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    • CommentAuthorStefanJ
    • CommentTimeOct 5th 2011
    @Finagle: Not surprising, but still a shock.

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    Chemical castration. Not quite the same thing.
    • CommentTimeOct 6th 2011
    Now if only it was on offer to catholic priests!
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    • CommentTimeOct 6th 2011 edited

    The only delay that really mattered was that Steve, it turned out, had been treating his pancreatic cancer with a special diet and other alternative therapies, prescribed by his naturopath.


    Oh no this fucking quack just didn't...

    Steve Jobs dead at 56, his life ended prematurely by chemotherapy and radiotherapy for cancer
      CommentAuthorAlan Tyson
    • CommentTimeOct 6th 2011
    "Steve Jobs dead at 56, his life ended prematurely by cancer."

    There, I fixed it.
    • CommentTimeOct 6th 2011
    It's amazing to me how people react to "celebrity" deaths. Both of those people saw this as a quick opportunity to advance their own ideas of nutrition and health, only for the fact that he died of cancer. I'm sure if he'd been hit by a bus someone would have laid into how traffic laws in California are terrible (they aren't so bad).
    • CommentAuthorStefanJ
    • CommentTimeOct 6th 2011
    ". . . if he'd been hit by a bus . . . "

    Also, how socialist mass transit schemes are a dangerous waste of taxpayer dollars.
    • CommentTimeOct 6th 2011
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    A new study on harmful effects of vaccines.

    In 1900, for every 1000 babies born in the United States, 100 would die before their first birthday, often due to infectious diseases. Today, vaccines exist for many viral and bacterial diseases. The cornerstone of the vaccine safety system in the United States is the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act. This legislation was intended to bolster vaccine research and development through federal coordination of vaccine initiatives, and by providing relief to vaccine manufacturers facing financial burdens. A key component of the legislation required the Department of Health and Human Services to collaborate with the Institute of Medicine to assess concerns about the safety of vaccines and potential adverse effects, especially in children.

    The Adverse Effects of Vaccines reviews the epidemiological, clinical, and biological evidence regarding adverse health effects associated with specific vaccines covered by the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program including varicella zoster vaccine, influenza vaccines, hepatitis B vaccine, and the human papillomavirus vaccine, among others. For each possible adverse event, the report reviews prior studies, summarizes their findings, and evaluates the epidemiological evidence. It finds that while no vaccine is 100% safe, very few adverse events are shown to be caused by vaccines.
    In addition, the evidence shows that vaccines do not cause several conditions of recent concern. For example, the MMR vaccine is not associated with autism or childhood diabetes. The DTaP vaccine is also not associated with diabetes and the influenza vaccine given as a shot does not exacerbate asthma. The Adverse Effects of Vaccines will be of special interest to the National Vaccine Program Office, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, vaccine safety researchers and manufacturers, parents, caregivers, and health professionals in the private and public sectors.
      CommentAuthorEd Jackson
    • CommentTimeOct 7th 2011
    @Fishelle: What are they thinking? Horse just doesn't taste right without ketchup.
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    I'm a cyberpunk nerd and I think I just wet myself.

    Exclusive: Computer Virus Hits U.S. Drone Fleet
    • CommentTimeOct 8th 2011
    It's the Birth of Skynet. =(
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    • CommentTimeOct 10th 2011
    The BBC rely on a pair of ANTIQUE VALVE TRANSMITTERS to broadcast Radio 4 Longwave.

    BBC Radio 4 long wave, which transmits on the 198 kilohertz frequency, relies on ageing transmitter equipment that uses a pair of the valves – no longer manufactured – to function.

    The valves, at Droitwitch in Worcestershire, are so rare that engineers say there are fewer than 10 in the world, and the BBC has been forced to buy up the entire global supply. Each lasts anywhere between one and 10 years, and when one of the last two blows the service will go quiet.
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    Today Netflix decided not to rename the DVD service after all.

    Netflix stock price has gone down two-thirds since they first went to crazy town with splitting fees, but what's interesting is the theories around their logic, such as that they are biting the bullet before the USPS in this country is tanked and the DVD mailing program becomes unsustainable, or that content providers are like wolves circling the wagons (now that they realized they don't like this instant queue thing after all), and the DVD service was the little son that mommy and daddy Netflix sent out to be eaten while the rest of the family ran away but they forgot that the son was wearing the decoy watch full of meth so they ran back out to save him. All we can do is guess! Basically Netflix is its own TV show right now.