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Comment: other factors (Score 1) 497

by tumaru (#41280297) Attached to: Scientists Say Organic Food May Not Be Healthier For You

What about the other factors that go for and against organic and gmo food?

I know the one where Monsanto sues farmers because seed that those farmers didn't want blew onto their fields is easy.

However the claim that organic is better for the environment is the next big question.

Also did I misinterpret this article or did they say that they were about even and not conventional is better then organic?

Hardware

+ - SPAM: Noteslate review

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tumaru writes "A new tablet will come out soon (June 2011) with the amazing color range of monochrome (yes black and white). You will be able to draw on it (eventually in color too), write on it (with OCR hand writing to text), read ebooks and listen to mp3's. It is the low tech cheap ($99) version of the iPad thus my amazement of it not already being on slashdot. PS the firmware is going to be open source upon release and its awesome I want a special edition on pre release but there is no news of any pre release or special edition."
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Books

A User's Guide To the Universe 153

Posted by samzenpus
from the read-all-about-it dept.
alfredw writes "Have you ever wanted to buttonhole a physicist at a cocktail party? Do you have the burning desire to sit down with a professor and ask a laundry list of 'physics' questions about time travel and black holes? Do you want to know more about modern physics, but want to do it with pop culture experiments instead of mathematics? If you answered 'yes' to any of those questions, then you're in the target audience for A User's Guide to the Universe: Surviving the Perils of Black Holes, Time Paradoxes, and Quantum Uncertainty." Keep reading for the rest of alfredw's review.
Linux Business

Can Ubuntu Save Online Banking? 462

Posted by timothy
from the make-that-virus-throw-an-error dept.
CWmike writes with a pointer to this ComputerWorld mention of an interesting application of Live CDs, courtesy of Florida-based regional bank CNL: "Recognizing that most consumers don't want to buy a separate computer for online banking, CNL is seriously considering making available free Ubuntu bootable 'live CD' discs in its branches and by mail. The discs would boot up Linux, run Firefox and be configured to go directly to CNL's Web site. 'Everything you need to do will be sandboxed within that CD,' [CNL CIO Jay McLaughlin] says. That should protect customers from increasingly common drive-by downloads and other vectors for malicious code that may infect and lurk on PCs, waiting to steal the user account names, passwords and challenge questions normally required to access online banking." (But what if someone slips in a stack of doctored disks?)

Comment: elderly lady wobely leg (Score 1) 20

by tumaru (#27524539) Attached to: Leg-Paralysis Sensing, Stimulation Device Steps Up
i told an elderly lady that i would get her a some mechanical legs like the military is designing so that a person can lift a ton and only feel a couple pounds at max. i was thinking of a scaled down model for her because she has some sort of wobbly leg problem, i believe it would only be for one leg but maybe this would be better for her. i was wondering if anybody knew more information about this, maybe a trial version or test thing for research. (sorry i forget words occasionally).
Sun Microsystems

What If Oracle Bought Sun Microsystems? 237

Posted by timothy
from the ask-the-oracle dept.
snydeq writes "Fatal Exception's Neil McAllister believes Oracle is next in line to make a play for Sun now that IBM has withdrawn its offer. Dismissing server market arguments in favor of Cisco or Dell as suitors, McAllister suggests that MySQL, ZFS, DTrace, and Java make Sun an even better asset to Oracle than to IBM. MySQL as a complement to Oracle's existing database business would make sense, given Oracle's 2005 purchase of Innobase, and with 'the long history of Oracle databases on Solaris servers, it might actually see owning Solaris as an asset,' McAllister writes. But the 'crown jewel' of the deal would be Java. 'It's almost impossible to overestimate the importance of Java to Oracle. Java has become the backbone of Oracle's middleware strategy,' McAllister contends."
Upgrades

Microsoft Begs Win 7 Testers To Clean Install 420

Posted by timothy
from the time-for-a-memory-wipe dept.
Barence writes "Microsoft is imploring millions of Windows 7 beta testers to perform a clean install of the forthcoming Release Candidate, rather than upgrade from the beta. 'The reality is that upgrading from one pre-release build to another is not a scenario we want to focus on because it is not something real-world customers will experience,' the company claims on the Engineering Windows 7 blog. Those who attempt to install the Release Candidate over the beta will find their path blocked." I've read complaints that reviews of new Linux distros often focus too much on the installation process; Microsoft seems to understand that complications at installation time (dual booting? preserving an existing data partition?) can sour one's experience pretty thoroughly.
Space

Sunspot Activity Continues To Drop 435

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the see-spot-run dept.
slreboy writes "The sunspot cycle is behaving a little like the stock market. Just when you think it has hit bottom, it goes even lower. The year 2008 was a bear. There were no sunspots observed on 266 of the year's 366 days (73 percent). To find a year with more blank suns, you have to go all the way back to 1913, which had 311 spotless days. Prompted by these numbers, some observers suggested that the solar cycle had hit bottom in 2008. Maybe not. Sunspot counts for 2009 have dropped even lower. As of March 31st, there were no sunspots on 78 of the year's 90 days (87 percent)..."
Privacy

Privacy In BitTorrent By Hiding In the Crowd 240

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the even-kids-can-still-find-waldo dept.
pinguin-geek writes "Researchers at the McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science at Northwestern University have identified a new 'guilt-by-association' threat to privacy in peer-to-peer (P2P) systems that would enable an eavesdropper to accurately classify groups of users with similar download behavior. While many have pointed out that the data exchanged over these connections can reveal personal information about users, the researchers shows that only the patterns of connections — not the data itself — is sufficient to create a powerful threat to user privacy. To thwart this threat, they have released SwarmScreen, a publicly available, open source software that restores privacy by masking a user's real download activity in such a manner as to disrupt classification."
Worms

Conficker Downloads Payload 273

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the still-the-best-name-ever dept.
nk497 writes "Conficker seems to finally be doing something, a week after hype around the worm peaked on April Fool's Day. It has now downloaded components from the Waledac botnet, which could contain rootkit capabilities. Trend Micro security expert Rik Ferguson said: 'These components have so far been missing, but could this finally be the "other boot dropping" that we have all been been waiting for?' Ferguson also suggested that people behind Conficker could be the very same who are running Waledac and created the Storm botnet. 'It tallies with some of the assumptions people have made about Conficker — that the first variant was actively trying to avoid the Ukraine because Waledac was Eastern European,' Ferguson added."
The Media

AP Harasses Own Member Over AP Youtube Videos 106

Posted by samzenpus
from the mine-all-mine dept.
DrEldarion writes "The Associated Press, who has been acting very bipolar lately about Google News (they get paid by Google for their content, and then complain about Google 'stealing' that content), has another issue with not knowing what their association is up to: they set up a channel on Youtube, and then threatened an AP affiliate for embedding that content."
Microsoft

Microsoft Ordered To Pay $388 Million In Patent Case 233

Posted by samzenpus
from the pay-up dept.
jeffmeden writes "BusinessWeek reports today that Microsoft suffered a loss in federal court Monday. The judge rendering the verdict ordered Microsoft to pay $388 Million in damages for violating a patent held by Uniloc, a California maker of software that prevents people from illegally installing software on multiple computers. Uniloc claims Microsoft's Windows XP and some Office programs infringe on a related patent they hold. It's hard to take sides on this one, but one thing is certain: should the verdict hold up, it will be heavily ironic if the extra copies of XP and Office sold due to crafty copy protection end up not being worth $388 million."

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