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Tuesday 3rd April 2007


Basic Computer User

Microsoft deals with Explorer bug
Microsoft has issued an out-of-band bulletin for a critical new vulnerability in Internet Explorer that stems from the way Windows handles animated cursor (.ani) files.More
Microsoft knew about .ANI bug in December
An exploit for the zero-day vulnerability hit the wild last week, more than three months after Microsoft learned of the bug. Microsoft says it took more than three months to craft the patch. More

Would You Buy a 360 Page/Minute Printer for $200?
PC OEMs and camera makers could be among the first customers for Memjet’s revolutionary inkjet printers that were first disclosed last week. Meanwhile, the company has already started talking about taking the Silverbrook technology roadmap to 360 pages per minute (really!) in as little as two years’ time. More

Exploit circulating for ’critical’ ActiveX Microsoft bug
The vulnerability causes memory corruption and may allow a remote, unauthenticated attacker to cause Internet Explorer to crash or potentially execute arbitrary code. More

A possible security vulnerability in Windows Mail could let attackers run applications on PCs running Vista. More

Google seeks world of instant translations
In Google’s vision of the future, people will be able to translate documents instantly into the world’s main languages, with machine logic, not expert linguists, leading the way. More

Boffins develop electrically conductive plastic
Mobile phones can soon survive being dropped. More

Intel, AMD ready steep price cuts
Intel and Advanced Micro Devices next month plan to unveil significant price cuts on their current fleet of processors as they prepare to go to battle in the quad-core market. More

Identity theft driven by dramatic spikes in threats
With phishing up 50 percent and malware attacks up 200 percent in just two months, hackers have more information to work with, a new study suggests. More

Alcatel-Lucent breaks data-speed record
Labs tests achieve data transmission at 25.6 terabits per second. More

Theft of 45.6M card numbers largest heist yet
After more than two months of refusing to reveal the size and scope of the high-profile intrusion into its systems, The TJX Companies finally disclosed details about the extent of the compromise. More

Phone Tech Targets Teen Smokers, Drunk Drivers
This will be a tough change for underage smokers in Japan, who have been purchasing 300-yen cigarette packs on their way to school as readily as buying a can of soda. More

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Advanced Computer User

New PC security recognises your face
Enrolling users within the Bioscrypt system means first casting a 40,000-point infrared mesh grid over the user’s face in order to take measurements. More

Opinion: The idea that Linux is primarily a community-based project based on the work of thousands of independent, idealist hackers has died a quiet death. More

Intel Reveals More Eight-Core Chip Details
At a press briefing Thursday, Intel divulged more details about its 45nm “Penryn" Core architecture chips and unveiled some of the first details about the next major architectural advancement, Nehalem. http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,1895,2109184,00.asp

Energize your Windows Server 2003 scripts using PowerShell More

Network management tools help secure your systems More

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Experts Finally Recognize the Link Between Night Light Exposure and Cancer
Understanding the link between electric lights, melatonin and cancer can radically reduce your risk for cancer. More

How to Reduce Your Risk of Cancer By 50%
This simple no cost tip can save your life or that of someone you know and love. Please view this important video. More

Anti-Aging Tip: Chromium: The Safe and Natural Fat-Loss Supplement
By Al Sears, MD
A non-prescription version of the weight-loss pill Orlistat is now available over the counter. But before you run off to buy it, there’s something you should know: It’s expensive, ineffective, and has some troubling side effects.

At $1 to $2 a pill, Orlistat is designed to block fat from being absorbed in your gut. But over 50 percent of those who take it suffer from gastrointestinal problems. And Dr. Sidney Wolfe - director of Public Citizen’s Health Research Group - found studies linking the prescription version of the drug with precancerous lesions of the colon.

The idea of blocking fat is flawed to begin with. For one thing, trying to block fat does nothing to help control blood sugar and insulin, the real keys to fat loss. Plus, you need plenty of good fats to stay healthy - and, as we age, we have more trouble absorbing the fat we need.

