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Biotech

+ - A pill that makes women slimmer and hornier

Submitted by The Great Pretender
The Great Pretender (975978) writes "The BBC reports that scientists are developing a pill which could boost women's libido and reduce their appetite. The hormone-releasing pill has so far only been given to female monkeys and shrews who displayed more mating behavior and ate less. The team from the Medical Research Council's Human Reproduction Unit in Edinburgh believe a human version could be available within a decade. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/6606927.stm. I was married to a shrew once..."
Security

+ - OpenBSD second remote hole flames on mailing list.

Submitted by
Josh Stonham
Josh Stonham writes "A second remote hole was found last week in OpenBSD, and thanks to the developers, it was patched in a very timely manner, kudos to them.

After it was updated in the errata page, an announcement was also made in the OpenBSD's miscellaneous mailing list.

However, a flame war between OpenBSD users and Theo & Theo's loyalties has almost immediately initiated on the thread in misc. since the announcement never made its way to the security-acouncement mailing list.[1] [2] [3]

Some of Theo's responses: [1] [2] [3] And the reaction of users: [4]

Majordomo at lists.openbsd.org reports 11323 subscribers to security-announce and only 3866 for misc. Correct or not, it is reasonable to assume security-announce is the important one to watch for most people"
Censorship

+ - Pot plant pics lands MySpace teen in jail

Submitted by
paynesmanor
paynesmanor writes "Authorities were monitoring the web for gang activity when they found a picture of a potted pot plant the lable read: "My Mary Jane thats growin in my closet right now", athorities also found, pictures of weapons, and other people showing gang signs. Athorities tracked the website creater to eighteen-year-old Moua Yang, who used his real name, and even posted a picture of himself. Athorities raided Yang's house and found the pot plant in the closet just like the photo showed. The teenage boy was arrested Monday, and has since been released. The teen faces felony charges of manufacturing marijuana and maintaining a drug trafficking place, he also faces two misdemeanor charges of possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Full story, can be found here. http://www.myfoxmilwaukee.com/myfox/pages/News/Det ail?contentId=2684798&version=1&locale=EN-US&layou tCode=TSTY&pageId=3.2.1 Or here, http://www.madison.com/archives/read.php?ref=/tct/ 2007/03/15/0703150229.php"
Databases

+ - Sykpe uses Postgresql as the backend

Submitted by
firefly_blue
firefly_blue writes "Skype confirmed today that it uses Postgresql successfully for its backend by releasing a number of enhancements they have made for the database. This includes SkyTools used for replication and failover, PgBouncer a lightweight connection pooler and PL/Proxy a language for creating proxy functions that call actual functions from a partitioned database. A quick overview of Postgresql's use in Skype is presented in a white paper."
Music

RIAA Has to Disclose Attorneys Fees In Foster Case 193

Posted by Zonk
from the it-feels-good-to-come-clean dept.
NewYorkCountryLawyer writes "The RIAA has been ordered to turn over its attorneys' billing records by March 26, 2007, in Capitol v. Foster in Oklahoma. The 4- page decision and order, issued in connection with the determination of the reasonableness of Ms. Foster's attorneys fees, requires the RIAA to produce the attorneys' time sheets, billing statements, billing records, and costs and expense records. The Court reviewed authorities holding that an opponent's attorneys fees are a relevant factor in determining the reasonableness of attorneys fees, quoting a United States Supreme Court case which held that 'a party cannot litigate tenaciously and then be heard to complain about the time necessarily spent by his opponent in response' (footnote 11 to City of Riverside v. Rivera)."
The Internet

Viacom vs. YouTube - Whose Side Are You On? 353

Posted by Zonk
from the i-vote-for-adam-ant dept.
DigitalDame2 writes "Lance Ulanoff of PCMag believes that the Viacom and YouTube lawsuit is a bad idea because it has the potential to damage the burgeoning online video business; instead, it could work with the millions of people who are currently viewing Viacom content on YouTube. On the other side, Jim Louderback, an editor-in-chief of PCMag says that Lance doesn't know what he's talking about: with all the content available online for free, Viacom can kiss those investments goodbye. YouTube is actively filtering, actively allowing uploads, and making money off of the content that's been uploaded. The courts will find that Viacom has been wronged, that Google has not done enough to protect the rights of copyright holders, and that Google owes Viacom reparations. Whose side are you on?"

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