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Comment Re:2012 strikes again (Score 1) 404

How exactly does the presence of sublethal levels of antibiotics in the environment lead to selective pressure on E. coli to take up a shiga-toxin gene? Current research I have seen indicates the toxin provides an advantage in persistent carriage in livestock and has nothing to do with surviving antibiotics in animal feeds.
I strongly agree with the sentiment that antibiotics in agriculture are severely overused, but I do not think this is a valid example.


AmigaOS Twenty-Five Years of Check-Ins Visualized 82

the_arrow writes "As a celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Amiga computer, Hyperion Entertainment has made a video using the Gource CVS visualization software showing a time-compressed version of 25 years of Amiga development, from the early days of AmigaOS 1.0 to the present. Personal commentary added by one of the current core full-time AmigaOS developers, Hans-Joerg Frieden (a.k.a. 'Rogue')."

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 Re:Bill Gates (Score 1) 737

I work at a non-profit that gets Gates money (though I am about as far down the food chain as you can be and still get paid). Love or hate Microsoft (I do a little of both) the things the Gates foundation are doing are pretty amazing... there is a combination of resources and vision that is unfortunately all too rare.

In the end I think Bill will be remembered in a way that Alfred Nobel is remembered... few people know that he invented dynamite but everyone knows about the Nobel Prize. In a similar fashion people in a hundred years will remember Gates for the good works in education, public health etc. and not for Windows. Heck, we'll all be using Linux by then anyway (the year of the Linux desktop will get here eventually).


Hollywood Stock Exchange Set To Launch In April 100

You can buy and sell actor or movie "stock" for virtual cash on the website Hollywood Stock Exchange (HSX). Starting in April the company plans on letting you turn those movie performance predictions into real dollars. HSX filed with the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission for approval as an active trading site in November 2008 and has just entered the final phase of regulatory review. Richard Jaycobs, president of HSX's parent company, said, "The number of people who visit movie theaters each year and form opinions about a film's success is in the tens of millions. We believe that's the reason the public response to this product has been very positive."

Submission + - Polish computer genius, Jacek Karpiski dies at 82

Forty Two Tenfold writes:

One of the greatest achievements of Polish science was the K-202 minicomputer. The device was designed by Karpinski in the years 1970-73. K-202 surpassed nearly 100-fold contemporary computers, worked at a rate of 1 million operations per second, or faster than personal computers marketed a decade later. Minicomputer was equipped with a permanent memory, as well as operational, which could be extended. K-202 was the most advanced equipment in those days, his only match the American and New Super Modular One from England. Unfortunately, despite the formation of the Anglo-Polish company which deal with production equipment, was founded only 30 copies of K-202.

Original in Polish.

Submission + - What to do after giving money to a scam store? 1

hubbajub writes: Here's the dilemma. I'm not naive but sometimes I do like to take risks. There: I said it! A couple of weeks ago, I was looking for a good deal on a Nokia N900. Google suggested I check out moruslive.com, which I did. And that was my mistake. That site had the best deal on a N900 on the web, as far as I could tell. The deal wasn't too much too good to be true. The fact that they only accept bank wire transfers should have been enough of a warning. But I searched the web for a store review and there was none, either good or bad. After some deliberation I decided to take a risk and ended up sending them $380 to their Bank Of America account. At the beginning everything was looking fine. I got confirmation emails etc. and then even a USPS tracking number. And that was the end of it... the device was never shipped. I emailed them. No response. In the meantime, other people fell for it as well with the exact same sequence of events (see "Comment" here).

Now the question is what is there to do? The $380 are not going to kill me but it's a principle thing. I knew I was taking a risk... But it does bother me that they might get away with scams like that. I know that pointing sites like that out, will likely only result in temporary disruption for them. So what else? Would Bank of America's fraud department be of help? Any other legal means? I am asking the (almost) all-knowing Slashdot community...

Submission + - Warrantless Cell Phone Tracking (net-security.org)

An anonymous reader writes: A lawyer representing several wireless providers says that his customers receive thousands of GPS information and cell-tower data requests per month. Sprint Nextel even has a web portal through which law enforcement agencies can access such data without a court order if there is an "emergency" situation. But, who decides if a situation is an emergency? If it's the law enforcement officer, there is a high probability that he/she will be tempted to label situations as "emergencies" even if they are not.

Comment Re:organic sources (Score 1) 106

Good of you to bring up the Miller-Urey experiments. Those experiments and subsequent ones with different atmospheric conditions have demonstrated how easy it is to create complex organic molecules under fairly common conditions (common in a cosmic sense).

Uracil is not an amino acid, it is a pyrimidine. Very necessary for RNA and life, but not an amino acid.


Aussie Attorney General Says Gamers Are Scarier Than Biker Gangs 409

Sasayaki writes "South Australian Attorney-General Michael Atkinson claims, in an interview with Good Game, that gamers were more of a threat to his family than biker gangs. This is the man who has been the biggest opponent to Australia receiving an R18+ rating for video games and who has the power to veto any such law introducing it."

Bark Beetles Hate Rush Limbaugh and Heavy Metal 220

Aryabhata writes "According to scientists, climate change and human activity have allowed bark beetle populations to soar. They decided to fight the beetles by using the 'nastiest, most offensive sounds' that they could think of. These sounds included recordings of Guns & Roses, Queen, Rush Limbaugh and manipulated versions of the insects' own sounds. The research project titled 'Beetle Mania' has concluded that acoustic stress can disrupt their feeding and even cause the beetles to kill each other."

StarCraft II Beta To Begin This Month 182

mrxak writes "It's official; Activision Blizzard's much-anticipated sequel to 12-year-old StarCraft is going to enter closed beta 'this month,' according to company President Mike Morhaime during an investor conference call. This comes in the wake of the SC2 beta forums showing up briefly on Battle.net. If you've got a Battle.net account, it's probably not too late to opt-in for upcoming Blizzard beta tests."
PlayStation (Games)

Sony May Charge For PlayStation Network 212

In an interview with IGN, Sony's VP of marketing, Peter Dille, responded to a question about the PlayStation Network by saying that the company is considering charging for the service. He said, "It's been our philosophy not to charge for it from launch up until now, but Kaz recently went on the record as saying that's something we're looking at. I can confirm that as well. That's something that we're actively thinking about. What's the best way to approach that if we were to do that? You know, no announcements at this point in time, but it's something we're thinking about." This follows news of a customer survey from last month that listed possibilities for subscription-based PSN features.
PlayStation (Games)

PS3 Hacked? 296

Several readers have sent word that George Hotz (a.k.a. geohot), the hacker best known for unlocking Apple's iPhone, says he has now hacked the PlayStation 3. From his blog post: "I have read/write access to the entire system memory, and HV level access to the processor. In other words, I have hacked the PS3. The rest is just software. And reversing. I have a lot of reversing ahead of me, as I now have dumps of LV0 and LV1. I've also dumped the NAND without removing it or a modchip. 3 years, 2 months, 11 days...that's a pretty secure system. ... As far as the exploit goes, I'm not revealing it yet. The theory isn't really patchable, but they can make implementations much harder. Also, for obvious reasons I can't post dumps. I'm hoping to find the decryption keys and post them, but they may be embedded in hardware. Hopefully keys are setup like the iPhone's KBAG."

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