The natural trace mineral chromium helps you control blood sugar and improve your sensitivity to insulin. Since insulin sensitivity declines with age, reversing that decline with chromium reverses that aspect of aging. Studies from three universities show that chromium also boosts muscle mass while burning off excess fat. Even those who took chromium without exercising burned fat without losing any muscle.

You can get chromium from foods like broccoli, turkey, seafood, eggs, and cheese. For faster and more impressive results, take a chromium supplement. The best form is chromium picolinate. I recommend 600 mcg once a day with a meal.

[Ed. Note: Dr. Sears, a practicing physician and the author of The Doctor’s Heart Cure, is a leading authority on longevity, physical fitness, and heart health.]
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The AMA -- Murder by Injection
Conventional medicine’s stranglehold on the U.S. has been deliberately maintained since early in the 20th century. More

"I’ve been on a diet for two weeks and all I’ve lost is fourteen days."
- Totie Fields

The Diet Myth That Could Be Ruining Your Health

By Anthony Colpo

In 1989, at the age of 21 and after a few years of inactivity, I made a visit to the doctor. I learned that I had a cholesterol level of 213, which (according to the doctor) placed me at “moderate risk" for heart disease. I left that day with a handful of literature that, among other things, advocated the restriction of saturated fat.

To me, good health had always been about physical fitness - how much weight I could lift or how easily I could climb a steep hill on my bike. So I began training again. But I also paid a lot more attention to what I ate, and I began to study everything I could get my hands on about nutrition.

Everything I read reiterated the same message: “Fat is BAD. Complex carbohydrates are GOOD!" The message appeared to be unanimous, and I fell for it hook, line, and sinker.

When my father, an active, well-built man who appeared to be very fit for his age, experienced a heart attack in 1990, my resolve to eat what I believed to be a heart-healthy diet was further strengthened.

I resolved to eat only the leanest meats and low-fat fish. And because my intense training required a high caloric intake, I began consuming copious amounts of carbohydrates: rye bread, brown rice, sweet potatoes, whole-meal pasta, rolled oats, buckwheat, and millet.

I began partaking of the delights of butter-less toast, egg whites, salad without oil, and water-packed tuna. If I were served meat that had - shock, horror, gasp! - visible fat, I would surgically trim it away before taking a bite. I wouldn’t even think of buying any new food item until I had scrupulously examined the nutrition label for fat content.

When I calculated the average amount of fat that I was taking in, I was proud to find that it was less than 10 percent of my daily caloric intake. I wore my low-fat habits like a badge of honor.

But reality began to bite several years later. Despite my “healthy" diet, strenuous training regimen, and strict avoidance of cigarettes, alcohol, and recreational drugs, my blood pressure had risen from 110/65 (a reading characteristic of highly conditioned athletes) to an elevated 130/90. It was increasingly hard to maintain the lean, "ripped," vascular look I had always prided myself on. Instead, my physique was getting smooth and bloated.

My digestive system became more sluggish and my stomach often felt heavy and distended after meals. I frequently felt tired after eating. I began to rack up a rather impressive list of irreversible food sensitivities. I had never been much of a coffee drinker, but I was now trying to fight increasing fatigue by sipping a strong black or two before workouts. My fasting blood glucose level was below the normal range, indicative of reactive hypoglycemia.

In short, I felt terrible and my health was suffering.

Despite monumental effort and discipline, my supposedly wholesome low-fat diet had raised my blood pressure, sapped my energy, and left me with a screwed-up blood sugar metabolism. Ironically, these changes increased my risk of the very thing I was trying to avoid: heart disease.

This disheartening revelation was the catalyst for an extended period of self-experimentation, during which I anxiously tried a number of highly touted popular diets. It was only after settling into a high-fat, high-protein, low-carbohydrate plan - the exact opposite of that recommended by most health authorities - that I was able to reverse the negative changes bought about by years of high-carbohydrate eating. My blood pressure and glycemic control finally returned to normal, while my digestive function, mental focus, energy levels, and overall sense of well being improved dramatically.

