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Submission + - IT pricing enquiry in Australia (abc.net.au)

bingoathome writes: The inequity led a parliamentary inquiry to take the unusual step last month of forcing some of world's biggest IT companies to front up and explain the price hikes.
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Bill To Ban All Salt In Restaurant Cooking 794

lord_rotorooter writes "Felix Ortiz, D-Brooklyn, introduced a bill that would ruin restaurant food and baked goods as we know them. The measure (if passed) would ban the use of all forms of salt in the preparation and cooking of food for all restaurants or bakeries. While the use of too much salt can contribute to health problems, the complete banning of salt would have negative impacts on food chemistry. Not only does salt enhance flavor, it controls bacteria, slows yeast activity and strengthens dough by tightening gluten. Salt also inhibits the growth of microbes that spoil cheese."

Venezuela Bans Hostile Videogames and Toys 335

An anonymous reader writes "In an effort to 'help improve child education and prevent misconduct,' the Venezuelan government began enforcing a law on March 3rd banning war videogames and toys, imposing a fine and 2.5 years in prison on the production, distribution, sale, hiring and use of video games and toys inciting violent behavior. Alberto Federico Ravell, former director of opposing news network Globovision, has already come on twitter denouncing the authorities for seizing imported Gameboy, Wii and PlayStation 3 consoles, due to considering them violent."

Google Japan To Help Victims of Street View Abuse 54

Joshua writes "After repeated concerns from Japanese citizens over privacy rights violations involving Street View and a probe by Japan's Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, Google Japan has announced that it will help victims of Street View photo abuse take action against offending sites. Google Japan said it would send requests to the sites for removal of maliciously used Street View images. It will also potentially block the site from Google's search engine and consider legal action for those sites which ignore or refuse the request. Action to this extent against secondary-use abusers is reportedly a first in relationship to Google's Street View worldwide."

Bacteria Could Help Stop Desertification 218

Bridgette Steffen writes "In attempt to slow down desertification, a student at London's Architectural Association has proposed a 6000 km sandstone wall that will not only act as a break across the Sahara Desert, but also serve as refugee shelter. Last fall it won first prize in the Holcim Foundation's Awards for Sustainable Construction, and will use bacteria to solidify the sandstone."

Comment Re:The 99% Solution (Score 1) 902

I believe the infanticide of several 10's of millions of female children in recent years will be seen as the greatest tragedy of all time ( assuming historians exist in the future ). You are right tho' it will get sorted out and I doubt it will be nice. I keep thinking there must be a lot over underground 'gay stuff " going on - I think I have even heard of raiding nearby countries to abduct females. I might add it is not only China doing this now and historically there are many examples but just not the shear numbers . The extend of this tradgedy is that it is not a foreign power decimating another but an internal process at the family level.

Comment Re:alternate... (Score 1) 128

Yes but if it was a tightly focused weapon that missed its target 12 billion years ago then it might have only needed to be half a super nova (which is equal to 20 LoC raised to the power of a slashdot meme). Any hooos if you can decimate someone else's 2000 light years of space why not - teach a lesson an' all that.

Comment Re:Short and long answers? (Score 1) 503

I have experienced a Office 2007 Spreadsheet that would not open in Office 2003 with the compatibility pack ( but that Office 2003 could open other 2007 created docs and spread sheets - sort of proving the compatibility pack had installed correctly ) where as OOo was able to open the file. Based on this evidence - all of teh bases belong to OOo.

Comment Re:Spinach (Score 1) 229

There are many things that we could all do better :-)

When I follow your link to a check of Amazon it shows a book called "Seeds of Change: Six Plants That Transformed Mankind" however the first review I read mentions only 5 plants. The missing plant wait for it .... Coca - in the book he refers to both Popeye and at least one Charlie Chaplin movie that appeared to be references to Cocaine. Your links seem reasonable - at the mo' I have loaned the book to my brother and can't refer to his rational.

It is a great read - amongst many interesting things I felt he put a great case for decriminalising drugs but at the same time making a great case for why addictive drugs (such as Cocaine ) should be avoided.

I was wondering if in fact there existed a censored version of the book ( he speaks not unfavourably of the use of the drug in its natural form so some Govt. might not like it ) - if you have read it let me know.

Happy Days

Comment Spinach (Score 1) 229

Off topic but I thought I would mention that in "Seeds of Change " Henry Hobhouse mentions the use of Spinach was a thinly veiled nod to Cocaine and also generations of kids had to eat the stuff because it was a high source of iron - where as it is nothing special for a leafy green.

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