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Submission + - Can Atom based Win8 tablets handle 3d gaming? (

Dupedupeshakur writes: Reviews of windows 8 tablets have all heralded a common theme, that when it comes to battery life and performance, "you can't have your cake and eat it too". As an early adopter of Acer's Clovertrail (Atom 1.8 dual core CPU) based Win8 tablet, I set out on a mission to prove the reviews wrong, and in one way, did. See my video showing the Iconia W510 playing World of Warcraft, something quite a few reviewers claimed "not possible". (youtube, ads disabled)

Submission + - The Dark Side of Antioxidants

Kas Thomas writes: In a controversial blog at Big Think, we learn that over the years, thousands of people have died in vitamin trials designed to prevent cancer. One meta-analysis looked at 47 studies (covering the 1977 to 2006 time frame) and found that 15,366 study subjects (out of a total treatment population of 99,095 persons) died while taking vitamins E and/or A (and/or selenium), whereas 9,131 placebo-takers, in control groups totalling 81,843 persons, died in those same studies. The key finding is that if you're already healthy, these vitamins may make you more so, but if your body is harboring precancerous cells, the vitamins, by inhibiting normal apoptosis, actually spare the cancer cells and let them live when they shouldn't. More than one meta-study has confirmed the effect. Antioxidant vitamins are a double-edged sword; and one of the edges is very sharp.

Submission + - UK govt fires drugs adviser for telling truth 2

David Gerard writes: "Professor David Nutt of Imperial College was chairman of the British government's advisory committee on the misuse of drugs — until today. On Wednesday night, he gave a speech ahead of a paper noting that on the basis of harm, alcohol was far more dangerous than ecstasy or cannabis. Today, Home Secretary Alan Johnson has fired Professor Nutt, saying that "It is important that the government's messages on drugs are clear and as an advisor you do nothing to undermine them." Such as inconvenient matters of reality-based thinking, apparently. He did this just in time for the six o'clock news, and the press is up in arms. Channel 4 journalist Krishnan Guru-Murthy notes with amazement that "nobody will come on to defend Alan Johnson. They all prefer to issue statements that can't be questioned." It's already being tagged the War on Science."

Comment Re:Wow, this would wind me up fast (Score 1) 695

"Stay out of your users' way and let them work the way they want to. If I'm daft enough to want to try to host a commercial website or want to do serious software development on a netbook, that's my problem."

MS probably agrees with you, you'll just have to pay the normal going rate. Remember, we're talking about a ~$40 version of Windows here. It's more OS options as far as I'm concerned... especially if they subtract that $40 from an upgrade to the real deal. Voila, people that don't care about the restriction pay less for legitimate software, and those who want all the features are pretty much unaffected.

Comment Re:no wonder he was unemployed.... (Score 1) 372


The real weak link would be whenever and whereever he physically took possession of the money. That's where his real identity must interact with the "chain" the money has followed.

PS IAACFI (I am a computer forensics investigator).

Mostly agreed... but if Somali pirates can get money wired to them anonymously - why not this guy?

Comment Re:My mood? (Score 1) 364

>"We got laws against noisy car exhausts..."

Noisy exhausts save lives - do your part.

^ Citation Needed I'm tired of hearing the myth that loud exhaust save lives. Drawing all other drivers' attention to your vehicle is anything *but* safe for them. And if by "lives", you mean just of those who have loud exhaust... then consider this - you (and by extension those around you) are less able to hear *important* noises that signal danger (sirens, car horns). Driving defensively (and like you're invisible if you're a biker as I am) is a far safer and more practical solution for everyone.

And people won't think you're a flaming jackass.

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