This experience caused me to question everything I had ever learned about nutrition. I wanted to know why the revered low-fat paradigm had failed me, while a diet in which the bulk of calories were obtained from supposedly “dangerous" animal fats made me feel better than I had in a long, long time.

Rather than simply take for granted the existence of data showing saturated fat to be harmful - as does so much of the public, medical, and research communities - I insisted on viewing this data for myself. My burning desire for the facts drove me into an intensive search of the medical literature.

What I discovered astounded me.

The low-fat, anti-cholesterol paradigm was a complete sham right from the outset. It began in the early 1900s when Russian researchers noted that feeding rabbits cholesterol caused a build-up of fatty deposits in their arteries. However - unlike humans - rabbits are herbivores. They are not metabolically equipped to eat animal products. (Plant foods do not contain cholesterol.)

In the mid 1950s, health authorities were at a complete loss to explain the rising prevalence of coronary heart disease (CHD). Inspired by the utterly irrelevant findings of the Russian rabbit experiments, scientists began examining possible links between fat, cholesterol, and CHD in humans.

One of those individuals, Ancel Keys, plotted CHD death rates from a mere six countries on a graph, and was able to show an almost perfect correlation between fat consumption and CHD mortality.

But what Keys didn’t share with his readers was the fact that he handpicked his data - even though relevant statistics were available for 22 countries. Other researchers demonstrated that when data from larger numbers of countries were included, the alleged association between fat and CHD vanished into thin air. Keys, however, was on the nutrition advisory committee of the powerful American Heart Association, and his erroneous theories were officially incorporated into AHA dietary guidelines in 1961.

The cholesterol theory of heart disease has been largely built upon "epidemiological" research, which examines disease trends among certain populations. Such population-based research can be useful in identifying leads for further research - but, due to many confounding factors, should never be used as conclusive proof of anything.

For example, one of the arguments commonly used in support of the lipid hypothesis is that countries with high levels of saturated fat consumption have the highest levels of heart disease. Sure they do. But they also have high levels of psychosocial stress, the highest consumption of sugar, refined carbohydrates, polyunsaturated vegetable oils, and trans-fats, and the lowest levels of physical activity. All these factors have been implicated in the development of CHD.

To conclusively prove that saturated fat causes CHD, we need to conduct randomized, clinical trials comparing low-saturated-fat diets with saturated-fat-rich diets, in which all other possible confounding variables are controlled.

Indeed, over the last six decades, numerous controlled studies have tested the effect of saturated fat restriction on cardiovascular and overall mortality. But supporters of the lipid hypothesis rarely mention them, instead focusing on the epidemiological data. That is because none of those controlled clinical trials have ever demonstrated a beneficial effect of saturated fat restriction or cholesterol lowering.

In fact, a number of these studies directly refute the cholesterol theory.

Ironically, statin drugs - the only cholesterol-lowering interventions that have demonstrated any ability to save lives - do not work by reducing cholesterol. A mountain of evidence shows that these drugs work via anti-clotting, anti-inflammatory, artery-dilating, and antioxidant mechanisms. Thankfully, taking toxic cholesterol drugs is not the only way to achieve those effects.

Despite almost half a century of intense research, the indisputable fact is that heart disease is still the industrialized world’s number one killer - occurring with the same frequency as it did 50 years ago.

And the great tragedy is that the dietary and lifestyle factors that do increase CHD risk remain neglected or even completely ignored. Modern medicine has become far more adept at saving the lives of those who already have heart disease - but it has achieved little in the way of preventing the disease from occurring in the first place.

This situation will not change until health authorities drop their cholesterol obsession. But don’t hold your breath. The upper echelons of modern medicine are dominated by politics and money, and cholesterol paranoia is way too profitable for those who wield the most influence. The welfare of ordinary folks like you and me ranks far behind that of the powerful vested interests who lobby and fund health policy makers.

