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

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) 346 346

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?

Government

Tom Tom Sells GPS Info To Dutch Cops 204 204

jfruhlinger writes "As smartphones with GPS capabilities wear away at the dedicated GPS market, vendors like Tom Tom need to find new revenue streams. Tom Tom decided it would be a good idea to 'share' (i.e., sell) aggregated data from their users to Dutch law enforcement. The company claims they assumed that the data would be used to improve traffic safety and road engineering, and were shocked, shocked to discover that instead the police used it to figure out the best places to put speed traps."

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

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 117 117

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."
Cellphones

Apple, AT&T Sued Over iPhone 4 Antennas 435 435

bannable writes "Apple has been accused of violation of the Federal Communications Act, three counts of products liability related to negligence, defect in design and breach of implied warranty, intentional and negligent misrepresentation, fraud by concealment, unfair business practices and more. 'The iPhone 4 manifests design and manufacturing defects that were known to Defendants before it was released which were not disclosed to consumers, namely, a connection problem caused by the iPhone 4's antenna configuration that makes it difficult or impossible to maintain a connection to AT&T's network,' the California complaint reads."

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

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) 388 388

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.

Earth

Cooling the Planet With a Bubble Bath 219 219

cremeglace writes "A Harvard University physicist has come up with a new way to cool parts of the planet: pump vast swarms of tiny bubbles into the sea to increase its reflectivity and lower water temperatures. 'Since water covers most of the earth, don't dim the sun,' says the scientist, Russell Seitz, speaking from an international meeting on geoengineering research. 'Brighten the water.' From ScienceNOW: 'Computer simulations show that tiny bubbles could have a profound cooling effect. Using a model that simulates how light, water, and air interact, Seitz found that microbubbles could double the reflectivity of water at a concentration of only one part per million by volume. When Seitz plugged that data into a climate model, he found that the microbubble strategy could cool the planet by up to 3C. He has submitted a paper on the concept he calls “Bright Water" to the journal Climatic Change.'"

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