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Comment Salad dressing! (Score 1) 393

Use lemon juice in place of wine vinegar in an Italian dressing.

Marcella Hazan says that a salad dressing requires four cooks: a judicious cook with the salt, a prodigal with the olive oil, a miser with the acid, and a patient cook to toss. The ingredients should be poured on the salad separately, then tossed. Pre-mixed "Italian" dressing is as Italian as chicken tikka masala is Indian.


Submission + - Study finds P2P has no effect on legal music sales

MBrichacek writes: "A new study in the has found that illegal music downloads have had no noticeable effects on the sale of music, contrary to the claims of the recording industry. Analyzing data from the final four months of 2002, the researchers estimated that P2P affected no more than 0.7% of sales in that timeframe. The study reports that 803 million CDs were sold in 2002, which was a decrease of about 80 million from the previous year. The RIAA has blamed the majority of the decrease on piracy, and has maintained that argument in recent years as music sales have faltered. Yet according to the study, the impact from file sharing could not have been more than 6 million albums total in 2002, leaving 74 million unsold CDs without an excuse for sitting on shelves."

Submission + - VeriSign implants 222 people with RFID chips

cnet-declan writes: "Anyone remember VeriChip, a company that came up with the idea of implanting chips in humans for tracking them? They've been behind ideas like RFID tagging immigrant and guest workers at the border, and they've persuaded a former Bush Health Secretary to get himself chipped. In this CNET article, we offer an update on how successful the idea has been. It turns out that, according to IPO documents, 222 people have been implanted, with sales revenue of $100,000."
Media (Apple)

Norway Outlaws iTunes 930

haddieman notes that while many people are getting more and more annoyed at DRM, Norway actually did something about it. The PC World article explains: "Good intentions, questionable execution. European legislators have been giving DRM considerable attention for a while, but Norway has actually gone so far as to declare that Apple's iTunes store is illegal under Norwegian law. The crux of the issue is that the Fairplay DRM that is at the heart of the iTunes/iPod universe doesn't work with anything else, meaning that if you want access to the cast iTunes library, you have to buy an iPod."

Submission + - US Military Tests out Non-Lethal Heat Ray

URSpider writes: " is reporting on a US military test of a new antipersonnel heat ray. The weapon focuses non-lethal millimeter-wave radiation onto humans, raising their skin surface temperature to an uncomfortable 130 F. The goal is to make the targets drop any weapons and flee the scene. The device was apparently tested on two soldiers and a group of ten reporters, which makes me wonder how thoroughly this thing has been safety tested ..."
United States

Submission + - Military Develops Non-Lethal Ray Gun

sup2100 writes: The military's new weapon is a ray gun that shoots a beam that makes people feel as if they will catch fire. The technology is supposed to be harmless — a non-lethal way to get enemies to drop their weapons... While the sudden, 130-degree Fahrenheit heat was not painful, it was intense enough to make participants think their clothes were about to ignite.
Media (Apple)

Submission + - The Insanely Great Songs Apple Won't Let you Hear

FunkeyMonk writes: " has an article by Paul Collins explaining that the iTunes music store has thousands of tracks that you can't buy in the U.S. From the article:
The iTunes Music Store has a secret hiding in plain sight: Log out of your home account in the page's upper-right corner, switch the country setting at the bottom of the page to Japan, and you're dropped down a rabbit hole into a wonderland of great Japanese bands that you've never even heard of. And they're nowhere to be found on iTunes U.S.
The article goes on to mention a few workarounds if you want to purchase foreign tunes. But this brings up a good point — why shouldn't iTunes be the great mythical omniscient music repository where all the world's music is available instantly? Is this a case of **AA greed, or simply a marketing decision?"

Submission + - This is what happens when you don't RTFA

SQLGuru writes: onges_dc_3

People who read the article the other day that talked about how 2 minutes in the microwave would kill 99% of the bacteria on the sponge were complaining that they tried it and it ruined their microwave. Apparently, reading the whole article should have clued them in that the sponge needed to be wet. It isn't just Slashdot where people don't RTFA.

Submission + - Switzerland bans the use of GPS units in cars.

An anonymous reader writes: If you're traveling with a GPS in your car to Switzerland, be very careful! As of January 10th, the Swiss authorities (ASTRA) have forbid the use of GPS systems in cars. They also banned the selling of car GPS units throughout the country.
The reason is that the software running on these devices reveal the location of traffic radars, through which less people have been fined in the recent years and thus Swiss authorities miss a lot of money. The controversial ban has been created a large commotion inside and outside the country, forcing the authorities to put an official document online [pdf — in Germans], with answers to most frequently asked questions.
GPS devices such as TomTom, Garmin, Mio, Navman, Medion, Route 66, Packard stand Ring, Sony and ViaMichelin are all in the banned list.

Submission + - NIST Announces Contest to Replace SHA-1 Algorithm

mplex writes: From the article:
'The National Institute of Standards and Technology today announced a public competition to pick a new cryptographic hash algorithm that would become the new federal information processing standard. This evaluation process is expected to run a minimum of three years.'

This is overdue given the known weaknesses with SHA-1 and it's variants
Media (Apple)

Submission + - iTunes: Music with borders

gsn writes: Slate has an article detailing the restrictions that prevent you from buying music on iTunes across national borders. iTunes appears to have a "look but don't touch" policy which allows you to browse music from other countries, but forbids you from paying for it with a U.S. credit card. This artificial trade restriction allows the recording industry to maintain different pricing in different countries, but prevents access to some really great music. Can we ever hope to see unified pricing across the board? Will the 'i' ever mean international?

Submission + - Over One Fifth of Windows Installs Non-Genuine?

snib writes: "Microsoft disclosed Monday that, according to reports collected by the notorious Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA) tool on millions of users' PCs, 22% of all Windows installs do not pass its validation tests and have therefore been deemed non-genuine. From the article: 'Since WGA launched in July 2005, over 512 million users have attempted to validate their copy of Windows, Microsoft said. Of those, the non-genuine rate was 22.3 percent. 56,000 reports have been made by customers of counterfeit software, which grants that user a free replacement copy of Windows.'"
The Internet

Submission + - Usenet is dying - what next?

fotoguzzi writes: I'm not a power user, but Usenet made me feel like one. By traversing topic trees or keyword searching Google Groups, I was often delighted to learn that my wide-ranging quests had already been answered, or at least I could find an audience receptive to those questions. This seems no longer true for Usenet, and Google searches of the entire Internet do not seem to uncover similar sects. Has anyone adequately explained the fall of Usenet? Is there a new, improved way to find and communicate with scattered peoples who share a common interest?

Machines take me by surprise with great frequency. - Alan Turing