Archive for March, 2011
Samsung rolling out Star Trek-like see-thru LCD panels | 9 to 5 Mac Samsung rolling out Star Trek-like see-thru LCD panels | Apple Intelligence: “First samples of Samsung awesome new display panels have begun rolling out from assembly lines. These isn’t your pa’s display – the Korean consumer electronics maker has outdone itself by developing a new technology, pure Star Trek stuff. According to a press release, not only is the display itself transparent, it doesn’t require backlight because they’ve found a way to replace the traditional backlight with ambient light.
Given that traditional backlights consumer the vast majority of power in a traditional LCD, Samsung’s see-thru panels are tremendously power-savvy as well. The first panels coming out are of a 22-inch variety and sport a 1680-by-1050 pixel resolution with a 500:1 contrast ratio”
WHO ARE THEY FOOLING???
Federal agency backtracks on pro-marijuana info after 11 days | The Raw Story: “The National Cancer Institute (NCI) has removed information about the anti-tumor effects of marijuana from its online treatment database just eleven days after becoming the first federal agency to formally recognize marijuana’s medicinal properties.
The Colorado Independent first reported that the NCI replaced a sentence about marijuana’s ‘possible direct anti-tumor effect’ with one stating that although ‘no relevant surveys of practice patterns exist’ it is prescribed mainly for ‘symptom management.’ The edit appeared Monday afternoon.
Although the NCI backtracked on the possible anti-tumor effects of marijuana, it still acknowledged that it has potential benefits for cancer patients, such as antiemetic effects, appetite stimulation, pain relief, and improved sleep.
Fifteen states have legalized the use of marijuana for medical purposes, but the National Cancer Institute is the only federal agency to formally recognize it as medicine.
The NCI’s original paragraph, published on March 17, read:
The potential benefits of medicinal Cannabis for people living with cancer include antiemetic effects, appetite stimulation, pain relief, and improved sleep. In the practice of integrative oncology, the health care provider may recommend medicinal Cannabis not only for symptom management but also for its possible direct antitumor effect.
The new paragraph reads:
The potential benefits of medicinal Cannabis for people living with cancer include antiemetic effects, appetite stimulation, pain relief, and improved sleep. Though no relevant surveys of practice patterns exist, it appears that physicians caring for cancer patients who prescribe medicinal Cannabis predominantly do so for symptom management.”
Dem Rep. Jared Polis calls on Congress to end marijuana prohibition | The Raw Story: “WASHINGTON – Speaking alongside industry advocates, U.S. Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO) called Wednesday for Congress to end the prohibition on marijuana, stressing the need to reduce drug violence while hailing the medical cannabis market’s capacity for growing the economy.
‘Ending the failed policy of prohibition with regard to marijuana will strike a major blow against the criminal cartels that are terrorizing Americans and Mexicans on both sides of the border,’ Polis said at the National Press Club, in response to a question from Raw Story.
‘It’s been estimated that the drug cartels drive about half of their revenue from marijuana, so I think it would reduce the violence by half, and reduce the money that fuels the criminal enterprises by half.’
Organized by the National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA), a lobbying and trade group for the industry, the event featured anti-prohibition advocates and owners of medical marijuana businesses speaking out against the burdensome federal regulations they face.”
AT&T’s secret f*cking loophole: If you want out of an Internet contract, just curse | The Raw Story: “With telecom giant AT&T rolling out limitations and additional fees on how much information its Internet users can access, it seems the company is bracing for an influx of anger.
In a little-noticed contract tweak recently, AT&T customer service representatives have been empowered to cancel the contract of any customers who behave in an abusive manner towards them.
In other words, when those top two percent of users get massive bandwidth bills at the end of May, and they call in with full-bore nerd rage, AT&T will have an easy solution: cut them off entirely, “
Feds Remove Anti-Tumor Cannabis Info After Just Days Online – Toke of the Town: “Just 11 days after adding a section on medical marijuana to its treatment database, the National Cancer Institute has altered the new page, removing any mention of the evidence that marijuana can diminish and even reverse tumor growth.”
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The smartest plan for attacking a heart attack is, of course, preventing one from ever happening. Choose three of the following strategies and make them a habit. The closer to the top, the more you reduce your risk of heart disease.
1. Convince Your Wife to Stop Smoking Nonsmoking husbands of smoking wives face a 92 percent increase in their risk of heart attack. Breathing secondhand smoke boosts bad cholesterol levels, decreases good cholesterol, and increases your blood’s tendency to clot.
2. Work Out for 30 Minutes, Four Times a Week Middle-aged men who exercise vigorously for 2 or more hours cumulatively per week have 60 percent less risk of heart attack than inactive men do.
3. Lose 10 to 20 Pounds If you’re overweight, dropping 10 to 20 pounds lowers your risk of dying from a heart attack. A 10-year study found that overweight people had heart attacks 8.2 years earlier than normal-weight victims.
