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Zombie Pigs First, Hibernating Soldiers Next 193

ColdWetDog writes "Wired is running a story on DARPA's effort to stave off battlefield casualties by turning injured soldiers into zombies by injecting them with a cocktail of one chemical or another (details to be announced). From the article, 'Dr. Fossum predicts that each soldier will carry a syringe into combat zones or remote areas, and medic teams will be equipped with several. A single injection will minimize metabolic needs, de-animating injured troops by shutting down brain and heart function. Once treatment can be carried out, they'll be "re-animated" and — hopefully — as good as new.' If it doesn't pan out we can at least get zombie bacon and spam."

Comment Re:Great assumption (Score 2, Funny) 400

Assuming LEDs last 2.5 times as long as LEDs, we conclude that LEDs last infinitely long and there is nothing superior except for LEDs.

The study was commissioned by an LED manufacturer. In order to reach the desired result, they had to redefine 2.5 as the multiplicative identity. At least they're up front about it. ("Up front" being, in fact, quite important-- you don't want to see what they did to the associative property.)

Comment Re:Lie to me! (Score 1) 439

I find it interesting that a website filled with people who are normally outraged at the idea of video surveillance in a public place with everyone's knowledge is so accepting of the idea of audio surveillance in a public place without everyone's knowledge.

I find it interesting that after reading a website constantly filled with talk of restricting government power and expanding personal freedom, you don't see a difference between government power and personal freedom.

Comment Already out of date. (Score 1) 590

"There's nothing game developers can do to stop them."

Really? How much are you selling your used copy of Battlefield 1943 for? About the same amount you sold your used copy of Castle Crashers for, right?

This rant is years out of date. Game publishers are already figuring out all sorts of ways around the used games "problem". Rather than pursue the legislation red herring, they're trying market-driven approaches: lower prices; downloadable games; free content for registering; purchaseable downloadable content; long-lived multiplayer modes; "freemium".

Strangely, by pursuing market-driven solutions instead of lobbyist-driven solutions, it looks like both the publishers and the gamers will benefit. Weird.


Artist Wins £20,000 Grant To Study Women's Butts 202

Sue Williams has been awarded a £20,000 grant by the Arts Council of Wales, to "explore cultural attitudes towards female buttocks." Sue plans to examine racial attitudes towards bottoms in Europe and Africa and create plaster casts of women's behinds to try to understand their place in contemporary culture. And here I've been studying the issue all these years for free like a sucker!

Comment Re:Sounds good... (Score 1) 451

Stolen property. If you steal property, you must report its fair market value in your income in the year you steal it unless in the same year, you return it to its rightful owner.

Since piracy is stealing, I don't have to pay taxes on anything I pirate as long as I seed long enough for the RIAA to download a copy?


Submission + - New Theory Explains Periodic Mass Extinctions

i_like_spam writes: The theory that the dinosaurs were wiped out by an asteroid impact, the K-T extinction, is well known and supported by fossil and geological evidence. Asteroid impact theory does not apply to the other fluctuations in biodiversity, however, which follow an approximate 62 million-year cycle. As reported in Science news, a new theory seems to explain periodic mass extinctions. The new theory found that oscillations in the Sun relative to the plane of the Milky Way correlate with changes in biodiversity on Earth. The researchers suggest that an increase in the exposure of Earth to extragalatic cosmic rays causes mass extinctions. Here is the original paper describing the finding.

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