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artemis67 (93453) writes "A man studying in London has taken a mathematical equation that predicts the possibility of alien life in the universe to explain why he can't find a girlfriend. Peter Backus , a native of Seattle and PhD candidate and Teaching Fellow in the Department of Economics at the University of Warwick, near London, in his paper, " Why I don't have a girlfriend: An application of the Drake Equation to love in the UK," used math to estimate the number of potential girlfriends in the UK. In describing the paper on the university Web site he wrote "the results are not encouraging. The probability of finding love in the UK is only about 100 times better than the probability of finding intelligent life in our galaxy."" Link to Original Source top
artemis67 (93453) writes "A single Canadian company (Sandvine) sells traffic shaping gear in use on 20% of all broadband lines in the world--and nearly all of its clients throttle traffic by application. They recently admitted that a full 90% of them employ it to "manage" their networks in a discriminatory way. Considering that Sandvine is only one vendor of such hardware, is it safe to assume that the 90% number can be applied across the board to all ISP's?" Link to Original Source top
artemis67 (93453) writes "The Director of the Congressional Budget Office writes in his blog, "Under current law, the federal budget is on an unsustainable path, because federal debt will continue to grow much faster than the economy over the long run. Although great uncertainty surrounds long-term fiscal projections, rising costs for health care and the aging of the population will cause federal spending to increase rapidly under any plausible scenario for current law." Notice he said CURRENT law? Health care reform and a second stimulus are not law yet." Link to Original Source top
President Bush Signs Genetic Nondiscrimination Act
artemis67 writes "Technology development guru George Church is playing a salutary social role with his Personal Genome Project. Church is in the process of gathering phenotypic data and sequencing portions of the genomes of ten volunteers. He intends to study how the genes of these people influence their phenotypes, and to make those data public. Church's point is simple: information, including genetic information, can and should be freely available. Whether or not one agrees with him, society had better be ready to deal with the results of such research, which is occurring against a background of explosive growth in the availability of genetic information. This past week, President Bush signed the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act, which would protect people from being discriminated against by health insurers or employers on the basis of their genetic information." Link to Original Source