Nereus writes: Nobel Prize winner, Dr. James Watson, has had his talk at the Science Museum in London cancelled after he claimed that black people were of an inferior intellect. Watson, who won the 1962 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his part in the discovery of DNA, said in an interview with The Sunday Times that he was "inherently gloomy about the prospect of Africa" because "all our social policies are based on the fact that their intelligence is the same as ours — whereas all the testing says not really". He went on to say he hoped everyone was equal but that "people who have to deal with black employees find this is not true". This is not the first time Watson has courted controversy. He has previous stated that a woman should have the right to abort her unborn child if tests could determine it would be homosexual. Presumably these tests would involve an undercover police foetus and an airport toilet.
An anonymous reader writes: An experimental pair of satelites have been launched to test if satelites repairing satelites is a practical idea. the two experimental models launched by the branch of the U.S. military that created the internet are planned to do eight experimental missions where they will dock and exchange batteries, fuel and other parts. http://www.cbc.ca/technology/story/2007/03/09/tech -orbitalexpress-20070309.html
from the are-you-the-keymaster dept.
WSJdpatton writes to mention The Wall Street Journal has a look at how Apple is shaking up the world of music retailing. "Apple -- now one of the largest sellers of music in the U.S. -- offers home-page placement in exchange for things such as exclusive access to new songs, special discount pricing or additional material such as interviews with stars. Most other big retailers, digital and physical, also seek exclusive offerings, but Apple is especially aggressive and has outsize clout when it comes to the slightly out-of-mainstream music it often emphasizes."
jcatcw writes: Seth Weintraub provides a number of reasons to think that all of Apple's machines are ready to move into the enterprise, depending on the job at hand. 'There is no comparison between Apple's "consumer" machines and the consumer lines of its competitors.... The company's simple and elegant product line, which is also highly customizable, will be Apple's entree to the business market — if IT decision-makers can get over their prejudice against equipment that's traditionally been aimed at consumers.'
from the what-are-you-wearing-under-there dept.
Lucas123 writes "An article in Computerworld
states that Apple and LG each plan to launch new laptops — one that's supposed to ship this month — with hybrid disk drives. The new drives are like hybrid cars in that the NAND flash memory works in conjunction with the spinning disk, kicking in data that can be cached like portions of the operating system, which can make for much faster boot up and resume times."