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Comment Re:All well and good... (Score 0, Offtopic) 193

I am more on the lines of a post cataclysm where everyone starts having dreams of some walking dude, and a old black woman in nebraska... the people gather to these this evil walking guy who can change into a crow, and the old black woman... ultimately God drops a nuclear weapon on the evil crow changling guy in Las vegas and the good people with the old black woman live happily ever after... or did then? As the crow changling evil guy was seen in the jungles! ::hides::

Comment Re:uhhh (Score 4, Interesting) 193

I am a layman myself as well. I think this is encouraging for anyone out there who is sick... However, I am still wondering if the whole stem cell way of doing things for cancer research is the better approach. However after RTA I did see that all of the control group died and the mice with the implant 90% were cured. I would want to read a real paper on it in a journal. Just as a though.... What would happen if the implants do not work on all human beings / test animals/subjects whatever... Say... your body just starts literally killing ALL cells... cancer and normal... I am just wondering if they have a way to stop the process if they need to... Ah well. Good work Doctors!

Comment Re:ultimate reason for the astronauts death (Score 1) 223

Well, I guess you don't know much about this then I am guessing. proper restraints would have been half the battle. The other half would have been the crew wearing their pressurized suits. When Challenger was destroyed on lift off, the crew was alive for a good portion AFTER the explosion... I believe what killed them was the sudden impact with the ocean. If the crew had been wearing their pressurized suits, had their visors down and were restrained properly and the parachutes were not MANUAL we might have had a different turn out for the crew. ::shrugs:: just my two cents I suppose.

Submission + - The Next Solar Cycle May Have Begun (

Josh Fink writes: "As many of us know, the sun usually works on an 11 year cycle for extreme solar storms and flares. The last time that this cycle peaked was in 2001 and 2002. However, on December 11th, scientists began to observe a "modest knot of magnetism," and are saying this might be the signal for increased activity from our local star. From the article: 'This patch of magnetism could be a sign of the next solar cycle," said solar physicist David Hathaway of the Marshall Space Flight Center. 'Solar minimum is upon us.'....Though forecasts vary wildly, some scientists predict Solar Cycle 24 will be intense. If so, 'it could have significant impacts on telecommunications, air traffic, power grids and GPS systems,' according to the NASA statement."

Submission + - Vonage in the legal boiler pot once again (

Josh Fink writes: "We all thought that everyone was done picking Vonage apart, right? Well, it seems this is not so. On Friday, Nortel filed a lawsuit against Vonage claiming that Vonage had violated 9 of Nortel's patents. These patent violations include services such as click to call, 411 and 911.

"The lawsuit, which was filed in U.S. District Court in Delaware, comes in response to a suit Vonage is pursuing against Nortel. In 2004, a company called Digital Packet Licensing sued Nortel for infringing on three of its patents. Vonage acquired Digital Packet Licensing last year and is continuing the lawsuit." Eventhough Vonage continues to bring in money, how much longer can it stand against suits filed against it from companies such as Verizon, Sprint, and AT&T?"


Submission + - Wave power goes commercial in California (

Josh Fink writes: "The folks over at have an interesting piece on wave power. Pacific Gas & Electric is planning on building a wave farm 2.5 miles off the coast of California's Humboldt County. The deal is with Finavera Renewables, and will produce 2 megawatts of power. Not enough to run your DeLorean, but it is still something. The article also reports that if everything goes according to plan and the initiative succeeds, Finavera will increase the electric production to 100 megawatts. The plant will begin producing power in 2012 and has the potential to reduce CO emitions by 245 tons each year."

Submission + - Universal's Imeem Deal May Unlock More Free Music (

Josh Fink writes: "It seems that Universal has been the last studio to hold back on Imeem, a growing social networking site, but no longer. On Monday Universal announced that it will be enbracing Imeem and allowing its catalog to be put onto the site for users to stream their music for free. The music listening rights is paid for by advertisers, so if you don't mind looking at ads while listening to music, this is a grand opportunity when things such as Rhapsody cost money monthly. You also have the option to buy tracks, of course for your listening pleasure for $0.99. "'We think that area will explode," Rio Caraeff, an executive vice president in the Universal's digital unit said. "I think you will see ad-supported streaming models continue to proliferate with companies both large and small.' ""

Submission + - WiFi worms: the next generation of virus (

KentuckyFC writes: "The density of WiFi routers within our cities has reached a critical value that allows malware to spread from machine to machine without having to travel over the internet. Researchers have simulated how this spread would occur in several major US cities and say that 37 per cent of routers would be affected within two weeks (abstract published on the physics arxiv). They say that poor password hygiene, known problems with WEP encryption and the absence of antiviral software for routers all contribute to make the threat critical."

Submission + - Dell announces touchscreen and is immediately sued 3

goombah99 writes: Dell computer announced their foray into consumer touchscreen tablets using multitouch technology. And they are immediately sued in Texas by a company who's 1995 and 1997 patents cover "Portable computer with touch screen and computing system employing same". The claims seem to cover any toucscreen laptop or computing device. The Latitude XT's base price is $2,499, it has a 12.1-inch LED-backlit screen, a 1.06-gigahertz Intel Core 2 Solo processor, 1GB of memory, and a 40GB hard drive with Vista or XP. Battery life is said to be 5 hours and it weighs 3.5 pounds. The screen rotates from notebook with integral keyboard to tablet mode.

Microsoft Giving Away Vista Ultimate, With a Catch 495

Opinari writes "In case you haven't heard, Microsoft is giving away copies of Windows Vista Ultimate (32-bit or 64-bit DVD), Microsoft Office Ultimate 2007, Microsoft Money Plus Premium, Microsoft Student with Encarta Premium 2008, or Microsoft Streets and Trips 2008 — you can choose any one. The caveat is that you have to let them monitor your use of the program."

Flying Humans 330

mlimber sends us to the NYTimes for a story about flying people who jump from planes or other high locations wearing a wing suit akin to a flying squirrel's. Their efforts have potential military and Xtreme sports applications. The story profiles, with video, one guy who wants to be the first to jump from a plane and land without a parachute (and live). Here's a YouTube video of another of these fliers skimming six feet above skiers in the Swiss Alps. Quoting: "Modern suit design features tightly woven nylon sewn between the legs and between the arms and torso, creating wings that fill with air and create lift, allowing for forward motion and aerial maneuvers while slowing descent. As the suits, which cost about $1,000, have become more sophisticated, so have the pilots. The best fliers, and there are not many, can trace the horizontal contours of cliffs, ridges and mountainsides."

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