Anothe thing I wasn’t going to do…

…is watch anything about 9-11.

Don’t get me wrong, It’s got nothing to do with disrespecting the
sacrifice and loss of that day.  Nor of anything like being
anti-American.

The simple reason is that it’s hard to watch.  I remember five years ago
watching it live with my wife.  We heard about it minutes after the
first plane hit and had the tv on in time for the second plane.

We saw the flames and smoke as both towers burned.

We saw desperate people trying for a helicopter-aided escape from the
rooftops, though it just wasn’t possible, the only thing that would have
happened is the helicopter would have crashed.

We watched as people fell eighty plus stories to their deaths.

Worst of all, we watched as first one, then the other tower fell.

Every year since then, the stories are told again, and the video is
played again.  Just today I think we saw the second plane hit and both
towers fall five times or more.

We will never forget 9-11-01…. And I don’t need a video to remind me
either.

Without any doubt, I can firmly say that we are living in the last days,
if you doubt me, watch those tapes a few more times.

ISP Bars 70 Year old From Internet

After reading this, I cannot help thinking that a company called Carphone Warehouse is going to have to spend a lot of time and PR money to heal the damage done. The idea of denying internet service to someone because they’re too old is not only rediculous, it’s offensive.

Internet (and other) providers should take this as a lesson. With the aging of the baby boomers, there’s going to be more Seniors around than you can shake a stick at. And when they start voting with their money and how they spend it, any company that tries a stunt like this one is going to find themselves on the wrong end of a LOT of bad press.


Sorry, you can’t have the internet… you’re over 70
By HEIDI DORE Last updated at 22:00pm on 2nd September 2006After walking the Great Wall of China and making plans for a trip to Russia, Shirley Greening-Jackson thought signing up for a new internet service would be a doddle.

But the young man behind the counter had other ideas. He said she was barred – because she was too old.

The 75-year-old would only be allowed to sign the forms for the Carphone Warehouse’s TalkTalk phone and broadband package if she was accompanied by a younger member of her family who could explain the small print to her.

Embryo Safe Stem Cells?

Remember “Dolphin Safe” Tuna? Well, if this is to be believed, it looks like Science is close to a sort-of “Embryo Safe” Stem Cell. After all of the Pro Vs Con arguments that have flown around for years, this looks like there is potential to solve the issue By changing adult stem cells into something similar to, but not quite-exactly, an embryonic stem cell without having to kill an embryo to do it.

The problem with this seemingly good thing is that at the very least it’s going to come dangerously close to touching another hot button topic… Human Cloning. If they can do this without getting too close to cloning, and without destroying human embryos, then this might just be the answer that science has needed for a long time now. Otherwise they might just as well quit now and save a lot of headache.

(Yeah, like that’s going to happen.)

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| Stem Cells Generated From Adult Cells                              |

|   from the all-growed-up dept.                                     |

|   posted by Zonk on Friday August 25, @14:57 (Biotech)             |

|   http://science.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=06/08/25/1815242      |

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DrJay writes "Scientist report that introducing only four genes to adult

cells is sufficient to convert them to something that looks and acts

remarkably like an embryonic stem cell. Although some of the details need

to be worked out, if this technique is generally applicable, it may allow

the production of an essentially unlimited supply of stem cells. There is

a [0]subscription-only report, and Ars Technica's science journal

[1]describes the results in some detail for those without subscriptions."

Discuss this story at:

    http://science.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=06/08/25/1815242

Links:

    0. http://www.cell.com/content/article/abstract?uid=PIIS0092867406009767

    1. http://arstechnica.com/journals/science.ars/2006/8/25/5112

Federal minister and GdP call for more stringent monitoring of Web content

This is yet another censorship move to watch. Once again, the threat of terrorism is being used as an excuse to attempt to justify spying and censoring people’s communications whether that communication is by phone, email, snail mail, blog or whatever.

This is also yet another reason for everyone to use encryption and privacy tools regardless of what they’re doing. Remember, While privacy is a right, it is also something that you must activly maintain otherwise it will vanish before you realize it.

Federal minister and GdP call for more stringent monitoring of Web content The Federal Minister of the Interior Wolfgang Schäuble and the German police trade union (GdP) are pressing for a more intense monitoring of Internet communications. The object, they say, is to nip terror plots hatched online and inflammatory propaganda in the bud.

Source – Heise

“Don’t Touch That Dial… Or Else!”

Remember back in the golden days of tv as a program was going to commercial or about to start, an announcer would say “Don’t touch that dial”? Well, Even if you don’t hear the words, the sentiment is there.  The difference is that now they MEAN it!

This one is guaranteed to get you p.o.’d at The folks at Royal Phillips Electronics. These wonderchildren have come up with a means to allow broadcasters to prevent you from changing the channel during commercials.

New Technology May Force TV Ad Viewing
Apr 19, 9:51 PM (ET)
By MAY WONG

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) – In this era of easy ad skipping with TiVo-like video recorders, could television viewers one day be forced to watch commercials with a system that prevents channel switching?

Yes, according to Royal Philips Electronics. A patent application with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office says researchers of the Netherland-based consumer electronics company have created a technology that could let broadcasters freeze a channel during a commercial, so viewers wouldn’t be able to avoid it.

Full Article:
http://apnews1.iwon.com//article/20060420/D8H3EIF83.html

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