Back Off! Leave the Earwax Alone

Back Off! Leave the Earwax Alone

Mining for gold is not always a good idea

The gooey, golden stuff that builds up inside your ears should stay there, according to national guidelines on earwax removal released today.

“Earwax is not intrinsically evil stuff, and consequently does not have to be removed merely because it’s present,” said Peter Roland, an ear, nose and throat doctor at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. “In fact, it serves a function and so if you don’t need to take it out, you should just leave it alone.”

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Software Industry Rethinking its Moneymaking Practices

Software Industry Rethinking its Moneymaking Practices

Eric Fortuna, right, at a Best Buy in Illinois. For $30, his Geek Squad
will eliminate programs installed by computer makers.

Before they ship PCs to retailers like Best Buy, computer makers load them up with lots of free software. For $30, Best Buy will get rid of it for you. That simple cleanup service is threatening the precarious economics of the personal computer industry.

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