CIAs Enhanced Interrogation Techniques Were Counterproductive

http://www.physorg.com/news173424688.html

and this, of course, is the ultimate example of how facts have very little role to play in the behaviour or policies of authoritarians…

British girl dies after cervical cancer vaccine jab

http://www.physorg.com/news173428319.html

I guarantee that this poor girls death will feature heavily in the conspiracy theories surrounding various vaccines and how the authorities are planning to vaccinate dissidence and opposition out of the population. You heard it here first…

What proportion of psychotic illness is due to cannabis?

http://www.physorg.com/news173420594.html

excellent development. Reading between the lines, what these researchers seem to be saying is that the ludicrous hostility to cannabis is driven by untested assumptions about its effect on public health.

This is no surprise to those of us who have actually studied what little evidence there is, but it will be extremely useful to confirm what we already know.

And if, along the way, we do find that particular groups or particular forms of consumption cause higher levels of risk, then we might even come up with sensible means of coping with them.

This is certainly an area where the Facts will help promote at least support for liberty; though we still face the huge historical problem that the facts rarely influence the behaviour or policies of Authoritarians…

http://www.reghardware.co.uk/2009/09/29/review_pc_tune_up_sofware/

extremely useful to have someone else do the donkey work of such a comparison. The results are no surprise, though, personally, despite having 4gb of RAM, I still use Registry Easy to keep my registry under control…

Treemometers: A new scientific scandal • The Register

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/09/29/yamal_scandal/

this could be one of the more serious science scandals of recent years…

Wireless carriers gear up to fight FCC’s net neutrality plans • The Register

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/09/24/fcc_wireless_neutrality_plans/

despite what I said the other day, I feel a smidge of sympathy for the cellcos. They have much more obvious bandwidth limitations than the landline providers so it seems reasonable to allow them to charge for bandwidth at least, though NOT content…

Google fits web with meta comments engine • The Register

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/09/23/google_sidewiki/

kinda like stumble in fact. Stumble comments on arbitrary web pages can be read only if you have the Stumble software, and Googles “metacomments” can only be read if you install the Google toolbar. Big deal.

Having said that, the first attempt at this was about 10 years ago and I was very pissed off that it didn’t catch on. It was much more flexible than Stumble in one respect (only) in that you could actually place your comment ANYWHERE on the relevant page (other users with the software would see a little icon which they could mouseover to see the content) which meant you could do a detailed comment on specific elements within the page. Really useful for the 27 of us who tried it….