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The Internet

The Pirate Bay — "Just a Very Large Hobby" 214

praps writes "In a fascinating interview with two of the founders of The Pirate Bay entitled 'Are they baby-eating monsters or what?,' Swedish news site The Local discovers that far from being the radical Robin Hoods of the digital age, Peter Sunde and Fredrik Neij are actually 'polite, humorous and down-to-earth.' They may run one of the biggest sites in the world but 'it's just a hobby that's grown to be very, very large.' Financially, they are 'happy as long as it doesn't make a loss,' and both hold down regular IT day jobs. And apparently they spend a lot of time with a Bedouin in the Sinai desert."
Medicine

Submission + - AIDS Virus Now Estimated to be 100 Years Old

ChazeFroy writes: A new study estimates that the AIDS virus, HIV, started to circulate in the human population between 1884 and 1924, with a more focused estimate at 1908. This is much earlier than the previously-held estimate of 1930. "The new result is 'not a monumental shift, but it means the virus was circulating under our radar even longer than we knew,' says Michael Worobey of the University of Arizona, an author of the new work." The article also speculates that HIV first began to spread in Kinshasa, Congo.

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