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Submission + - Discovery of 'cancer-proof' rodent cells (physorg.com)

anglico writes: PhysOrg.com — Despite a 30-year lifespan that gives ample time for cells to grow cancerous, a small rodent species called a naked mole rat has never been found with tumors of any kind—and now biologists at the University of Rochester think they know why.

The findings, presented in today's issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, show that the mole rat's cells express a gene called p16 that makes the cells "claustrophobic," stopping the cells' proliferation when too many of them crowd together, cutting off runaway growth before it can start. The effect of p16 is so pronounced that when researchers mutated the cells to induce a tumor, the cells' growth barely changed, whereas regular mouse cells became fully cancerous.

Submission + - Laptop fires on airplanes (nytimes.com)

Maximum Prophet writes: As usual, xkcd gets it right: http://xkcd.com/651/

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/27/business/27fires.html?_r=1&hpw

"More than half of the 22 battery fires in the cabin of passenger planes since 1999 have been in the last three years. One air safety expert suggested that these devices might be "the last unrestricted fire hazard" people can bring on airplanes."

Submission + - Your Brain On Junk Food (sciencedaily.com)

pdragon04 writes: "Brain pleasure centers became progressively less responsive in rats fed a diet of high-fat, high-calorie food, a new study has found. As the changes occurred, the rats developed compulsive overeating habits — and became obese. The overeating continued even when it meant the rats had to endure an unpleasant consequence (a mild foot shock) in order to consume the food."

Submission + - Linus Torvalds derides Slashdot (twit.tv) 4

An anonymous reader writes: In an otherwise fine interview in the popular TWIT FLOSS Weekly podcast, Linus Torvalds criticized Slashdot for, among other things, group think and a religious attitude towards Open Source. The interview did throw some insights on the life and times of Linus in Finland and in USA.

Submission + - DEATH as a kindly angel (mailonsunday.co.uk)

boef writes: "Popular author Sir Terry Pratchett talks about how he will die before the endgame in a discussion about assisted suicide and the right to die in the UK.
Some Quotes:

In the course of the past few years, I have met some delightful people who say they have a passion for caring and I have no reason whatsoever to doubt them. Can they accept, however, that there are some people who have a burning passion not to need to be cared for?

Life is easy and cheap to make. But the things we add to it, such as pride, self-respect and human dignity, are worthy of preservation, too, and these can be lost in a fetish for life at any cost. I believe that if the burden gets too great, those who wish to should be allowed to be shown the door. In my case, in the fullness of time, I hope it will be the one to the garden under an English sky. Or, if wet, the library."

Submission + - Huge new hydrocarbon source found? (caijing.com.cn) 1

Lew Perin writes: "According to Caijing, which is a normally sober source of economic news about China, vast exploitable deposits of methane hydrate lurk under the earth's surface. Evidently there are two different kinds of deposit: frozen under tundra, and highly pressurized in the seabed. How tricky to extract, and how risky? Hmm..."

Submission + - SPAM: Star Trek communicator lives!

coondoggie writes: "The crew of the classic science-fiction show's Starship Enterprise wore small devices on their chests that they could tap to communicate instantly with their colleagues. Such communications technology is now closer to reality thanks to a Finnish company which this week demonstrated high-tech clothing that can send and receive messages via satellite.

The demonstrator antenna, built by the Patria Aviation Oy company, looks like a simple patch of cloth but is capable of operating in the Iridium and GPS frequency band as part of clothing. The Iridium satellites allow two-way voice and data communication, while GPS provides positional data to the user. Iridium could also relay the position of the user.

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Submission + - Facebook Poll on Obama 'assassination' Investigate

pickens writes: "Associated Press reports that the US Secret Service is investigating an online survey on Facebook that asked whether people thought President Barack Obama should be assassinated. The poll, posted Saturday, was taken off Facebook quickly after company officials were alerted to its existence but, like any threat against the president, Secret Service agents are taking no chances. "We are aware of it and we will take the appropriate investigative steps," said Darrin Blackford, a Secret Service spokesman. "We take of these things seriously." The poll was created by someone using an add-on application that has been suspended from the site. "The third-party application that enabled an individual user to create the offensive poll was brought to our attention this morning," said Barry Schnitt, Facebook's spokesman for policy. NPR reports that blogger "GottaLaff," writing on a blog called The Political Carnival is getting credit for reporting the poll to the Secret Service. "The hate speech, the threats have gotten completely out of hand," writes GottaLaff. "It is a sick, terrifying, dangerous movement toward violence and the worst kind of civil unrest.""
Security

Submission + - SPAM: Apple Update Makes Securing Your Windows PC Harder 1

itwbennett writes: "In a recent post, blogger Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols wags his finger at Apple for indiscriminately pushing the iPhone Configuration Utility 2.1 update out to Windows users, since it is a tool for business system administrators to set up and administer corporate iPhones — the blogger himself (and practically every other iPhone user) not being of the corporate iPhone user persuasion. But more than just unnecessary, the update actually puts him and millions of other iPhone owners/Windows PC users at risk by installing 'not just a configuration program, but the Apache Web server as well,' says Vaughan-Nichols."
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Science

