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Comment Keep the goat guy!! (Score 1) 4

Oh sweet mother of an outmoded concept! Keep goatse,
the lesser evil. If I must choose my chose would be 'Are you stumped?'. I (think) remember seeing a documentary about this guy and the heroic operation to save him from the accident (cutting tree branches). I will have nightmares about the other entries but not about ma Thessie and a horny dog (offensive??). I think only the harlequin babies and that poor man without a face are a bit offensive. Ancient mental crutch!! Those babies are an argument for abortion. Would you want those babies to suffer the torment of live outside the womb?

Submission + - Okay, so what about the final Harry Potter book?

ibn_khaldun writes: It's been out long enough to be read even if you didn't stop working to do so (right...), so, what is the Slashdot take on the final Harry Potter book? To get things rolling, two queries: (1) Longevity: after fifty years, people are still reading Tolkein and C.S. Lewis; in fifty year will they still be reading J.K. Rowling? (2) Originality: Are the key elements just rip-offs of the aforementioned authors, or, per Joseph Campbell, is Rowling simply utilizing that same store of universal myth tapped by, say, Homer (the open-source poet, not Simpson) and the Mahabharata (also open source). Prefer comments by those who have RTFB, so spoilers allowed.
Data Storage

Submission + - Backup System on a Tight Budget (ittoolbox.com)

LennySmalls writes: Need to find a better, affordable way to do backup and restore before a major issue where I need to get things back up again? What hardware, software, media, price range are others out there are using?

Fewer People Copy DVDs Than Once Thought 333

MasterOfMagic writes "According to a survey reported at the NY Times, very few people actually have and use DVD copying software. The survey reports that only 1.5 percent of computer users have DVD copying software, and of those 1.5%, 2/3rds of them don't even use it. The survey also revealed that users were more likely to download DVDs than copy DVDs that they borrowed or rented, and that about half of all downloaded DVDs are pornography. According to the survey's lead analyst, 'With music, part of the appeal is sharing your own playlists and compilations with your friends ... I'm not sure people share their porn the way they share their music.'"

Submission + - Baby Mammoth Found Intact (cnn.com)

knoll99 writes: "Let the Cloning Begin!

(Reuters) [transcribed through CNN.com] — Scientists unveiled the discovery Wednesday of a baby mammoth found in the permafrost of north-west Siberia.

A reindeer herder found a 10,000-year-old frozen baby mammoth in Russia's Yamal-Nenets autonomous district.

  The remains of the six-month-old female mammoth were discovered in a remarkable state of preservation on the Yamal peninsula of Russia in May, a Reuters report said. The specimen is believed to be the best of its kind to date.

A reindeer herder found the frozen animal in May near the Yuribei River, in Russia's Yamal-Nenets autonomous district.

Scientists hope the animal might yield DNA samples that could be used to clone and effectively resurrect the extinct members of the elephant family.

http://www.cnn.com/2007/WORLD/europe/07/11/siberia .babymammoth.reut/index.html"

Feed The Earth's Climate Is Seesawing, According To Climate Researchers (sciencedaily.com)

During the last 10,000 years climate has been seesawing between the North and South Atlantic Oceans. Cold periods in the north have corresponded to warmth in the south and vice versa. These results imply that Europe may face a slightly cooler future than predicted by IPCC, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

Submission + - Hawking, Lording it up..

Quietly_Confident writes: "A petition on the official UK government 'Number 10 Downing Street' web site is inviting British citizens or residents to impetrate the conference of a life peerage on Prof. Stephen Hawking. The petition suggests that; "Professor Stephen Hawking, one of the greatest minds this country has and has had, who should have been Knighted a decade ago should actually be conferred a peerage [Lord Hawking]".

A life peerage would entitle Prof. Hawking to sit in the House of Lords should he wish to. With recent honours for cash scandals, it would be a breath of fresh air if a truly Great and deserving Britton was honoured appropriately, possibly in the Prime Minster's Resignation Honours List."

Feed $500 million underwater fiber network to link Asia, America (engadget.com)

Filed under: Networking

Unfortunately for most, traversing back and forth to Asia from America on a regular basis isn't exactly in the cards, but thanks to a $500 million project agreed upon by a 17-member telecommunications consortium, visiting via fiber will soon be a whole lot snappier. Telekom Malaysia, along with 16 other firms, have awarded a half billion dollar contract to Alcatel-Lucent and NEC to construct a 12,428-mile link between the west coast of America and Southeast Asia. The aptly-dubbed Asia-America Gateway will connect the western US with Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Brunei, Hong Kong, the Philippines, Guam, and Hawaii, while also offering "seamless interconnection" with Europe, Africa, and Australia. Moreover, the project is being designed to provide a "more secure link for traffic" across the seas, as it avoids the hazardous Pacific Ring in hopes of dodging massive internet outages due to unexpected earthquakes. Best of all, the wait time for the undersea cabling to make an impact is fairly reasonable, as users should see "faster and more reliable service" when it becomes operational in December of next year.

[Via Physorg]

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BBC White Paper Claims HD Over Low Bandwidth Signal 88

Kelten Miynos writes "According to CNet, the BBC has written a white paper in which they claim it's possible to double the available Freeview TV bandwidth by using some clever technologies. 'Doubling the space would mean we could easily have HD channels on Freeview, although everyone would need to buy a new receiver and aerial to pick them up. The key to all this is something called MIMO, which stands for multiple-input multiple-output. MIMO works using two transmitters, and two receivers. The two transmitters mean the two sets of data — sent on the same frequency — will arrive at the receivers at different times. Different arrival times are what allow the receiver to differentiate between the two separate signals and subsequently decode them.' These procedures could then be transplanted abroad to other countries with similar services."

Feed Anti-dandruff Compound May Help Fight Epilepsy (sciencedaily.com)

Researchers have discovered that the same ingredient used in dandruff shampoos to fight the burning, itching and flaking on your head also can calm overexcited nerve cells inside your head, making it a potential treatment for seizures.

Submission + - PC World Picks OSX Over XP, Vista (and, uh, Linux)

DenmaFat writes: "The article is buried in PC World's web site, but the ordinarily Redmond-centric magazine comes right out and says that OS X is the best operating system for its readers, over Linux and Windows XP, with Windows Vista ranked dead last. The review is the subjective assessment of just one author, but he provides a lengthy qualitative comparison chart to back up his recommendations. On a related note, chilled beverages now available in Hades."
United States

Submission + - Super-green minivans are possible today

Roland Piquepaille writes: "According to the Mercury News, the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) has designed a super-green minivan. The Vanguard is a vehicle concept that could cut greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent and exceed California's 2016 global warming standards. This minivan, which only exists as a computer simulation, would use existing technologies and could run on a gasoline-ethanol blend. Such a vehicle would only "cost $300 more than one of today's minivans, but it would save an owner $1,300 over the lifetime of the vehicle." Of course, as UCS is not a car maker, it's hard to know if such a concept will really be used by the automotive industry. Here is a link to more references and pictures about this concept vehicle which may reach the U.S. roads one day."

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