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+ - Obama signs 'Monsanto Protection Act' Into Law->

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An anonymous reader writes "Despite over 250,000 people's names on a petition asking for a veto of the the spending bill, Obama on Thursday signed into law HR 933 which includes a rider referred to as the "Monsanto Protection Act." This provision "effectively bars federal courts from being able to halt the sale or planting of GMO or GE crops and seeds, no matter what health consequences from the consumption of these products may come to light in the future... With HR 933 now a law, however, the court system no longer has the right to step in and protect the consumer.""
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Girl Quits On Dry Erase Board a Hoax 147

Posted by samzenpus
from the take-this-job-and-shove-it dept.
suraj.sun writes "It's the same old story: young woman quits, uses dry erase board and series of pictures to let entire office know the boss is a sexist pig, exposes his love of playing FarmVille during work hours." Story seem too good to be true? It probably is, at least according to writer Peter Kafka. Even so, Jay Leno and Good Morning America have already reached out to "Jenny."
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Volkswagen Creates Sewage-Powered Beetle 83

Posted by samzenpus
from the 35-miles-per-burrito dept.
Hugh Pickens writes "The Telegraph reports that Volkswagen is giving new meaning to the term 'Dung Beetle' with a prototype able to cover 10,000 miles annually on the waste from 70 households. The Bio-Bug was launched by Wessex Water, which is generating methane from human waste at a sewage treatment works near Bristol. 'Our site has been producing biogas for many years, which we use to generate electricity to power the site and export to the National Grid,' says one company official. 'We decided to power a vehicle on the gas, offering a sustainable alternative to using fossil fuels which we so heavily rely on in the UK.' The Anaerobic Digestion and Biogas Association says the launch of the Bio-Bug proves that biomethane from sewage sludge can be used as fuel. 'This is a very exciting and forward-thinking project demonstrating the myriad benefits of anaerobic digestion (releasing energy from waste). Biomethane cars could be just as important as electric cars.'"

Comment: Re:Michael Faraday (Score 1) 737

by agnosticanarch (#31443086) Attached to: What IT pioneer do you respect the most?

Ya beat me to it. I was about to ask where the Michael Faraday option was.

- Electochemistry
- Lines of Force

"Nothing is too wonderful to be true if it be consistent with the laws of nature, and in such things as these, experiment is the best test of such consistency."

I had to write a big research paper on him in high school.

Comment: Re:No thanks, MS (Score 1) 414

by agnosticanarch (#29719677) Attached to: Revisiting the Original Reviews of Windows Vista

I already switched to Ubuntu... and I keep my lil' XP going in a Sun VirtualBox, just in case I ever need it. I was using it for iTunes and SyncToy, but I haven't even done that in weeks.

That being said, I'll be getting a new system after 7 comes out just so I can learn it. My company has already said we're skipping Vista, so it's just a matter of time before I have to upgrade all the systems here from XP to 7... and I'll need to be able to support it! Yay.

Wish I could talk management into Ubuntu, but we have too many M$ developers that (say they) can't switch.

~AA

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Girls Wired To Fear Dangerous Animals 224

Posted by samzenpus
from the don't-play-with-venomous-things dept.
Foot-in-Mouth writes "New Scientist reports that girls are more "primed" to fear spiders and snakes, compared to boys. Infant boys and girls were shown pairs of images, a fearful and a happy object (such as a spider and a flower), measuring the boys' and girls' dwell times on the images. And in another similar test, normally happy objects (such as a flower) were given a fearful face and fearful objects were given a happy face. The results of these two tests suggested to the researcher that girls are not wired to fear spiders, for example, but rather girls are wired to more quickly learn to fear dangerous animals. The researcher, David Rakison at CMU, 'attributes the difference to behavioural differences between men and women among our hunter-gatherer ancestors. An aversion to spiders may help women avoid dangerous animals, but in men evolution seems to have favoured more risk-taking behaviour for successful hunting.' This reminds one of men's obsession with video games. Will game designers use this information to tweak video games for gender, either to make the games more or less frightening?"

Comment: Narrator says: (Score 1) 314

by agnosticanarch (#28780787) Attached to: FOIA Documents Detail iPods Overheating, Catching Fire

A new iPod built by my company plays a few songs. The battery flares up. The iPod explodes and burns the person wearing it. Now, should we initiate a recall? Take the number of iPods in the field, A, multiply by the probable rate of failure, B, multiply by the average out-of-court settlement, C. A times B times C equals X. If X is less than the cost of a recall, we don't do one.

Nobody said computers were going to be polite.

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