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Comment Stores finally catching on? (Score 1) 532

I remember back in 2008 when I went to the apple store in my local mall and saw an external hard drive. Of course it was over priced since it was in the apple store, so I instead used one of the showroom macs to purchase a WD 2TB external HDD from new-egg. It did not matter that what what apple was selling was "unique" or of "higher quality".

Comment There was that one time.. (Score 1) 457

Seeing Avatar in theaters is the only time when 3D enhanced my experience rather than detracting from it like all the other movies over the past few years that used 3D as a last second gimmick. So it is possible to make 3D work if done right but I cant yet speak for the quality of the 3D TV experience. IF there is enough content of the same 3D quality as Avatar, AND the quality of ordinary 2D content on 3D tvs is not compromised, AND if the slight peeves like glasses, and viewing angle are overcome, AND when the price of 3D TV becomes comparable to that of their 2D counterparts, THEN there will be a feasible market for 3D TV and I will gladly go out and buy one.

Submission + - The Era of Personalized Medicine Awaits

Hugh Pickens writes: "The first draft of the human genome was published nearly a decade ago involving the work of hundreds of scientists in six countries, taking a decade to produce, and costing more than $2 billion. Since then only about 20 people have had their entire genetic code mapped because of the high cost and complexity of the task. The knowledge to be gained from one genome, in isolation, is limited but if you were able to compare huge numbers of genomes then patterns should emerge. Now Complete Genomics has published its first genome in a proof of concept trial and says it will sequence 1,000 complete genomes between June 2009 and the end of the year and one million over five years. "As soon as we can sequence thousands of genomes then we can understand for the first time, the genetic basis of disease that will enable us to develop new diagnostics for the detection of disease and new therapeutics for the treatment of disease," says Dr Clifford Reid, CEO of Complete Genomics. Such is the excitement and promise of mass gene mapping that it has prompted the creation of medicine's richest prize: $10 million is on offer with the Archon X PRIZE to the first company that can sequence 100 genomes in ten days, for $10,000 or less each. "The future that we all envisage is the day when every infant has their genome sequenced at birth and we utilize that information to optimize health throughout their life and enable customized personalized medicine," says Andrew Wooton, from the X Prize foundation, adding that the goal is to bring about radical breakthroughs for the benefits of humanity."

Submission + - Are the 3 Laws of Robotics Enough? (

richard tarantula writes: A robot last week made the first steps towards becoming truly autonomous. Inquiring minds want to know: When will the machines rise up and kill us all? interviews P.W. Singer, senior fellow at the Brookings Institute and consultant to the Pentagon. His book, "Wired for War" is reviewed here. From the review: "What would happen if a military force could field an army of robots? Singer notes the scary possibility that in today's media-rich environment, there is the possibility that people will go to war because there are few immediate consequences." P.S. He hates Ewoks.

Submission + - The Antarctica ice bridge finally breaks off.

GreennMann writes: "An ice bridge linking a shelf of ice the size of Jamaica to two islands in Antarctica has snapped. Scientists say the collapse could mean the Wilkins Ice Shelf is on the brink of breaking away, and provides further evidence or rapid change in the region. Sited on the western side of the Antarctic Peninsula, the Wilkins shelf has been retreating since the 1990s. Researchers regarded the ice bridge as an important barrier, holding the remnant shelf structure in place. Its removal will allow ice to move more freely between Charcot and Latady islands, into the open ocean."

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