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Submission + - Possible Treatment for "Barely Conscious"

the phantom writes: "According to an article in Nature, it may be possible to treat patients who are in a "Barely Conscious" state, using an electrical implant.

The new report, appearing in the Thursday issue of the journal Nature, provides the first rigorous evidence that any procedure can initiate and sustain recovery in such a severely disabled person, years after the injury occurred. An estimated 100,000 to 300,000 Americans subsist in states of partial consciousness, and most are written off as beyond help.
Wednesday's All Things Considered on NPR goes into a bit more detail (click the "Listen" link)."

Submission + - Microsoft Lost against Alcatel-Lucent

brain1 writes: Reuters ( 0070222) is reporting that Microsoft was hit with a $1.52 Billion patent suit damages. Looks like Microsoft lost even they licensed MP3 technology from Fraunhofer in Germany. This doesn't bode well for fighting software patents, but Microsoft seems to have been bitten by their own game.

This looks like a good time to switch to Ogg Vorbis!

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