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Submission + - NBA teams employ statistics and multimedia

kwajwo writes: "The New York Times, ey/29digi.html?_r=1&oref=slogin, has an article on the increasing use of detailed anaylsis of opposing players statistics, as a way for NBA teams to get edge. "In 2000, Mr. Barr and Nils B. Lahr, a former Microsoft engineer, started Synergy Sports Technology in Phoenix, to bring together for N.B.A. coaches fine-grained statistics matched with associated video clips. Want to stop Dirk Nowitzki of the Dallas Mavericks? Synergy's system has recorded every offensive step Mr. Nowitzki has made since he joined the league in 1998.""

Feed UK Government Minister Says Gadget Makers Need To Make Their Products Harder To (

It's not uncommon to see politicians blame gadgets for crimes, such as cameraphones for happy slapping, or white earphones for MP3 player theft, since it's far easier to blame faceless corporations and their products than to actually do something about the underlying crimes that occur. Now, in the UK, a government minister is taking things a step further by saying that gadget makers need to "design in features which reduce crimes". He also suggests that people buying new mobile phones should "ask how does this prevent people actually stealing it and selling it again, what are the anti-crime characteristics?" It's not entirely clear what he's after (apart from some political brownie points), but he cites the way mobile operators in the UK blacklist stolen phones so they can't be used, which means that stolen phones just end up getting sold overseas, not that they don't get stolen. It seems like this is just a way to shift some responsibility away from criminals, but particularly away from the police, and blame device manufacturers for making their products too attractive and too easy to steal. What's he want, anyway -- taser-equipped iPods and mobile phones with pepper spray?

Submission + - [H]ardOCP's : State of the Silicon Union Q2 '07

justindiduch writes: "HardOCP's editor in Chief, Kyle Bennett, gives his unique insight into the future of emerging CPU and GPU technologies and makes some very bold statements.

"Reports are that AMD's market share has quickly eroded as much as 5%. Throw into the mix the abortion that was "4X4" and enthusiast confidence plummets. With AMD Agena FX processors, the next-gen quad-core core codenamed Barcelona, not looking to be primed for desktop systems till very late this year, it is no wonder that many enthusiasts are worried about the health of AMD as a competitive company.
And then AMD just spent US$5.4 billion purchasing ATI..." zMywxLCxoZW50aHVzaWFzdA==

Deeper into the article Kyle goes on to make some interesting predictions about the direction of AMD/ATi, Intel, and Nvidia."

Feed HIV Experts Oppose Gambia's Unproven AIDS Remedy (

Leading HIV experts are alarmed that the government of The Gambia is encouraging citizens living with HIV to stop taking antiretroviral medications in order to try an unproven herbal remedy. The HIV Medicine Association (HIVMA) calls on President Yahya Jammeh to cease his unproven claims that the treatment "cures" AIDS.

Feed Teens With Migraine At Greater Risk Of Suicide (

Teens who have chronic daily headache, especially those with migraine headaches, are at greater risk for suicide than teens who don't have migraines, according to a new study. Teens with migraine are also more likely to have other psychiatric disorders such as depression and panic disorder.
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Submission + - OTC baking soda sales targeted in War on Drugs

Ellis D. Tripp writes: "A Missouri state legislator is seeking to regulate BAKING SODA sales in hopes of curbing crack cocaine production.

In a bill introduced in late March, Rep. Talibdin El-Amin (D-St. Louis) says he wants to put baking soda, or sodium bicarbonate, behind the pharmaceutical counter.

No word if vinegar will be next, to prevent grade school science classes from manufacturing volcanoes of mass destruction... av=8H3x"

Submission + - Google Won't Index JavaScript: How To SEO Web 2.0

gbulmash writes: "Google doesn't index JavaScript-generated content, as I found out with an experiment I did in March. Seven weeks later, the page still does not come up in a Google search for the nonsense words inserted via JavaScript. So, if you're trying to attract search-driven traffic to your Web 2.0 site, how do you keep your cool JavaScript features while getting the spiders to index all that rich keywordy goodness in the content your JavaScript is hiding? Simple. Offer the search engines an alternative."

Feed NASA turns to competition to find a better astronaut glove (

Filed under: Misc. Gadgets, Wearables

It may not be quite as exciting as the X-Prize competitions, but NASA's latest Centennial Challenge looks like it could prove to be fairly consequential in its own right, tasking competitors to build a better astronaut glove, NewScientist reports. Set to go down on May 2nd and 3rd, the challenge will pit six teams against each other, with $250,000 in prize money up for grabs, not to mention the possibility of the winning design actually being put into use in space. From the looks of it, the entrants themselves will also face more than a few challenges, with one test requiring a team member wearing their glove to squeeze a ball inside a pressurized box for 30 minutes -- if blood starts dripping out, they're disqualified. As with its other challenges, however, NASA isn't expecting to find a winner in its first year, so those that missed out this time 'round may still get a shot at making the cut for next year's competition

[Photo courtesy of NASA]

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