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Comment Special Pleading. (Score 1) 453

This isnt about issues with the scientific method. Intellectually honest scientists dont care about how studys/experiments turn out. They have no vested interest, or sought outcome. However this article is not about honest scientists at all, its about well known frauds who found that their results didnt match their beliefs, and so they made up an excuse for why.

United States

Submission + - More Than 1 Percent of Americans are Incarcerated

imasu writes: The Globe And Mail reports on a Pew Study indicating that more than 1% of Americans, for the first time in history, are behind bars.

FTA: "For the first time in history, more than one in every 100 American adults is in jail or prison, according to a new report tracking the surge in inmate population and urging states to rein in corrections costs with alternative sentencing programs."
Media

Submission + - SPAM: Gartner: HD DVD price cuts only prolong agony

alphadogg writes: Price cuts by Toshiba on its HD DVD players in the U.S. earlier this month may prove to be "useless resistance" in the battle against the rival Blu-ray Disc optical disc format, according to Gartner. The market research company expects Blu-ray Disc to win the battle against HD DVD in the consumer market by the end of 2008, becoming the next generation replacement for DVDs. "Gartner believes that Toshiba's price-cutting may prolong HD DVD's life a little, but the limited line-up of film titles will inflict fatal damage on the format."
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Wireless Networking

Submission + - SPAM: Sony shows off wireless data transfer at 560Mbps

WirePosted writes: "Sony has announced a new close proximity wireless transfer Technology enabling the high speed transfer of large data files such as photos and HD images between electronic devices such as mobile phones, digital cameras, digital video cameras, computers and TVs.The new technology, called TransferJet, enables data to be sent at speeds of 560Mbps and is on display at CES."
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Biotech

Submission + - Making Bacteria Behind Tooth Decay Self-Destruct

Ponca City, We Love You writes: "The ability of Streptococcus mutans to survive in its own acidic waste is one reason that the species is the main driver of tooth decay worldwide. The bacteria's acid-resistance has several components including a bacterial enzyme called fatty acid biosynthase M (FabM), which when shut down, makes S. mutans 10,000 times more vulnerable to acid damage. A team led by Robert G. Quivey, Ph.D have genetically engineered a mutant form of S. mutans with the FabM gene removed and now the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) is funding the team to create a catalogue of proteins that, along with FabM, can serve as targets for a multi-pronged attack on bacteria that tend to evolve around single-thrust treatments. "Our first goal is to force the major bacterium behind tooth decay to destroy itself with its own acid as soon as it eats sugar," says Quivey. "After that, this line of work could help lead to new anti-bacterial combination therapies for many infections that have become resistant to antibiotics.""
Television

Submission + - Is the HD DVD Format Dead?

Reservoir Hill writes: "Warner Brothers announced that it will release high-definition DVDs exclusively in Sony's Blu-ray format, dealing a big blow to Toshiba's rival HD DVD technology. Warner Brothers is Hollywood's biggest seller of DVDs, representing about 18 to 20 percent of sales in the United States and was one of the few studios backing both formats. "A two-format landscape has led to consumer confusion and indifference toward high definition, which has kept the technology from reaching mass adoption and becoming the important revenue stream that it can be for the industry," said Kevin Tsujihara, President of Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group. Saul Hansell at the NY Times says he wouldn't spend money on an HD DVD player until this all sorts out and expects many consumers to return their Christmas HD DVD players and exchange them for Blu-ray devices."
The Courts

Submission + - Atheists not allowed to adopt children-> 4

gollum123 writes: "From Time, After six years of childless marriage, John and Cynthia Burke of Newark decided to adopt a baby boy through a state agency ( http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,877155,00.html ) . John Burke, an atheist, and his wife, a pantheist, left the line for religious affiliation blank on the forms. Superior Court Judge William Camarata raised the religious issue. Inestimable Privilege. In an extraordinary decision, Judge Camarata denied the Burkes' right to the child because of their lack of belief in a Supreme Being. Despite the Burkes' "high moral and ethical standards," he said, the New Jersey state constitution declares that "no person shall be deprived of the inestimable privilege of worshiping Almighty God in a manner agreeable to the dictates of his own conscience." Despite Eleanor Katherine's tender years, he continued, "the child should have the freedom to worship as she sees fit, and not be influenced by prospective parents who do not believe in a Supreme Being." Two weeks ago, aided by the American Civil Liberties Union, the Burkes appealed directly to the New Jersey Supreme Court, which agreed to hear the case. If they fail in their appeal, Eleanor Katherine may have to leave the only family she has ever known and await adoption by another couple whose religious convictions satisfy the State of New Jersey."
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The Internet

Submission + - Making the web better through social resourcing

An anonymous reader writes: Trading sites like Freecycle have been gaining traction. It's a great use of the web. Now we're seeing new sites come up targeting even more specific niches like textbooks for college students and personal and small business loans.

