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And that's where Ahmadinejad got his 60% of the vote. It might be interesting to enable the 'intellectual elite' of Iran living in the big cities to make their displeasure known to the rest of the world. But as long as they have a semblance of a democratic system, their fundies are going to run the place.

Wrong. This is a popular misconception that has been trotted out by the talking heads that the US news networks have gotten to play devil's advocate on this topic. Most of the rural poor in Iran are ethnic minorities, and have a tendency to vote overwhelmingly for the candidate which shares their ethnicity. This is why Iranian elections often result in runoff elections, as the three or four candidates which get all of the various ethnic minority votes push the two frontliners below 50%.


Submission + - Comedy Central buys 26 new Futurama episodes 1

e9th writes: "TVWeek reports that 20th Century Fox TV and Comedy Central have officially struck a deal for 26 new episodes of Futurama, due to the strong ratings of its reruns and feature-length specials. Matt Groening is quoted as saying, 'We're thrilled Futurama is coming back. We now have only 25,766 episodes to make before we catch up with Bender and Fry in the year 3000.'"

Submission + - iPhone, iPod Touch 1.1.1 Firmwares Jailbroken (

vertigoCiel writes: "Hackers Niacin and Dre have recently gained full read and write access to the filesystems of both the iPhone and the iPod Touch. The Jailbreak exploits a vulnerability in Safari's TIFF library to execute the necessary code when the specially crafted image is loaded. Access can then be permanently sustained by modifying the fstab file with iPhuc"

Submission + - Plasma-Based Life possible? 1

An anonymous reader writes: According to, Researchers from Germany's Max Planck Institute have created a computer model demonstrating that microscopic dust-particles injected into low-temperature plasmas spontaneously self-organize into crystalline structures resembling DNA and other biological structures. Team member V.N. Tsytovich states "These complex, self-organized plasma structures exhibit all the necessary properties to qualify them as candidates for inorganic living matter."

No word yet on how this discovery might affect Human-Klingon relations.

Submission + - Unlock the iPhone with TurboSIM

vertigoCiel writes: A Hacker at's iPhone section has outlined a method to unlock the iPhone using only software tools, the original iPhone SIM, an alternate carrier's SIM card, and an $80 tool called TurboSIM, which is capable of cloning the AT&T SIM card. The important distinction between this and other iPhone unlocking methods is that it requires less hardware, and allows you to continue to use EDGE with the new SIM card.

Submission + - View Adult Content in Style, Porn on the Mac (

An anonymous reader writes: Check out this nifty shareware program available for the Mac. It is specially designed for viewing adult content. Features include: voice commands for hands-free viewing, zoom with moaning sound effects, mouse gestures to resize images/videos (kind of like iPhone), auto collage using an adaptive layout algorithm that preserves relative areas. Adult content aside, the application does provide an effective way to gather and arrange media in a single browsing window.

Submission + - iPhone emulation - three against Apple

LivingLightning writes: "An unknow Malesian coder has wrote programs that emulates iPhone's interface. He put video about this software on YouTube. Apple lawyers made YouTube take down the video and without any specific legal background hustled coder in e-mail. In response a lawyer posted video and software on his website and with a help of a designer they also prepared a set of alternative icons and wallpaper."

Feed Thailand Bans YouTube (

A censorship official said the military government is blocking access because of “a video insulting to our king.”

Feed Fewer Children And Teens Received Antidepressants Following FDA Warnings (

The number of children and teenagers prescribed antidepressant medications appears to have decreased following public warnings about suicidal behavior potentially associated with the drugs, according to a recent report. In addition, antidepressants are now more often prescribed to this age group by psychiatrists rather than primary care physicians.

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