Maury is out of a job

30 11 2007

You Can Now Buy a Genetic Test at Rite-Aid

“It’s not a whole-genome scan or a genetic genealogy test, but it’s still a DNA test from the drug store shelves. Soon you will be able to purchase a paternity test from Rite-Aid.

The test is being offered by Sorenson Genomics. According to an article from Monday’s New York Times:

“A company called Sorenson Genomics has started selling a paternity test kit through Rite Aid stores in California, Oregon and Washington. It appears to be the first time a DNA test is being sold through a major pharmacy chain.”

“The test, sold under the brand name Identigene, has a suggested list price of $29.99, though a reporter purchased one at a Rite Aid in Santa Monica, Calif., for $19.99. There is an additional laboratory fee of $119 to have the samples analyzed.”

The test comes with three sets of cotton swabs, allowing the collection of DNA from the child, alleged father, and the mother. The NYT article states that the mother’s DNA is optional “but helps strengthen the results.”

Discovering Biology in a Digital World asks: “Would the results from this test be legally binding?” I personally can’t imagine that the results would hold up in court. I think that’s why Sorenson Genomics labels the test as giving “peace of mind.” A commentor left the following from an business story: “The kit advises people wanting to test for legal purposes to call the company and set up a chain of custody for the samples, which would cost an additional $20.” Hsien Lei from Eye on DNA also left a comment to the post, adding that home paternity tests are nothing new, which is absolutely true – they’ve been around for a while. But now, for the first time, you can impulse shop, or pick one up on your way home from work…”


I heart mini pcs

30 11 2007

Mac Mini egh. how about that but with linux?
Zonbu’s Desktop mini
Aopen’s mini pc
Aleutia’s E1 Solar Powered PC
Linutop’s pc

Small, efficient, Portable. I like it a lot. if I didn’t have a desktop at home, I’d get one of these to run a OS – don’t really want a laptop on my desk. pssh.

Check this out:
Zonbu for $249.99

One of the world’s smallest, and the only totally silent full featured desktop computer

Enjoy all the benefits of Zonbu with this powerful, 6 USB ports, marvel of miniaturization.
Ultra reliable flash based design, no moving parts. Only 4-7/8″ x 6-5/8″ x 2-1/8″.
World-class OS and 20 open source applications – right out of the box
Unbreakable, malware resistant environment
Continuous backup with instant restore, nothing else to purchase, nothing to configure
Remote access to your files from anywhere on the Internet, nothing to setup
Transparent upgrades of the OS and applications to best available version for as long as you are a subscriber
Free replacement warranty as long as you are a subscriber

Processor: 1.2GHz, VIA C7 ULV
Intel-compatible, ultra-low energy use
Memory: 512 MB
Compact Flash local storage: 4GB
Graphics: VIA CX700M2 UniChrome PRO II, VGA output, supports up to 2048 x 1536 (16 million colors, 75 Hz)
Audio: built-in speaker, microphone and headphone ports
PC-compatible ports for keyboard and mouse
6 USB 2.0 ports
Ethernet: 10/100 Mbps built-in – broadband ready
Wifi: built-in 802.11b/g available as an option
Power Supply: 20 Watt AC-DC Adapter
Measurements: 4.875″ x 2.175″ x 6.675″ or (124mm x 56mm x 170mm)
Weight: 2.1lbs (0.97kg)

Mini PC

Intel Core 2 Duo
4 GB memory
Just go to the site if you’re interested too much info available.

Linutop for 280 Euro

Linutop is a small computer running from a USB key.

Without internal hard drive, linutop is more robust.
It offers a completely silent, energy-efficient operation in an extremely small package.

