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Comment: Re:4 months? (Score 0) 194

by iceOlate (#32038786) Attached to: FDA Approves Vaccine For Prostate Cancer
Its 32% (provenge) vs. 23% placebo... But what of the other 45%? The side-effects don't sound good either, nor does it mention how long those last... Saw Palmetto (as well as other natural remedies) don't have any unpleasant side effects, and are proven to prevent prostate cancer. I swear, pharmaceutical corporations will do anything to make money these days, and the FDA is their bitch.

Comment: Re:Thank god.... (Score 1) 472

by iceOlate (#31933578) Attached to: McAfee Kills SVCHost.exe, Sets Off Reboot Loops For Win XP, Win 2000
Oh boy, Comcast must have gotten paid well by Norton to unleash that load of crap on their customers. For the clueless consumer who chooses either McAfee or Norton, here's a good analogy. Its like trying to decide between two big piles of shit, and making your decision based upon which one doesn't smell as bad. McAfee and Norton: They are both shit, and they both stink!

There are way better choices out there, but those companies don't waste billions on advertising every year, they actually put more money into development.

Comment: Re:Abused (Score 1) 102

by iceOlate (#31636960) Attached to: Tax-Free IT Repairs Proposed For the UK
Windows 7 has a backup system similar to Time Machine...
As far as making it more fool proof and up to date, it could be pre-configured to make incremental backups on a separate partition of equal size, and just equip the computer with a larger hard drive. If they made such a method more user friendly, it would in turn save the computer manufacturer on support call time.

Scientists Say a Dirty Child Is a Healthy Child 331

Posted by samzenpus
from the snack-is-going-to-be-on-the-floor-today dept.
Researchers from the School of Medicine at the University of California have shown that the more germs a child is exposed to, the better their immune system in later life. Their study found that keeping a child's skin too clean impaired the skin's ability to heal itself. From the article: "'These germs are actually good for us,' said Professor Richard Gallo, who led the research. Common bacterial species, known as staphylococci, which can cause inflammation when under the skin, are 'good bacteria' when on the surface, where they can reduce inflammation."

+ - Governance By Website Instead Of Politicians?

Submitted by
An anonymous reader writes "When the internet spread out to mainstream population, it did not take long for politicians and activists to start using it as a way to communicate to their constituents, to organize supporters, and more recently even to solicit input. Then as collaborative technologies began to develop, some people started to wonder what exactly we needed the politicians for. After all, complex projects like Wikipedia and SlashDot are driven in large part by the user-base, not a small group of overlords. So why can't every governance system be open to input from everyone? Over the past couple of years, this movement has been crystalizing in the Metagovernment project, and now they have brought together numerous software projects (most in late Alpha) which are actively building governance systems meant to operate with little or no input from elected leaders. It should be pointed out that none of these systems are majority-rule or referenda systems: they are much more complex collaborative decision-making systems, deliberately designed to avoid the pitfalls of traditional direct democracy. The group has also compiled a much longer list of related projects. So, what is the future of the idea of "open sourcing" human governance: doomed, possible, or inevitable?"

+ - Nanoantennas Transmit/Receive Light as a Wave-> 1

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "We all learned in college how light is a both a wave and a particle, but all our optical fibers work on the particle aspects of light--piping photons around. Now, however, researchers in Germany working at the institute where Heinrich Hertz (after whom Hz was named) have created a system that transmits and receives light as super-high frequency radio wave. If they can perfect the technique, then nanoantennas will enable communications up to a million times faster than optical cables today."
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+ - First Android netbook reviewed->

Submitted by Barence
Barence (1228440) writes "PC Pro has got its hands on Acer's Aspire One D250 with both Windows 7 and Google Android installed. Anyone who's played with an Android phone had better get ready for a let-down: Android is far from ready for netbooks. The review laments the lack of a proper Marketplace, the poor implementation of both the inbuilt browser and Firefox, and the general pointlessness of it all in its current incarnation as a quick-boot alternative. Yes, it will get better, but at the moment it's hardly going to turn people off Windows 7."
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+ - McCain Intros Bill to Block Net Neutrality Rules-> 6

Submitted by suraj.sun
suraj.sun (1348507) writes "McCain Intros Bill to Block FCC's Net Neutrality Rules

U.S. Senator John McCain has introduced legislation that would block the U.S. Federal Communications Commission from creating new net neutrality rules, on the same day that the FCC took the first step toward doing so.

McCain on Thursday introduced the Internet Freedom Act, which would keep the FCC from enacting rules prohibiting broadband providers from selectively blocking or slowing Internet content and applications. Net neutrality rules would create "onerous federal regulation," McCain said in a written statement.

The FCC on Thursday voted to begin a rulemaking process to formalize net neutrality rules. The rules, as proposed, would allow Web users to run the legal applications and access the legal Web sites of their choice. Providers could use "reasonable" network management to reduce congestion and maintain quality of service, but the rules would require them to be transparent with consumers about their efforts.

The new rules would formalize a set of net neutrality principles in place at the FCC since 2005.

Reuters : http://www.reuters.com/article/vcCandidateFeed7/idUS348124681720091022"

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Comment: Re:Yep (Score 1) 667

by iceOlate (#29764249) Attached to: Toyota Claims Woman "Opted In" To Faux Email Stalking
More like... "I'm coming to get you... Unless you get your ass down to your local Toyota dealership and buy a new Toyota Matrix. I better see a Matrix parked in front of your house within the next 5 days, or else! " ...

Seriously though, how exactly do they advertise Toyota (and in a positive way at that), with an advertising campaign designed like this one?

Comment: Re:Why? (Score 1) 567

by iceOlate (#29622547) Attached to: California Requests Stimulus Funding For Bullet Train
I was thinking that as well. Perhaps if they STARTED with LA to San Diego, and then expanded from there. Then at least the project can already start generating some return as they complete other sections. After all, driving from LA to San Diego can take a long time with all the traffic in LA. I'm sure a lot of people would enjoy an express alternative such as this.

Comment: Re:The Difference between a Troll and a real Monst (Score 1, Interesting) 421

by iceOlate (#29608673) Attached to: Jack Thompson Sues Facebook For $40M
Well then... How about a Slashdot mod category of "netkook" in addition to troll... But what would be the karmic offset and point difference for "netkook"? Afterall, a netkook could incite some meaningful debate, which can be a good thing, especially if their comment is backed by some legitimate research... But I suppose most netkooks do not have legitimate research to back their claims... Hmm, on second though, nevermind all that...

When it comes to Jack Thompson, I think he's a little of both. Afterall, he must enjoy the attention he gets for his wild claims and frivolous lawsuits, which is definitely trollish. Perhaps, "kooky troll"?

Comment: Re:irradiated food (Score 0) 475

by iceOlate (#29459421) Attached to: Garlic Farmer Wards Off High-Speed Internet
Thanks for posting that link Falcon. I guess I should have posted one as well, like this one from the Center For Food Safety.

So don't be calling me a troll allafin, without doing a bit of research yourself. I very much doubt that you are someone who has studied health and nutrition on a regular basis for the majority of your life. As far as food being living, well, you probably wouldn't understand the benefit of that either. Quite simply, living, raw foods tend to boost energy levels considerably more than cooked or dead foods, and contain more vitamins. Like that cow that you ate, if it was fresh and raw, would provide more energy and nutrients than dead and cooked. This is even more true of vegetation. Minerals tend to remain viable, regardless; thus I was referring more to vitamin and phytochemical content rather than minerals.

I do not agree with Mr. Levine's concerns, as far as what is mentioned in the article. However, directly irradiating foods through the methods used is most definitely harmful to the food.

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