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Medicine

Possible Treatment For Ebola 157

Posted by samzenpus
from the there's-a-pill-for-that dept.
RedEaredSlider writes "Researchers at the US Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases have found a class of drugs that could provide treatment for Ebola and Marburg hemorrhagic fever. The new drugs are called 'antisense' compounds, and they allow the immune system to attack the viruses before they can do enough damage to kill the patient. Travis Warren, research scientist at USAMRIID, said while the work is still preliminary -— the drugs have been tested only on primates — the results are so far promising. In the case of Ebola, five of eight monkeys infected with the virus lived, and with Marburg, all survived. The drugs were developed as part of a program to deal with possible bioterrorist threats, in partnership with AVI Biopharma."
Classic Games (Games)

36-Hour Lemmings Port Gets Sony Cease and Desist 268

Posted by Soulskill
from the found-a-cliff-real-quick dept.
Zerocool3001 writes "The recently featured 36-hour port of the original Palm version of Lemmings to the iPhone and Palm Pre has received a cease and desist letter from Sony. Only one day after submitting the app for approval on the two app stores, the developer has put up a post stating that he 'did this as a tribute to the game — we can only hope that Sony actually does a conversion for platforms like iPhone and Palm Pre in the near future.' The text of the cease and desist letter is available from the developer's website."

Comment: Re:GPL Violation? (Score 1) 504

by ingvar (#32180250) Attached to: Can Employer Usurp Copyright On GPL-Derived Work?

That would depend on the employment contract. Until I had corporate legal amend my contract, anything copyrightable I did, between the moment of signing the contract and resigning my job, would've been the property of the company, if they wanted. With the amendment, only things done on company equipment or company time falls within the scope of being the company's.

Games

Copyright and the Games Industry 94

Posted by Soulskill
from the your-super-mario-toilet-paper-is-probably-illegal dept.
A recent post at the Press Start To Drink blog examined the relationship the games industry has with copyright laws. More so than in some other creative industries, the reactions of game companies to derivative works are widely varied and often unpredictable, ranging anywhere from active support to situations like the Chrono Trigger: Crimson Echoes debacle. Quoting: "... even within the gaming industry, there is a tension between IP holders and fan producers/poachers. Some companies, such as Epic and Square Enix, remain incredibly protective of their Intellectual Property, threatening those that use their creations, even for non-profit, cultural reasons, with legal suits. Other companies, like Valve, seem to, if not embrace, at least tolerate, and perhaps even tacitly encourage this kind of fan engagement with their work. Lessig suggests, 'The opportunity to create and transform becomes weakened in a world in which creation requires permission and creativity must check with a lawyer.' Indeed, the more developers and publishers that take up Valve's position, the more creativity and innovation will emerge out of video game fan communities, already known for their intense fandom and desire to add to, alter, and re-imagine their favorite gaming universes."

Comment: Re:To paraphrase... (Score 1) 241

by ingvar (#26572771) Attached to: UK Child Abuse Investigators Resent Being Charged For ISP Data

Spurious comparisons aren't a help either.

Gamble compared CEOPâ(TM)s work to transport police, who are allowed to travel free on trains. âoeThey wonâ(TM)t have to buy a ticket to get on the train â" and you compare the train system to the online network; they wonâ(TM)t pay or have to cajole or convince the conductor to give them the information about the threatening person whoâ(TM)s in the carriage down the back,â he said.

First off, the marginal cost of having a Transport Police officer on the train is negligible. Second, having someone rummage through logs for specific information is time taken from other tasks and depending on what exactly has been requested may take a good while (up to at least an hour is withing what I'd consider sensible, depending on the log availability and the precision set out in the request).

Pound for pound, the amoeba is the most vicious animal on earth.

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