What business models can these "social service" sites use to survive in addition to ads, affiliate marketing, etc. There's no doubt that these sites help make the web a better place...but in order to continue they need to sustain themselves. So what are some new ways that this can be done?
Censorship

Submission + - Australia to censor the internet->

SenatorLuddite writes: From January 20, 2008 new content laws introduced by the Federal Government will force sites to verify the age of users before accessing content intended for mature audiences (MA15+ and R18+). The laws bring internet classification into line with Film and Book classification laws and completely prohibits X18+ and RC content from the internet.

ACMA (The Australian Communications and Media Authority) claims that adults will not be affected by the new laws, yet user-generated and even chatrooms are required to be assessed for classification and powers are granted to ACMA to send 'take down' notices to offending sites.

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Security

Submission + - Australian ISP pulls unmetered a/v downloads-> 1

duncan bayne writes: "Not satisfied with pulling OpenOffice from their unmetered downloads site, Telstra BigPond have also pulled all anti-virus software, fearing competition with their subscription-based security package. To cap it off, one of their representatives denied having done so, only to be busted after a quick check on archive.org."
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Lord of the Rings

Submission + - PJs making The Hobbit->

An anonymous reader writes: Peter Jackson has announced that The Hobbit is being made. The story will be in 2 films, and shot simultaneously like Lord Of The Rings. Filming is set for 2009 with the first part expected for release in 2010. "A decision still has to be made on who will direct the films, who will be cast and where they will be filmed."
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Music

Submission + - Next for Apple: Lossless iTunes Store->

DrJenny writes: C|net has an interesting piece running at the moment about why Apple developed their own lossless codec, and more importantly that iTunes will become a download store for lossless audio, potentially from all the major labels. This would be a massively positive move for people who spend hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars on hi-fi gear, but refuse to give money to stores that only offer compressed music. It's a big FLAC, DRM, ALAC and GB discussion, but it's a very exciting perspective, and surely one that'll pan out meaning audiophiles will finally be able to take advantage of legal digital downloads.
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Space

Submission + - Arthur C. Clarke's 90th Birthday Video Message

SoyChemist writes: Just before completing his 90th orbit around the sun, Sir Arthur C. Clarke recorded what may be one of his last messages to the world. "The golden age of space is only just beginning... Space travel and space tourism will one day become almost as commonplace as flying to exotic destinations on our own planet," said the legendary science fiction author. He wished for proof of extraterrestiral life, freedom from our addiction to oil, and an end to the civil war in Sri Lanka — his adopted home. The wheelchair-bound legend concluded by saying that in spite of his many accomplishments, he would most like to be remembered as a writer that entertained many people.
Microsoft

Submission + - Michael Bay blames MS for HD format war->

An anonymous reader writes: In a post on his official forum site shootfortheedit.com, Transformers director Michael Bay says the following about the format war between HD-DVD and Blu-Ray:

http://www.shootfortheedit.com/forum/showthread.php?t=595

    "What you don't understand is corporate politics. Microsoft wants both formats to fail so they can be heroes and make the world move to digital downloads. That is the dirty secret no one is talking about. That is why Microsoft is handing out $100 million dollar checks to studios just embrace the HD DVD and not the leading, and superior Blu Ray. They want confusion in the market until they perfect the digital downloads. Time will tell and you will see the truth."

The Register has also picked up on the story

http://www.reghardware.co.uk/2007/12/06/bay_blames_ms/

Is this an attempt to use the popularity of Transformers to drum up popularity for Sony's Blu-Ray format, or did Microsoft really engineer a no-winners format war as part of a long-term divide-and-conquer strategy that would eventually send people flocking to digital downloads to get HD content?

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