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Submission Thoughts on Google's attempt at an April Fools Jok->

ketan324 writes: The Google hompage was changed for today to "Topeka", referencing Topeka, Kansas. This is an obvious attempt at an April Fools joke. Personally I think its weak, but looking for comments from the community. If you can't pull off a good April Fools joke, then let it go and stick to business.
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Comment Re:In a word... (Score 1) 1385

I agree, I commute between central NJ and NYC right now and I refuse to the train because its very slow. I take the bus which takes exactly the same amount of time for less. There are many express right now between major NJ cities to NYC, upgrading those routes to a high-speed rail would be fantastic. Additionally NYCBoston would greatly benefit as many people commute between the two cities and traveling by air is inefficient and many times it takes longer.

Submission Operators and handset vendors plug standard charge->

ketan324 writes: "Its about time for these cellphone manufacturers to wise up and design a universal phone charger. Although many manufacturers have already "standardized" to a mini-USB interface, there are many more out there who use proprietary adapters. I wonder how Apple will feel about this? Will they finally realize that their oh-so-special adapter is nothing more than a fudged USB interface?"
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Submission Techno Doping - Is This is Legitimate Arguement?->

ketan324 writes: Since the start of the Beijing Olympics, there has been lots of talks regarding 'Techno Doping'; specifically targeting at Speedo's brand new suit the "Speedo LZR swimsuit". Since the release of the suit in February of this year, swimmers wearing the suit in competitions broke 21 world records. Almost every swim event in the Olympics is record breaking. Analysts keep arguing that this is a form for doping by technology. Counter points are that this suit is accessible to everyone, and obviously it has no damaging effects to the body. In reality the argument doesn't end here either, it can be taking across almost any sport: Tennis Rackets, Golf Clubs and balls, Basketball shoes, etc. So the question is the argument of techno doping valid? Or should everyone just shut up and watch the game?
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Feedback Sought for Proposed Mobile Firefox UIs 28

jangel writes to give us a look at the prototype UIs for Mobile Firefox, which is currently under development. Mozilla project lead Doug Turner has asked for opinions on the design. Quoting: "Comments on the Wiki provide an idea of the choices the developers still have to make. For example, should the chevron at the right of the toolbar open a history page listing the most recently viewed pages, or -- as on desktop Firefox -- merely a list of most frequently typed URLs? And should "full screen" mode hide everything except the page being browsed, or retain the lowermost toolbar? Turner writes that while the user interfaces shown are merely starting points, 'going from the pretty pictures that Photoshop can produce to something that is functional is easy with the Mozilla platform. Building functional prototypes ... using only Javascript, XML, CSS, and images is really awesome.'"

Carbon Nanotubes Can Exist Safely Inside the Body, Help Treat Cancer 86

iandoh writes "A team of scientists at Stanford University has tracked the movement of carbon nanotubes through the digestive systems of mice. They've determined that the nanotubes do not exhibit any toxicity in the mice, and are safely expelled after delivering their payload. As a result, the study paves the way toward future applications of nanotubes in the treatment of illnesses. Previous research by the same team demonstrated that nanotubes can be used to fight cancer. The nanotubes do this in two ways. One method involves shining laser light on the nanotubes, which generates heat to destroy cancer cells. Another method involves attaching medicine to the nanotubes, which are able to accurately 'find' cancerous cells without impacting healthy cells."

Submission Is Apple missing a huge opportunity? 2

sn4265 writes: I'm curious about what other readers think about Apple continuing to embrace their closed platform model. Sure Apple makes a profit on the hardware side and would potentially lose some of this revenue, but what about the upside? I believe the estimate right now is that Apple has about 3% of the desktop OS market with Mac OS X. Microsoft on the other hand dominates this market, and yet Vista the most recent offering from Microsoft has been met with horrible feedback and acceptance in many areas. Wouldn't this be the golden opportunity for Apple to release a version of OS X for general population to buy and installation on commodity PC hardware? I could see Apple easily tripling or more their desktop market share in the first year, and along with users will come even more developers and applications. I know that I would be in line to buy it the day it went on sale.

Feed Techdirt: Your Kids May Be Telling The Whole Internet Your Secrets->

Now that more and more of our lives are online, it's common to hear that torrid details of our lives somehow end up on the web browsers of potential employers doing background checks. Now, parents are now being warned that family secrets may be outed by their children, whose blogposts and comments may be a source of potentially damning information about their parents. The article claims that parents have lost jobs from their children describing their laziness, drug habits, and drinking problems. Police have arrested a woman, using her son's tales about his mother buying him and his underage friends a keg of beer as evidence. Perhaps instead of blaming the Internet for getting caught, perhaps these parents should take a look at themselves first, since it was their own illicit or inappropriate behaviors that actually got them in trouble in the first place.
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Submission Mitochondria may hold secret to preventing death

H_Fisher writes: "Research into mitochondria — small parts within a cell that have their own DNA — are a cause of cellular death, Newsweek reports. The article from the most recent edition of the magazine, entitled "The Science of Death: Reviving the Dead," reports on people who have recovered from sudden death due to cardiac arrest through the use of medically-induced hypothermia. The cooling process may help stop the death of brain and heart cells caused by the mitochondria once they are deprived of oxygen. The next step: figuring out how to keep the brain from dying, and arguing for or against "the view that the mind is more than the sum of the parts of the brain, and can exist outside it.""

"The urge to destroy is also a creative urge." -- Bakunin [ed. note - I would say: The urge to destroy may sometimes be a creative urge.]