AIDS and Ebola Virus to Treat Cystic Fibrosis

Working with elements from HIV and the Ebola virus to cure cystic fibrosis seems kind of like enlisting two of the four horsemen to end world hunger.

Cystic fibrosis could be treated using elements of two potentially fatal viruses - HIV and Ebola - research has suggested.

The viruses are used to deliver a healthy version of the gene which is faulty in CF directly into lung cells.

The University of Pennsylvania researchers say tests on monkeys show the method is effective. - BBC

Apple Angle: Intel, Apple, and Microsoft Triangulation

Apple's recent announcement that they intend to use Intel chipsets in their new computers may come as a shock to avid Mac fans. The fact is, their present architecture is beloved primarily because it doesn't possess many of the flaws of the Intel architecture. And, now Steve Jobs has announced that he's going ahead with an Intel relationship. The unspoken goals may be more interesting than the announcement.

Antivirus Software Doesn't Stop Computer Viruses

More than 295,000 virus-infected emails were sent to companies in the UK in May before anti-virus vendors could issue signature updates, according to email filtering firm BlackSpider Technologies. It’s long been known that there is a ‘window of exposure’ - the interval between when a virus begins spreading and signature updates are issued by anti-virus vendors. BlackSpider has put a figure on this phenomenon in order to back up its argument that there’s a high risk of infection during this ‘window of exposure’ for firms that rely on conventional anti-virus scanners alone. - The Register

Irresponsible Press Fuel Islamic Hate

What is it with the press trying to stir up Islamic hatred for the US?

Military officials say no guard at the Guantanamo Bay prison for terror
suspects flushed a detainee's Quran down the toilet, but they disclosed
that a Muslim holy book was splashed with urine. In other newly
disclosed incidents, a detainee's Quran was deliberately kicked and
another's was stepped on. - AP

Stashing Tax Deferred Cash in SEP IRA

How much money can you shelter from taxes in an IRA?

So, for example, if you earn, say, $40,000 and your company allows you
to contribute as much as 25 percent of salary, your max would be
$10,000. If, on the other hand, your salary were $80,000, your max
would be $14,000 this year, not 20 percent of your salary, or $20,000.
If you're 50 or older, you can also throw in "catch up" contributions,
or as much as an extra $4,000 this year and $5,000 the next (the
catch-up maximum is also adjusted for inflation).

Another Koran Abuse Story

This is bad.

US guards at the Guantanamo Bay detention centre kicked, threw water and splashed urine on copies of Koran. - BBC

If people weren't likely to die over this report, the media obsession with and misrepresentation of this type of story would be comical. Lead with an incendiary paragraph, then slip in that some of the reports were about unintentional mishandlings downstream.

Ebay Arbitrage

Not that there's not thousands of others doing it already, but there's a market opportunity in things Europeans like to buy from America.

... Internet auction sites such as eBay make it easy for sellers in the U.S. to reach global buyers, who may pay a higher price because the currency-exchange rate works in their favor. The euro, for instance, has gained about 25% against the dollar in recent years, making U.S. purchases much cheaper for Europeans. - Startup Journal