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+ - If genetic screening helps those at risk, why not screen everyone?->

ourlovecanlastforeve writes: Women who carry faulty genes [that can lead to cancer] can take preventative measures—things like regular breast screening, risk-reducing surgery, and the use of cancer-preventing drugs. Perhaps most famously, actor Angelina Jolie, who has a BRCA1 mutation, highlighted risk-reducing surgery when she revealed that she had a preventative double mastectomy and more recently had her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed.

But genetic tests are currently reserved for those whose family history suggests they’re at risk. Is that level of testing sufficient?

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Comment: Re:Useless article, faulty summary (Score 3, Informative) 51 51

You wouldn't want it if you had it.

Ubuntu's mobile OS has all the same problems as FirefoxOS:

It has zero native apps but pretends to have lots of "apps" which are actually just icons that link to mobile websites.

The OS itself is a confusion of UI elements and interactions that require one to spend more time navigating the OS than using it.

+ - Microsoft stealthily backs away from free Windows 10 promise->

ourlovecanlastforeve writes: On Friday, Microsoft described a way for anyone to get Windows 10 for free: activated, genuine, and updated forever. Since Friday, the blog post describing the changes to the Windows Insider preview program has been silently updated. Previously it said that signed up members of the Insider Program running a preview version would "receive the Windows 10 final release build and remain activated." Now it says only that they will "receive the Windows 10 final release build." The activation wording has been removed. The company has also added a "clarifying" sentence: "It's important to note that only people running Genuine Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 can upgrade to Windows 10 as part of the free upgrade offer." This is in contrast to what the company said on Friday, when Microsoft's Gabe Aul confirmed that upgraded preview copies would be Genuine.
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+ - Sprint Begins Punishing Customers For FCC's Net Neutrality Rules 1 1

ourlovecanlastforeve writes: A few days ago Sprint announced that their intent to stop throttling certain customers' bandwidth in the wake of the FCC fining ATT $100,000,000 for doing the same. Sprint has now begun circulating an internal memo to their frontline reps that the 12 month warranty on non-branded accessories, a feature selling point on the same, will be eliminated. Additional rumors are emerging that Sprint may stop offering long wire-line long distance service and increase prices on unlimited data plans.

Comment: Re:so what about all the *other* stuff? (Score 2) 218 218

Nothing changes but the label.

They'll keep doing it, they'll just stop telling you about it and find different words for it.

They'll rename it to something like "The Free Beer and Guns For Country Boys Act."

See also, CISPA, CISA, CRISPA, BISPA, CRISCO, or whatever they're calling it for this trip through Congress.

+ - Ask Slashdot: When we perfect age reversing, how do we decide who gets to live? 4 4

ourlovecanlastforeve writes: With biologists getting closer and closer to reversing the aging process in human cells, the reality of greatly extended life draws closer. This brings up a very important conundrum: You can't tell people not to reproduce and you can't kill people to preserve resources and space. Even at our current growth rate there's not enough for everyone. Not enough food, not enough space, not enough medical care. If — no, when — age reversal becomes a reality, who gets to live? And if everyone gets to live, how will we provide for them?

+ - Sourceforge Staff Hijacks Gimp for Windows Account, Injects Adware->

ourlovecanlastforeve writes: SourceForge, the code repository site owned by Slashdot Media, has apparently seized control of the account hosting GIMP for Windows on the service, according to e-mails and discussions amongst members of the GIMP community—locking out GIMP's lead Windows developer. And now anyone downloading the Windows version of the open source image editing tool from SourceForge gets the software wrapped in an installer replete with advertisements.
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