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Submission + - Tmobile offerring free (200mb) cellular data on new tablets (

Gushi writes: Tmobile made a big announcement that starting in November they will provide free data (up to 200mb) on all tablets purchased from them. This combined with their free international usage on their data and phones means you could use your tablet most anywhere in the world without paying extra for data. Will be interesting to see how the other big cellular companies respond to this.

Submission + - Android app allows Free VOIP using Google Voice (

Gushi writes: Groove IP, in conjunction with Google Voice, lets you make unlimited calls using your phone's data connection without using up any of your minutes! This might be the start of ubiquitous free VOIP for cellphones with data plans!

Comment Re:i'm interested in an android app for ssh tunnel (Score 2) 359

ConnectBot can open a port that your application can tunnel through. What I really want is a way to tunnel the browser and maybe even email on my android for when I am using a public insecure wifi point, but I haven't run across anything even remotely close.... -Destructions for connect bot port forwarding


Submission + - Washing Away Postdecisional Dissonance (

Gushi writes: After choosing between two alternatives, people perceive the chosen alternative as more attractive and the rejected alternative as less attractive. This postdecisional dissonance effect was eliminated by cleaning one’s hands. Going beyond prior purification effects in the moral domain, physical cleansing seems to more generally remove past concerns, resulting in a metaphorical "clean slate" effect.

I wonder if Steve Jobs washes his hands every time he talks about Flash?


Submission + - Apple monitors fixed with strip of paper

tgibbs writes: Many owners of the Apple 23" Cinema HD monitor (aluminum) are experiencing a failure in which the monitor refuses come up again after being turned off, instead remaining dark with its power light flashing the "short-long-short" code for "bad power supply." Owners found that replacing the 90W power supply did not help, but that the problem could be fixed by replacing the stock 90W power brick with the larger 150W power brick from Apple's 30" monitor, available online for about $140--pricey, but cheaper than a monitor repair. The real breakthrough came when jakobeon discovered that the problem could be fixed by simply using a little strip of paper to block one pin of the cable from the monitor that plugs into the power brick, presumably disabling the monitor's startup check of the power supply. Numerous users on are now reporting success with the "little strip of paper" cure.

Submission + - Cheap cancer drug finally tested in humans ( 1

John Bayko writes: Mentioned on Slashdot a couple of years ago, the drug dichloroacetate (DCA) has finally finished its first clinical trial against brain tumours in humans. Drug companies weren't willing to test a drug they could not patent, so money was raised in the community through donations, auctions, and finally government support, but the study was still limited to five patients, showing extremely positive results in four of them. It also raises the question of where all the money donated to Canadian and other cancer societies, and especially the billions spent buying merchandise with little pink ribbons on it goes, if not to actual cancer research like this.

Submission + - Trouble sleeping? Maybe it's your iPad (

An anonymous reader writes: More than ever, consumer electronics — particularly laptops, smartphones and Apple's new iPad — are shining bright light into our eyes until just moments before we doze off. Now there's growing concern that these glowing gadgets may actually fool our brains into thinking it's daytime. Exposure can disturb sleep patterns and exacerbate insomnia, some sleep researchers said in interviews.

Comment Pharmaready DMS (Score 1) 130

PharmaReady has a DMS system that should be able to do what you ask provided you have the webserver available outside your intranet. Instead of passing documents via email, authorized users would upload them themselves and then pass a link. The system is designed with FDA regulations in mind and keeps an audit trail of all activities and has well defined users and user permissions.

Comment Not just programmers (Score 0, Offtopic) 633

This is the same situation as in the American Biotech industry. Most companies are small with high burn rates and the whole industry is built around squeezing every bit of time and energy out of employees and then discarding them. Its easy to just say, "Get another job" but its not always that easy. Some of us have friends and family that we actually like to see and living the gypsy lifestyle moving from one job location to another doesn't make that easy on friends, family or children. Furthermore, some of us got where we are by being specialized, and once discarded its not easy or quick to find the next...

Comment This is antibody therapy, NOT a vaccine! (Score 1) 177

This is a nice science article, but mainstream media has made this "breakthrough" into something it is not, not by a long shot.

First, it has nothing to do with vaccines. Vaccines are when you are injected with a protein that causes YOU to generate antibodies to that protein. This article is about injecting you with antibodies, which will be cleared from your body in about three days, and the authors guess that it will cost about $1000 a dose (yes, that means upwards of $2000 a week, and two or more shots at the doctor's office per week!)

Second, while the stalk of the HA protein is a great substrate for antibodies, it is not normally exposed and most antibodies won't be able to see it. Sure, they loaded up some mice with unreasonably high amounts of antibodies and saw some protection to select strains of influenza, but there is a long way to see if this will work against many (never all) strains of influenza, or even if it will work at all in humans! Again, good basic research, but its not a breakthrough, its a good start, a good idea, which is exactly what public science is all about. Sadly, they know very little about commercial drug production and are cashing in on FUD!

If you want to more about flu research go to a site like . There are several new drugs, which hold much more promise and are much closer to being on the market then this!

Disclaimer: I help do research on one of those other drugs...

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