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mariushm (1022195) writes "A pioneering British project that is on the threshold of developing a revolutionary treatment for cystic fibrosis is facing the axe. The setback is a desperate blow for thousands of young people who suffer from the incurable wasting illness.
The £30m programme had reached the final stages of drug development but earlier this year ran out of cash and as a result, the consortium's work has been suspended. Unless a further £6m is raised by autumn, it will be abandoned.
Hopefully by raising awareness, celebrities or other interested parties will learn about it and help turn this trial into a success, helping thousands of people all over the world." Link to Original Source top
mariushm (1022195) writes "The Australian Sex Party (ASP) said Wednesday that the Australian Classification Board (ACB) is now banning depictions of small-breasted women in adult publications and films. It comes just a week after it was found that material with depictions of females ejaculating during orgasm are now Refused Classification and Australian Customs directed to confiscate it.
The National Classification Code dictates that anything that describes or depicts a person who is, or appears to be, a child under 18 (whether the person is engaged in sexual activity or not) in a way that is likely to cause offense to a reasonable adult is Refused Classification." Link to Original Source top
mariushm (1022195) writes "A US Linux technician received a contract proposal from a big company (with three letters in its name) to patch more than 1000 Linux servers with some proprietary SAN access software. After about a month of grueling process of approval, he came to the very last step...a simple competency test to be taken online. He was given the URL and instructed to complete the test and notify the Project Manager at the computer company with three letters in their name when finished. However, upon accessing the website, he found out the page would not render at all and upon an inquiry he received the answer from the Project Manager (of the three letter company)that the website will not run on Linux using Firefox and that he will receive a laptop with Windows and VPN software to complete the test. While waiting for the laptop, he sent an email asking the website administrators for the reason why the page does not load on Firefox/Linux and the company with three letters in the name promptly fired him for "refusing to use Windows and Internet Explorer" and blackballed him from future projects." Link to Original Source top
He also describes the negotiations over the second edition of the book, in which he begged his publisher, Apress, to offer the ebook version for free, believing (strongly) that it would promote sales of the paper book. He even notes that the original version's ebook barely had noteworthy sales, so it seemed reasonable to offer up the ebook for free to drive more attention. No dice. Even though Apress has done that with other similar titles, it wouldn't agree.
As he retains the copyright for the actual text, he encourages people to buy the book and create an online version of it without covers, contents table and indexes, promising not to enforce his copyright over the new work." Link to Original Source top
mariushm (1022195) writes "After deciding to shelve metered broadband plans, it looks like Time Warner is cutting off, with no warning, the accounts of customers who they deem have used too much bandwidth.
Austin Stop The Cap reader reader Ryan Howard reports that his Road Runner service was cut off yesterday without warning.
According to Ryan, it took four calls to technical support, two visits to the cable store to try two new cable modems (all to no avail), before someone at Time Warner finally told him to call the company's "Security and Abuse" center.
"I called the number and had to leave a voice mail and about an hour later a Time Warner technician called me back and lectured me for using 44 gigabytes in one week," Howard wrote.
Howard was then "educated" about his usage.
"According to her, that is more than most people use in a year," Howard said." Link to Original Source top
mariushm writes "A new research paper from the thinktank Transform, funded by charitable foundations and individual donors, comes to the conclusion that at least in the case of UK, it is primarily the fact of drugs being illegal which makes them so damaging to society and furthermore, if drugs were legalized — even assuming a huge increase in their use — the public would have more benefits from regulation and legalization versus the current system.
The research shows that:
It is a relatively small subset of the using population, made up of marginalised low income dependent users offending to fund their drug use, who are disproportionately responsible for creating the secondary £13.9 billion in acquisitive crime costs from the £3.7 billion turnover of the illicit market for heroin and cocaine. That the heroin and cocaine market, freed of the distorting influence of criminal market economic pressures, would likely be worth around one tenth of the £3.7 billion figure highlights this particular negative impact of prohibition economics even more starkly.
Over half of all UK property crime is to fund drug misuse, primarily heroin and cocaine. If drugs were available on prescription or at affordable prices comparable to those paid by dependent drinkers, it is assumed that levels of acquisitive crime related to fundraising would be negligible. Intoxication-related offences would be unchanged (at a given level of use).
The paper also points out that drug users' health would improve because the drugs would be controlled and of better quality compared to the ones on the market.
It's worth noting that the report assumes health costs for the drug users would remain the same but does note the health costs will probably be lower, as people will no longer share possibly infected needles to inject themselves with drugs.
Also something to think about is the fact that the estimated financial advantages that would be brought by the regulation and legalization of drugs do not include taxes." Link to Original Source top
mariushm (1022195) writes "The search warrant for the Core IP datacenter has apparently been leaked (alternative link).
Besides a page giving lots of details about one cabinet, including the color of the cables it has, there's also an annex which contains a very long list (16 points), mentioning pretty much anything you can think of.
As far as I understand the warrant, it looks like FBI could have taken even the microwave oven from the kitchen, if they wanted." top
According to a letter C I Host officials sent customers, "at least two masked intruders entered the suite after cutting into the reinforced walls with a power saw, [...]
During the robbery, C I Host's night manager was repeatedly tazered and struck with a blunt instrument. After violently attacking the manager, the intruders stole equipment belonging to C I Host and its customers."
To aggravate the situation, C I Host representatives needed several days to admit the most recent breach, according to several customers who said they lost equipment, all the while reporting the problems as "router failures"." Link to Original Source top
mariushm writes "SlySoft has just updated AnyDVD HD, offering users the possibility of watching Blue-Ray media without DRM. This comes after only two weeks from the first release which was able to remove DRM from HD-DVD.
Version 126.96.36.199 has lots of features but probably the most important one is stripping the evil DRM infection from Blu-Ray and restore your fair use rights.
The free upgrade can also remove region encoding, works on Windows XP-64 and Vista-64, and fixes a ton of bugs. You can get the update or a trial copy here." top
mariushm writes "Peter Gutmann, the medical imaging specialist that wrote the now famous paper A Cost Analysis of Windows Vista Content Protection, has updated the document, adding his response to Microsoft's allegations. He points to several contradictions in the the blog post and manages to raise more serious questions about Vista's DRM." top
mariushm writes "Shawn Hogan, the millionaire sued by MPAA for allegedly downloading Meet The Fockers, has written in his blog that he may win the law suit due to a technicality:
Universal City Studios Productions (the entity suing me [more or less] on behalf of the MPAA) doesn't actually have a legal right to sue because they didn't own the copyright.
You can read the motion to dismiss over here (warning:PDF) if you are bored.
He continues his post with a very serious question:
For the hundreds of people that "settled" for $2,500, are those settlements even legal/valid? If they turn out to be invalid, what can I do to help everyone get their settlement money back from Universal/MPAA? They're legal right to make settlements with people would be along the same lines as me settling with you for downloading Star Wars. I'm thinking if people were paying me because I told them I owned the copyright to Star Wars (but I didn't really) may be illegal in itself."