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Comment: Not in june, only after september (Score 5, Informative) 97

by knightmad (#46515879) Attached to: Brazil Blocks Foreign Mobile Phones

However, these electronics will continue to operate normally until at least September, when the deactivations should actually begin. Until then, the system will only mount a database with information on the equipment in use in Brazil.

This is a new low, blatant lies in the summary only for cheap country based hate and some pageviews. Good job!

+ - Bitcoin Price Drops as Mt. Gox Exchange Closes Indefinitely

Submitted by knightmad
knightmad (931578) writes "According to Business Week bitcoin plunged more more than 7 percent today after a major Tokyo-based exchange halted withdrawals of the digital currency.

Citing technical problems Mt. Gox said in a blog post that it needed to "temporarily pause on all withdrawal requests to obtain a clear technical view of the currency processes.""
It's funny.  Laugh.

+ - Amazing Cancer Drug Found; Scientist Annoyed.

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sporkme writes "A scientist was frustrated when the compound she was working with destroyed her sample of cancer cells. Further research revealed that the substance was surprisingly well suited as a cancer treatment. From the article:

"I made a calculation error and used a lot more than I should have. And my cells died," Schaefer said. A colleague overheard her complaining. "The co-author on my paper said,' Did I hear you say you killed some cancer?' I said 'Oh', and took a closer look." They ran several tests and found the compound killed "pretty much every epithelial tumor cell lines we have seen."
Lab test results on hapless mice have resulted in the destruction of colon tumors without making the mice sick. The PPAR-gamma compound is expected to be especially useful in combating treatment-resistant types of cancer."

Comment: Three things that make this article suspicious (Score 4, Interesting) 158

by knightmad (#17889672) Attached to: Finding New Code
1) "Java Only for now, more coming soon!"
2) "Alpha"
3) The linked article is a "product announcement" on Newsforge

This is slashvertisement for a vaporware product. Although this is promising, there is nothing concrete there to call it "what we need to unify the open-source community", not even an alternative to Google codesearch.

Btw, is alpha the new beta?

IF I HAD A MINE SHAFT, I don't think I would just abandon it. There's got to be a better way. -- Jack Handley, The New Mexican, 1988.

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