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Comment Good online content? (Score 5, Interesting) 315

Good online content can be pretty hard to find. I already pay $20 per month for my subscription to the New York Times on my Kindle.

That isn't quite the same as paying for access to their website, but it is an online version, insofar as it is not a physical copy of the paper.

FWIW I am a believer that if you don't pay for news, then the newspapers will go under.

And no, I don't think citizen reporting and blogs from some college student are ever going to replace serious journalism.

I don't really care if a rock band loses out on revenues from internet piracy, but newspapers are the grease that make democracy work.

I say pay them $20 per month, same as NYT, and if they can't survive on that, given no distribution costs, then they need to rethink their business models.


High Fructose Corn Syrup To Get a Makeover 646

An anonymous reader writes "With its sweetener linked to obesity, some cancers and diabetes, the Corn Refiners Association (CRA) doesn't want you to think 'fructose' when you see high fructose corn syrup in your soda, ketchup or pickles. Instead, the AP reports, the CRA submitted an application to the FDA, hoping to change the name of their top-selling product to 'corn sugar.'"

Comment Darwin was right (Score 1) 341

If one accepts the premise of natural selection based evolution, then the only possibility is that the egg came first.

The first chicken would have been laid in an egg, whose parent was something other than a chicken (perhaps a bit more dinosaur like, reflecting its earlier origins).

The paper as I understand it isn't showing whether the "chicken" or the egg came first, but rather, the original chicken-like organism (either a dinosaur or something earlier) or the egg it came in. These are actually two very different things.


Your Feces Is a Wonderland of Viruses 211

sciencehabit writes "Thanks to an anlaysis of fecal samples from four sets of Missouri-born female identical twins and their mothers, researchers have concluded that human guts harbor viruses as unique as the people they inhabit; the viral lineup differs even between identical twins. Even more surprising? These viruses may be doing good work inside of us."

Comment Re:Commence Whining (Score 1) 284

It occurs to me that it probably shouldn't be up to the US alone to carry the can for global space exploration.

The International Space Station showed the world can cooperate to push the boundaries in outer space when it is just too damn expensive for any one country to undertake the work unilaterally.

Perhaps if we earthlings saw ourselves as that, representatives of this planet, rather than citizens aligned to arbitrary markings on a map, we could start to see some real progress being made.

If the USA, Russia, Japan, Europe and China pitched in and worked in unison, I am betting we would have had earthlings on Mars about the same time the rovers made it there.

Comment Re:Eventually they'll get it right (Score 4, Insightful) 143

Yeah it would seem to be pretty amazing that North Korea, for all its spit and bile, has managed not only to create working rockets, but nukes as well, despite the world being against it.

South Korea, despite all the world's major powers backing it, has ended up with egg on its face.

Of course, if push really ever came to shove it doesn't really matter how many working missiles South Korea has, as long as the USA has plenty that work correctly.

Comment In other news .... yawn (Score 4, Informative) 170

And so the good ole Gnutella network will find another platform so the masses can file share, just like it has been doing since it was released in 2000.

All the legal arguments and judgements in the world won't make a spit of difference. If people want to trade files online, the chances of anything happening to them are remote, so they will continue.

Remember how shutting down KaZaa was supposed to deal a huge blow to filesharing, as were the lawsuits against a host of others?

Wasn't the lawsuit that saw the Pirate Bay founders jailed supposed to send a message the law enforcement was tough on piracy?

Forgive my scepticism, but I look at this news and wonder, does it really matter to anyone save those directly employed by Lime.

Comment Re:Yay! stupidity outlawed (Score 2, Interesting) 215

I am a journalist, and once interviewed a guy who received an email telling him he could make $500 if he sent them his bank details.

He had a vacant account and figured, 'what do I have to lose?' so sent them the details.

He received a second email saying that they were going to deposit $1000 and he had to just forward $500 to an account with the details they sent him.

In a few days sure enough, $1000 ended up in his account and he forwarded on the $500.

He then got an email saying that because things went so well, they would up the amount.

They sent him $40,000 and asked him to keep $5000, sending $35,000 to a nominated account.

He went ahead and did it, and then he contacted the authorities.

He was never prosecuted, and he never heard whether anyone else was, but hey, he got to keep the $5,500.

Never did he receive any more emails from the group though.


Woman Creates 3-D Erotic Book For the Blind Screenshot-sm 113

Lisa J. Murphy has written an erotic book with tactile images for that special visually impaired porn connoisseur in your life. Tactile Mind contains explicit softcore raised images, along with Braille text and photos. From the article: "A photographer with a certificate in Tactile Graphics from the Canadian National Institute for the Blind, Murphy learned to create touchable images of animals for books for visually impaired children. Then she realized that there was a lack of such books for adults only. 'There are no books of tactile pictures of nudes for adults, at least the last time I looked around,' says Murphy. 'We're breaking new ground. Playboy has [an edition with] Braille wording, but there are no pictures.' She says that while we live in a culture saturated with sexual images, the blind have been 'left out.'"

Comment Re:Put the word "Wikipedia" in quotes like me... (Score 1) 155

Any Aussies here? You've got what: rabbits, poisonous toads, some kind of insect, and.... what else?
Much of Australia's wildlife has been decimated by introduced species. You left out foxes, cats, carp and I think the insect you refer to is the European wasp, or maybe it is fire ants, both of which are wild.

Probably the worst invasive species is Homo sapiens, which brought in all the other species (that includes our indigenous people, who introduced the dingo a few thousand years ago, decimating wildlife on the mainland, and rats).

Comment Re:Bound Electrons. (Score 1) 390

Then the first generation machines must have been better than mine.

All I did was rest my Kindle on a shelf beside my bed, but that didn't stop it from malfunctioning.

After all the e-ink began to run, I contacted customer service, and they said this was not common, but certainly no unheard of.

That being said, they were awfully nice about sending me a new one, all the way to Australia, and paying for my packaging to send my old one back.

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