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Comment Re:Lenovo X220 (Score 1) 425

I second that idea. None of the andoriod/ipad tablets with a capacitive screen and stripped down note taking apps can beat a Windows tablet PC with a Wacom pen and digitizer running OneNote. Infinite paper, the option to add space in the middle of stuff you've already written, searchable handrwiting, the ability to sync in audio recordings with what you're writing, and so much more cool stuff.

Submission + - Louisiana introduces bill to ban human-animal hybr (nola.com)

mikeljnola writes: Sen. Danny Martiny (R-Kenner) will introduce a bill to the Louisiana legislature on April 27 to make it illegal to "create or attempt to create a human-animal hybrid, . . . transfer or attempt to transfer a human embryo into a non-human womb . . . (or) transfer or attempt to transfer a non-human embryo into a human womb." With budget cuts all around, our struggling state is concerned with the eminent danger of human-animal hybrids. The upside is that the odds of the Louisiana becoming the Bayous of Dr. Boudreaux are now even slimmer.

Submission + - Using Google Apps For Disaster Recovery (capitalhead.com)

shshme writes: "Google Apps and the expansion of Gmail to fully support POP, IMAP and SMTP access from external email clients, it is now feasible to utilize these free services as an effective Disaster Recovery (DR) and Business Continuity (BC) Plan. BC has become a real headache for businesses, particularly as our businesses rely on email as a primary mode of communication."
Operating Systems

Submission + - OLPC Sugar User Interface Reviewed

awesomegoer writes: "OSWeekly.com has the first review of OLPC's user interface, codenamed Sugar. The author writes, "By now, everyone has at least heard of the noble project to bring the world of computing to children in countries where this might not normally be possible. It's been appropriately called the One Laptop Per Child project. As early as 2004, the obvious focus has been on the hardware that was to be used to make this happen. A number of companies supported the endeavor by "taking a loss" and to help support and develop a viable solution for third world countries. However, what seems to have fallen by the wayside, for the most part, is whether or not the provided UI and included software are up to the speed with the needs of the world's children."

Submission + - Sperm Cells Made from Human Bone Marrow

kitsunewarlock writes: "The BBC (news.bbc.co.uk) has reported recently on a group of scientists in Germany who have claimed to have made sperm cells from bone marrow:

"If these can be grown into fully developed sperm, which the researchers hope to do within five years, they may be useful in fertility treatments...And proposed new laws would ban their use in fertility treatments in the UK....This is the first time human spermatagonial cells have been made artificially in this way.""
The Internet

Submission + - CPUShare: Grid Computing Cheaply

Diablo-D3 writes: "Andrea Arcangeli, known for his kernel hacking, has decided to take on all the grid computing systems out there and has created CPUShare. As he describes it, "CPUShare allows the home users to profit from the significant power of their hardware that otherwise would be wasted every day," allowing us geeks with a thousand idle computers to profit for other people's need of CPU power."

Submission + - Web 2.0's Future Depends On IT's Future

JoPapaEd writes: Reports from Forrester and The Leading Edge Forum serve as bookends portending either a bubble bursting, or the next golden era. Who's right? We will find out, but technology will have little to do with deciding the winner. IT has a choice to make, follow current trends into oblivion, or change the social contract with workers, give them the license to their desktops and use education as the next business advantage.

Submission + - CentOS 5 released

Markske writes: The CentOS team is pleased to announce the availability of CentOS 5.0. Major changes in CentOS 5 compared to CentOS 4 include: These updated software versions: Apache-2.2, php-5.1.6, kernel-2.6.18, Gnome-2.16, KDE-3.5, OpenOffice.org-2.0, Evolution-2.8, Firefox-1.5, Thunderbird-1.5, MySQL-5.0, PostgreSQL-8.1. Better desktop support with compiz and AIGLX. http://www.centos.org/

Feed ESA spies space tsunami (theregister.com)

We're in it for the pictures

Have you ever heard of a space tsunami? Neither had we, but apparently they are common and are the forces responsible for making the Earth's aurorae dance.


Submission + - Scientists Map DNA of Research Monkeys

KingKong writes: Scientists have unraveled the DNA of another of our primate relatives, this time a monkey named the rhesus macaque — and the work has far more immediate impact than just to study evolution. These fuzzy animals are key to testing the safety of many medicines, and understanding such diseases as AIDS, and the new research will help scientists finally be sure when they're a good stand-in for humans

Feed No more Windows XP as of 2008 (com.com)

Blog: Starting next year you won't be able to buy a new PC loaded with Windows XP, despite the lukewarm reception of Windows Vista.Microsoft...

Submission + - Babies Without Men: Sperm From A Woman's Marrow

docinthemachine writes: "Full details at http://docinthemachine.com/2007/04/13/allfemalebab y-2/ Scientists report today on the ability to create sperm from bone marrow cells. Initially performed in men, the technique could potentially be performed in women and lead to a sperm cell made from a woman's body. You got it right- that cell could then fertilize an egg leading to the first female-female conception in human history. The researchers said they had already produced early sperm cells from bone-marrow tissue taken from men. They believe the findings show that it may be possible to restore fertility to men who cannot naturally produce their own sperm. But the results also raise the prospect of being able to take bone-marrow tissue from women and coaxing the stem cells within the female tissue to develop into sperm cells, said Professor Karim Nayernia of the University of Newcastle upon Tyne. The Genetic Disaster That Could Result: Faulty Imprinting. There is a huge genetic time-bomb here. The genetic phenomenon called imprinting. This describes the situation where a particular gene is marked or imprinted with a tag that says if it came from the mother or father- and more importantly only one of the other is active."

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