It comes with optimized software to access the Web and Digital Contents (Text, Photos, Music & Videos).
Linutop can be used in:
– Hotels, Museums, Public Terminals, …
– Shops, Bars, Point-of-Sale Terminals, Kiosks…
– Schools, Offices, Factories…

Light (280 g – 9.9 oz)
Low energy consumption (only 5W)
Low support cost

Aleutia E1: Solar Powered

Here’s the specs for the people that asked.
Processor: 200MHz x86 CPU, Memory: 128MB SDRAM, Storage: 2GB (included Compact Flash card), Power Supply (US, UK, or EU).
3 x USB 2.0 ports (12Mbps transfer rate), 1 x 10/100 Ethernet port, VGA port to connect LCD display (supports resolutions up to 1280×1024).
Power consumption of 8W with CPU and SDRAM running at full speed. With external devices (USB 2.0 CD Rewriter, USB-powered hard drive) power consumption rises to 11W.
Dimensions: 11.5cm (Width) x 11.5cm (Lenght) x 3.5cm (Height).
Puppy Linux Operating System (version 2.14) – similar in appearance to MS Windows, stable, and pre-installed.
Excel-compatible spreadsheet software (Gnumeric), Word-compatible word processor (Abiword)

What Does Your Date’s Computer/OS Say About Her?

30 11 2007

What Does Your Date’s Computer/OS Say About Her?

Linux, holla!

Think that’s a silly question? Think again. A woman’s choice of operating system (OS) can reveal a lot to the inquisitive man. And with women as famously cryptic as they are, let’s face it: it’d be dumb to turn a blind eye to anything that offers a peek into their innermost thoughts. So let’s analyze what a woman’s choice of Windows, Mac OSX, or Linux really means!

Typically, a Windows woman likes to go with the flow. Windows is what she’s used to. It’s what she used at school and what her boss probably makes her use at work, and she sees no reason to buck popular opinion. This means one of two things about her.

A) She’s a permissive woman who seeks direction from the men in her life. Left to her own devices, she will make the safest decisions, so as to avoid controversy or uncertainty.

B) She sees computing as a necessary evil, not a reflection of her innermost thoughts and passions. What does this mean for you? Draw your own conclusions, but less time surfing means more time before bed!

The OSX-using woman considers herself trendy. She likes to advertise her association with things flashy and high-range. As evidence, observe how well dressed and up with the times she is. However, there might be cause for concern in terms of why she uses OSX. If these women chose their OS because it was trendy, what’s to say she’ll keep you around after the Vin Diesel look-alike at the gym asks for her number? Yikes! Here’s how you can separate the genuine from the follower:

Ask her why she uses OSX. If she raves about its stability and immunity from Windows-based viruses, you’re in the clear. Ditto if she uses OSX for graphics or video editing. But if her explanation begins with “I saw it in this movie,” remain alert.

A woman who uses Linux is a rare and special breed. We’re talking about a woman who stepped outside her comfort zone, did her homework, and persisted through the Linux installation. She also displayed perseverance in learning the many subtle differences between Linux and Windows. These speak to terrific qualities in a woman. After all, if she’s this persistent about her choice of OS, you know she won’t bail on you at the first sign of trouble.

On the other hand, Linux fan girls are not likely to be swindled by tired clichés or empty promises. If you’re looking for an empty-headed bimbo, you’ll have to continue the search elsewhere. A girl who took the time to figure out Linux is just not having it.

Somethings are worse than Michael Vick

30 11 2007

Wrestler Hardbody Harrison Guilty In Sex Slave Trial

“ATLANTA — A federal jury found former pro wrestler “Hardbody Harrison” guilty of multiple counts of sex trafficking and forced labor Wednesday in a scheme to force women into prostitution.

Prosecutors said the former wrestler, whose real name is Harrison Norris, forced women into prostitution, holding them prisoner at two homes he owned in Cartersville.

Norris, 41, acted as his own attorney during his trial in federal court.

He was convicted of charges including conspiracy, witness tampering, aggravated sexual abuse, forced labor, and sex trafficking involving eight women.

The jury acquitted him of all charges involving a ninth woman, but could be sentenced to up to life in prison when is sentenced Feb. 28.

The case was handled by federal prosecutors because the suspects transported the women on interstate highways, provided them with condoms that were manufactured outside Georgia and used mobile phones.

Norris claimed he was just training the women to be professional wrestlers. He said many of them arrived on drugs and left in the best shape of their lives.

During a two-week trial, prosecutors portrayed him as a predator who used his wrestling business to lure poor and vulnerable women into prostitution and forced labor.

“I think the jury’s verdict vindicates the rights of the victims who were brave enough to come forward and confront this man who abused them,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Susan Coppedge said…”

WHOA. Computer geeks click on this!