4. Drink Five Glasses of Water a Day Men who drink that many 8-ounce glasses are 54 percent less likely to have a fatal heart attack than those who drink two or fewer. Researchers say the water dilutes the blood, making it less likely to clot.
5. Switch from Coffee to Tea A recent study found that people who drink three cups of tea a day have half the risk of heart attack of those who don’t drink tea at all. Potent antioxidants, called flavonoids, provide a protective effect.
6. Eat Salmon on Saturday, Tuna on Tuesday Researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health say that eating fish at least twice a week lowers heart-disease risk by more than 30 percent. The magic ingredient is the omega-3 fatty acids.
7. Ask Your Doctor About Vitamin E and Aspirin Men who take both cut the plaque in clogged arteries by more than 80 percent, according to a recent University of Pennsylvania study.
8. Eat a Cup of Total Corn Flakes for Breakfast This cereal contains one of the highest concentrations of folate (675 micrograms) of any cereal. Taking in that much folic acid daily cuts your risk of cardiovascular disease by 13 percent, according to researchers.
9. Count to 10 Creating a 10-second buffer before reacting to a stressful situation may be enough to cool you down. Men who respond with anger are three times more likely to have heart disease and five times more likely to have a heart attack before turning 55.
10. Eat Watermelon It contains about 40 percent more lycopene than is found in raw tomatoes, and a new study shows that your body absorbs it at higher levels due to the melon’s high water content. Half a wedge can boost heart-disease prevention by 30 percent. “
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Record Industry: Limewire Could Owe $75 Trillion – Judge: “Absurd”: ” So we’re all pretty desensitized by now to the mind-blowing stupidity on display by the record industry in its foolhardy attempts at assigning damages in piracy cases — was anyone surprised when they told one woman, who had shared 24 songs, that she owed nearly two million dollars? Yes, ridiculous. But this — this is beyond ridiculous. This is… sublime.
The record companies suing Limewire were asked to estimate the damages that should be paid by the file-sharing service. Their estimate? $400 Billion on the low end, and at the high end — $75 trillion dollars. That’s more than the GDP of the entire world.
The judge, in a refreshing stroke of good sense, deemed these potential damages ‘absurd’ and the plaintiff’s approach ‘untenable’. The $75tn figure relies on an interpretation of copyright law that provides statutory damages for each instance of copying, and with the numbers of downloads and individual songs the industry is alleging, the money adds up quickly. Even the $400bn figure is certainly grossly inflated, however ‘conservative’ it may appear to Virgin, Atlantic, Sony, and so on.”
Libyan Woman Claims Rape By Soldiers, Is Dragged Away: “TRIPOLI, Libya (AP_ A distraught Libyan woman stormed into a Tripoli hotel Saturday to tell foreign reporters that government troops raped her, setting off a brawl when hotel staff and government minders tried to detain her.
Iman al-Obeidi was tackled by waitresses and government minders as she sat telling her story to journalists after she rushed into the restaurant at the Rixos hotel where a number of foreign journalists were eating breakfast.
She claimed loudly that troops had detained her a checkpoint, tied her up, abused her, then led her away to be gang raped.”
US senators: We want apps that game DUI checkpoints taken down | 9 to 5 Mac US senators: We want apps that game DUI checkpoints taken down | Apple Intelligence: “If you resort to software to figure out those speed traps, know that your senator is possibly lobbying to ban such programs from mobile bazaars forever. A group of senators took a tough stance on the matter, reports ABC News. The senators call such specialized apps ‘nothing but a public safety hazard’.
Deciding enough is enough, senators Harry Reid, Charles E. Schumer, Frank R. Lautenberg and Tom Udall – all Democrats – in a knee jerk reaction sat down and wrote a letter to Apple, Google and Research In Motion.
They want those checkpoint-dodging programs taken down from Apple’s App Store, Google’s Android Market and RIM’s App World. A mind-boggling excerpt from their letter reads:
We know that your companies share our desire to end the scourge of drunk driving and we therefore would ask you to remove these applications from your store unless they are altered to remove the DUI/DWI checkpoint functionality. Senator Schumer’s office even bothered issuing a press release specifically mentioning Trapster and PhantomALERT, iPhone apps that provide users with real-time location information on DUI checkpoints. CNN observes that RIM has apparently complied and yanked Trapster from the BlackBerry App World.
It makes sense – to some extent – that responsible drivers would steer away from gaming the system. If you use smartphone apps to dodge speed traps, this initiative concerns you directly. You know who you’re gonna call to complain? That’s right, your state’s senator!
