iTunes now allows you to buy a selection of DRM-free, less compressed, tracks. You are given the opportunity to upgrade earlier tracks for thirty cents each - a big sixty cents in my case. But the servers are struggling with the load. I have been trying for hours and am only now getting 10 kbps download speeds. At least a few people are upgrading (although with accumulated tracks and the option to convert several at once, the potential load can be very high.
256kbps aac is more than "good enough" if you are comfortable with standard CDs.
Also of note is an iTunes U section in iTunes that links to lectures at several campuses.
The Bush administration said Tuesday it will fight to keep meatpackers from testing all their animals for mad cow disease.
The Agriculture Department tests fewer than 1 percent of slaughtered cows for the disease, which can be fatal to humans who eat tainted beef. A beef producer in the western state of Kansas, Creekstone Farms Premium Beef, wants to test all of its cows.
Larger meat companies feared that move because, if Creekstone should test its meat and advertised it as safe, they might have to perform the expensive tests on their larger herds as well.
Apart from being really happy that I'm a vegetarian, I'm nearly at a loss for words.
But not quite ..
It is amusing that conservatives are lying when they say self-regulation is preferable to "government". They are often contemptuous of small business - here a small company wants to voluntarily adopt more rigorous standards, but the Republicans block it. A threat to the bottom line of the larger companies is more important than public health.
The problem with current Republican conservatives is that they abhor government and, surprise, when given the reigns of power, we learn they are incapable of it.