30 11 2007

Monday Inspiration: User Experience Of The Future


“Over decades we’ve used to adapt our habits, behavior and mindset to technology. We’ve improved our productivity by using tools and devices designed especially for the tasks we have to deal with regularly. But we’ve also constrained our abilities to the features of the very tools and devices we’ve become dependant on.

We’ve got used to a number of things. To traditional mouse-keyboard user interaction, to 2D windows-based user interface and to a rather unspectacular user’s workflow which enables one user interact with only one application at a time. For instance, while you’re browsing in your web browser you can’t scale your text and resize your window simultaneously — unless you are a keyboard-shortcut-master.

Good news: it can be different. Below we present some of the outstanding recent developments in the field of user experience design. Most techniques may seem very futuristic, but they are reality. And in fact, they are extremely impressive. Keep in mind: they can become ubiquitous over the next years…”

WHY do people need the state’s permission to marry anyway?

30 11 2007

Taking Marriage Private


“WHY do people — gay or straight — need the state’s permission to marry? For most of Western history, they didn’t, because marriage was a private contract between two families. The parents’ agreement to the match, not the approval of church or state, was what confirmed its validity.

For 16 centuries, Christianity also defined the validity of a marriage on the basis of a couple’s wishes. If two people claimed they had exchanged marital vows — even out alone by the haystack — the Catholic Church accepted that they were validly married.

In 1215, the church decreed that a “licit” marriage must take place in church. But people who married illictly had the same rights and obligations as a couple married in church: their children were legitimate; the wife had the same inheritance rights; the couple was subject to the same prohibitions against divorce.

Not until the 16th century did European states begin to require that marriages be performed under legal auspices. In part, this was an attempt to prevent unions between young adults whose parents opposed their match.

The American colonies officially required marriages to be registered, but until the mid-19th century, state supreme courts routinely ruled that public cohabitation was sufficient evidence of a valid marriage. By the later part of that century, however, the United States began to nullify common-law marriages and exert more control over who was allowed to marry…”

Young Woman’s Answer to Grand Theft Auto

30 11 2007

Editorial: Coolest Girl in School

“High School was not the most wonderful time in people’s lives, well, at least not everyday, and for a lot of people it can be considered the most miserable era of their existence. Face it, we all went to school with a myriad of girls who could be cast into numerous social stereotypes. These were basically innumerable, but the majority could be broken down into cheerleader, outcast, artist, goth, redneck, egg-head, sociopath, prep, and then there was a subcategory of slut or ice-queen that applied to each group. Included in this vast hierarchy of culture, there were also those that did not fit into any particular mode and just hung out with bits and pieces from each group; therefore these girls did not have any official “term” applied to them. Amidst each social structure, the angst and inconsolable desire to be popular or wear the “correct” brand of clothing ran amuck through most teenage girls’ minds, and still do in the present. In this century though, these thoughts are occurring earlier – instead of starting in middle school, it is starting in grade school where young minds should be focused on learning the intellectual tools of life instead of what is on sale at Hollister.

While most adult women can look back on their teenage years and laugh at such notions of adolescent self consciousness, our future generation of women are going through exactly what we went through – sure, we all had “Heathers” at our respective schools, but now it seems the schools are teaming with “Uber Heathers”, and the media plays on this like a out of tune mandolin. The adulation of celebutantes like Paris Hilton, Lindsey Lohan, Britney Spears, and their ilk can take a devastating toll on what young impressionable teenagers deem appropriate behavior, and the media circus that surrounds these tarts on an hourly basis sends mixed signals to teenage females – no matter how anorexic, rich, spoiled, whorish, dense, or dug addled you are, the public loves you.

Adding to the growing trend of bitchy, spoiled female media hounds are the reprehensible characters seen in movies, reality shows on MTV, and “dramas” on Fox, and the WB. In accordance with the public’s voyeuristic addiction comes a controversial new video game for girls – the mobile based Coolest Girl in School. Emerging as a rpg for teens, the game sets a stage for girls where “stealing, sexual dalliances, drug use and gossiping pave the path to teenage empowerment”. In the game, the objective is to “lie, bitch and flirt your way to the top of the high school ladder”, and the developer, Champagne for the Ladies, is billing their new game as the young woman’s answer to Grand Theft Auto. In the game, the player is encouraged to “experiment with fashion, drugs, sexuality, cutting class and spreading rumors” in an effort to win…”