CNN correspondent rejects Fox report on human shields – CNN.com: “Tripoli, Libya (CNN) — A CNN correspondent on Monday angrily rejected a report by the Fox network that he and other journalists were used as human shields by Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi to prevent a missile attack on his compound. The Fox story, labeled ‘exclusive’ and posted on the Fox website Monday, said the presence of news crews from CNN, Reuters and other organizations forced a British aircraft to call off firing seven Storm Shadow missiles at the area that already had been hit. ‘Officials from Libya’s Ministry of Information brought those journalists to the area to show them damage from the initial attack and to effectively use them as human shields,’ said the Fox report. According to the Fox story, the curtailed strike ‘led to a great deal of consternation by coalition commanders.’ Nic Robertson, a veteran CNN correspondent who was part of the CNN crew cited in the Fox story, called the rival network’s report ‘outrageous and hypocritical.’ CNN refutes ‘human shield’ claims Gadhafi’s compound attacked RELATED TOPICS Libya Moammar Gadhafi FOX News Network LLC Nic Robertson Cable News Network Robertson said a Fox staffer was among the journalists on the trip — a fact left out of the Fox report — and that the journalists in the group were hurried through their trip by their minders. ‘To say it was a human shield is nuts,’ Robertson said, later adding: ‘I expect lies from the government here. I don’t expect it from other journalists. It’s frankly incredibly disappointing.’ There was no immediate response from Fox to a CNN request for comment.”
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Demand Super-Fast Broadband in the US | Techi.com: “An article in the NY Times yesterday really upset me. If you live in the US, it should upset you as well.
Hong Kong has a broadband service that costs less than $26 a month. This option for its fiber-to-the-home service offers a speed of 1,000 megabits a second. A gig. To put that into perspective, Verizon offers the ‘fastest’ broadband in the country for $145. It’s speed: 50 megabits down, 20 megabits up.
‘Why doesn’t Verizon offer gigabit service?’ Dane Jasper, CEO of Sonic.net asks. ‘Because it doesn’t have to.’
We are sheep. We need an Apple 1984 moment. Someone needs to throw a sledgehammer through somebody’s screen to wake us up.
But that’s the problem, isn’t it? The Internet is not an option that people can boycott. We can’t turn it off. We need our broadband. As such, it will take a bold company to produce the demand. We need a company that is willing to push the limits, building the infrastructure, and supply the speeds that will force the rest of the ISPs to respond.
Will it be Google? Verizon? The US Government? There are so many possibilities out there, but nobody is stepping up yet.
If you are ‘in the know’ about a company that needs support, please tell us. We will help get the word out through social media. We will blast it out there for the masses to see. Slow Internet is no longer an option. We need someone to step up today.
Who will it be?”
New York City Wasting $75 Million a Year on Marijuana Arrests | | AlterNet: “A new study reveals that since 1996 New York City has spent from half a billion to over a billion dollars arresting people for less than an ounce of marijuana.”
Face Of The Day – The Daily Dish | By Andrew Sullivan: “For the annual Dutch Book Week, artist Souverein crafted the faces behind famous biographies. Each bust was created using actual pages from the book about their subject.”
Actors, musicians demand end to inhumane treatment of Bradley Manning | The Raw Story: “A group of prominent actors, artists, and musicians joined with leading human rights organizations on Friday to urge President Obama and Defense Secretary Gates to take ‘immediate action to address the inhumane and unjustified treatment of PFC Bradley Manning at Quantico Marine Base.'”
Buddha Pears! // Current: ” Yes, pears in the shape of Buddha. A farmer in China who spent years perfecting his technique has now perfected a process in which he attaches a plastic mold to pears growing in his orchard so that they develop into Budhha shapes. He’s produced 10,000 of them and is selling them for about $10 each.
Obama admin. proposes wiretapping media pirates | The Raw Story: “In today’s media saturated age, savvy consumers have grown mindful of what’s on. But soon, you’ll also need to be sure of where that video came from too — or Uncle Sam might decide to listen in on your phone conversations.
That’s no joke: it’s actually just one in a series of the Obama administration’s proposed reforms to intellectual property laws, which could fundamentally change how people share audio and video on the Internet.
In the most dramatic among them, the president has asked Congress for the authority to wiretap suspects in copyright cases.”
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Man With 4th Amendment Written On His Chest Sues The TSA – The Consumerist: “This 21-year-old was on his way to Wisconsin for his grandmothers funeral when he was handcuffed and held for 90 minutes on a disorderly conduct charge. Why? He opted-out of the ‘naked scanner’ and instead chose the pat-down — at which point he began removing his clothes to expose a message written on his chest in marker. The message, of course, was the 4th amendment.
‘He went there knowing he would not do the advanced imaging and do the pat-down instead,’ his attorney said in a telephone interview with Wired. ‘He was making it easy for them and in the process he wanted to communicate his objection for doing so.’
The man is now suing for, among other things, wrongful detention and a breach of the First Amendment and Fourth Amendment. Despite the delay, he made his flight.”