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Submission + - Neurons created directly from skin cells (

alx5000 writes: "The Times is running a story about a neurologic breakthrough that could revolutionise treatments for conditions such as Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s: Neurons have been created directly from skin cells for the first time. Quoting neurobiologist Professor Jack Price, 'This suggests that there are no great rules — you can reprogramme anything into anything else.' The article also points out that this method could work around the ethical issues surrounding embryonic stem-cell research."

Submission + - Individual neurons shown to work indenpendently (

alx5000 writes: "A group of neuroscientists from Rutgers University have shown that the commonly accepted idea that there's a correlation among the spikes of neighboring neurons when fed shared input may be wrong (Google translation from Spanish). From the (paywalled) abstract: 'Near-zero mean correlations were seen experimentally in recordings from rodent neocortex in vivo. Our results suggest a reexamination of the sources underlying observed correlations and their functional consequences for information processing.'"

Submission + - Best business antivirus software?

alx5000 writes: "I work for a small government organization with around 30 users, and for some time now we've been having doubts about TrendMicro OfficeScan's efficiency. The last straw was a couple of trojan droppers appearing on one of the IT trainees' computer yesterday, with no warning whatsoever from the real-time protection agent. From your own experience, which antivirus software would you recommend, based on real-time detection ability, response time for new viruses and price?"

Comment Re:Another possible cause (Score 1) 251

Seems to be working for these companies I'm talking about, and for some more, like Spotify. Either pay a monthly fee or enjoy the ads, but anyway get access to a huge catalog of content you wouldn't otherwise be purchasing.

Just like ISPs moved from charging by the minute or the kB to flat-rate, monthly billing.

Comment Re:Another possible cause (Score 2, Informative) 251

A lot of P2P users out there aren't aware that they're sharing their whole drive, and you want them to know about port forwarding? What about those situations in which you're not in charge of the network?

The only thing I pointed out is that, from my own experience, I've seen many P2P sites and forums which have left torrents and elinks behind, in favor of file hosting services like Rapidshare.

Believe it or not, the majority of file sharers don't belong to that elite you seem to be speaking for, and that mambo-jambo about ports and forwards and peers sounds a lot more confusing that "click this link and type those characters into that box" to them. If that's easier for them, they'll just leave, and the drop in P2P traffic due to this will be significantly higher than what you and your computer-savvy friends could provoke if you all stopped torrenting.

Beside, when I use Rapidshare, I get upwards of 950 kB/s for a single file from the beginning (most of the time; when I don't, I just ask again for the file and that'll change the mirror) on a 320/1000 kbps DSL link. Call me back when you get that on uTorrent, from a single TCP connection that won't saturate a multi-user router like 200+ would.

Comment Re:Another possible cause (Score 3, Interesting) 251

Or maybe, like I've done, people are switching back to direct downloading.

Why waste your time installing and setting up an application (incl. firewall settings), when you can pay 55 euro por a year of rapidshare and download anything from anywhere?

eMule used to be really popular in Spain, with elinks flooding forums all around. Now it's all rapidshare, megaupload, easyshare...

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