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Comment: Re:No it was Apple, but ... (Score 1) 172

by Farmer Tim (#47924521) Attached to: Quickflix Wants Netflix To Drop Australian VPN Users

The article you're probably thinking of is this one. It was effectively Adobe's response to an inquiry into software pricing by the ACCC (Australian equivalent of the FTC) last year (along with claiming that the increased cost was due to language translations...last I checked we speak English here).

Apple's AU tax is 10%, which doesn't make traveling to the US even remotely economic.

+ - Former World Leaders to Meet with UN to Discuss Drug Decriminalization->

Submitted by EwanPalmer
EwanPalmer (2536690) writes "Several former world leaders and members of the United Nations are set to call upon governments around the world to decriminalize drugs.

Former presidents of Brazil, Columbia and Switzerland are among the former leaders who have united to call for proper regulation of drug use and possession, along with Virgin Group founder Sir Richard Branson, former Secretary General of the UN Kofi Annan and former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour.

A report, released by the Global Commission on Drug Policy, says it is time to "break the taboo" and admit the way on drugs is a "failure" as well as recommending new major reforms for drug prohibition. The Commissioners are also set to meet with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon and UN Deputy Secretary General Jan Eliasson to discuss the proposals mentioned in the report."

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+ - The bane of restaurants - Smartphones->

Submitted by Strudelkugel
Strudelkugel (594414) writes "A restaurant in Manhattan compared video from 2004 and 2014 to see why service was slower than before. A few observations listed in the article:
2004:
Customers walk in.
They gets seated and are given menus, out of 45 customers 3 request to be seated elsewhere.
Customers on average spend 8 minutes before closing the menu to show they are ready to order...
2014:
Customers walk in.
Customers get seated and is given menus, out of 45 customers 18 requested to be seated elsewhere.
Before even opening the menu they take their phones out, some are taking photos while others are simply doing something else on their phone (sorry we have no clue what they are doing and do not monitor customer WIFI activity)."

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Comment: Re:Wow, what a bitch... (Score 5, Funny) 59

“Meteorite” means a rock that has already fallen from the sky, and we have plenty of those. A rock still floating around in space is called an “asteroid”.

And just in case you’re unsure what those other words mean, when you go outside “sky” is what's above your head, “rock” is what your head is made of, and “space” is like what's inside your head except it isn’t as close to a perfect vacuum.

+ - New "Acandescent" Light Bulbs to Challenge LEDs and CFLs->

Submitted by braindrainbahrain
braindrainbahrain (874202) writes "An outfit in Massachusetts is poise to offer — no, make that "is offering" — consumer light bulbs based on induction technology, challenging the market share of LED and CFL light bulbs. Induction lighting, long used in industrial applications, was invented by none other than Nikola Tesla, and said Massachusetts company has miniaturized the technology enough to fit an implementation in a standard light bulb size."
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+ - A fast look at Swift, Apple's new programming language->

Submitted by simeontuoyo
simeontuoyo (2900143) writes "If anyone outside Apple saw Swift coming, they certainly weren't making any public predictions. In the middle of a keynote filled with the sorts of announcements you'd expect (even if the details were a surprise), Apple this week announced that it has created a modern replacement for the Objective-C, a programming language the company has used since shortly after Steve Jobs founded NeXT.

Swift wasn't a "sometime before the year's out"-style announcement, either. The same day, a 550-page language guide appeared in the iBooks store. Developers were also given access to Xcode 6 betas, which allow application development using the new language. Whatever changes were needed to get the entire Cocoa toolkit to play nice with Swift are apparently already done.

While we haven't yet produced any Swift code, we have read the entire language guide and looked at the code samples Apple provided. What follows is our first take on the language itself, along with some ideas about what Apple hopes to accomplish."

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