ami.one writes: Cynthia Graber and Nicola Twilley explain how we are still using a century old method for measuring the Calories in our Food AND the calories spent in different human activities. Essentially, there is a very big difference between burning stuff in a bomb calorie-meter and the extremely complex ways our body extracts energy from food. In fact, the exact process of digestion is yet to be understood sufficiently at a micro level, and years from being replicated to any close degree. Plus, the way our bodies spend calories for a given activity is hugely different from the way a car consumer gasoline and dependent on a number of parameters — some of which are not even known currently. Therefore, balancing Calories IN to Calories OUT is not so stupidly simple as it seems to the underweight layperson .
ami.one writes: Dmitry Agarkov, a 42-year-old Russian man, who received an unsolicited credit card offer from online bank Tinkoff Credit Systems, scanned the document, wrote in his own terms and sent it back.
The bank approved it without reading the amended text, thereby agreeing to things like: 0% Interest, Unlimited credit, Zero Fees, PLUS Steep Fines for Cancelling or Changing the contract !
After using the card for 2 years, the bank cancelled it and sued Agarkov for $1363, but a court ruled that, because of the no-fee, no-interest stipulation Agarkov had written in, he owed only his unpaid $575 balance.
Agarkov is now suing the bank for $727,000 for not honouring the contract's terms !
ami.one writes: "The Supreme Court of India has ruled that forcing someone to go through brain-mapping, narco-analysis or lie detector tests is unconstitutional because "it is an unwarranted intrusion on the individual's rights." There are no exceptions, even for terrorists. Unless the Government brings in some new legislation. The court said that even though there may be apprehensions that hardened criminals & terrorists would benefit from this ruling, it does not deter the highest constitutional court of the country from protecting the rights guaranteed to safeguard the interests of the citizens in their interaction with the government. Times of India Link, NDTV India Link ."
ami.one writes: "The Register
Reports that Pirate Bay is being sold for USD 7.7 Million
Global Gaming Factory X AB (GGF) has agreed to buy BitTorrent tracker site The Pirate Bay for $7.7m (60m Swedish Crowns), according to a statement on the company's website.
The Swedish software outfit confirmed the acquisition this morning. Under the deal GGF has also bought file sharing tech firm Peerialism.
"We would like to introduce models which entail that content providers and copyright owners get paid for content that is downloaded via the site", said the company's CEO Hans Pandeya.
GGF will take control of the site once the transaction completes, which is expected to happen next month.
"In order to live on, The Pirate Bay requires a new business model, which satisfies the requirements and needs of all parties, content providers, broadband operators, end users, and the judiciary.
"Content creators and providers need to control their content and get paid for it. File sharers need faster downloads and better quality," said Pandeya.
The Pirate Bay also confirmed the buyout this morning in a blog post on its website.
"We've been working on this project for many years. It's time to invite more people into the project, in a way that is secure and safe for everybody. We need that, or the site will die. And letting TPB die is the last thing that is allowed to happen!", it said.
The co-founders of The Pirate Bay were fined $3.6m in the recent court case. Meaning, on the face of it, they stand to make a profit. Not that they were ever in it for the money.®
ami.one writes: "Free software in India is from now on mandatory for IT practicals of SSLC (Secondary School Leaving Certificate) examination planned for March 2008.
The situation is at least ironic: by making compulsory the use of software that should be free, the government is annulling the students' freedom of choice; still, at the same time, the measure (namely using free, open source software) also means a lot of money will be saved by these schools.
Orders making free software compulsory have been issued by the Director of Public Instruction (DPI), considering Linux Operating System should be used for IT education in 8th, 9th, and 10th standards. The DPI will also start various programs to popularize the free software. Until last year, schools had to choose between free software and the Windows operating system.
For the 10th standard, fully Linux-based text books have been prepared, while for the 8th and 9th standard more books have been provided. These books were prepared by SCERT (State Council Educational Research and Training) and Free Software Foundation of India under the guidance of IT@school project.
Introductory lectures will be delivered in school assemblies across the country on Monday, and after them a pledge will follow. Outlines for the lectures and pledge circulate in schools. The DPI has started organizing competitions for the students mainly in the digital art area.
A digital painting competition for students of 8th standard will be conducted using the applications TUX paint, XPaint and GIMP, with the subject "My school and surrounding" , and a presentation contest will be held for the students of 9th and 10th standard with the topic "IT and its benefits to the common man", using Open Office Impress. Both competitions will have a duration of one hour and a half.
The prize winning paintings will be compiled at the State level and then uploaded on the website www.education.kerala.gov.in."