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Comment Re:Vegan mums today. (Score 0) 487

You do understand that anecdotal evidence is useful. In the parents cases it is a useful and valid example. In your case, it isn't. Assuming from the context of the parents statement, they are giving a counter example to the statement "Since meat eating mums were important to human evolution, today only meat eating mums wean early." In this case the simplest response, one that supports the statement of Elia Psouni, is an anecdote. If i assert that no two numbers add to make 4, the parent equivocally said, "3 and 1 make 4". Whereas your response reads more like "5 and 7 do not make 4; obviously, you're(parent - 3+1) wrong."

Comment Re:Yes (Score 0) 1040

Making a ticket proportional to wealth is just discrimination

Making someone pay a $200 ticket who is on an income of $26K when compared to someone who with an income of 100K is "just discrimination." If the intent of issuing tickets is to deter unsafe driving than .7% of income for the poor person is discriminatory when compared to .2% for the well-off person. As someone who was a few years ago below the 26K mark and now near 100K I can say that getting a ticket is less troublesome to me now.

Submission + - How did your representative respond to SOPA concer ( 1

jeff.j.jeff writes: When I expressed my concerns about SOPA & PIPA to Senator Bennet, I received a response which led me to realize he had co-sponsored PIPA. He started his response by saying

"Let me begin by saying that honoring intellectual property rights is vital to our economy. Every incident of stolen intellectual property costs American businesses billions of dollars and results in the loss of thousands of jobs through copyright infringement and the sale of counterfeit goods."

This response has changed my opinion of him completely. I would like to know what types of responses others received from their elected officials. Did your opinion of them change?


Submission + - HOXB13 Gene Variant is Linked to a Higher Risk of (

techgeek0279 writes: "Prostate cancer is the most prevalent form of cancer among males, but at present there is no standard test for the disease. It is no wonder, then, that researchers at Johns Hopkins University and several other major universities across the country have been working diligently over the past twenty years to discover the gene underlying this predominant cancer. In an article published in the New England Journal of Medicine, researchers reported their findings on the HOXB13 gene."

Submission + - The Week in WikiLeaks Press Coverage: 5 – 11 (

WLPress writes: "In this edition of the week's roundup of stories based on material released by WikiLeaks, the Danish government has been implicated in Iraq torture scandal. French company Bouygues uses bribes to win contracts in Turkmenistan. Cables also report that Nigeria could save billions by avoiding fuel traders. Documentary showing Turkish child abuse was at the centre of UK-Turkish relations. The detainee file of the last remaining UK citizen held at Guantanamo."

Submission + - Is Facebook a Central Bank, Too? (

wasimkadak writes: Facebook’s 27-year-old founder, Mark Zuckerberg, isn’t usually mentioned in the same breath as Ben Bernanke, the 58-year-old head of the Federal Reserve. But Facebook’s early adventures in the money-creating business are going well enough that the central-bank comparison gets tempting.

Everything started quietly, in 2009, with the experimental launch of Facebook Credits, billed as “the safe and easy way to buy things on Facebook.” Anyone who chipped in $5 from a Paypal account, Visa card or the like, could do the equivalent of changing money on an overseas trip. Voila! — $5 turned into 50 Facebook Credits.


Prince Says Internet Is Over 450

the_arrow writes "According to the artist currently known as Prince, 'The internet's completely over.' At least that what he says in an interview with the British newspaper Mirror. Quoting Prince: 'The internet's like MTV. At one time MTV was hip and suddenly it became outdated. Anyway, all these computers and digital gadgets are no good. They just fill your head with numbers and that can't be good for you.'"
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Hemisphere Games Reveals Osmos Linux Sales Numbers 131

An anonymous reader writes "Hemisphere Games analyzes the sales numbers for their Linux port of Osmos and ask themselves, 'Is it worth porting games to Linux?' The short, simple answer is 'yes.' Breakdown and details in the post." A few other interesting details: the port took them about two man-months of work, the day they released for Linux was their single best sales day ever, and they got a surprising amount of interest from Russia and Eastern Europe. Their data only reflects sales through their website, and they make the point that "the lack of a strong Linux portal makes it a much less 'competitive' OS for commercial development." Hopefully someday the rumored Steam Linux client will help to solve that.

Stand-Alone Antivirus Software? 159

An anonymous reader writes "I work for a company that repairs specialty devices that have an embedded Mini-ATX motherboard without a CD-ROM drive and run Windows XP Home. And while the USB flash drives we insert into them have a physical write-protect tab, we still encounter a (rather annoying) display dialog from malware/viruses to remove the write-protect so the malware can infect the flash drive. We don't remove the write-protect, obviously, but would like to offer our customers the option of removing the malware/virus without having to install any software. We would rather not install/uninstall antivirus software even for one-time use, due to various licensing issues, nor do we want to connect to the Internet to use web-based online scanners. Is there any stand-alone anti-virus/anti-malware software for Windows that can be run directly from the write-protected flash drive itself?"

A Quick Look At KDE SC 4.5 Beta 1 122

dmbkiwi writes "The latest in the 4.x series of the KDE Software Compilation is due to be released in early August 2010. With the first beta of this release recently unleashed, I thought I'd download the openSuse packages and see what 4.5's got in store for us."

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