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Comment Re:Yeah... there's problem in the summary (Score 1) 559

A friend of mine went to Cuba on vacation and noted that pretty much every cabbie, hotel maid, and bus driver had at least a Master's degree. Largely courtesy of two things: free higher education and a lack of jobs to keep people out of school.

On the plus side, I hear that Cuban doctors are pretty good.

Comment We did this last summer. (Score 1) 502

Now, I'd have to admit that we have free internet (I work for an ISP) but our internet bill would be around $30 a month if we didn't.

We used to pay about $80 for cable before we gave it up. Since I live in Canada, I don't really have access to Hulu.com, but CBC has all their content online, with all of the other stations (including most of the premium cable channels that we actually cared about) having about half of it, and growing.

The only thing I used to miss was Mythbusters, before discovery.ca started posting this week's episode. And if we really wanted to (and we have in the past) we could buy it on DVD. Most of the content we actually *want* to watch is available online, and we can watch it whenever we have free time - which is at a premium with a newborn and a 3-year-old. All without having to sign up for scads of crap that we're not in the least bit interested in.

The fact that the cable companies have never been interested in providing only the content that the customer wants has always been a sore point for me, as I hardly ever watched any of the basic cable channels.

Comment Re:My wife asked for one for her birthday... (Score 1) 380

Not me. My wife can already run circles around me when it comes to "persistent sexual arousal."

And the worst part is that she's been out of action since her C-section 4 weeks ago. When the doctor gives her the OK, I'm *so* dead.

Not that I mind *too* much. ;)


Woman Claims Wii Fit Caused Persistent Sexual Arousal Syndrome Screenshot-sm 380

Amanda Flowers always liked her Wii Fit but now she can't get enough of it. Amanda claims a fall from her balance board damaged a nerve and has left her suffering from persistent sexual arousal syndrome. From the article: "The catering worker said: 'It began as a twinge down below before surging through my body. Sometimes it built up into a trembling orgasm.' A doctor diagnosed her with persistent sexual arousal syndrome due to a damaged nerve."

Comment Re:census (Score 1) 309

Funny things happen in a democracy.

Like how for example, that sort of thing wouldn't wash without the support of the majority.

I think it's safe to say that in this day and age, the majority white Americans don't think it's cool to marginalize black Americans. This is a huge cultural shift from days past when it *was* okay, and even expected. It's also pretty much standard these days to think that it's not cool to do that to people of other races either.

In America's past, I would say that this was a very real danger, and in fact it has happened. These days, even suggesting something like that is a great way for a politician to lose her job. Actually changing those words into action is even more impossible. Nevermind there being certain laws against it.


Wake Forest Researchers Swap Skin Grafts For Cell Spraying 123

TigerWolf2 writes with this excerpt from a Reuters story carried by Yahoo: "Inspired by a standard office inkjet printer, US researchers have rigged up a device that can spray skin cells directly onto burn victims, quickly protecting and healing their wounds as an alternative to skin grafts. ... Tests on mice showed the spray system, called bioprinting, could heal wounds quickly and safely, the researchers reported at the Translational Regenerative Medicine Forum."

Comment Re:NOOOOO, my delicate preconceived notions! (Score 1) 428

You know what? I think it was about 10 years ago, possibly more, when I said "ICQ? *Why*? It's like IRC, but starts when you turn your computer on. I can do that with mIRC."

Apparently you haven't gone through this phase in your life yet. Here's a hint though: you're missing the boat. Stop being a curmudgeon at the age of what, 28?

Comment Re:Night Driver FTW (Score 2, Informative) 241

Yes, I wanted to point that one out too. I suspect that it also has a lot to do with how Gran Turismo aims to be a driving *simulator* and not so much a game. Most game designers drop a certain level of realism from their games to make them more fun, but the designers of GT are a) car nuts and b) totally of the mind that driving race cars is plenty of fun all by itself, thankyouverymuch.

To prove his point, and to prove that not only is GT realistic, but works well as a racing trainer, Gran Turismo's director Kazunori Yamauchi competed in the Nurburgring 4 hour race and won his class, with no other training but 1,000 laps in Gran Turismo (and any futzing around he may have done in his own cars). It was the first time he actually raced on the track, and it's worth noting for those not in the know, that the Nurbergring Nordschlief (the full course - in this particular race it took Kazunori 10 minutes to complete a single lap) is the world's most difficult race track.

That aside, the original article is pretty funny.


IT Repair Installs Webcam Spying Software 606

Vapon writes "A lady noticed her computer was running slower after she had brought her computer in to be repaired. She took the computer to a second repair shop where they found that one of the problems was that her webcam would turn on whenever it detected her around and was taking photos and uploading it to a website. The repair technician that installed the software has done this to at least 10 women and has photos of at least one undressing."

FBI Lied To Support Need For PATRIOT Act Expansion 396

I Don't Believe in Imaginary Property writes "It probably won't surprise you, but in 2005, the FBI manufactured evidence to get the power to issue National Security Letters under the PATRIOT Act. Unlike normal subpoenas, NSLs do not require probable cause and you're never allowed to talk about having received one, leading to a lack of accountability that caused them to be widely abused. The EFF has discovered via FOIA requests that an FBI field agent was forced by superiors to return papers he got via a lawful subpoena, then demand them again via an NSL (which was rejected for being unlawful at the time), and re-file the original subpoena to get them back. This delay in a supposedly critical anti-terror investigation then became a talking point used by FBI Director Robert Mueller when the FBI wanted to justify their need for the power to issue National Security Letters."

Microsoft Told to Pay Tax on License Fee 282

MissingRainbow writes "To avoid paying taxes in India, Microsoft wanted a court to believe that it is selling its product and that there are no royalty payments involved. Their own EULA worked against them in this particular case however as it states, "the product is licensed, not sold". The court ruled against them."