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+ - Terry Pratchett Considers Assisted Suicide Process->

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cHALiTO
cHALiTO writes "Beloved science fiction and fantasy writer Terry Pratchett has terminal early-onset Alzheimer's. He's determined to have the option of choosing the time and place of his death, rather than enduring the potentially horrific drawn-out death that Alzheimer's sometimes brings. But Britain bans assisted suicide, and Pratchett is campaigning to have the law changed. As part of this, he has visited Switzerland's Dignitas clinic, an assisted suicide facility, with a BBC camera crew, as part of a documentary will include Britain's first televised suicide. Pratchett took home Dignitas's assisted suicide consent forms."
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+ - Science magazine makes scientists dance

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cHALiTO
cHALiTO writes "John Bohannon has a nice article in science magazine asking a simple question: can scientists dance? His way of finding out turns out to be quite interesting. From the Article:


"Can scientists dance?" (If you've ever witnessed the weddinglike awkwardness of dances at scientific conferences, you know what I mean.)
The rules were simple: Using no words or images, interpret your Ph.D. thesis in dance form. Entrants were divided into three categories — graduate student, postdoc, and professor — and the prize for each was a year's subscription to Science.

Also check out his site if you think you can dance out your CS thesis."
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+ - Nintendo Wii Fully Hacked at 24C3, runs Homebrew->

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cHALiTO writes "From the site:
The guys over at 24C3 just demoed a Wii hack that is set to provide native Wii homebrew in the near future (not running in GC mode, and with full access to all the Wii hardware!)
They were able to find encryption and decryption keys by doing full memory dumps at runtime over a custom serial interface. Using these keys, they were able to create a Wii 'game' that ran their own code (their demo happened to show live sensor/Wiimote information, amongst a few other things).
Read here and watch video here."

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