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Comment: Because of regulations (Score 1) 3

by Obscene_CNN (#47974487) Attached to: Does Marketing stand in the way Fuel Efficient Car Features?
Your new car has to meet stricter emissions and safety regulations. Meeting this comes at the expense of fuel economy. To meet tighter NOx controls they have had to keep combustion cooler and run the mixture richer. To meet crash standards they have had to add structure and weight.

+ - Apple's 'Warrant Canary' Has Died

Submitted by (3830033) writes "When Apple published its first Transparency Report on government activity in late 2013, the document contained an important footnote that stated: “Apple has never received an order under Section 215 of the USA Patriot Act. We would expect to challenge such an order if served on us.” Now Jeff John Roberts writes at Gigaom that Apple’s warrant canary has disappeared. A review of the company’s last two Transparency Reports, covering the second half of 2013 and the first six months of 2014, shows that the “canary” language is no longer there suggesting that Apple is now part of FISA or PRISM proceedings.

Warrant canaries are a tool used by companies and publishers to signify to their users that, so far, they have not been subject to a given type of law enforcement request such as a secret subpoena. If the canary disappears, then it is likely the situation has changed — and the company has been subject to such request. This may also give some insight into Apple's recent decision to rework its latest encryption in a way that makes it almost impossible for the company to turn over data from most iPhones or iPads to police."

Comment: Re: I never thought I'd say this... (Score 2) 326

by Obscene_CNN (#47937231) Attached to: FCC Chairman: Americans Shouldn't Subsidize Internet Service Under 10Mbps
My view is that the subsidies should be used to make broad band available in areas so that people can buy it. I still know people that can't get anything other than dialup because its not offered in their area (Also Note, cell coverage doesn't reach everywhere). The rate of 10Mb sets the bar too high in my opinion, this just jacks up the cost and further delays true access in areas that don't have it. I oppose any sort of Obamaphone implementation

+ - A DC-10 Passenger Plane Is Perfect at Fighting Wildfires->

Submitted by Daniel_Stuckey
Daniel_Stuckey (2647775) writes "Friday night in Southern California's Silverado Valley, relief flew in on an old airliner. In this summer of drought and fire the DC-10, an airplane phased out of passenger service in February, has been spotted from Idaho to Arizona delivering up to 12,000 gallons of fire retardant in a single acrobatic swoop.

The three-engine DC-10 entered service in 1970 as a passenger jet, and the last airplane working in that capacity, operated by Biman Bangladesh Airlines, made its final flight on February 24. But some designs defy obsolescence. The DC-10 had already been converted to function as a mid-air refueling airplane for the Air Force, and in 2006, the first fire-fighting DC-10 was unleashed on the Sawtooth fire in San Bernardino County, California."

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Comment: Re:Article sounds like it was written by Lib Arts (Score 1) 391

by Obscene_CNN (#47920659) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Any Place For Liberal Arts Degrees In Tech?
So someone labeled me as a Troll for this statement. I decided to look up the author of the Article Elizabeth Segran. From her web site it says "She received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley in the field of South and Southeast Asian Studies with a Designated Emphasis in Women, Gender and Sexuality.". She sure sounds like a Liberal Arts major to me.

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