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Journal: Amazon offer to replace '1984' and 'Animal Farm' on Kindles

Journal by Kiralan

Amazon.com Inc. is offering free download of the books or $30 to Kindle customers whose copies of the George Orwell novels "1984" and "Animal Farm" were deleted from their electronic reading devices in July. Amazon apparently obtained licenses for the same versions, so any annotations readers have made will work again. I give them some points for this, but not as many as if they would promise never to do this again, or outright diable that ability from the firmware.

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Journal: Small construction mistake at Port of Seattle may cost $1m

Journal by Kiralan

A small mistake at the Port of Seattle is going to cost a lot, perhaps about $1 million.

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2009599889_portmistake05m.html

The problem is 2/100ths of an inch, and it delayed the opening of a celebrated project by two months. The Port constructed a new cargo terminal on the Seattle waterfront and dug a trench to hold the electrical cable for cranes that lift containers from ships. The new trench, built by contractor BergerABAM, is narrower than it should be, so the cable doesn't fit.

"Clearly the contractor should've built the trench at 2.52 inches and it's 2.5," said Port Commission President Bill Bryant.

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