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anglico (1232406) writes "I personally don't think this will be a good thing however the site's creators differ. It seems that there's "A new site dedicated to "building, managing, and researching professional reputations" that lets those in the work world comment on their bosses, colleagues and associates..."
The article states at least 3 times that a reviewers identity is hidden and they are using "...computer algorithms, monitoring and reports from its own community of users to keep tabs on inappropriate comments..."
Peter Kazanjy (formerly a product manager at VMware software) argues" Somebody could create a blog and use that to say something about you, or on their Twitter stream, and you may or may not know that that’s happening". He provided a screenshot of his own less-than-stellar review and even commented back. So it appears you will have the option to defend yourself, but that is only if you know somebody has 'reviewed' you. They claim to censor ex-girlfriend/ex-boyfriend comments, but I just don't see how they can determine if somebody isn't posing as a co-worker when in actuality they are your ex." Link to Original Source top
anglico (1232406) writes "id's classic shooter has finally been (officially) ported to the iPhone. And thanks to oversight from John Carmack himself, there are a number of improvements that make it worth a purchase even for Jailbreakers. Carmack says he loves that players port Doom to every device imaginable, but he's disappointed that there's rarely any real effort to build a new, functional control scheme on platforms without a keyboard and mouse.That's why he personally developed the controls for the iPhone version, and according to early reviews, the iPhone can now play Doom. Users are saying controls as good as you would expect from Carmack. Not to mention the other enhancements like 24-bit lighting." Link to Original Source top
anglico (1232406) writes "PhysOrg.com — Despite a 30-year lifespan that gives ample time for cells to grow cancerous, a small rodent species called a naked mole rat has never been found with tumors of any kind—and now biologists at the University of Rochester think they know why.
The findings, presented in today's issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, show that the mole rat's cells express a gene called p16 that makes the cells "claustrophobic," stopping the cells' proliferation when too many of them crowd together, cutting off runaway growth before it can start. The effect of p16 is so pronounced that when researchers mutated the cells to induce a tumor, the cells' growth barely changed, whereas regular mouse cells became fully cancerous." Link to Original Source top
anglico (1232406) writes "Starting in 2010, an international crew of six will simulate a 520-day round-trip to Mars, including a 30-day stay on the martian surface. In reality, they will live and work in a sealed facility in Moscow, Russia, to investigate the psychological and medical aspects of a long-duration space mission. ESA is looking for European volunteers to take part." Link to Original Source top
anglico (1232406) writes "What if all the Large Hadron Collider's recent woes are more than bad luck and technical problems? Two noted physicists speculate that the future may be pushing back on the LHC to avert the disaster of observing the Higgs boson. In fact, the projects have suffered such bad luck that Holger Bech Nielsen of the Niels Bohr Institute in Copenhagen and Masao Ninomiya of the Yukawa Institute for Theoretical Physics in Kyoto wonder if it isn't bad luck at all, but future influences rippling back to sabotage them." Link to Original Source