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Submission + - Antibody Discovery To Boost HIV Vaccines (gizmag.com)

fergus07 writes: Research efforts to find individual antibodies that can neutralize HIV strains have been difficult because the virus continuously changes its surface proteins to evade recognition by the immune system. As a consequence of these changes, an enormous number of HIV variants exist worldwide. However, there are a few surface areas that remain nearly constant across all variants of HIV and scientists have now discovered two potent human antibodies that attach to one of these sites and can stop more than 90 percent of known global HIV strains from infecting human cells in the laboratory.

Submission + - Hollywood Accounting: How Harry Potter Loses Money (techdirt.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Techdirt has the details on how it was possible for the last Harry Potter movie to lose $167 million while taking in nearly $1 billion in revenue. If you ever wanted to see "Hollywood Accounting" in action, take a look. The article also notes two recent court decisions that may raise questions about Hollywood's ability to continue with these kinds of tricks. The producers of "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire" now have to pay $267 million for its attempt to get around paying a partner through similar tricks.

Submission + - Black hole emits a 1,000 light-year wide fireball (io9.com) 1

PhrostyMcByte writes: "12 million light-years away in the outer spiral of galaxy NGC 7793, a bubble of hot gas approximately 1,000 light-years in diameter can be found shooting out of a black hole — one of the most powerful jets of energy ever seen. The bubble has been growing for approximately 200,000 years, and is expanding at around 1,000,000 kilometers per hour."

Comment Re:Negative votes (Score 2, Interesting) 375

Personally I like proportional voting systems; example: Say there are 100 seats in the legislature, party "A" gets 40% of the votes party "B" gets 30% of the votes, party "C" gets 25% and party "D" gets 5%. So they get a number of seats proportional to the votes they receive. Party A gets 40 seats and so on. Party D however doesn't get any seats as there is an 8% minimum you have to reach to get in the legislature, to help prevent radical minorities getting a foot hold. (last part is just kinda in-theory)

But I think a system like this would benefit the US a lot, would really get 3rd parties on the map.

Comment Another reason (Score 1) 558

I didn't read all the comments to see if someone mentioned it...

But in a the metal manufacturing shop that my father runs all of there presses, breaks and other equipment with some computer controls, like for pre-sets and settings use floppy drives. Equipment that costs several hundreds of thousands of dollars per piece. It's not like they have a lot of pressure to upgrade. =\

Comment Re:strange (Score 1) 464

This only really works with some ISPs, my public IP address is given by a co-location that my data is routed from. So it's not uncommon for my IP address to show I am somewhere hundreds of miles away, just depends where the data is going/coming from at the time.

Comment Re:Totota problems..... (Score 1) 1146

I'm not discounting your friends problem, it certainly is bad. Point is though, funny thing about the oil light: by the time it comes on, it is too late anyway. The oil light is triggered by a pressure sensor on an oil gallery on the engine block, which is fed directly by the oil pump. If that pressure switch is activated (by low pressure), then there is insufficient pressure being generated by the pump (usually due to failure or complete lack of oil supply). By the time a typical driver reacts to the oil light and stops the car, the engine has been running for some minutes, under load, with no oil pressure to the bearings. Since the crankshaft and camshaft bearings rely on oil pressure to float the shaft in the center of the bearing cavity... the bearings are usually damaged.

Not entirely true, some newer vehicles ( I would assume most/all but can't say from first hand exp.) electronically monitor oil levels. My care for example (02 Camaro) Throws the oil light whenever it's 2quarts low, (holds almost 6 quarts). Tested this one time before changing the oil. (stared it up, let it run for a minute, and see if the light comes on) Tested it on a 99 dodge RAM as well, same thing.


Rates Lowered For Streamed Music In the UK 94

An anonymous reader tips the news that the UK's music collection society, PRS, has announced a new pricing plan it hopes may entice YouTube and Pandora back to the UK market. Pandora pulled out at the start of 2008, and YouTube began removing content from the view of UK users last March. "From 1 July 2009, firms will have to pay 0.085p for each track streamed, down from the previous rate of 0.22p. [The] head of the music streaming service We7 told BBC News he welcomed the new charges. 'It's brilliant. Not so much the rates but the realization by the PRS that things have to change in the digital world. Till now it's felt like they were not listening,' he said. ... 'They [the PRS] are getting in touch with the reality of the digital world.' [The PRS's managing director said] 'We've laid our stall out and listened to everyone who would engage with us. We've consulted with the 25 firms that represent 97% of our revenue over the past six months and have been given opinions from many others. We need to ensure the music artists are paid for their work, but we also wanted to make sure that the framework was in place to enable the digital market to grow.'"

Comment Re:Ethanol is just stupid (Score 1) 894

I think the American auto industry needs to wake up and start engineering its vehicles for the highest mileage possible by using diesel and hybrid and stop reducing the amount of plastic and sound insulation in cars. It's easy to reduce weight by cutting plastic and sound insulation, which leads to interiors falling apart prematurely and driving the public to foreign vehicles.

Well the two vehicle brands you mentioned are US owned... Saab is owned by GM, and Volvo by Ford.

Comment Not sure on everyone else... (Score 1) 695

Didn't read more than the first comment from someone who was trying to make something far more complicated than it should be.

What we did, was in our shop (separate building, but electricity runs from the house to it). Is we wired a 220 plug (well pump is 220) on the outside of the shop that fed into the breaker box.

So when the generator was plugged in and on, it would feed the shop, which would in turn feed to the house. So you just have to make sure you don't turn on more stuff than your generator can handle. Or turn off some/many of the breakers in the house to make sure other peeps don't turn to much on.

Only thing with this set-up is you have to have a shutoff for the main feed to the house, otherwise you will be back feeding. Which isn't exactly what you want to do. =p
Of course this exact setup would not work for everyone, but the idea is the same regardless.

We have a 5k watt generator and it powers a fair amount of the house without a problem. We do have a propane furnace (tank in the yard). So don't have to worry about the heat part to much.

Well there is my 2 cents...

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