Winamp lovers beg AOL to open source code

112295v1Last week, AOL announced the impending death of Winamp, saying that the 16-year-old media player would be shut down within a month.

“Winamp.com and associated Web services will no longer be available past December 20, 2013. Additionally, Winamp Media players will no longer be available for download. Please download the latest version before that date,” AOL announced.

But fans of the venerable software have launched a “Save Winamp” website and petition asking AOL either to keep Winamp alive or to open source its code.

“The history of digital music started with Winamp,” says the group, which includes nine developers who have pledged to improve Winamp if the source code is released. “Our goal is to convince Nullsoft [the AOL subsidiary behind Winamp] to release the Winamp source code and we will take it further in an open-source way.”

The petition was started by Web hosting company owner Peter Zawacki of Australia, and it has more than 12,000 supporters thus far. “If AOL allows it to go open source it WILL live on forever and be in the hands of people who love it and use it every day,” the petition states.

We’ve asked AOL if the company is willing to release Winamp’s source code but haven’t yet received a response.

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A Random Act Of Kindness

Someone shared these pic’s from his girlfriend who is studying for her nursing license exam and found this envelope tucked in a book at B&N:

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To: You, nursing student

From: A nurse

Words From a Nurse

So I am assuming that if you’re thumbing through and NCLEX book that you’re probably nearing the end of nursing school. I want to start by saying that you should be so proud of yourself! You’ve worked so hard to get here, and I promise you, it’s so worth it. I’ve been a nurse for 12 years and can’t imagine doing anything else.

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I want to let you know that the first year or two out of school is the hardest. But don’t give up and

 remember why you decided to become a nurse in the first place. There are times when “nurses eat this young” – and when that happens to you, I want you to refer back to this letter. When you start your new job, find that special nurse to take you under their wing to show you the ropes.

A few other things: be patient, and don’t beat yourself up. Don’t take things personally and when you’ve had a difficult situation, try to leave work at work. When you begin your job, two things that will make your day smoother are 1) learn to organize and build a routine, and 2) prioritize. Two more very important things to remember are 1) be proud to be a nurse, and 2) believe in yourself. Also trust your instincts – they’re usually right! Also be kind to the nurse’s aides and housekeepers – you need them.

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A few words about patients: Remember that it’s stressful for them to be there. Sometimes a smile, light touch, or hug is what they really need. Sometimes families can be tough, but hey, we’re taking care of their loved one and they feel out of control.

So grab some coffee and study for the NCLEX. I’m certain you’ll do fine. But if you don’t pass, it’s not the end of the world although it might feel like it. You simply take it again, that’s OK.

You’re going to be a great nurse!

Remember, be proud and believe in yourself!

You can do it!

XOXOXO – Another nurse

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Researchers Solve Longtime Mystery Of How Marijuana Causes Memory Loss

pot_driving_horiz44A new study suggests that over-the-counter painkillers like Ibuprofen could prevent two debilitating side effects of marijuana use –
learning problems and memory loss –that currently limit the drug’s medical value.

In a study published in the journal Cell, researchers say they have pinpointed the molecular pathways responsible for marijuana-induced memory problems.

The high you get from marijuana comes from a chemical called Tetrahydrocannabinol, also known as THC. The chemical works by interacting with receptors on brain cells called cannabinoid receptors. Cannabinoid receptors are concentrated in many different places in the brain. Their ubiquity is good and bad.

THC can bind with receptors that are responsible for regulating relaxation, relieving pain, or suppressing nausea, which is why the drug has been used to treat the symptoms of chemotherapy, epilepsy, anxiety, and countless other ailments.

There are also cannabinoid receptors located in the region of the brain involved in learning and memory, called the hippocampus. When THC binds with cannabinoid receptors in the hippocampus it alters the way information is processed and how memories are formed.

But in a study of mice, researchers were surprised to find that THC increased the levels of an enzyme called cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) in the hippocampus.

The COX-2 increase in the brain cells seems to turn down memory-making abilities by decreasing the cell’s ability to make connections with other brain cells — and these connections are what underlay our memories.

By stopping this activation of COX-2 the researchers were able to restore the brain cells ability to connect with other cells. More connections mean more memories.

Since over-the-counter pain relievers work by deactivating COX-2 (thus lowering pain signals sent to the body), scientists think they could be used to prevent the unwanted side effects of marijuana.

There are currently no FDA-approved effective medications for prevention and treatment of marijuana-induced symptoms. This discovery has the potential to broaden the use of medical marijuana for a wider range of conditions.

Story Source ~ Business Insider