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Comment Actually, this is NEW news (Score 1) 192

What's new is that there are now true "stores" for apps... it's no longer just installer programs that let you download and install apps. CydiaStore launched just two days ago, and has a grand total of one app for sale (Cyntact, selling at $1.00, modifies the contacts app to display the contact's profile picture next to their name, when you're in the view where you scroll through contacts). The point is that there are private enterprises now hoping to make money off of this. At the moment Cydia is fairly limited -- only working with Amazon Payments -- but promises PayPal support soon, and you can bet there will be a number of new paid apps on the way.

Comment Sumatra... format specs? (Score 1) 198

Tried out Sumatra. I see it doesn't display text I've added with a PDF editor, or highlights I've done, or call-out boxes. Are those features not part of the general PDF spec? Either way, it kind of sucks that someone could open one of these PDFs in Sumatra and not see all sorts of commentary someone else intended, which can be seen if opening the file in Foxit or Adobe Reader for example...

Comment Re:Perfection is Impossible (Score 1) 713

Are you kidding? Medicine isn't perfect and never will be but modern medicine has doubled life expectancies in the last 100 years, cured/prevented countless diseases, improved quality of life, and saved many millions of lives. It's one of the greatest triumphs of humanity and you are saying the record isn't there? I say you are a grade-A fool if you think that.

I'm a huge fan of / big believer in modern medicine, but there is good reason to believe that much of the increase in lifespan is due to improved sanitation of our living environments and foodsources.

Comment Re:oscillococcinum (Score 1) 713

Would be interesting to see them maufacturing this stuff. I wonder if they go through the trouble of actually getting some duck liver, extracting its 'essence' or whatever, and diluting 200 times... of if they just put some sugar into pill form and call it good enough.

Comment oscillococcinum (Score 2, Informative) 713

FTFR: "If one looks at the content of oscillococcinum, a homeopathic alternative marketed to relieve influenza-like symptoms, the packaging states that each gram of medication contains 0.85 grams of sucrose and 0.15 grams of lactose. Sucrose and lactose are simply forms of sugar, of which oscillococcinum is nothing more than am expensive sugar pill."

Um, it does contain both .85 grams of sucrose and .15 grams of lactose, but those are only the "inactive" ingredients. The supposedly active ingredients are "200CK Anas barbariae hepatis," or heart and liver of the Muscovy duck. Whatever that is. I'm not saying I think it works (though they do have clinical data showing some benefit over placebo), but that the reviewer is wrong that it's ONLY a sugar pill.


Submission + - GameStop manager suspended after 'games for grades (

mikesd81 writes: "A local Austin, Texas ABC affiliate, KVUE, reports about a manager at a GameStop that was suspended for instituting a "games for grades" policy. From the article: " Brandon Scott says he started a unique new policy in his store to promote good grades in school but now his employer has sent him to detention for speaking out of turn. Scott says he's been suspended by GameStop in the wake of his unconventional "games for grades" policy at an Oak Cliff store. " Apparently, on his own, Scott decided to stop selling video games to any school-age customer unless an adult would vouch for the student's good grades."
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Submission + - Why don't people work? (

coondoggie writes: "While there is a multibillion dollar industry out there that tracks every move of the working public, what nonworkers are doing remains somewhat of a mystery, according to the US Census Bureau. Today the agency released an interesting study that looks extensively at why people don't work. For example, for nonworkers 25 to 44 years of age, taking care of children or others was the main reason — 44% — for not working at a paid job. Nearly 2 out of 5 or 38% nonworkers 45 to 54 years old did not work because of a chronic illness or disability. Men nonworkers were more likely than women nonworkers to be retired or going to school. Almost 5% of respondents said they had no interest in work."

Submission + - VR used to treat US soldiers with PTSD

dhardisty writes: "Researchers at the University of Southern California have created a virtual reality program 'that simulates life in the war zone for Iraq veterans suffering from conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).' The program incorporates wrap-around vision, sounds, physical sensations, and even smells. It is used to support exposure therapy, an empirically supported cognitive behavioral treatment for PTSD."

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