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Comment: Re:WHAT??!?! (Score 1) 349

by Alcimedes (#37420778) Attached to: Netflix To Lose 1 Million Subscribers

When I read comments from people talking about ditching Netflix in exchange for Blockbuster, because they have better prices, I always assume that you are all under the age of 25 or so, maybe younger. Anyone who was ever a Blockbuster customer prior to them having any kind of competition, knows what kind of epic overcharging assholes they were.

Comment: How does this compare to the US? (Score 2) 346

From the article.

"Apple does this by regularly conducting audits and working with suppliers to correct violations, according to the company's 2011 supplier responsibility progress report. In 2010, the company audited 127 facilities and found that 89% of them had waste water management practices in compliance with Apple's requirements.

The same audits, however, found that only 69% of the facilities were in compliance with air emission management standards. Only 70% of the facilities were in compliance for environmental permits and reporting. When violations are found, Apple requires the supplier to complete plans to resolve the problem 90 days after the audit."

Do we have 100% compliance in the states? How does this compare to US rates?

Comment: Re:Can we start using examples other than Divorce? (Score 1) 591

by Alcimedes (#35883314) Attached to: Apple Logging Locations of All iPhone Users

Automatic speeding tickets issued if you get pulled over and your GPS coordinates indicate you traveled from point A to point B in less time than the speed limit would allow.

Given they can strip all the data off of your phone in seconds now, would be an easy to to add some cash after you got pulled over for a broken tail light etc.

Biotech

First Halophile Potatoes Harvested 117

Posted by timothy
from the integrated-dill-is-the-next-step dept.
Razgorov Prikazka writes "A Dutch-based company from Groningen is trying to create a potato race that is able to survive in a saline environment. The first test-batch was just harvested (English translation of Dutch original) on the island Texel and seem to be in good shape. The company states that rising sea-levels will create a demand for halophile crops. I do wonder if one still has to put salt on ones potatoes when they are grown in salt water."

Comment: Secrecy is a double edged sword. (Score 3, Interesting) 417

by Alcimedes (#32744122) Attached to: Apple Hires Antenna Engineers. Really.

That must have been a really, really, really awkward conversation.

Although to be honest, I wonder if this is Apple's secrecy coming to bite them in the ass. If you are uber careful about how many phones you have out in the field, you're a lot less likely to run into scenarios where your product fails in real world situations.

beta testing, google does it for a reason.

Comment: Re:Task Saturation (Score 1) 388

by Alcimedes (#31696304) Attached to: "Supertaskers" Can Safely Use Mobile Phones While Driving

Strangely enough, the only person I know that I would qualify as a "super tasker" is a Captain in the Army.

He could be talking to a General on the phone, drinking his coffee and driving in some of the worst traffic imaginable and it wasn't a problem at all. (traffic and rules of the road in South America make the worst traffic in the US look like a driver's ed training session)

One time a car came out of *no-where* and he reacted to it instantly before anyone else in the vehicle had even realized it was coming, avoided it, accelerated out of the situation and kept going, all the while not spilling a drop of coffee and not interrupting his conversation in the slightest.

I don't think I'd feel safe with *anyone else* I know doing that, but with this guy, he could pull it off.

Comment: Re:Dark stuff? (Score 1) 279

by Alcimedes (#31617078) Attached to: 90% of the Universe Found Hiding In Plain View

More in-depth quote.

"I’ll note: this has nothing to do with dark matter. As it happens, 90% of the matter in the Universe is in a form that emits no light, but affects other matter through gravity. We know it exists, and you can find out why here. We know it exists locally, in nearby galaxies and clusters of galaxies, too. This new result doesn’t affect that, since the now un-hidden galaxies are very far away, like many billions of light years away. They can’t possibly affect nearby galaxies, so they don’t account for dark matter."

Money will say more in one moment than the most eloquent lover can in years.

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