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Plagiarism Inc. 236

Here's an interesting article on the life and times of 24-year-old Jordan Kavoosi, who has made a business of plagiarism. His Essay Writing Company employs writers from across the country, and will deliver a paper on any subject for $23 per page. In addition, his company will get it done in 48 hours, and he guarantees at least a B grade or your money back. From the article: "'Sure it's unethical, but it's just a business,' Kavoosi explains. 'I mean, what about strip clubs or porn shops? Those are unethical, and city-approved.'"

Comment Re:New TLDs like printing money (Score 1) 266

I would not recommend doing this, regardless of the commonality of the name, ie. Ford, Nissan, Disney. After being sued for $200k for Anticybersquatting for 2 domain names ($100K per trademark violation) and 2 years of court battles, its just not worth it. The poor Nissan family have been fighting this for a long time.

Comment And you finally got a woman to call you! (Score 1) 191

Now your complaining that you finally got a woman to call you? Everyone here keeps talking about how terrible robocalls are. For most of you/us, its the only female who would leave a message on your answering machine.

Especially if the robocall is a "Phonesex Robocall"

Man Sues Neighbor For Not Turning Off His Wi-Fi 428

Scyth3 writes "A man is suing his neighbor for not turning off his cell phone or wireless router. He claims it affects his 'electromagnetic allergies,' and has resorted to being homeless. So, why doesn't he check into a hotel? Because hotels typically have wireless internet for free. I wonder if a tinfoil hat would help his cause?"

Comment Where in the article does it say CO2? (Score 1) 467

Have you ever seen the smoke come out of a diesel truck!, Its black. That black color is not CO2, it is larger carbon chains. Black carbon soot. Its full of carbon black particles that are quite large and will integrate into the soil. This entire slashdot thread is full of retards, that keep obsessing about CO2 sequestering. Thats NOT what the article is talking about, and it never even mentions it. That dosent mean it works, but at least these trolls should be bickering about the right subject matter,

Comment Solaren Website down. Slashdotted? (Score 1) 274

It seems that Solaren's website has been slashdotted.

This Web site has exceeded its allotted bandwidth and has been temporarily suspended. To get this site back online, either wait until the used bandwidth for ...

How are you going to get a space based solar panel array up, if you cant even keep your website up?

Comment I demand a Recount! (Score 1) 256

I was on that ballot as a candidate for US congress. Now I know the reason I lost! I want a recount. It's a conspiracy, I tell you!

United States Representative
1st Congressional District
Humboldt County, California

Mike Thompson
Zane Starkewolf

Carol Wolman
Pamela Elizondo

If you add a couple of zeros behind the number of deleted ballots, I might have won!

/they are out to get us

Comment Not quite... (Score 4, Insightful) 139

They haven't shown that the cells can actually differentiate into any cell type. They have just shown that they express the biological markers that make it look like a pluipotent stem cell. Meaning that expresses a few surface markers that they tested. That dosen't mean that it can turn into any type of stem cell. I wouldn't hold my breathe.
Killing babies still has a much better chance of growing me a new liver.

/bring me another beer!

Advance In Making Stem Cells From Skin 139

KillerBob writes with an advance on the news from a year back that stem cells can be produced from human skin — discussed here. Now Canadian researchers have found a safe way to generate stem cells without using viruses to modify the genome, a process that can have its own dangers. "The ethical debate over embryonic stem cell use may soon be moot, thanks to a Canadian team of researchers who, together with a team out of Scotland, has found a safe way to grow stem cells from a patient's own skin. The revolutionary finding, described in a paper published yesterday by the international science journal Nature, means doctors may be one step closer to treating a multitude of diseases, including Alzheimer's, diabetes and Parkinson's."

Comment Bubble Fusion (Score 2, Interesting) 249

In undergrad we spent a few weeks attempting to reproduce Dr. Taleyarkhan work on sonic cavitation experiments in deuterated acetone. While there is much controversy surrounding the this type of fusion, it is an interesting and simple experiment, but hard to get reliable results.

For students it is be exciting to be apart of the human quest for fusion power. And is useful as a teaching tool for all methods of fusion. Taking part in a controversial research project can be very stimulating.

The experiment can be attempted using a pyrex 100mL flask and placed piezoelectric speakers at key locations. The flask is filled with deuterated acetone and the speakers are modulated at different frequencies until cavitation and sonoluminescence is achieved. Their are several types of neutron detectors that can be used. Some of them cheaper than others but less sensitive.

Anyways, just an idea. Alternatively, you can also build a fusor, which is a bit more involved but with the right setup could also work for a short term project, would require you todo some pre-building.
-alot cheaper than ITER or Lawrence Livermore laser confinement...

Comment I for one welcome our new nanobot overlords (Score 4, Informative) 69

But seriously, it is ridiculous for these reporters to make such outlandish claims about nanotechnology. Its been 15 years since nanoparticle drug delivery was tested in cells, and we are just beginning phase 1 clinical trials in germany and US on magnetic nanoparticles. Regardless of the FDA implications of nanobots, the actual impact will be very small in the next 20 years, perhaps it could report of blood pressure or flow rate using RFID, but its not going to have robotic arms that will wield a sword and evicerate a cancer cell.

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