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Google Stops Ads For "Cougar" Sites 319

teh31337one writes "Google is refusing to advertise CougarLife, a dating site for mature women looking for younger men. However, they continue to accept sites for mature men seeking young women. According to the New York Times, CougarLife.com had been paying Google $100,000 a month since October. The Mountain View company has now cancelled the contract, saying that the dating site is 'nonfamily safe.'"

Comment Vista vs Win7 (Score 5, Insightful) 378

I fully admit to bashing Vista, even viciously, before I had even actually got a copy to live with for a while. I repent.

I fully admit to bashing Vista too, and I continue to do so. It was pushed out the door unfinished and with poor driver support (thanks to Microsoft changing video architecture too late in the dev cycle, not due to any 3rd party failings) and while the driver issues have been resolved I still find Vista feels unfinished. But leaving Windows 7 off the good OS list is just wrong. Windows 7 is a well designed and executed OS, and Microsoft deserves credit for it. And I say that as a dyed in the wool UNIX / Mac OS X fan and frequent Microsoft critic. (Did I mention how bad I think Vista is?)


Canadian Blood Services Promotes Pseudoscience 219

trianglecat writes "The not-for-profit agency Canadian Blood Services has a section of their website based on the Japanese cultural belief of ketsueki-gata, which claims that a person's blood group determines or predicts their personality type. Disappointing for a self-proclaimed 'science-based' organization. The Ottawa Skeptics, based in the nation's capital, appear to be taking some action."

Submission + - Inflatable concentrators may cut cost of solar (mongabay.com)

Damien1972 writes: A technology from Cool Earth Solar could cut the cost of solar to less than conventional power sources. The technology uses inflatable solar concentrators to gather light and focus it onto photovoltaic cells, increasing the energy impacting the cells by a factor of 400. Series of concentrators are suspended on support and control cables stretched between poles, allowing the ground beneath the concentrators to remain free for other uses, such as farming or ranching. The company's founder says that the technology will cut the cost of photovoltaic electricity in a 1 megawatt installation to 29 cents per watt by 2010, comparable to electricity from natural gas-fired plants. Presently the total install cost for solar is $7-$10 per watt.

Submission + - The Professor is a Headhunter

theodp writes: "As companies compete fiercely for top talent on campus, they're forging closer relationships with faculty members and aren't shy about spreading around cash to get them to give up their top students. While the National Association of Colleges & Employers cautions against the mingling of financial support with more targeted recruiting, that didn't stop one oil company from stooping as low as using $25 gas cards to get graduate assistants to turn over the names of their best and brightest students and even comply with instructions to withhold recommendations for those with tattoos and facial hair."
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Submission + - West Virginia's Health Revolution

An anonymous reader writes: An interesting story (http://www.escapistmagazine.com/issue/99/7) by Lara Crigger over at The Escapist talks about the use of Dance Dance Revolution in the state's 765 schools. The program is based off research from the West Virginia University Games for Health study, which was in the news a bit last year, and the results of which are just starting to roll in. From the Escapist's site: "Far from kids getting bored with the mass arrangement, Ryan says his classmates at Hedgesville Middle School love the game. 'When [the gym teacher] has the mats out, the line's always a mile long,' he says. 'We just got two more mats, so you can get four people playing it now. So, like, it was cool before, but now you actually have a line.' "If there's a kid who doesn't like DDR, says Bailey, 'we haven't found them yet. Almost all the kids who've played it enjoyed it, and wanted to continue to play it.'" Lara Crigger reports on West Virgina's revolutionary program to curb childhood obesity — with videogames."

Submission + - Michael Geist Sued for Defamatory Blogroll

An anonymous reader writes: Michael Geist, the well known Canadian law prof and columnist, is apparently being sued for a defamatory blogroll. The suit apparently claims that Geist should be considered the publisher of a libel because his site includes a blogroll that links to a site that in turn links to a site that contains some allegedly defamatory third party comments. At this rate, Slashdot will presumably be sued for linking to Geist who links to a site that links to site that may contain a defamatory comment.

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