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Submission + - User reports searing-hot iPad, melted cord (techreport.com) 3

J. Dzhugashvili writes: A member of the Tech Report forums reports that his iPad's charging cord literally melted in the middle of the night, and the iPad it was connected to became searing hot—hot enough that the user dropped it and caused some damage. Melted charger cables and searing-hot (or combusting) batteries are nothing new, and they've led to mass battery recalls in the past. After getting in touch with Apple, however, the user was simply told he was responsible for damaging the device by dropping it, and that the iPad was out of warranty for having jailbroken software installed.
Apple

Submission + - John Sculley on Why He Fired Steve Jobs (thedailybeast.com) 2

jacob1984 writes: In the annals of blown calls, it ranks somewhere between the publishers who turned down the first Harry Potter book and baseball umpire Jim Joyce’s instantly infamous perfect-game flub last week. It was the spring of 1985, and the board of Apple Computer decided it no longer needed the services of one Steven P. Jobs. John Sculley credits Jobs for everything Apple has accomplished and still laments the way things turned out. “I haven’t spoken to Steve in 20-odd years,” Sculley tells The Daily Beast. “Even though he still doesn’t speak to me, and I expect he never will, I have tremendous admiration for him.”
Media

Submission + - Online chat with Hu Jintao 1

samsamsamj writes: A Danwei piece reported the event, also reported here, and here.

This guy noted the significance that when talking about the media's role, for the first time China's leadership juxtaposed the importance of "aligning to the correct steering" and "reflecting the people's opinions". But as usual, this largely fell on the deaf ears to the western people and their media, as one Danwei comment depicted, "he says *absolutely nothing of any meaning whatsoever*".

Contrary to the western belief that a non-democratic government must be out of touch and against its people, China's government is quite popular among its own people and generally considered nimble and competent. Lord Malloch Brown, UK's Foreign Office Minister for Africa, Asia, and UN, asked here: "How come a government which does not subject itself to electoral test, always impresses one as being more in touch with public opinion and public concerns than many governments that do go to the polls every five years?"

I think this may also be the question the slashdotters ask themselves. What do you know and do not know about China? How many of the beliefs you accepted as commonsense are not as indisputable as you think?
Privacy

Submission + - Should we have the right to breed? 11

An anonymous reader writes: I just finished reading Garret Hardin's Tragedy of the Commons and I'm having a little trouble coming to grips with it. In the essay Hardin argues that in a world with finite resources we must stabilize the population at less than the carrying capacity in order to maintain quality of life. However, "Confronted with appeals to limit breeding, some people will undoubtedly respond to the plea more than others. Those who have more children will produce a larger fraction of the next generation than those with more susceptible consciences. The differences will be accentuated, generation by generation." Hardin therefore suggests that we must legally restrict freedom to breed.

However such restrictions would require a invasion of our privacy to a degree that strikes me as simply intolerable. But I'm curious, what do slashdot readers think? Is Hardin's logic sound? If it is, is controlling the population important enough that we should give up what we have long accepted as some of our most basic rights in order to achieve it?

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