Well, I'm about to shove off. Before I go, these've been on my stack for a while, some of them you've prolly heard about by now, but I figured I'd share them anyways. No time for synopsis writing, but you know how it goes. So without further adieu, Link Roundup:
Super-fast broadband coming via cable
The Canadian Senate has approved a bill legalising same-sex marriages, following a similar decision by the lower house of parliament last month.
Nanotech cure for cancer
Is there a tenth planet afterall? and update
"Because cats can't taste sweets, they're cranky," joked Joseph Brand
Human flesh flavoured tofu?
Japanese develop even more realistic female 'android'
Spammer beaten to death, Russians celebrate
Uplifting, so soon? Ethics: Moral Issues of Human-Non-Human Primate Neural Grafting and more
And, I seem to have misplaced the link but, China and Malaysia have floated their currencies, uncoupling them from the US Dollar. Hypothesizes one Matthew Harris at Free Geek:
This could be very relevant to Free Geek soon.
As we are all aware from looking inside computers, many electronic components are manufactered in East Asia, including in China and Malaysia. For years, they have kept their currencies low, meaning it was cheaper than it should have been to import from them. That is one reason why the price of new electronics can be kept so low. Now that the currency will be more valuable, the price of imports will go up. This means that people will not be able to buy electronics quite so recklessly, and that they may be less inclined to discard the old ones.
On the other hand, it may lead to more inflation in the American economy, which will mean Free Geek will be able to sell items better, since we will probably be able to maintain our super low prices even as retail outlets have to raise theirs.
Also, this will make manufactring jobs, which have been fleeing this country, less relatively expensive, so their should be more jobs for workers.
And now I am well and truly off. I'll try to keep in some measure of touch, and once I return I shall give some posts on the trip. さようなら。