Submission + - Textile antenna promises Star Trek like communicat (spacefellowship.com)

xp65 writes: "With a simple press on his shirt insignia, the captain of the Star Ship Enterprise could send and receive messages. Now, thanks to the efforts of a Finnish company supported by ESA, this futuristic communication may not be limited to fiction. Through the ESA Advanced Research in Telecommunications Systems (ARTES) 5 project 'Textile Antennas', the Finnish Patria Aviation Oy company has demonstrated that an antenna can be built using textiles that can be worn and used for personal satellite communication. "Flexible antennas are becoming attractive, since the recent developments in 'wearable computing' have opened several possibilities to integrate wireless functions into clothing," explained Rolv Midthassel, ESA's representative on the project."
Science

Submission + - Synthetic Sebum Makes Slippery Sailboats (newscientist.com)

sonnejw0 writes: "Sea-faring vessels are a major contributor of greenhouse gas production due to a deficit in international laws and inherent inefficiencies at sea, such as barnacle build-up on hulls. Many marine animals avoid the build-up of drag-inducing barnacles through secreting oily residues from their pores or through the nano-molecular arrangement of their skin. Sailors regularly defoul their hulls, remove the barnacles, at dry-dock, which requires them to reduce the amount of time they have at sea. Some synthetic chemicals in paints have been used to prevent barnacle build-up but have been found to be toxic to marine animals and thus outlawed by several nations. Now, engineers are trying to replicate the skin of marine animals to produce a slippery hull to which marine bacteria cannot attach, saving fuel costs and improving speeds:

Designing ships to exude slime from their hulls could cut their fuel consumption by up to 20 per cent. The slime would form a gelatinous skin that continually sloughs off, taking with it the barnacles and other marine life forms that cause energy-sapping drag as they accumulate on the ships' underside.

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Submission + - Suicides at France Telecom, exec blames email

Dreen writes: Since the start of 2008, 22 employees of France Telecom committed suicide and another 13 attempted to kill themselves. Chief Financial Officer Gervais Pellissier is blaming stress caused mostly by working overtime from home and being online all the time. The trade union is blaming the way France Telecom is governed — over 40 000 workers lost their job over the last 11 years and many are forced to accept decreasing working conditions. The management also denies that there has been a sudden increase in the suicide rate, and points out that in the year 2000 there were 28 suicides in the company — a figure which it says is statistically not unusual. France Telecom, privatised in 1998, employs over 100 000 people and is one of the biggest telecoms in Europe.

Submission + - Is Windows 7 designed to spy on us? 11

freakxx writes: "An article on cnet.com has invited some concerns about spying nature of Windows 7 in form of a comment. His claims seems to be quite genuine as he is asking others to confirm it by checking themselves. In his words:

What I did notice was that Windows 7 is the NSA's most comprehensive Spyware Platform to date.. Thats why Russia, France, China, Cuba and most other Countries are moving to Open Source for Security! Thats why Microsoft needs to scare you off of XP Thats why Outgoing Data is not blocked by default in the firewall Thats why antiviruses like AVG were rewritten to prevent you from blocking Internet access by programs on your computer like Firefox for example! (You no longer get popups from your firewall asking if you want firefox and other programs to connect to the Internet — they just connect without your OK) Thats why encryption programs rewritten for Vista and Windows 7 give you no indication of trouble yet trusted encryption programs give you warning that the contents of RAM are being copied to your hard drive ONLY after you open an encrypted disk and thereby compromising your encryption key which was located in RAM. Thats why Windows 7 runs to the Internet to find a solution to the problem listed above after rebooting from a bluescreen! To aquire your encryption keys! Download Drivecrypt 4.0 from 2cows if you doubt me and test it yourself. DC-4.0 Installs correctly without errors, creates an encrypted volume without errors and only Bluescreens AFTER your encryption key is in RAM and can be copied to your hard drive to be transferred accross the Internet the next time you have Net access! Thats why Windows 7 can send your wireless network encryption key accross the Internet as well as your disk encryption keys stated above. By transferring your wireless encryption key without your knowledge, local authorities can access your wireless network and access your encrypted data even after you disconnect from the Internet Thats why wireless networking hardware will soon be built into future netbooks and notebooks to prevent removal Thats why nobody is even covering these problems in the press but instead are removing my posts from over 50% of other sites on the Internet If they doubt me, they should at least investigate these problems, don't you think?

I think this is indeed something that should be checked by the Slashdot community to shed more light on legitimacy of the claim, because if it is true, it's a very big concern for everyone. The cnet.com article is here and the comment is here. The user, who is making the claim, has his cnet.com profile here. He is also claiming that his comments are getting regularly deleted on Internet by the admins."

Privacy

Submission + - Pirate Party Germany at 2% on German Federal Elect (wikipedia.org)

krischik writes: "The German Pirate Party received 2% of the votes on last Sundays federal elections in Germany. While this is not enough the pass the 5% / 3 direct seats minimum requirement to enter parliament it is still more then the 1.5% Green Party received on there first run in 1980. At it's time the Green Party needed three runs to enter parliament. The Pirate Party is now the strongest of the minor parties.

For those who wonder: Seats in the German Parliament are half assigned by direct votes and half assigned by proportional representation. To qualify any seats from the proportional pool you need 3 seats from direct candidates or 5% of proportional votes."

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