from the tough-choices dept.
Active Seti writes "The NY Times reports that nearly half of British men surveyed would give up sex for six months in return for a 50-inch plasma TV. The firm found 47 percent of men would give up sex for half a year, compared to just over a third of women. 'It seems that size really does matter more for men than women,' the firm said. The survey also said a quarter of people would give up smoking, with roughly the same proportion willing to give up chocolate which could make buying a plasma TV a good alternative to programs for smoking cessation or weight loss. Of course the survey should be taken with a grain of salt since it was carried out for a firm selling televisions."
thefickler writes: "Microsoft's Windows Defender was only able to block 47% of spyware threats in quick scan mode, in a recent test of spyware products by independent lab Enex TestLab on behalf of security and utility products vendor PC Tools. In full scan mode, Defender was only able to block 53% of threats."
bagboy writes: As sources of renewable energy are being sought, BP announced a new method of extracting natural gas from ice underneath Alaska's North Slope drilling fields. The release from BP's site, a news story from Anchorage, Alaska's KTUU (Channel 2) and a wikipedia entry for Gas Hydrates.