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August 27th, 2007 - Dan Goodman's journal

August 27th, 2007

August 27th, 2007
10:32 am

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Belated happy birthdays!
I missed a couple of birthdays; four over the last couple of days, I think.

Apologies, and hopes that anything else due you comes on time!

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10:34 am

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Happy Birthday, sclerotic_rings!!

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08:05 pm

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From bna.com's newsletter:

HUMANE SOCIETY SUES AMAZON OVER COCKFIGHTING MAGAZINES
After trying in vain to persuade Amazon to stop selling the subscriptions to two cockfighting publications, the Humane Society filed a civil lawsuit in District of Columbia Superior Court asserting that the Web company violates animal cruelty laws and that the magazines, which run advertisements for blades that attach to birds' legs, are effectively catalogs for illegal goods. Amazon says the suit amounts to censorship.
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/08/27/business/media/27amazon.html

AUSTRALIAN TEEN BREAKS THROUGH GOVERNMENT PORN FILTER
The Australian government Monday admitted no Internet child safeguards were foolproof after a teenager claimed he was able to break through its multi-million dollar pornography filter in minutes. Sixteen-year-old Melbourne teenager Tom Wood said it took him less than 30 minutes to override the cyber barrier technology which was launched by Prime Minister John Howard earlier this month.
<http://tinyurl.com/22t3uk> [AFP]

AW FIRM FACES HEAT AFTER FORCING YOUTUBE REMOVAL OF SONG
After the law firm Nixon Peabody was named to Fortune magazine's 2007 list of the best companies to work for, the firm, which has 700 lawyers, commissioned a celebratory anthem with an infectious 1980s-style beat and a sing-along chorus, "Everyone's a Winner at Nixon Peabody." But what began as an innocent instance of corporate self-congratulation has turned into a minor Internet sensation and earned the firm a bit of a black eye, with bloggers poking fun at the song and criticizing Nixon Peabody's response to its leak.
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/08/27/business/media/27lawsuit.html

CONSUMER INNOVATIONS TO INFORM WEB SITE FOR SPIES
U.S. government agents may soon find valuable information through an online-recommendation system like the one on Amazon.com. It might say that spies who read this report also found these reports useful. That is one of several features the Office of the Director of National Intelligence might borrow from mainstream technology as it designs its new Web-based information-sharing system.
<http://tinyurl.com/2x4gxw> [Washington Post]

ICANN SEEKS COMMENT ON NEW TLD POLICY
ICANN is the midst of a consultation on a policy for the introduction of new top-level domains. The proposed policy has received some criticism for including a provision that would allow ICANN to reject domain name extensions that others find to be offensive or immoral. The consultation concludes on August 30th. Consultation information at
<http://www.icann.org/public_comment/#gtld-draft-final-report>

LINUX USER FORCED TO INSTALL WINDOWS WHILE ON PROBATION
A Linux user who was jailed for uploading a film onto a P2P service has been told he will have to switch to Windows if he wants to use a computer again. Scott McCausland, who used to be an administrator of the EliteTorrents BitTorrent server before it was shut down by the FBI, pleaded guilty in 2006 to two copyright-related charges over the uploading of Star Wars: Episode III to the Internet. As a result, he was sentenced to five months in jail and five months' home confinement. He has since been released from jail, but has reported on his blog that the terms of his sentence meant he would have to install Windows if he wanted to use a computer during his probation.
http://news.com.com/2100-1030_3-6204348.html

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09:28 pm

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From http://eurekalert.org:

Public Release: 27-Aug-2007
Journal of Family Issues
New study finds married men do less housework than live-in boyfriends
The age-old stereotype that women do more housework than men has gotten more credibility with a George Mason University study co-written by sociologist Shannon Davis. The study of more than 17,000 people in 28 countries found that married men report doing less housework than men who are live-in boyfriends.
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2007-08/gmu-nsf082707.php

Public Release: 27-Aug-2007
Nature Genetics
CU researcher engineers sorghum that grows in poisonous soils
Aluminum toxicity in acidic soils limits crop production in as much as half the world's arable land. Now, Cornell researchers have cloned a novel aluminum-tolerant gene in sorghum and expect to have genetically engineered aluminum-tolerant sorghum lines by next year.
McKnight Foundation Collaborative Crop Research Program, Generation Challenge Program, National Science Foundation, US Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service
http://www.news.cornell.edu/stories/Aug07/SoilsKochian.kr.html

Public Release: 27-Aug-2007
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
The world's oldest bacteria
A research team has for the first time ever discovered DNA from living bacteria that are more than half a million years old. Never before has traces of still living organisms that old been found. The exceptional discovery can lead to a better understanding of the ageing of cells and might even cast light on the question of life on Mars.
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2007-08/uoc-two082707.php

Public Release: 27-Aug-2007
Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research
Alcoholics show deficits in their ability to perceive dangerous situations
Previous brain-imaging studies have suggested cognitive deficits in alcoholic patients. New findings indicate that alcoholic patients show emotional processing deficits as well. These deficits primarily affect processing for negative emotional expressions.
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2007-08/ace-asd082007.php

Public Release: 26-Aug-2007
Nature Physics
Photon-transistors for the supercomputers of the future
Scientist from the Niels Bohr Institute at University of Copenhagen and from Harvard University have worked out a new theory which describe how the necessary transistors for the quantum computers of the future may be created.
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2007-08/uoc-pft082307.php

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