Would you eat cloned meat??

An FDA risk assessment that is expected to declare meat and milk derived from cloned animals safe for the food supply is currently being reviewed by the government, and is due to be released by the end of the year.

If these documents are finalized, cloned animal products will become part of the food supply, without the requirement for such foods to carry special labeling. And this could result in a backlash of absence claims, with ‘clone-free’ products starting to appear on supermarket shelves.

However, the move has inspired fierce criticism from consumer advocacy groups, which claim that there is insufficient science to guarantee the safety of products from cloned animals…

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Merit Badge in Copyright Law?

When I first read about this in one of my many RSS feeds, I figured it was a hoax or it came from The Onion. I quickly moved on because after all, I have more important stuff to do than laugh…right? It wasn’t until I read a few more similar titles about a merit badge in copyright, that I started thinking, is this for real? It turns out it is!

Does the movie industry really think that piracy is what’s keeping us from going to the movies? Let’s see. The last time I went to an actual movie theater (about 3 years ago), it was approximately $10 a person just to get in. This didn’t include the tub o’ butter popcorn that will stop your heart and the gallon size soda with enough sugar in it to fuel a nuclear reactor. What did I get for my money? A floor sticky enough to keep me on it if they turned the movie theater upside down, a chair that looked like it used to belong to Archie Bunker, a screen that was slightly out of focus, a screen that had black marks in it that distracted from the movie, neighbors that insisted on talking all through the movie, a cellphone that apparently didn’t have an off button, a persistant cougher (I can empathize with this since I’m actually in the throes of a coughing spell), and no guarantee that I would actually like the movie. (note: I was actually going to go on, but I remember learning about run-on sentences in high school)…

All this and movie *star* salaries continue to rise. I’ve been on this older movie kick, Casablanca, The Maltese Falcon, Citizen Cane. You know, when it was about the acting. It was those actors that deserved the mutlibazillion dollar salaries….Orson Welles, Bogart, Bacall.

Come to think of it, except for screen size, I can’t think of a compelling reason to actually go to a movie theater and it’s not because I pirate movies either. I actually can’t think of any movies that I would take the time to pirate because most aren’t really all that good….


Ask Digg: .NET or Java?

I’d be interested to know which direction diggers would go if you were just starting out programming. Given that .NET appears to be cross platform with things like MONO and Rotor, cross-platform capabilities seems to be a moot point? I’d really like to hear the pros and cons of either platform. In other words sell me on .NET or Java…

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Yahoo Music Service Raising Prices Again…

Received this in my inbox this morning.  While the Yahoo music service may indeed be less expensive than similar offerings, it’s now effectively “too expensive” for what you get.  Combine their price increase with their slow p.o.s. music player and I’m cancelling the service.

Greetings Yahoo! Music Unlimited Subscriber,
We’d like to give you a heads up about an upcoming change to Yahoo! Music Unlimited.
On November 14, 2006, the cost of a new Yahoo! Music Unlimited subscription will increase from $6.99 to $8.99 per month. Despite this price increase, Yahoo! Music Unlimited will still offer the lowest price of any major subscription music service — now with a catalog of more than 2 million songs!
Because you’re a valued subscriber, we’re extending your current rate for an extra month and your credit card will not be charged at the new rate until after December 13, 2006. We’re also giving you an opportunity to upgrade to an annual subscription before November 14, 2006 and lock in the current low price of $4.99 per month (billed in one installment of $59.88). Click here to upgrade to an annual subscription.
To view or edit your account, log in at https://billing.yahoo.com using your Yahoo! ID and password. If you do not want to subscribe to Yahoo! Music Unlimited at the new rate, you must cancel your subscription before December 14, 2006. If you have more questions, you may contact Customer Care.
Thanks for using Yahoo! Music Unlimited.
– The Yahoo! Music Team


iPod LCDs: Made to Be Broken?

My son’s iPod Nano LCD has cracked after only having it for less than a year. When it was taken back to Apple, they stated that it wasn’t covered under warranty. Looks to me like we may have another iPod battery fiasco on our hands as this isn’t an isolated case. If you have or know someone who has had an iPod Nano LCD crack or break, digg this story or post in my comments.

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