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Sheriff Strikes Back At Man Who Released Racy Photos

Sheriff Strikes Back At Man Who Released Racy Photos

Remember that cop who took pictures of the Hooters girl on his car? Well, something similar happened in Jefferson Parish.... (more…)

Placebos Are Getting More Effective… and Drugmakers Are Desperate to Know Why.

Placebos Are Getting More Effective… and Drugmakers Are Desperate to Know Why.

Wired explores the fascinating and increasingly important placebo effect, which appears to be getting stronger... The upshot is fewer new medicines available to ailing patients and more financial woes for the beleaguered pharmaceutical industry. Last November, a new type of gene therapy for Parkinson's disease, championed by the Michael J. Fox [...]

Why Craigslist Is Such a Mess

Why Craigslist Is Such a Mess

Gary Wolf's feature on the idiosyncrasies of craigslist.org, its founder Craig Newmark, and its CEO Jim Buckmaster perfectly captures the thing that makes the site so wonderful: the quirky, zen character of its executives who love the heroically ugly, creaking beast and refuse to change it. But if you really want to see a mess, go visit the [...]

Daft Punk to score Tron sequel

Daft Punk to score Tron sequel

French electronica duo Daft Punk has been signed to write the original music score for Tron 2.0, Walt Disney's upcoming sequel to the groundbreaking 1982 animation cult hit which was scored by electronic music icon Wendy Carlos. Daft Punk's members Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter have been involved in various films before, but [...]

Cocaine Contaminates Majority of U.S. Currency

Cocaine Contaminates Majority of U.S. Currency

For cocaine users, a rolled up $20 bill may be the most convenient tool for snorting the powder form of the drug. Or so it would seem from a new analysis of 234 banknotes from 18 U.S. cities that found cocaine on 90 percent of the bills tested. Perhaps that's not surprising given that the U.S. Office of National Drug Control Policy reports that [...]

XML is a specialized alphabet that can capture any kind of computer file as a regular text.

XML is a specialized alphabet that can capture any kind of computer file as a regular text.

I4i, which mainly makes software for drug and defense companies, obtained the patent for a "customized XML" tool in 1998. XML is a specialized alphabet that can capture any kind of computer file as a regular text. Microsoft started using XML as an alternative way to save Word files in Word 2003 and made it the default format for all Office [...]

What the Hotness of Your Waitress Says About the Economy

What the Hotness of Your Waitress Says About the Economy

As if it wasn’t unpleasant enough, this recession comes with an info glut, all this economic data purporting to answer a simple question: Are things getting better? The answer is rarely straightforward. The numbers aren’t just confusing. They seem to be measuring some other planet. In New York, we have our own economic indicators, often [...]

University professor wants to put drinking on the curriculum

University professor wants to put drinking on the curriculum

John McCardell (a president emeritus and a professor of history at Middlebury College) in the Atlantic argues that the US national drinking age of 21 is a failure... it has failed to stop underage drinking, and has instead driven it underground and made it more dangerous. I grew up with Ontario's drinking age of 19, but I started drinking at [...]

Rich NY town tries to shut down children’s library because poor kids might use it

Rich NY town tries to shut down children’s library because poor kids might use it

The East Hampton Library on Long Island wants to add a children's room, but the East Hampton Village Zoning Board has blocked it for a year, even though the money for the expansion ($4 million) has been already been raised by private donations. What's their objection to a children's room at the library? If rich people ever wonder why they're [...]

What real piracy looks like: Biopirate loses patent over century-old latinamerican staple crop

What real piracy looks like: Biopirate loses patent over century-old latinamerican staple crop

You hear a lot of talk about piracy in the developing world, about Nigerian markets filled with bootleg DVDs or Chinese iPod knockoffs. But if you want to see what real piracy looks like, look at the bio-pirates, people and corporations who receive patents on common life-forms from the developing world (abetted by the sleepy and lackadaisical [...]

