Xbox console ban is 'permanent'

Lots of folks get (rightly) bent out of shape at Apple's "tyranny" over the iPhone App Store, so here's proof that it's not just Apple that' behaving badly. Methinks that computer companies need to remember what used to be the first rule of business: the customer is always right. People don't particularly care to be confined to walled gardens, and eventually somebody will take the walls down or build outside them altogether. And at that point it'll be game over for software tyrants.

Thousands of gamers cut off from Microsoft's Xbox Live service will have to buy a new console to get back online, the firm says.

(link) [BBC News]

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Faulty body clock may make kids bipolar

Backwards ClockGosh, I wonder what could possibly be disrupting their natural biological cycles?

Malfunctioning circadian clock genes may be responsible for bipolar disorder in children. Researchers writing in the open access journal BMC Psychiatry found four versions of the regulatory gene RORB that were associated with pediatric bipolar disorder.

(link) [EurekAlert!]

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