xirusmom writes: Finland has become the first country in the world to make broadband internet access a legal right for all citizens. Starting Thursday, telecom operators will be obligated to provide a reasonably priced broadband connection with a downstream rate of at least 1 Mbs, to every permanent residence and office, CNN reports
xirusmom writes: A new study finds that political, religious and sexual behaviors may be reflections of intelligence. The study correlated data on these behaviors with IQ from a large national U.S. sample and found that, on average, people who identified as liberal and atheist had higher IQs. This applied also to sexual exclusivity in men, but not on women.
xirusmom writes: The elusive erogenous zone said to exist in some women may be a myth, say researchers who have hunted for it. Their study in the Journal of Sexual Medicine is the biggest yet, involving 1,800 women, and it found no proof. The King's College London team believe the G-spot may be a figment of women's imagination, encouraged by magazines and sex therapists. , BBC reports
xirusmom writes: The quote, by ANNE SWEENEY, president of the Disney-ABC Television Group, really says it all: "You're going to have a television if I have to nail it to your wall."... recalling a remark to her college-bound daughter, who insisted she only needed a computer to watch television. (TIME Magazine)
xirusmom writes: In the UK, climate change belief was given same legal status as religion. The London Telegraph reports that an executive has won the right to sue his employer, on the basis that he was unfairly dismissed for his green views. A judge ruled that environmentalism had the same weight in law as religious and philosophical beliefs.
xirusmom writes: "Radar online has a video of Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer getting egged in Hungary.
AP has also an article on it. Ballmer was delivering a speech entitled "You can change the world" when a young men demanded that Microsoft return money it had stolen from the Hungarian people, then threw three eggs at Ballmer.
The video can also be found on you tube, of course."
xirusmom writes: "Radar Magazine asks: Google controls your e-mail, your videos, your calendar, your searches... What if it controlled your life?
This is the theme for a short (fiction) story in Radar Magazine. But it brings up some interesting points..."
xirusmom writes: "I am working on my Ph.D research that will involve user generated content for water quality data. I would like to better understand what motivates people to contribute. If you would like to help, please let me know why do you contribute to slashdot, open source projects or similar communities? What do you expect to get back from it (fame, money, women? — or just the warm feeling of being helpful?)? Why do you think it is worth your time to contribute? Why have you decided to write an answer for these questions?
I also know there is some frustration about not getting your submissions posted. What do you think are the pros and cons of a moderated forum?
I would appreciate your insights. Thanks"
xirusmom writes: "What does the word Lexus make you think of? Fancy cars? Stepford wives cruising to Pottery Barn? Amateur porn? To ensure the word stays clear of this last connotation, Toyota's testing the limits of trademark law.
xirusmom writes: "From reuters:
A Brazilian judge reversed his order to ban the YouTube site in Brazil.
MTV Brasil, where the model in the center of the controversy, Daniela
Cicarelli, hosts a show, has received thousands of emails of protest. A
website urging people to boycott
the modelwas set up, and a blogger had an online petition
signed by around 7500 people. The ban on the sex video itself is still