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Submission + - Cat parasite may increase risk of suicide in humans 1

An anonymous reader writes: Researchers at the University of Maryland analyzing meticulous data collected by Danish authorities have identified a positive correlation between suicides among women with infection with the fairly common parasite T. gondii. Carriers were 53 percent more likely to commit suicide in a sample of 45,000 Danish women monitored for over a decade (researchers believe that the same correlation likely exists for men). Increased susceptibility to schizophrenia and bipolar disorder was also discovered. The physiological mechanism has not been determined, although some speculation centers around changes to dopamine levels. Two intriguing aspects were noted: 1) human infection often (but not always) begins by exposure to cats carrying the parasite, for example, by changing an infected animal's litter; and 2) the parasite spreads itself by infecting the nervous system of rodents, causing them to become suicidally attracted to feline odors which will increase the likelihood of their hosts being eaten by cats, whose digestive tracts provide the preferred environment for parasite reproduction.

Submission + - Google is the least open part of Android (

An anonymous reader writes: Google’s apps are a critical part of the Android ecosystem. It is clear that, unless you can replace them (like Amazon did), your device is going to fail. The Google apps are great — all of the ones that I use work well and new features are rolled out all the time — unfortunately, they are not able to benefit from the open source ecosystem these apps are built on. This was clearly done by design.

Submission + - French President wants to criminalize frequent visits to violent websites (

Fluffeh writes: "In a recent speech about a suspect who died after being shot by police as he tried to make his getaway, French President Nicolas Sarkozy decided to use it as an opportunity to push for more anti-internet legislation, including a plan to criminalize visiting certain websites too often. Anyone who habitually visits Internet sites that advocate terrorism or carrying calls for hate or violence will be punished under criminal law."

Submission + - Facebook likes, then buys 750 IBM Patents (

Fluffeh writes: "Facebook Inc. acquired 750 patents from IBM, adding intellectual property that may help it counter allegations of patent infringement, a person with knowledge of the transaction said. Facebook, the world’s biggest social-networking service, is bolstering its legal defenses amid a standoff with rivals that have more intellectual property. Yahoo! Inc. sued Facebook earlier this month, accusing it of infringing patents covering functions critical to websites. Facebook had 22 patent suits against it last year, according to"

Comment Re:Hypocrites (Score 0) 696

I have never heard any rumors nor seen any documentation the the launch codes have ever been changed from 000000000.

The military doesn't seem to think that much of the launch codes, why do you?

If you and a partner have defeated the base security, and gained access to, and secured the launch controls of the nuclear missiles, how much greater of a hurdle is it going to be to get the launch code?

The existence of the launch codes does reduce the chance of an accidental launch, just like paper cutters that require you to press two buttons more than three feet apart reduce the number of limbs accidentally chopped off.

I am sure that their are things that should be kept secret, but that information is smaller than one might first assume.

Submission + - Dell Going Private? (

NicknamesAreStupid writes: The Street and many others are reporting that Michael Dell may try to take Dell Computers private. If successful, Dell would be in a unique position to act independently of shareholders and much public scrutiny. In fact, if Michael Dell succeeds, I predict that HP will get out of the PC business in five years.

When You Really, Really Want to Upgrade a Tiny Notebook 104

Benz145 writes "The famous Sony VAIO UX UMPC may have been cancelled a few years back by Sony, but the community at Micro PC Talk won't let it die. Modder Anh has carefully removed the relatively slow 1.33Ghz Core Solo CPU and installed a much faster Intel Core 2 Duo U7700 (a process which involves reballing the entire CPU). On top of this, he managed to install an incredibly small 4-port USB hub into the unit which allowed for the further instillation of a Huawei E172 modem for 3G data/voice/SMS, a GPS receiver, and a Pinnacle HD TV receiver. All of this was done without modifying the device's tiny external case. Great high-res pictures of the motherboard with the modded hardware can be seen through the link."

