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May 26, 2002
Safety of MRI scans - annoying and temporary free registration required.
If movement whilst being scanned may not be safe, then what about the heart, lungs, blood and even a foetus? You can't keep those still.Background: Of Mice & Magnets.
posted by southisup at 11:45 PM PST - 12 comments
TiVo and the BBC force programming on consumers.
The BBC apparently paid TiVo to command all its boxes -- without consumers' permission -- to record an episode of a drama the BBC marketing department deemed a must-see. Users can't even delete the recording -- it'll be there until TiVo decides to remove it. Can TiVo users expect to be bombarded with paid advertising after all? (ZDNet article here.)
posted by mattpfeff at 10:32 PM PST - 29 comments
Comics are stupid
. Comics are great
. In a pair of twinned articles, the venerable Boston Globe
revisits the whole "dumbing-down our culture" thing, that probably first popped up when the first iconoclast decided to use papyrus rather than good ol' stone. Light the bat-signal, Commissioner, my Spidey-sense is tingling!
posted by yhbc at 7:37 PM PST - 40 comments
Plugging the Analog Hole.
The MPAA has released a report entitled "The Content Protection Status Report"
to the Senate Judiciary Committee, outlining it's plans to find a way to regulate Analog to Digital Converters (ADCs) with digial watermarks and "cop chips". In this short essay, Cory Doctorow outlines the main points of the new report and points out how entertainment companies are becomming the de facto regulators of new technologies.
posted by Hackworth at 6:40 PM PST - 8 comments
M. is a girl living as a boy
and his school is helping to keep his secret. Is that just asking for trouble? And should a 13 year old be considered for gender-reassignment therapy or is this just an extreme case of tomboy-ism that s/he'll grow out of? [NYT mefi/mefi]
posted by mdn at 1:06 PM PST - 32 comments
Dude. I finally got a Philson Stratoblaster Air Guitar. You can get one too, and a free air guitar pick, at the Bud. R. Philson Easy Air Guitar, Volume One
site. Just click on "rock on", and then follow the easy lessons, and in a matter of weeks, you'll be rockin' to "Stop That Guy, He Stole My Wallet
", just like me. Remember, "If it's a Philson, it's gotta be Rock and Roll".
posted by iconomy at 12:42 PM PST - 5 comments
Canadian high speed ISP's are putting caps on downloads/uploads.
Could this spell the beginning of the end of P2P? The "basic" DSL package offered by Bell Canada will now give users 5 gigs up and 5 gigs down. For the average user, this is more than they'll ever use for e-mail, surfing, etc. But for users downloading movies and warez, it could be the end for them unless they're willing to cough up $7.95 CDN / gig - and most won't. Cable modem subscribers in Ontario will also be seeing a similar plan put into place in the next several months.
posted by PWA_BadBoy at 12:16 PM PST - 30 comments
Fighting to Live as the Towers Died
: the NYT continues its fine reporting, reconstructing the final moments of temporary survivors on the upper floors, through over 150 e-mail and telephone contacts used to reach friends and relatives (as well as videotapes and recordings of 911 calls and emergency radio bands). Since I briefly worked in the trade center, I have often wondered what this experience must have been like.
You may want to take a moment to prepare, and expect to need breaks.
posted by dhartung at 9:06 AM PST - 48 comments
For anyone in "the know," it's no secret that Jack + Meg White
are not brother and sister but actually are a divorced couple posing as siblings. Glorious Noise
has posted a copy of their marriage certificate.
But aren't we all brothers and sisters in rock n' roll?
posted by modularette at 6:47 AM PST - 31 comments
For the last century, historians, anthropologists and other scholars have searched both human history and the continents to find a matriarchy—a society where the power was in the hands of women, not men. Most have concluded that a genuine matriarchy does not exist, perhaps may never have existed. Untill now.
posted by stbalbach at 5:42 AM PST - 26 comments
Why Won't We Read the Manual?
I'd say we are a pretty tech-savvy group here. Do you STOP to peruse the instructions before you touch the "on" button of your new "must have" tech toy (to say nothing of your new microwave)?
Probably not. But there are reasons, according to this Washington Post article. I, for one, have been burned royally by manual writers. Scratching my head, I often hear myself mumbling "What the hell are they talking about?" And, in fact, don't you just hate when they are actually wrong?!
Having been a manual writer, I always try to put myself in the place of someone who comes into the situation completely cold. I'm afraid that's not always the case.
posted by Taken Outtacontext at 5:29 AM PST - 28 comments
and portfolio by Johnathan Yuen. Flash required, but used simply.
Experimental interface; hover over everything.
posted by Su at 1:19 AM PST - 9 comments