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Medicine

Americans Less Healthy, But Outlive Brits 521

Posted by timothy
from the cross-cultural-croaking-comparison dept.
An anonymous reader writes with this intriguing snippet: "Older Americans are less healthy than their English counterparts, but they live as long or even longer than their English peers, according to a new study by researchers from the RAND Corporation and the Institute for Fiscal Studies in London. Researchers found that while Americans aged 55 to 64 have higher rates of chronic diseases than their peers in England, they died at about the same rate. And Americans age 65 and older — while still sicker than their English peers — had a lower death rate than similar people in England, according to findings published in the journal Demography."
Image

Education Official Says Bad Teachers Can Be Good For Students 279

Posted by samzenpus
from the hiring-on-a-curve dept.
Zenna Atkins, the chairman of the Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted), has raised some eyebrows by saying that, "every school should have a useless teacher." She stresses that schools shouldn't seek out or tolerate bad teaching, but thinks bad teachers provide a valuable life-lesson. From the article: "... on Sunday Ms Atkins told the BBC that schools needed to reflect society, especially at primary level. 'In society there are people you don't like, there are people who are incompetent and there are often people above you in authority who you think are incompetent, and learning that ability to deal with that and, actually surviving that environment can be an advantage.'"
Wii

Game Devs Migrating Toward iPhone, Away From Wii 143

Posted by Soulskill
from the paper-toss-2-the-revenge dept.
A new report by Game Developer Research reveals that the number of developers working on games for the iPhone continues to rise, roughly doubling in number from last year. At the same time, the amount of work done on games for Nintendo's Wii dropped significantly: "Just over 70 percent of developers said they were developing at least one game for PC or Mac (including browser and social games), rising slightly from last year; 41 percent reported working on console games. Within that latter group, Xbox 360 was the most popular system with 69 percent of console developers targeting it, followed by 61 percent for PlayStation 3. While those console figures stayed within a few percent of last year's results, the change in Wii adoption was much more significant: reported developer support for the system dropped from 42 percent to 30 percent of console developers, supporting numerous publishers' claims of a recent softening of the Wii market."
Media

Streaming March Madness On Linux? 120

Posted by timothy
from the when-you-can-snatch-this-pebble-from-my-hand dept.
neersign writes "March Madness is here and NCAA.com is streaming all of the games over the internet for free. The downside is they are using Microsoft technologies to do so. The standard player lists Windows XP/Vista, IE6, and WMP 9 as the base requirements. The High Quality Video Player requires Silverlight 2. So my question is: how would a Linux user be able to work around these requirements and watch the games?"
Privacy

+ - Senate introduces strong privacy bill

Submitted by
amigoro
amigoro writes "US Senators yesterday introduced a bill that better protects the privacy of citizens' personal information in the face of data security breaches across the country. Key features of the bipartisan legislation include increasing criminal penalties for identity theft involving electronic personal data and making it a crime to intentionally or willfully conceal a security breach involving personal data, giving individuals access to, and the opportunity to correct, any personal information held by commercial data brokers, requiring entities that maintain personal data to establish internal policies that protect the personal data of Americans, requiring entities that maintain personal data to give notice to individuals and law enforcement when they experience a breach involving sensitive personal data and requiring the government to establish rules protecting privacy and security when it uses information from commercial data brokers, to conduct audits of government contracts with data brokers and impose penalties on government contractors that fail to meet data privacy and security requirements."
Space

+ - Clouds Revealed on Titan

Submitted by
sporkme
sporkme writes "New images from Titan may reveal insight to the role of methane on Saturn's largest moon. From the article:

NASA's Cassini spacecraft captured the image of the 1,490-mile-diameter (2,400-kilometer-diameter) cloud on December 29, 2006. The cloud's presence fits predictions that Titan has a "methane cycle" similar to Earth's water cycle, with bodies of liquid methane evaporating and forming clouds that rain material back down on the surface.
Titan is the only moon that is known to have an atmosphere of significant composition, which in this case is almost entirely nitrogen. The cloud is about half the size of the United States, and the images are astounding."
Data Storage

+ - Carbon Nanotubes For Non-Volative Computer Memory

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Researchers at the University of California have developed telescoping carbon nanotube memory which is non-volatile and may offer the possibility of atomic-scale computer data storage that would replace both RAM, FLASH RAM, and hard drive storage in the next few cycles. The URL is http://www.physorg.com/news89986583.html."
XBox (Games)

+ - Microsoft blames their customers for poor sales

Submitted by
coderpath
coderpath writes "Are you an Asian gamer? Have you bought your XBox 360 yet? Well Microsoft wants to know Whats Wrong With U?. Targeted at Hong Kong, Taiwan, Korea and Singapore (not sure why they excluded Japan) it seems Microsoft is fed up with poor sales in Asian markets and is out to find out why. Is this a clever marketing ploy, or will it backfire?"
Music

+ - Attorneys Fees To Be Awarded Against RIAA

Submitted by
NewYorkCountryLawyer
NewYorkCountryLawyer writes "In an Oklahoma case, Capitol Records v. Debbie Foster, the Court has granted the defendant's motion for attorneys fees to be imposed against the RIAA, holding that Ms. Foster is to receive her "reasonable attorney's fees". Judge Lee R. West, in his 9-page decision(pdf), did not specify the amount to be awarded, held that the RIAA can have "discovery" on the reasonableness issue, and also ruled that Ms. Foster can also later supplement her application for additional fees. Her initial application was for approximately $55,000 in legal fees and disbursements. This is the case in which the ACLU, Public Citizen, EFF, the American Association of Law Libraries, and the ACLU Oklahoma Foundation, all filed an amicus brief on Ms. Foster's behalf, arguing to the judge that a substantial attorneys fee award was needed to discourage the RIAA's "driftnet" litigation strategy."
Linux Business

+ - Swedish Army to replace Windows NT with Red Hat

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Red Hat has entered in deal with the Swedish Army to its servers from Windows NT to Red Hat Enterprise Linux across its core IT infrastructure. Red Hat Enterprise Linux is already the operating system platform on nearly 200 servers running in-house developed software within the core IT infrastructure of the Swedish Armed Forces."
The Almighty Buck

+ - CompUSA charges tax on nontaxable CA e-waste fee

Submitted by Erin Babnik
Erin Babnik (666) writes "When ordering a display online from CompUSA, consumers in California are charged tax on the mandatory e-waste fee, a fee that is non-taxable. Since the state does not collect tax on this fee, CompUSA gets free money out of these online transactions (in addition to being able to keep three percent of the fee as a handling charge).

Here is the goverment page regarding the fee and its non-taxable status:
http://www.ciwmb.ca.gov/electronics/act2003/retail er/fee/qanda.htm"
Quake

+ - SPAM: Action video games sharpen vision 20 percent

Submitted by
FiReaNGeL
FiReaNGeL writes "Researchers at the University of Rochester have shown that people who played action video games for a few hours a day over the course of a month improved by about 20 percent in their ability to identify letters presented in clutter — a visual acuity test similar to ones used in regular ophthalmology clinics. In essence, playing video game improves your bottom line on a standard eye chart. "Action video game play changes the way our brains process visual information," said the researcher. "After just 30 hours, players showed a substantial increase in the spatial resolution of their vision, meaning they could see figures like those on an eye chart more clearly, even when other symbols crowded in." Shouldn't we all have X-ray vision at this point?"

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