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Submission + - Brein forges document in Pirate Bay court case (brokep.com)

aaardwark writes: According to overwhelming evidence from Peter Sunde, forged evidence has surfaced in the Netherlands Pirate Bay court case. Brein has denied forging the evidence, but forgot to fix the pdf footers. The document was supposed to prove a connection between Fredrik Neij and Reservella. This was needed to add the company to the defending parties without having to pay the 60.000 euro legal fees for the first part of the trial. Since an investigation has shown the current defending parties did not own The Pirate Bay.

Submission + - New method for creating Flu vaccine - use cows. (irishtimes.com)

VShael writes: For those who don't like needles, we may soon have an alternative to the annual flu jab.

Immuron, an Australian company, has two anti-diarrhoea products on the market already, and they are soon to add a third. All three products are based on bovine anti-bodies, produced in cow's milk after the animals have been inoculated with a virus.

It is expected that the spray, called Flubody, will be launched within 18 months, according to Oren Fuerst, spokesman for Immuron, the Australian company developing it. Scientists at Immuron say Flubody acts immediately and could even stop the disease in its tracks.

"It is applied directly to the respiratory mucosa (the lining of the respiratory tract), where it can prevent infection of cells by the virus. And, perhaps more importantly, it can stop an active infection from spreading from cell to cell, thereby stopping the progress of disease," according to Fuerst.

This process is 100 times cheaper than current vaccine production methods that involve cloned and highly purified monoclonal antibodies, he says.

A single 50 microgram dose reduced the level of infection a hundredfold compared to untreated mice. But a 1,000 microgram dose completely cleared the virus in all animals treated, he indicates.


Submission + - Would you fire this person? 1

Esther Schindler writes: "The people who make a manager's (or techie's) life difficult aren't the ones who are incompetent. Their massive failures make it easy to identify them and eliminate them without angst. It's the people who are semicompetent who drive us nuts.

Nobody wants to fire anyone. It's a yucky thing to do, especially when the individual is nice and when their work can be good-to-excellent...but it just isn't, often enough. There's a point, though, at which you say, "That does it." How do you know when you've reached it? Can you ever be sure if you made the right decision?

Well, today you can. Because in this CIO.com article, Would You Fire This Person? you'll read about a real employee whose work was below par, from the manager's point of view. You decide if you would fire Eric, after reading a 1,000-word case study describing his good and bad points. Then — after saying what you would do — compare your decision to that of 16 other people, one of whom said, "I get heart palpitations just reading about this guy." At the end, you find out what the real guy's fate was."

Submission + - Va. court strikes down anti-spam law (google.com)

Eponymous Coward writes: From the Article: 'The Virginia Supreme Court declared the state's anti-spam law unconstitutional Friday and reversed the conviction of a man once considered one of the world's most prolific spammers. The court unanimously agreed with Jeremy Jaynes' argument that the law violates the free-speech protections of the First Amendment because it does not just restrict commercial e-mails.'
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Submission + - Senate panel approves RIAA-backed copyright bill (cnet.com)

JagsLive writes: WASHINGTON--A U.S. Senate panel on Thursday overwhelmingly approved a bill backed by the recording industry that would give federal prosecutors the power to file civil lawsuits against peer-to-peer users who violate copyright laws. By a 14-4 margin, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted for the Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights Act, which would create stricter IP laws, as well as increase the ability of the White House and Justice Department to enforce those laws. All four dissenters were Republicans: John Kyl of Arizona, Jeff Sessions of Alabama, Sam Brownback of Kansas, and Tom Coburn of Oklahoma. "We all know that intellectual property makes up some of the most valuable, and most vulnerable, property we have," said Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), who introduced the bill with Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) in July. "We need to do more to protect it from theft and abuse if we hope to continue being a world leader in innovation." Leahy added an amendment that he said would address some privacy concerns. The amendment expanded mandatory, court-issued protective orders to cover any records seized by law enforcement, to protect potentially confidential or private information. (The Justice Department's proposed power to file civil lawsuits remains intact.) Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) added two successful amendments to the bill: One adds the Department of Agriculture as a member of the interagency intellectual property enforcement advisory committee. His other amendment ensures a transition of power from the government's current IP efforts to a new IP coordinator, once he or she is confirmed by Congress. The Recording Industry Association of America and the Motion Picture Association of America have supported the bill. On Thursday, the National Association of Manufacturers and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce also expressed their approval of the vote. ( http://news.cnet.com/8301-13578_3-10039745-38.html )

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