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California's Santa Clara County Bans Happy Meal Toys 756

WrongSizeGlass writes "The L.A. Times is reporting that Santa Clara County officials have voted to ban toys and other promotions that restaurants offer with high-calorie children's meals. 'This ordinance prevents restaurants from preying on children's love of toys' to sell high-calorie, unhealthful food, said Supervisor Ken Yeager, who sponsored the measure. 'This ordinance breaks the link between unhealthy food and prizes.' Supervisor Donald Gage, who voted against the measure, said, 'If you can't control a 3-year-old child for a toy, God save you when they get to be teenagers.' The vote was 3 - 2 in favor of the ban."

Prolonged Gaming Blamed For Rickets Rise 254

superapecommando writes "Too many hours spent playing videogames indoors is contributing to a rise in rickets, according to a new study by doctors. Professor Simon Pearce and Dr Tim Cheetham of Newcastle University have written a paper in the British Medical Journal which warns of the rickets uptake – a disease which sufferers get when deficient in Vitamin D. The study boils down to the fact that as more people play videogames indoors they don't get enough sunlight and this has meant the hospitals are now having to combat a disease that was last in the papers around the time Queen Victoria was on the throne." At least the kids are eating enough snacks with iodized salt that we don't have to worry about goiters.

Submission + - NASA to Search Documents for '65 UFO Incident (

eldavojohn writes: "NASA has agreed to probe its documents for information regarding an object that streaked across the sky and crashed near Kecksburg, Pa., 40 miles southeast of Pittsburgh. This comes following a NYC journalist's (Kean) four year old lawsuit to open relevant documents up to the public. From the article, 'The agency has turned over several stacks of documents which Kean says are not responsive to the request, an argument that U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan agreed with. In March, Sullivan rejected NASA's request to throw the case out of court, resulting in negotiations that led to the agency promising last week that it will conduct a more comprehensive search.' The witness accounts fall right into the classic government/military cover up style descriptions."

Submission + - Secrets of how tech vendors determine prices

BobB writes: Ever wonder why a software license costs as much as it does? If you suspect vendors charge as much as they can get, you wouldn't be far from the truth. ng-network-vendors.html Though one CTO says he has figured out vendors' weaknesses and shares how he exploits them ng-cto-side.html
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Submission + - Ten Horrors From the Home Office (

sbrown3820 writes: "Stuck working from home for much of his life, saleman Sam Wang offers his thoughts on the ten horrors of working out of his SOHO. "Being in a technology field, working from home is universally accepted. Laptops, high speed Internet from home, VPNs and remote desktop all add up to a full and productive environment. And why not? But today, after working from home most of my career, I will provide some insight into the horrors of the virtual office.""

Submission + - The obesity epidemic fueled by fructose (

drewtheman writes: According to this interview with Dr Robert Lustig, Professor of Pediatric Endocrinology from University of California, San Francisco, the fructose, once touted as diabetic friendly because it doesn't raise your insulin directly, could be a major culprit for the obesity epidemic, high blood pressure and elevated blood levels of LDL. The fructose constitute 50% of table sugar and up to 90% of HFCS, both found in high quantity in most prepared foods. And if it was not the fat that makes you fat?
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Submission + - Where is the reset button? 1

mpickut writes: "Where has the reset button gone? I can't honestly remember the last computer I used that had a reset button. When did someone decide that we didn't need it anymore? At first is was just laptops that lacked it, but now Microsoft has even taken away the three finger salute (in Vista you have to go through an extra step just to get to task manager!)."

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