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Comment Re:Strange Disease (Score 1) 222

I can't speak about 2004, I was just getting out of high school then. But I do know that we are working very hard on finding a cure for ALS (and other neurodegenerative diseases). There have been some amazing advances in the past few years, namely surrounding destruction and regenerating of the myelin (look that up if you want to learn more) surrounding neurons that seems to be the primary cause of degeneration. I myself have seen a couple of fellow labs come up with techniques that seem to smooth out and encourage the remyelination that naturally occurs in humans and seems to be missing in patients with ALS.

Its terrible to see someone pass away like this when some days it feels like we are so close we can taste it.

Submission + - New York Times's New Subscription Plan (

Zerocool3001 writes: "The New York Times is changing its subscriptions for the website and its mobile applications. Interesting features include a monthly article reading limit per person of twenty (excluding those which are accessed by following Facebook or twitter links), and additional purchasing options for viewing more content. All home page content (not sure if this is the home page itself, or also the full articles) will remain free. Details on the linked page."

Comment Weird Way to Find (Score 1) 1

I just wanted to point how random it was for me to find this. Here was my search process:

1. I was working a presentation about oligodendrocyte differentiation.
2. I was looking for papers to get background information on T3 induced differentiation
3. A couple of hours in I decided I needed a picture of mitogen withdrawal induced differentiation in culture versus T3
4. I search google images for something like "mitogen cell culture", then "mitogen withdrawal cell culture", then "PDGRF differentiation"
5. I find a random image and follow it to the BioWrites website for the Journal of Cell Biology, where it is part of a paper in the February 2010 issue.
6. Not having heard of the BioWrites website, I search google for "BioWrite".
7. The second result down is this page with the headline "BIO writes to DOJ..."
8. After reading it and realizing it was not related to what I wanted I remembered Slashdot and Microsoft v. i4i thing.

Go web.

Submission + - Biotech Industry Sides with i4i over Patents ( 1

Zerocool3001 writes: While this may be a little old (December 29, 2010), the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) has sent a letter to the Attorney General expressing concern should Microsoft win its appeal in the Microsoft vs. i4i case now before the supreme court. In response to the Supreme Court's request for government views on the issue brought up by Microsoft and i4i, BIO argues that should Microsoft win (and lower the standard for patent infringement cases) that it “could seriously weaken the presumption of validity that attaches to millions of [U.S.] patents.” They also draw a contrast between their industry and the computer and information technology industries, which they claim have worked to limit the rights of patent holders and their ability to challenge infringement by other companies in that industry. They worry that the government will be unduly influenced by these industries. The text of the letter is available here

Submission + - Postdoc Sabotages Grad Student's Cells (

Zerocool3001 writes: "A Nature articles describes how a postdoc was caught dousing a graduate student's cell culture with ethanol to sabotage the graduate student's experiments. The postdoc was only caught after the graduate student got suspicious and called the police who tried to investigate her first and finally placed hidden cameras in the lab. The postdoc was charged, confessed, and finally fled the country.

Those of us in research (especially academic) will be familiar with this sort of thing. It is a little refreshing to know that it happens to other people too."


Submission + - Sean Kovacs GV Mobile + In App Store (

Zerocool3001 writes: "As largely expected Sean Kovacs's GV Mobile application has been accepted to the app store and is now available. The new version is named "GV Mobile +". Disappointingly, just as the app accepted before it, this app does not allow SIP access and does not feature push notifications. Heres hoping Google's official app (if there is one) has these features."

Comment Privacy Options Also Changed (Score 1) 347

What a lot of the articles pointing this out don't mention is that the rules governing advertisers and what information they can get from the user without their knowledge/permission also changed. Ars points out that this change may make it easier for large third-party advertisers (e.g. AdMob) to get data from their users. I'm not going to argue whether the other changes to the agreement are good or not (I'm a little worried that allowing interpreted code, particularly flash, will lower the overall quality of apps available in the store). But some of the changes to the ability of third-party advertisers to get information on their users could be a serious problem.
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36-Hour Lemmings Port Gets Sony Cease and Desist 268

Zerocool3001 writes "The recently featured 36-hour port of the original Palm version of Lemmings to the iPhone and Palm Pre has received a cease and desist letter from Sony. Only one day after submitting the app for approval on the two app stores, the developer has put up a post stating that he 'did this as a tribute to the game — we can only hope that Sony actually does a conversion for platforms like iPhone and Palm Pre in the near future.' The text of the cease and desist letter is available from the developer's website."

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