Pharmboy writes: According to a report in the Wall Street Journal, So-net Entertainment Corp., a Japanese ISP owned by the technology giant, said that hackers accessed its customer rewards site earlier this week and stole customers' redeemable gift points worth about $1,225. The company said there is no evidence that any personal data such as names, addresses, birth dates or phone numbers were viewed. Link to Original Source
Pharmboy writes: In an article entitled "Cloud computing and Internet use suck energy, emit CO2, says Greenpeace", the argument is put forth that the Internet is equal to the 5th largest "country" in emitting green house gases. It doesn't mention how much CO2 is saved by telecommuting and higher corporate efficiency, however. So exactly how "green" or "polluting" is the internet, really? Link to Original Source
Pharmboy writes: "The complaint, filed Friday morning in a Seattle federal court, named AOL, Apple, eBay, Facebook, Google, Netflix, Office Depot, OfficeMax, Staples, Yahoo and Google's YouTube.' The suit does not name Microsoft , which Allen co-founded with Bill Gates in 1975 but left in 1983 after being diagnosed with Hodgkin's disease. Microsoft did not reply to a request asking whether it had licensed some or all of the applicable patents from Allen's firm. Link to Original Source
Pharmboy writes: The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is seeking ways to "reinvent" journalism. According to a May 24 draft proposal, the agency thinks government should be at the center of a media overhaul. In short, the FTC wants to create a new tax for websites like Slashdot, The Drudge Report, Fark and others, and redistribute the funds to "mainstream" news agencies, partially to create an incentive "to encourage people to keep reading the dead-tree version of the news". This would be done with "copyright licenses". Rather than having faith in the capitalistic system, it would appear the FTC bureaucracy wants to declare freedom of the press as irrevocably broken, and insert their own controls, thus empowering Congress to decide who gets what funds. While some news agencies would welcome this new source of income, can we actually afford to have a press that is partially funded by the government? Link to Original Source
Pharmboy writes: "A would-be saboteur arrested today at the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland made the bizarre claim that he was from the future. Eloi Cole, a strangely dressed young man, said that he had travelled back in time to prevent the LHC from destroying the world." He warns that "Countries do not exist where I am from. The discovery of the Higgs boson led to limitless power, the elimination of poverty and Kit-Kats for everyone. It is a communist chocolate hellhole and I'm here to stop it ever happening." He was taken to a mental health facility "but later disappeared from his cell." Perhaps it was using his time machine, which resembles a common kitchen blender. Link to Original Source
Pharmboy writes: CNN is reporting that "Evolutionary psychologist Satoshi Kanazawa at the the London School of Economics and Political Science correlated data on these behaviors with IQ from a large national U.S. sample and found that, on average, people who identified as liberal and atheist had higher IQs. This applied also to sexual exclusivity in men, but not in women. The findings will be published in the March 2010 issue of Social Psychology Quarterly." Link to Original Source
Pharmboy writes: "Seems a 13 year old was trying to pose as a Steam employee to gain access to someone elses Steam account, but had the tables turned on him and ended up giving out his OWN Steam account information. In a battle of wits, it helps to be smarter than the next guy. Reported here at The Register, based on the forum exchange found here. I won't spoil the ending for you, it is something you just have to read for yourself."
Pharmboy writes: The Register reports that the main chemical in marijuana (THC) may help
stave off Alzheimer's. This was also reported on CNN, based on data published in Molecular Pharmaceutics. Add this to the recent reports that the fastest growing age group for smoking marijuana are 50 to 59 year olds, you have to ask yourself: Is it is finally time to reclassify the evil weed?
Perhaps ironic that a drug know for temporary short-term memory loss could treat a disease known for its permanant long term memory loss. Technically, it is illegal for anyone in the US to use marijuana for treatment of any disease, no matter how effective, which would make this finding moot if the laws were not changed.