. gasoline prices may slim more than just wallets, according to a new study from Washington University in St. Louis.
Entitled "A Silver Lining? The Connection between Gas Prices and Obesity," the study found that an additional $1 per gallon in real gasoline prices would reduce U.S. obesity by 15 percent after five years."Link to Original Source
writes "Hello fellow Slashdot nerds. This is a very hard question to ask, but I figured you guys would probably have the best advice. I am finding myself in my young, soon to be post college career with a brand new criminal record. To make matter's worse, it's for a sex crime (was mislead by someone about their age. Nothing violent or involving children). Yes I will have to register, be on probation for quite a while, and currently reside in a certain very conservative state in the south famous for a certain cartoon mouse. I completely accept the stupidity of what I have done and very much want to grow and move on past it.
I'm a graphical artist by trade, but with a lot of web design experience as well. Also have a good deal of IT experience, was thinking of getting a certification in something. What I want to know, however, is how hard is it to get a job in the tech industry with this kind of Scarlet Letter? I have every intention of being upfront and honest about my past with any potential employer, and making every effort to communicate my regret for my past, the fact that I'm not a threat to anyone, and my desire to prove myself. Are more technical employers willing to look past such things and give you a chance? Is there any advice people can give me on properly presenting this issue, and finding understanding employers? thanks!"
writes "Anti-piracy is squeezing the legitimate user once again. The new Bioshock game from 2K Studios only allows you to install the game twice, no ifs ands or buts. Even though the "Update" for the article says that 2K has replied with a solution, if you read the following forum posts, users have tried the fix and has not been confirmed to work. You might want to hurry before the thread is locked and or deleted, like so many others. This might fuel the fires of piracy, to give legitimate customers a work around until they get the official company line."Link to Original Source
writes "Nichole R. Nason, administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov/, put a new rule into effect that NHTSA officials, including scientists and engineers, are no longer allowed to be quoted by reporters, according to the New York Times http://wheels.blogs.nytimes.com/2007/08/22/whats-o ff-the-record-at-nhtsa-almost-everything/. If the officials want to say anything, it has to be off the record. Most reporters refuse to work under those conditions. The only one they can quote is Nason herself, who is a lawyer. However, she refused to be interviewed about the no-attribution policy. NHTSA conducts extensive traffic safety research, and over the last 30 years its engineers and scientists, who were proud of their work, used to talk to anybody."Link to Original Source
writes "With all the controversy about corporations, media outlets and government officials messing around with Wikipedia entries, HowStuffWorks has a backgrounder on How the Wikipedia Scanner Works and the method beyond the madness from WikiScanner's creator, Virgil Griffith. Now about that edited lightsaber entry..."Link to Original Source