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Comment Re:There is science... (Score 1) 482

I realize I'm zombying (sp?) this thread, but here's what the WADA chief had to say. There is also the fact that the USADA is the body responsible for enforcing the world anti-doping code in the USA (by an acto of Congress, no less) and all signatories of this code (like the UCI) have to abide by their decisions. I think the UCI is trying to make the best of a bad PR situation, and will quietly agree with the USADA ruling when the spotlight is no longer on. As for the comments about heart below, it just seems strange that Armstrong would fight all the insinuations about doping so hard, but the first time there is a real trial, he bows out. If anything, this was his best chance to prove his innocence.

Comment Re:There is science... (Score 1) 482

Not really, this is the first set of charges from the USADA. Previous charges were from different agencies and accusations from fellow cyclists (including ex-team mates). I realize that Lance Armstrong is winning the PR battle, which is exactly why he did decided not to contest. Contesting the charges would have turned up too many skeletons in his cupboard.

Comment Re:There is science... (Score 2) 482

It is not scientific because it is a lie. USADA refuses to release the actual test results, or substantiate their claim. And, their statement, if you parse it correctly, is fully consistent with a statement of opinion, and not scientific fact.

Lance Armstrong has never failed a drug test. That is a fact.

Had Armstrong contested the charges, USADA would have had to make the results and all of the other allegations against him public. Makes me wonder why he didn't - could it be that it would have placed all of the evidence in the public domain? The federal court of appeals even told him (his lawyers) that he would be have a case after the arbitration if it proved to be flawed, but they could not take action on the assumption that the arbitration process "would be" flawed. Given the fact that Armstrong is known to be such a fighter, it seems strange that he didn't fight through the USADA arbitration. Keep in mind that the World Anti-Doping Agency also agreed with the USADA's actions. And for those point to UCI, keep in mind that the UCI is as guilty as MLB in turning a blind eye to doping in the sport, until it became a complete mess and a whole generation of players is tainted. They both needed to act sooner and harder, instead they helped foster this culture of doping that is still proving hard to eradicate.

Submission + - Patent Filing for Rich Only? (

SeeSp0tRun writes: After working a few years in IT, as well as tinkering for a lifetime, I have had a few ideas which I would consider worthwhile pursuing a patent for. The ideas themselves are not important, but the cost of protecting your ideas is of concern. Looking over the Schedule of Fees at the USPTO website, it seems as though the process requires a sum of money that most would not want to squander on the hopes that someone will license the idea someday. What options do the rest of us have trying to get something going without a hedge fund?

September Is Cyborg Month 118

Snowmit writes "In May 1960, Manfred E. Clynes and Nathan S. Kline presented a paper called 'Drugs, Space, and Cybernetics.' The proceedings of the symposium were published in 1961, but, before that, an excerpt of Clynes & Kline's paper appeared in the September issue of Astronautics magazine (issue 13), entitled Cyborgs and Space [PDF]. Aside from a mention in the New York Times, that's is the first time the word appears in print. This month is the 50th anniversary of that article. To commemorate, a group of writers and artists have gotten together to create 50 Post About Cyborgs. Over the course of the month, there will be essays, fiction, links to great older material, comics, and even a song. We're going to talk about Daleks, IEDs, Renaissance memory palaces, chess computers, prosthetic imagination, Videodrome, mutants, sports, and maybe the Bible. To kick things off, Kevin Kelly wrote this essay arguing that we've been cyborgs all along."

Submission + - Ubuntu 10.10 Netbook May Drop Firefox For Chromium ( 3

An anonymous reader writes: Looks like the Ubuntu guys — the decision makers — are in a real good mood to give a face-lift to the Ubuntu brand. Just yesterday we told you about the possibilities of Ubuntu replacing the EXT4 file system with a new BTRFS File System and now we have words that the Ubuntu Netbook Edition 10.10 Maverick Meerkat may have Chromium as the default browser. This naturally means that the existing default browser Mozilla Firefox may be dropped from the Ubuntu NE 10.10.

Ubuntu's "Lucid Lynx" Enters Beta 366

ActionDesignStudios writes "The upcoming release of Ubuntu, titled 'Lucid Lynx,' has just entered the beta cycle. Alongside the usual desktop and server versions, a special version has been released that is designed to run on Amazon's EC2 cloud service. This release of Ubuntu does away with the brown 'Human' Gnome theme we've all become accustomed to, replaced by a new version Canonical says is inspired by light. The new release also includes much better integration with social networking services such as Twitter, and Facebook, among others."

Mozilla Plans Fix For Critical Firefox Vulnerability In Next Release 140

Trailrunner7 writes "A month after an advisory was published detailing a new vulnerability in Firefox, Mozilla said it has received exploit code for the flaw and is planning to patch the weakness on March 30 in the next release of Firefox. Mozilla officials said Thursday that the vulnerability, which was disclosed February 18 by Secunia, is a critical flaw that could result in remote code execution on a vulnerable machine. The vulnerability is in version 3.6 of Firefox."

Digg Says Yes To NoSQL Cassandra DB, Bye To MySQL 271

donadony writes "After twitter, now it's Digg who's decided to replace MySQL and most of their infrastructure components and move away from LAMP to another architecture called NoSQL that is based in Cassandra, an open source project that develops a highly scalable second-generation distributed database. Cassandra was open sourced by Facebook in 2008 and is licensed under the Apache License. The reason for this move, as explained by Digg, is the increasing difficulty of building a high-performance, write-intensive application on a data set that is growing quickly, with no end in sight. This growth has forced them into horizontal and vertical partitioning strategies that have eliminated most of the value of a relational database, while still incurring all the overhead."

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