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Comment: I love all these green techs (Score 0, Offtopic) 281

by xutopia (#28487595) Attached to: New Lithium-Air Battery Delivers 10 Times the Energy Density
Unless they are in the store at an affordable price it doesn't matter to me. Seriously if a battery that is lighter than air and can go on for 12 months straight without recharge but cost 1 billion dollar do you think you will have one in your ipod tomorrow? These promises of great technologies are nice and all... but it's just R&D until it's feasible in the market.
Biotech

Fertility Clinic Bows To Pressure, Nixes Eye- and Hair-Color Screening 847

Posted by timothy
from the gets-pretty-creepy-doesn't-it? dept.
destinyland writes "A fertility service in L.A. and New York screens embryos for breast cancer, cystic fibrosis, and 70 other diseases — and lets couples pick the sex of their babies. But when their pre-implantation diagnostic services began including the baby's eye and hair color, even the Pope objected — and the Great Designer Baby Controversy began. '[W]e cannot escape the fact that science is moving forward,' the fertility service explained — before capitulating to pressure to eliminate the eye and hair color screenings."

Comment: Re:How I longed to dual-spec.... (Score 1) 204

by xutopia (#27585641) Attached to: <em>World of Warcraft</em> 3.1 Patch Brings Dual-Specs, New Raid

I was a druid and many of the things I complained about made it to the game after I quit (reduction of aggro in feral cat, strength to healing ability conversion, etc...).

The one thing I cannot ask from the game is that it takes so damn fucking long to do the things I wanted to do and *most* end-game guilds are full of dysfunctional sociopaths I care not to associate with.

Now I play volleyball, go out with real friends and do contract work on my free time. Life is so much better!

Comment: Re:My only problem with Dawkins is.. (Score 1) 1161

by xutopia (#27094545) Attached to: Oklahoma, Vatican Take Opposite Tacks On Evolution
What's disrespectful about his point of view? Does he make fun of religious people? Pointing out that their beliefs are ludicrous is one thing. He's not calling them stupid or retarded when doing so. I offend smokers when I tell them they are smoking in a spot they aren't allowed to. Is it my intention to offend them? No. It's their fault for smoking there in the first place.

Comment: Re:OU Student Here (Score 5, Insightful) 1161

by xutopia (#27094447) Attached to: Oklahoma, Vatican Take Opposite Tacks On Evolution
Anti-abortionist take an unreasonable approach to limit abortion. They feel as though a bunch of cells that cannot possibly have a consciousness yet have the same human value as a late term fetus. I'm pro-choice up until the point where the fetus develops a conscious brain. When anti-abortionists put up pictures of late term abortions they build a straw man and misrepresent me. It's disingenuous and offends me.

Comment: Re:It would be cool (Score 1) 448

by xutopia (#25237635) Attached to: Ultrasound Machine Ages Wine
I partake in blind wine tasting nights quite often. Sometimes I organize, sometimes my brother does. There is a correlation with better wine being better more often. That being said you should know that an old Chateau with a good reputation will be able to charge more just because of their name and a newcomer won't. So expensive doesn't necessarily mean good but it allows you, if you know your way around a bit might help you out in determining which wine to drink and which not to in a restaurant.
Biotech

Three University of Wisconsin Stem Cell Patents Rejected 92

Posted by Zonk
from the i'm-so-torn dept.
eldavojohn writes "A non-profit alumni group from the University of Wisconsin (WARF) has suffered a preliminary ruling against three of their recent patents regarding stem cells. Given that these patents have been upheld in prior rulings, there is a lot of speculation that they will be upheld in a future court case. From the PhysOrg article: 'The patents, which cover virtually all stem cell research in the country, have brought in at least $3.2 million and could net much more money before they expire in 2015, the newspaper said. Companies wanting to study the cells must buy licenses costing $75,000 to $400,000. The newspaper said WARF recently started waiving the fees if the research is conducted at universities or by non-profit groups.' Should universities (or groups within universities) be allowed to hold patents and intellectual property while at the same time gaining donations and grants as an educational institution — or for that matter government funds?"
Microsoft

EU Rejects Microsoft Royalty Proposal 274

Posted by samzenpus
from the no-money-for-you dept.
pallmall1 writes "According to MSNBC, The Financial Times has reported that the EU is going to drastically reduce or even eliminate Microsoft's proposed royalties on interoperability information required to be released by the EU's antitrust ruling issued three years ago. According to a confidential EU document, "Microsoft will be forced to hand over to rivals what the group claims is sensitive and valuable technical information about its Windows operating system for next to no compensation...". Even Neil Barrett, the expert picked by both Microsoft and the EU to oversee Microsoft's compliance with the 2004 ruling, says a zero percent royalty would be 'better.'"
Music

+ - French reactions to Steve Jobs' thoughts on music

Submitted by
njondet
njondet writes "Jobs' U-turn on DRMs has been received in France with a mix of disbelief from independent labels, defiance from the majors (whose largest member is French-owned Universal Music), and a hint of self-congratulation from the Culture Minister (picture, right) who argues that the new law will guarantee interoperability whether DRMs are dropped or not. http://french-law.net/index.php?option=com_content &task=view&id=21&Itemid=1"
Privacy

+ - Sarkozy wins piracy case

Submitted by
njondet
njondet writes "Nicolas Sarkozy, the French Interior Minister and presidential candidate for the centre-right UMP party, has won a privacy case against a Swiss newspaper which had published information about his marital difficulties. The tribunal held that, though the announcement of his couple's separation did not breach his private life, the publication of details and allegations surrounding the separation did. http://french-law.net/index.php?option=com_content &task=view&id=16&Itemid=1"

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