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Transportation

Redesigned Seats Let Airlines Squeeze In More Passengers 466

Posted by Soulskill
from the how-long-until-they-give-you-a-stool dept.
Hugh Pickens DOT Com writes "AP reports that U.S. airlines are taking out old, bulky seats in favor of so-called slimline models that take up less space from front to back, allowing for five or six more seats on each plane. This gives airlines two of their favorite things: more paying passengers, and a smaller fuel bill (the seats are slightly lighter). Whether the new seats are really closer together depends on how you measure. By the usual measure, called 'pitch,' the new ones are generally an inch closer together from front to back as measured at the armrest. The seats Southwest has put on nearly its entire fleet are 31 inches apart, about an inch less than before, allowing them to to add an extra row of six seats to each plane. International passengers are feeling crowded, too. As recently as 2010, most airlines buying Boeing's big 777 opted for nine seats across. Now it's 10 across on 70 percent of newly-built 777s, Boeing says. American's newest 777s are set up 10-across in coach, with slightly narrower seats than on its older 777s. Airlines say you won't notice. And the new seats are designed to minimize this problem. Airplane seats from 30 years ago looked like your grandmother's BarcaLounger, says Jami Counter, senior director at SeatGuru.com, which tracks airline seats and amenities. 'All that foam cushion and padding probably didn't add all that much comfort. All that's been taken out,' he said. 'You haven't really lost all that much if the airline does it right.'"
Bitcoin

Why Bitcoin Boomed During the Government Shutdown 282

Posted by Soulskill
from the why-grasp-at-straws-when-you-can-mine-them dept.
Daniel_Stuckey writes "Just two weeks after the Feds shuttered the Silk Road, the notorious online drug bazaar, Bitcoin prices have touched a five-month high — with a single Bitcoin fetching nearly $156 on Tokyo-based exchange Mt. Gox. Bitcoin's resiliency can no longer be denied, especially as the digital currency continued its ascendancy even against the backdrop of a U.S. government in utter disarray. At the 11th hour of the crisis, President Obama signed a bill that ended the partial government shutdown and, more importantly, raised the debt ceiling, an arbitrary limit on the amount of money the country can borrow that would have been surpassed today. If Congress had failed to reach a deal and the U.S. was unable to pay its bills, the results might have been catastrophic, eclipsing the bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers five years ago, the domino that could trigger the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression."

Comment: I'm reminded of a Mel Brooks movie... (Score 0) 337

by Mindragon (#42609309) Attached to: <em>We The People</em> Petition Signature Requirement Bumped To 100,000
Dark Helmet: 25,000 people is too low.
Colonel Sandurz: 25,000 is too low?
Dark Helmet: Yes, we'll have to go right to... 100,000 people!
Colonel Sandurz: 100,000? Sir, we've never gone that far before! I don't know if the people can take it!
Dark Helmet: What's the matter Colonel Sandurz? Chicken?
Colonel Sandurz: Prepare the people -- Prepare the people for 100,000! Fasten all seat belts, seal all entrances and exits, close all shops in the mall! Cancel the three ring circuis! Secure all animals in the zoo!
Google

Zero Day Hole In Samsung Smart TVs Could Have TV Watching You 249

Posted by Unknown Lamer
from the put-some-pants-on-man dept.
chicksdaddy writes with news of a remote exploit in Samsung Smart TVs, and a warning for those who got one with a built-in camera. From the article: "The company that made headlines in October for publicizing zero day holes in SCADA products now says it has uncovered a remotely exploitable security hole in Samsung Smart TVs. If left unpatched, the vulnerability could allow hackers to make off with owners' social media credentials and even to spy on those watching the TV using built-in video cameras and microphones. In an e-mail exchange with Security Ledger, the Malta-based firm said that the previously unknown ('zero day') hole affects Samsung Smart TVs running the latest version of the company's Linux-based firmware. It could give an attacker the ability to access any file available on the remote device, as well as external devices (such as USB drives) connected to the TV. And, in a Orwellian twist, the hole could be used to access cameras and microphones attached to the Smart TVs, giving remote attacker the ability to spy on those viewing a compromised set."

Comment: Somewhere in here there's a joke...I know it. (Score 1) 308

by Mindragon (#42200533) Attached to: MPAA: the Impact of Megaupload's Shutdown Was 'Massive'
Franz Liebkind: Gentlemen. Ve have here a technical problem. Hmm? I do not know if vat ve have here is ze quick burning fuse or ze slow buring fuse. Ja, ja, I must find zis out.
[snips dynamite fuse]
Franz Liebkind: Zis is critical.
[lights fuse with match]
Franz Liebkind: Ha ha ha, ja ja, you see zis? You see zis here vat I have told you? Yeah, zis is an example of smartness here. I have said that zis is ze quick fuse. Huh? And zis IS ze quick fuse.
[pause]
All: THE QUICK FUSE!
[explosion]

Comment: Bluetooth Hearing aids do exist (Score 1) 183

by Mindragon (#41404959) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Hearing Aids That Directly Connect To Smart Phones?
http://www.embracehearing.com/collections/frontpage/products/embrace-xmini-hearing-aid ... only $2k!!! Gah so expensive! Now all those phones that say "hearing impaired compatible?" that's a load of baloney. The T-coils generate a boat load of hum around florescent lights making the "T-coil" all but worthless. There's a dozen or so laws that ought to be changed in congress...the medical device restriction on "hearing aids" is one of them.
China

The Nuclear Approach To Climate Change 432

Posted by samzenpus
from the solution-to-the-problem dept.
Harperdog writes "A new roundtable at the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists explores the question of whether nuclear energy is the answer to climate change, particularly in developing countries where energy needs are so great. This roundtable, like the ones before it, will be translated into Chinese, Arabic, and Spanish within a week of each article's publication. Here's a summary: From desertification in China to glacier melt in Nepal to water scarcity in South Africa, climate change is beginning to make itself felt in the developing world. As developing countries search for ways to contain carbon emissions while also maximizing economic potential, a natural focus of attention is nuclear power. But nuclear energy presents its own dangers."
Piracy

Warner Bros Sued For Pirating Louis Vuitton Trademark 227

Posted by Soulskill
from the snake-eating-its-own-tail dept.
NewYorkCountryLawyer writes "You have to love a case where Warner Brothers, copyright maximalist extraordinaire, gets sued for 'piracy,' in this case for using a knock-off Louis Vuitton bag in a recent movie. This lawsuit has been described as 'awkward' for Warner; I have to agree with that characterization. Louis Vuitton's 22-page complaint (PDF) alleges that Warner Bros. had knowledge that the bag was a knock-off, but went ahead and used it anyway. Apparently Warner Bros. takes IP rights seriously only when its own IP rights are involved."

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