That’s why it is up to you to learn about the things that really matter when it comes to heart disease. These include reducing stress; avoiding elevated blood sugar; ensuring the adequate intake of omega-3 fats and avoiding excessive omega-6 fat intake; shunning heavily processed, nutrient-depleted foods; eating a diet that emphasizes fresh, nutrient-rich meats and vegetables; maintaining optimal antioxidant status through the use of proper diet and supplementation; avoiding high bodily iron stores; exercising regularly; and eschewing both passive and active cigarette smoking.

[Ed. Note: In The Great Cholesterol Con: Why Everything You’ve Been Told About Cholesterol, Diet, and Heart Disease Is Wrong! Anthony Colpo destroys every defense of the cholesterol theory of heart disease. This book could save your life!]

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Silent Killers in Nursing Homes

New Study Finds Antipsychotics are Killing the Elderly

A new study released in the UK found antipsychotics linked to a significant increase in the mortality rate of the elderly. The study, funded by the UK’s Alzheimers Research Trust, found only one-third of the patients taking antipsychotics were still alive after three years, compared with two-thirds of the patients taking a placebo. It also found that antipsychotics, used to sedate and control the elderly, were associated with a significant deterioration in mental functioning and in speech motor controls. In the U.S., despite the Food and Drug Administration-ordered black box warning about the fatal risks of antipsychotics for the elderly, seniors in nursing homes are routinely prescribed these deadly drugs.

Young children are also being prescribed these powerful antipsychotics in the U.S., despite a 2004 FDA request that six antipsychotic manufacturers add warnings to their labels about the risk of diabetes and blood-sugar abnormalities. A USA Today study of adverse events reported to the FDA between 2000-2004 found at least 45 child deaths in which antipsychotics were listed as the “primary suspect," in addition to 1,328 reports of serious, even life-threatening, side effects. These drugs are routinely prescribed to people who have been diagnosed as "schizophrenic," yet the validity of this diagnosis has been called into question by British psychiatrists and others. Richard Bentall, a professor of clinical psychology at the University of Manchester, said the concept of schizophrenia is scientifically meaningless. In fact, the Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR), a mental health watchdog, says there is no scientific evidence to justify the diagnosis of any “mental disorder" found in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), psychiatry’s billing bible. The diagnoses are completely subjective--there are no physical tests, such as blood or urine tests, brain scans or X-rays, which can confirm the existence of any psychiatric disorder. To learn more about the DSM, read CCHR’s publication, Psychiatric Diagnostic Manual Link to Drug Manufacturers,or click here to see what experts say about the issue.

Despite this lack of science behind psychiatric diagnoses, with psychiatrists pushing antipsychotics as an “effective treatment," antipsychotic sales in 2004 topped $9 billion--more than doubling in four years (according to IMS Health). Due to fraudulent marketing practices and withheld information on the potentially lethal side effects of antipsychotics, 8 states have filed suit against antipsychotic manufacturers. For more information on the dangers of psychiatric drugs, read The Report on the Escalating International Warnings on Psychiatric Drugs by CCHR.

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Depression: antidepressants are not the answer

British boffins build human heart valve from stem cells
Research could lead to new hearts made to order. More

The secret history of Big Pharma’s role in creating and marketing heroin, LSD, meth, Ecstasy and speed More

Omega-3 fatty acids found to restructure brain matter tied to positive mood and emotions More

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Gravitationally challenged you’d call him... More

Interesting news report on how easy some locks are to pick or “bump" More

Ever scurried around a table searching desperately for a piece of paper? The Genius Table will make sure you never have to search high and low for paper again. Imagine a pad of post-it notes, and then enlarge those sheets to the size of a small table top. Add a table to fit under it, and there you have a new quirky product (that comes with refills for when you run out), great for those with poor eyesight or really important memos.

If you like stunts then this ad shot in Oz will entertain... More

DVD-Busting Dogs Do It Again
Two Malaysian dogs trained to sniff out DVDs have made their second big discovery of pirated movies, leading investigators to a hidden stash worth more than $430,000, a local newspaper said on Sunday. More

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