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Comment: Re:I'd much rather... (Score 5, Insightful) 636

by haibijon (#30438062) Attached to: "Loud Commercial" Legislation Proposed In US Congress

Regulation is bad. Period.

Yep. No regulation has done a great job historically, just look at the economy. I mean, how else are we supposed to have things like price-fixing and monopolies. Seriously though, why does everything have to be black and white. Personally, I think regulation has a place, but in moderation, where it makes sense. Unfortunately though, no regulation only works when people can regulate themselves, which doesn't appear to be reality.

If the masses stood up and said "we'll support the station that doesn't have loud ads", then those broadcasters would eventually listen. ... The loudness of advertising is none of the states business.

That would work if they didn't all do it. Unfortunately I've never seen/heard of a broadcaster who does this, and it appears that many of the commenters haven't. Instead of just saying "regulation bad!", why not be constructive and provide an example?

Digital

+ - High court won't block remote storage DVR system-> 1

Submitted by Immutate
Immutate (893019) writes "PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Cable TV operators won a key legal battle against Hollywood studios and television networks on Monday as the Supreme Court declined to block a new digital video recording system that could make it even easier for viewers to bypass commercials. The justices declined to hear arguments on whether Cablevision Systems Corp.'s remote-storage DVR system would violate copyright laws. That allows the Bethpage, N.Y.-based company to proceed with plans to start deploying the technology this summer."
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Comment: Re:What's the attack on science? (Score 1) 1306

by haibijon (#27321475) Attached to: Texas Vote May Challenge Teaching of Evolution

Evolution is a process of change in generation severe enough to result in the arise of new species. Hereditary change within a species is very proven and isn't a debately point to me.

Since you appear to not know what this word means, below is an excerpt from Webster's.

Evolution Ev`o*lu"tion\, n. [L. evolutio an unrolling: cf. F. ['e]volution evolution. See Evolve.]
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6. (Biol.) (a) A general name for the history of the steps by which any living organism has acquired the morphological and physiological characters which distinguish it; a gradual unfolding of successive phases of growth or development. (b) That theory of generation which supposes the germ to pre["e]xist in the parent, and its parts to be developed, but not actually formed, by the procreative act; -- opposed to epigenesis.
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-- Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary.

Oh, and debately is not a word, maybe you meant debatable.

Comment: Re:Mod parent up (Score 2, Informative) 1182

by haibijon (#26990937) Attached to: Gamer Claims Identifying As a Lesbian Led To Xbox Live Ban

Because it isn't really a natural form of sex....many people consider it as abnormal as necrophilia, pedophilia, or bestiality.

Really? Many researchers and observers of animal behaviors in the wild would disagree. Many species perform 'gay sex', and other homosexual behaviors, naturally. There's tons of research on the subject, you should do some reading some time. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Homosexual_behavior_in_animals http://www.livescience.com/animals/080516-gay-animals.html

Government

+ - White House Ordered to Keep Email Backups->

Submitted by haibijon
haibijon (893019) writes "A federal judge on Monday issued a temporary restraining order blocking the White House from destroying back-up copies of deleted e-mails.
The order by U.S. District Judge Henry Kennedy came in a lawsuit by the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, a private watchdog group, which claims the White House has failed to preserve millions of deleted e-mails it was supposed to keep."

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Media

+ - Government Study finds P2P increases CD Sales

Submitted by Vaystrem
Vaystrem (761) writes "On November 2nd 2007 Canada's Intellectual Policy Directorate released a report entitled "The Impact of Music Downloads and P2P File-Sharing on the Purchase of Music: A Study for Industry Canada" From the abstract:

Our review of existing econometric studies suggests that P2P file-sharing tends to decrease music purchasing. However, we find the opposite, namely that P2P file-sharing tends to increase rather than decrease music purchasing. Among Canadians who engage in P2P file-sharing, our results suggest that for every 12 P2P downloaded songs, music purchases increase by 0.44 CDs. That is, downloading the equivalent of approximately one CD increases purchasing by about half of a CD.

The study was paid for by Public Works and Government Services Canada. Details of the contract, methodology and the original data files from the study may be found here."
The Internet

+ - Comcast Admits Delaying, Not Blocking, P2P Traffic->

Submitted by haibijon
haibijon (893019) writes "The executive declined to talk in detail about the technology, citing spammers or other miscreants who might exploit that knowledge. But he insisted the company was not stopping file transfers from happening, only postponing them in certain cases. He compared it to making a phone call and getting a busy signal, then trying again and getting through."
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Biotech

+ - Two Tests for the Drug GHB Flawed->

Submitted by SoyChemist
SoyChemist (666) writes "Wired reports that two major tests for the rave and date rape drug Gamma Hydroxy Butyrate are flawed. The field test by police can be set off by Dr. Bonner's all natural soap, and the more rigorous GC-MS test can be misleading because GHB is slowly produced in urine while it sits in a refrigerator. In an overburdened forensic lab, a urine sample may wait in a refrigerator for several months before testing. This might result in a false positive test result. Scientists at the FBI laboratory in Quantico, Virginia, have discovered that urine samples, kept in a refrigerator for six months, spontaneously produce significant amounts of the drug GHB or other chemicals that can result in a false positive result from the most stringent test used by forensic labs. This could cause all sorts of innocent people to test positive for exposure to the illicit substance. Several months ago, the owner of a natural soap company showed that a common field test kit used by police to identify GHB can be set off by his products.The FBI report appears in the July issue of Forensic Science International."
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Music

Why Music Really Is Getting Louder 388

Posted by Zonk
from the what's-that-grandpa dept.
Teksty Piosenek writes "Artists and record bosses believe that the best album is the loudest one. Sound levels are being artificially enhanced so that the music punches through when it competes against background noise in pubs or cars. 'Geoff Emerick, engineer on the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper album, said: "A lot of what is released today is basically a scrunched-up mess. Whole layers of sound are missing. It is because record companies don't trust the listener to decide themselves if they want to turn the volume up." Downloading has exacerbated the effect. Songs are compressed once again into digital files before being sold on iTunes and similar sites. The reduction in quality is so marked that EMI has introduced higher-quality digital tracks, albeit at a premium price, in response to consumer demand.'"
Biotech

+ - Patient bleeds dark green blood

Submitted by anonymous zero
anonymous zero (1099091) writes "A team of Canadian surgeons got a shock when the patient they were operating on began shedding dark greenish-black blood. The man had needed urgent surgery because he had developed a dangerous condition in his legs after falling asleep in a sitting position. In this case, the unusual colour of the 42-year-old's blood was down to the migraine medication he was taking."
Handhelds

+ - Vague but noteworthy revelations on the iPhone->

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Alexandros Roussos
Alexandros Roussos writes "With the iPhone probably being this year's and maybe this decade's hottest gizmo, a lot of buzz was generated around it, though very few unofficial information has been leaked so far. Sources provided MacScoop some hints at what Apple hasn't said yet on the device, no huge scoop there, just some vague but noteworthy reports. More on MacScoopa."
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