Submission + - Best way to use $40k for water/energy reduction? 1

Anonymous Coward writes: "My organization of approximately 3,000 people has designated $40,000 to spend on ways to reduce energy and/or water consumption. The approach should have high visibility and be beneficial to the entire organization. The basic methods like energy-efficient light bulbs and waterless urinals have already been suggested so I was curious what Slashdot had to offer."

Snails On Methamphetamine Screenshot-sm 93

sciencehabit writes "Science answers the question: What happens when you put a snail on speed? From the article: 'The results suggest that meth improves memory, something that has been previously observed in creatures with large, complex brains like rats and humans. But since the snails store their memories in a simple, three-neuron network, the team hopes that studying the meth effect in these gastropods will help pinpoint how the drug's memory magnification powers work.'"

Doctors Seeing a Rise In "Google-itis" Screenshot-sm 368

It's one of the fastest-growing health issues that doctors now face: "Google-itis." Everyone from concerned mothers to businessmen on their lunch break are typing in symptoms and coming up with rare diseases or just plain wrong information. Many doctors are bringing computers into examination rooms now so they can search along with patients to alleviate their fears. "I'm not looking for a relationship where the patient accepts my word as the gospel truth," says Dr. James Valek. "I just feel the Internet brings so much misinformation to the (exam) room that we have to fight through all that before we can get to the problem at hand."
Hardware Hacking

Any Open Source Solutions For DIY Auto Diagnostics? 270

slaxx writes "As an avid tinkerer, I really want to collect as much data about my car as possible. Using On-Board Diagnostics (OBDII) sounded great to me, but the pricetags of systems like AutoTap Scanner are a bit much for my college budget to handle. Are there any free, open source solutions available? What do Slashdotters do to tinker and record the inner workings of their own vehicles?"

Google Voice Now Gives Priority to Students 66

theodp writes "Holy Logan's Run, Batman! Google on Friday began giving students priority access to its Google Voice service, which has remained in a closed beta since its transition from GrandCentral in March of last year. Typically, invites for the service can take anywhere from a few hours to several months to arrive after a user signs up. But Google is now promising students who cough up an .edu e-mail address access to the service within 24 hours. Good thing CMU closes e-mail accounts after graduation, or old fuddy-duddy alums like Brian Reid might try to sneak in!"

In UK, First "Anarchist's Cookbook" Downloaders' Convictions 418

analysethis writes "In the UK last month the author/compiler of the well-known-in-Internet-circles 'terrorist handbook' pleaded guilty to seven counts of collecting information that could have been used to prepare or commit acts of terrorism, with a maximum jail term of 10 years. Today the first people caught with downloaded copies have been put behind bars — a white-supremacist father and son pairing getting 10 and two years respectively, convicted of three counts of possessing material useful for acts of terror. How many will be emptying their recycle bins after this conviction? As of writing, the book is still freely available on to buy." Note: it seems that there's some overlapping nomenclature at play. Terrance Brown, the man who pleaded guilty to terror charges last month, is said to have been distributing a CD set including among other things extracts from Al-Qaeda manuals. His "cookbook" differs then from William Powell's 1971 book by a similar title, though (confusingly enough) the linked Wikipedia article implies that the father-and-son pair arrested possessed a copy of the Powell book as well; its text may well have been among the materials that Brown distributed.

Simple CMS For Mixed Mac/Windows Team? 119

Quasar Sera writes "I am looking for a content and/or project management solution for a marketing research team using both Macs and PCs. Ideally it would support document sharing, metadata/tags, search capabilities, revision control, and the ability to share documents easily with people from outside the team without any software installation or login required. It may be tricky to configure (since I will be doing that) but must be dead simple to use for the rest of the team. We rely mostly on Word, Powerpoint, and Excel (all in their native file formats) for our work, so it would be a large number of fairly small files. Any and all advice would be appreciated."

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