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Crime

Justice Not As Blind As Previously Thought 256 256

NotSoHeavyD3 writes "I doubt this is much of a surprise but apparently Cornell University did a study that seems to show you're more likely to get convicted if you're ugly. From the article: 'According to a Cornell University study, unattractive defendants are 22 percent more likely to be convicted than good-looking ones. And the unattractive also get slapped with harsher sentences — an average of 22 months longer in prison.'"

Comment Re:A Christian's take (Score 1) 1252 1252

Evolution is taught as a theory, not a law, so nobody is actually saying that it is absolutely correct. It is one of many scientific theories that is taught in science classes.

Creationism is not a scientific theory at all, and thus doesn't belong. I could absolutely see speaking of it in the context of a history class or, obviously, a class about religion.

Space

Mars, Mercury May Have Formed From Earth and Venus 73 73

goran72 sends along a report on a radical new theory of planet formation that suggests that Mars and Mercury were formed from the scraps of Earth and Venus. The theory has testable predictions — for example that the compositions of the rocky inner planets should be more similar than the current theory of planet formation would have them.
Security

Submission + - Mac Developer Mulls Zero-day Security Response

1.6 Beta writes: Landon Fuller, the Mac programmer/Darwin developer behind the 'month of Apple fixes' project, plans to expand the initiative to roll out zero-day patches for issues that put Mac OS X users at risk of code execution attacks. The former engineer in Apple's BSD Technology Group has already shipped a fix for a nasty flaw in Java's GIF image decoder and hints an an auto-updating mechanism for the third-party patches. From the article: "Perhaps [it could be] the Mac OS equivalent to ZERT," Fuller said, referring to the Zero-day Emergency Response Team, a group of respected security pros that offer unofficial patches during malware crises."
Windows

Submission + - Gates: Vista so secure it could run life support

een625 writes: "Journalist: Let's imagine a hospital where life support systems are running Vista. Would you trust it with your life? Bill Gates: Security has been the top priority for Microsoft for quite some time ... The answer to your question is that, absolutely, Vista is the most secure operating system we've ever done, and if it's administered properly, absolutely, it can be used to run a hospital or any kind of mission crytical thing. Full interview here"

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