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+ - Apple's Rotten Core: Inside The Foxconn Facility-> 1

Submitted by Robotron23
Robotron23 (832528) writes "The Daily Telegraph reports on the ongoing grim situation with Apple's manufacturing workforce in the wake of the iPad's European launch. Twelve suicides this year have occurred from employees jumping off of Foxconn factory buildings. Accounts of life working for Foxconn have emerged from within China including this translated report from an undercover reporter. Two deaths and further attempts have occurred over the past ten days."
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Idle

+ - Man Single-Handedly Builds Underground Subway->

Submitted by jerryjamesstone
jerryjamesstone (1641841) writes "Everybody is into rail these days; it is the greenest way to get around next to a bike. Leonid Mulyanchik has been into it for years since before the Berlin Wall fell, since before the first Macintosh, building "his own private underground Metro railway system." English-Russia says that he has been doing it with his pension, that it is all legal and approved and that he is still at it. Gizmodo calls it "inspiring, one man against all odds type of persistence, but more the obsessive, borderline insane persistence.""
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Space

Ancient Comet Fragments Found In Antarctic Snow 92

Posted by Soulskill
from the cool-and-collected dept.
An anonymous reader writes with this excerpt from Cosmos Magazine: "Two tiny meteorites recently recovered from Antarctic snow contain material dating back to the birth of our Solar System, and may provide clues about the delivery of organic matter to Earth. Researchers believe that these micrometeorites likely came from the cold, comet-forming outer regions of the gas and dust cloud that comprised the early Solar System, and sample its composition. Discovered in 2006, the particles measure less than 0.25 mm across and survived their journey through Earth's atmosphere relatively unscathed. More importantly, scientists found that they contain unusually high amounts of organic matter."

+ - Time to start boycotting sites with obnoxious ads?

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "I have come across more and more advertising on news sites that gets in the way of reading the story. This can be full page ads that cover the content, this can be ads that start big and then minimze so that the entire text of the page moves, or this can be roll-over content that when you move your mouse suddenly an ad takes over the page. I am not against advertising as a means to pay for content, I am not even against targeted advertising that is relevant to the page that I am looking at. However, when the advertising gets in the way of reading the content of the page I have to wonder if it's time to protest. As the target of the ads, we have the power. If we stop going to sites with obnoxious ads, the sites and advertisers will have no choice but to respond."
Displays

2010 — the Year AACS and HDMI Kill Off HD Component Video 424

Posted by timothy
from the hope-you-used-conduit dept.
For home theater buffs who want (or already have) a high-def system using component-video connections, time may be growing short. Audiofan writes with this story, which begins: "Digital HD (high definition), like that enabled through HDMI and Blu-ray, is awesome. It offers amazing picture and audio quality. It allows you to conveniently connect one single cable to provide both picture and sound. It is royally going to screw up a lot of homes next year. Wait, what was that last part? After December 31, 2010, manufacturers will not be 'allowed' [to] introduce new hardware with component video outputs supplying more than an SD resolution (480i or 576i). Should this go through as planned, it's going to disable or throw a wrench in a lot of existing custom installations as soon as the end of this year." The AACS in the headline stands for Advanced Access Content System, the industry scheme to block "the analog hole" by controlling content from storage media to eyeballs.
Games

+ - Life Imagined As One Big RPG->

Submitted by Scoop Snookems
Scoop Snookems (667151) writes "Will there be a day where we earn achievement points simply by brushing our teeth or high-fiving a friend? There could be, according to Carnegie Mellon professor Jesse Schell. In this video from the annual DICE summit,Schell comments on recent evolutions in gaming before fixating on a concept where our futures evolve into one big RPG. Fascinating stuff, and I hope writing this post nets me 10 points."
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+ - IIPA Puts Canada on IP Watch list ->

Submitted by Gamma747
Gamma747 (1438537) writes "The International Intellectual Property Alliance has stated that Canada is a 'a haven where technologically sophisticated international piracy organizations can operate with virtual impunity.' They have placed Canada on their IP watch list, usually reserved for countries such as China, Russia, and Uzbekistan, stating that 'no other country is farther behind the curve in combating copyright infringement in cyberspace.' They have asked the US goverment to press the Canadian government on the issue of copyright."
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Techdirt: How Someone Pretended To Be HJ Heinz On Twitter->

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A little over a year ago, we wrote about the issue of Twitter squatters sitting on famous brand names, while the actual brands were totally unaware. In that post we wondered if there needed to be a "Twitter name dispute resolution policy." So far, there hasn't been much movement on that front, as the dispute resolution policy has basically been the benevolent dictatorship of some anonymous employees at Twitter, who may or may not step in to deal with such an issue in a unilateral fashion. So it's interesting to see this AdAge piece by a guy who decided to see what would happen if he became a Twitter squatter. After looking through various brands he decided to pretend to be the Twitter representative for HJ Heinz, famous for its ketchup and pickles, among other things.

Basically, he set himself up to be @HJ_Heinz and started sending messages of a positive nature about Heinz. He started cultivating a following, watching for anyone who mentioned Heinz and also trying to connect with those in the Pittsburgh area (home of Heinz). It lasted all of two weeks until he logged in and found that his account name had been changed to @NOThj_Heinz, along with a note from Twitter saying that he had violated Twitter's rules. At least they let him keep the account.

What's interesting, though, is that it still took Heinz itself two weeks to notice the account and do something about it. Heinz provided AdAge with a statement in response to the article, which falsely suggests that the original account was "closed" (rather than just had its name changed). Still, the company claims it came across it via its "regular monitoring practices," but if you're just monitoring social networks, you're missing the point of them, which is to actively engage. If Heinz were actively making use of the tools it wouldn't have taken so long to notice the squatted account.

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+ - what is it feel like to read on an Ipad ?->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Wonder what is it feel like when reading from Ipad ? You can try it ! If you have an iphone or ipod touch you can download Kindle for iphone by clicking here. If you using PC you can try it too by download Kindle for PC by clicking here. Don’t worry about books, There are some free download books available for you to download at the Kindle bookstore. I have try this Kindle reader on iPod touch and I have to says that for me, the color reading screen is not work at all. Maybe you should try. I believe this will help you to understand why a lot people said that iPad’s color screen is not suitable for reading and e-ink screen reader like Kindle or Kindle DX are better."
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