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Comment Re:He takes a pay cut right? (Score 2) 78

No, he isn't - $89 million of _share value_ that isn't available to him for ~5 years does not count as salary. You can't just take shares given when a person is hired, multiply by current stock price and add it on to someone's salary. I think his annual cash compensation is around $300,000. If BB goes bankrupt, those shares aren't worth anything.

Submission + - Major brain pathway rediscovered after century-old confusion, controversy (

vinces99 writes: A couple of years ago a scientist looking at dozens of MRI scans of human brains noticed something surprising: A large fiber pathway that seemed to be part of the network of connections that process visual information that wasn't mentioned in any modern-day anatomy textbooks. “It was this massive bundle of fibers, visible in every brain I examined,” said Jason Yeatman, a research scientist at the University of Washington’s Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences. “... As far as I could tell, it was absent from the literature and from all major neuroanatomy textbooks.”

With colleagues at Stanford University, Yeatman started some detective work to figure out the identity of that mysterious fiber bundle. The researchers found an early 20th century atlas that depicted the structure, now known as the vertical occipital fasciculus. But the last time that atlas had been checked out was 1912, meaning the researchers were the first to view the images in the last century. They describes the history and controversy of the elusive pathway in a paper published Nov. 17 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Comment Re:They're gross looking (Score 2) 655

I went through the same thing and ended up looking at Ensure (or similar type) meal replacement shakes as a wife rightly pointed out that no matter how easy it made lunches, it would just make everyone who looked in the office fridge and found out they were mine think I was dying of cancer.


Submission + - IQ 'a myth,' study says (

An anonymous reader writes: The idea that intelligence can be measured by a single number — your IQ — is wrong, according to a recent study led by researchers at the University of Western Ontario. The study, published in the journal Neuron on Wednesday, involved 100,000 participants around the world taking 12 cognitive tests, with a smaller sample of the group undergoing simultaneous brain-scan testing.

Submission + - Most Kickstarter Projects Fail to Deliver on Time 1

adeelarshad82 writes: A recently conducted analysis found that out of the top 50 most-funded Kickstarter projects, a whopping 84 percent missed their target delivery dates. As it turns out, only eight of them hit their deadline. Sixteen hadn't even shipped yet, while the remaining 26 projects left the warehouse months late.

Submission + - Full-Tilt Poker Is A Real Ponzi Scheme (

blair1q writes: Popular (and heavily advertised) poker website Full-Tilt Poker was sued today by the US Government, following an investigation that revealed it to be a massive Ponzi Scheme. The principals in the company set up a complicated system to direct funds from subscribers' poker accounts into their own bank accounts. This was in contravention of their own claim that users' money was untouched. Players' accounts amounted to $390 million, but the company only has $60 million in the bank, having over time distributed $440 million to its own directors and executives.

Comment Commenting too late to matter... (Score 1) 452

As long as everyone realizes: the OtherOS functionality was removed by a firmware update. If you didn't update your firmware, it didn't change much for you. Yes, you no longer get to play your PS3 games online, but think of it as Sony suddenly implementing a $3 million dollar/day fee for their online gaming network.
You can't afford it, it's probably a crappy business decision, but they're allowed to do what they want even if it bankrupts the company.
Likely the OtherOS removal was because it _would_ have cost them a lot of money to make sure security through random homebrew software existed - something that's basically impossible.
This is the arrogant slashdot mindset, valuing technical skills over the ability to work within a society that has evolved over thousands of years. You can sit in your basement, but until you build your open source ps3 with free games, respect the money and time Sony put into this product. If you think they "deserve" to be punished, hope the next hacker that is intelligent enough to do so also has the social wherewithal to go online, demonstrate the exploit and go about changing things the right way. Whether it's a third-party verification, independent movie or the court system, get the word out and realize the US has no problem smacking down a corporation if the person who thinks the company's wrong can demonstrate it in an intelligent way.

Comment Charges (Score 1) 199

Actually, the feature that shows up with the Google Chat stuff on the left side of my Gmail includes a link "Call Phone", that lets you call any number in Canada or the States. It works great for me _and_ it's completely free for 2011.

Now all slashdotters go make a fake gmail address, login through a proxy server and start harassing your ex-boss/annoying coworker/the cute girl who turned you down for a date. Looks very difficult to trace.

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