Why 2024 Will Be Like Nineteen Eighty-Four

Why 2024 Will Be Like Nineteen Eighty-Four

Let's give Amazon the benefit of the doubt—its explanation for why it deleted some books from customers' Kindles actually sounds halfway defensible. Last week a few Kindle owners awoke to discover that the company had reached into their devices and remotely removed copies of George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four and Animal Farm. Amazon explained [...]

NYC invests $1 million into typewriters

NYC invests $1 million into typewriters

When we look upon the typewriter, we tend to think of it as a somewhat romantic, antiquated technology for the English major in us to write that great mystery novel we've been toying with -- not something we'd imagine anyone would still be using in a professional setting. Unfortunately for New York's boys in blue, that's exactly the situation they [...]

DUI Checkpoint stops zero DUIs

DUI Checkpoint stops zero DUIs

Read a decent article about a DUI checkpoint in Florida that found lots of other things to arrest people for and give them tickets for - but no DUIs. A DUI checkpoint over the holiday weekend resulted in 10 people being arrested and more than 100 drivers being issued traffic citations.The Florida Highway Patrol arranged for the checkpoint to be [...]

Brock Lesnar TKOs Frank Mir, in two, at UFC 100

Brock Lesnar TKOs Frank Mir, in two, at UFC 100

UFC fighter Frank Mir exhibits the unfortunate consequences of what happens when you step into the ring with six-foot-three, 265-pound human monster Brock Lesnar after last night's UFC 100 heavyweight bout. If UFC 100 represents mainstream, the world has changed. Brock Lesnar, the former World Wrestling Entertainment fighter and current UFC [...]

Tim O’Reilly: Kindle needs to embrace standards or die

Tim O’Reilly: Kindle needs to embrace standards or die

Tim O'Reilly predicts the imminent demise of the Kindle ebook reader unless it makes the move to open standards and abandons DRM and proprietary formats. I've been trying to get someone at Amazon to answer my basic questions about the "DRM-free" option for authors and publishers ("Does the EULA prohibit a reader from moving a DRM-free file to a [...]

Google mocks Bing and the stuff behind it

Google mocks Bing and the stuff behind it

Google has questioned Microsoft's entire approach to online infrastructure, while taking some wonderfully sly shots at the company's new decision engine search engine. The undeniable highlight of Thursday's cloud-happy Structure 09 conference was Vijay Gill, Google senior manager of engineering and architecture. As he described how Google's [...]

Study Suggests People Prefer Bing’s Design To Google’s, But Still Won’t Switch

Study Suggests People Prefer Bing’s Design To Google’s, But Still Won’t Switch

Brand loyalty is a powerful thing, especially when it comes to technology. Consider the battle brewing now between Google and Microsoft’s new search engine, Bing. Even if Bing proves to be just as good as Google, it might not matter because of the strength of Google’s brand. An independent usability and consumer preference study, which [...]

New Jersey wants to ban GPS while driving

New Jersey wants to ban GPS while driving

So then what's the point of having in-car GPS? It is already illegal to manually use a cell phone for texting or calling while driving in New Jersey. A state legislator has aimed at the next in-car distraction: GPS devices. Democratic Assemblyman Harvey Smith wants a ban on manually programming GPS devices while driving. You would need to pull [...]

Turn the new version of Opera into an unstoppable grid of proxies for Iranians

Turn the new version of Opera into an unstoppable grid of proxies for Iranians

Danny O'Brien's got a doozy of a lazyweb idea: "Here's a way to mash-up two of the most talked-about Internet issues today. Opera launched their web-server-in-a-browser, Opera Unite, today. Iranian protestors are looking for proxies to get around Iran's blocking. So why not write a Opera Unite service that acts as a simple, quick-and-dirty proxy [...]

Possible NSFW tag in HTML 5

Possible NSFW tag in HTML 5

A "Not Safe for Work" Tag has been proposed for HTML 5: One of the most common descriptive notes people have to write using text when they post links or images to blogs, comments or anywhere in HTML is to say “this link is not safe for work” or simply “NSFW”. By adding the <NSFW> tag, this could be made much simpler and [...]

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