To be fair, when Virginia gets 2 inches of snow they have to shut down the entire state.
Last night my wife accidentally erased an email she was typing with Undo (from a contextual menu, trying to use spellcheck on a Mac). Naturally, she only complained to me about it after getting annoyed and closing the window, too late to learn about the wonders of Redo.
Most of them are easily curable with antibiotics or not deadly. HPV is the other big deadly sexually-transmitted virus, and there are parents who refuse to get their daughters vaccinated for the same reason.
Unfortunately, memes don't spread entirely through reproduction.
No, because parents will refuse to let their children get vaccinated because that would encourage them to have premarital sex.
Considering the narcotic + acetaminophen mixtures have been on the market for far longer than the FDA knew (or at least publicly admitted it knew) that acetaminophen was at all damaging to the liver, this seems really unlikely.
Before the first iMac too, or was I just trolled?
He doesn't know what he's talking about. Any random Slashdot poster can understand any arbitrarily complex patent and explain why it's invalid because a common household item is prior art.
An anonymous reader writes "Serious heart surgery usually involves stopping the organ and keeping the patient alive with a cardiopulmonary bypass machine. But this risks brain damage and requires a long recuperation. Scientists at Harvard University and Children's Hospital Boston have now developed a device lets surgeons operate on a beating heart with a steady hand. The 'robotic' device uses 3-D ultrasound images to predict and compensate for the motion of the heart so that the surgeon can work on a faulty valve as it moves. The approach should improve recovery times and give a surgeon instant feedback on the success of the procedure the researchers say. Watch a (slightly gory) video of the device in action here"
snydeq writes "Cloud computing will soon become an area of hot debate in Washington, as the increasing popularity of cloud-based services is putting pressure on policy makers to answer tough questions on the privacy and security of data in the cloud. For example: Who owns the data that consumers store on the network? Should law enforcement agencies have easier access to personal information in the cloud than data on a personal computer? Do government procurement regulations need to change to allow agencies to embrace cloud computing? So far, U.S. courts have generally ruled that private data stored in the cloud doesn't enjoy the same level of protection from law enforcement searches that data stored on a personal computer does, said Ari Schwartz, COO of the Center for Democracy and Technology. 'I do think government has an almost infinite ability to screw up things when they can't see the future,' former Bill Clinton tech policy advisor Mike Nelson added. 'We have to have leadership that believes in empowering users and empowering citizens.'"
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geoffspear writes "The Virginia Supreme Court today ruled that the state's anti-spam law violates the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The ruling hinges on the law's failure to make an exception for political and religious unsolicited bulk email, though the decision was made in a case in which the Court reversed the conviction of a spammer who sent only commercial spam."
Apathist (741707) writes "Respect for the dead be damned. There don't appear to be many details yet, but convicted spammer Edward Davidson has died in an apparent murder/suicide, a few days after escaping from a minimum security prison. What do you think, death too severe a consequence for such people?"
You may have noticed a number of stories recently about undersea cables getting cut around the world. Apparently the total is now up to 5, but the scariest part of this is that Iran is now offline. You can also read Schneier's comments on this coincidence. Update: 02/06 17:42 GMT by Z : As a commenter notes, though the country of Iran is obviously experiencing some networking difficulties, it is not offline.
Voline (207517) writes "As of 09:15 GMT the popular, private, Bittorrent-tracking site, Demonoid, is offline. Attempting to load the site results in blank white page with only the following text on it:
Demonoid had previously moved it's servers to Canada from the Netherlands to avoid legal threats there.""The CRIA [Canadian Recording Industry Association] threatened the company renting the servers to us, and because of this it is not possible to keep the site online. Sorry for the inconvenience and thanks for your understanding."