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Submission + - Why Product Recalls Make You Less Safe (popularmechanics.com)

antdude writes: "This two pages Popular Mechanics reported "genuinely dangerous products should be pulled from the shelves. But government recalls sometimes punish manufacturers for vague problems and blatant consumer misuse, actually reducing public safety. Even the word 'recall' turns out to be defective..."

Seen on Boing Boing."


Submission + - Malls track shoppers' cell phones on Black Friday (cnn.com) 2

antdude writes: "CNNMoney report that "... your cell phone may be tracked this year. Starting on Black Friday and running through New Year's Day, two United States/U.S. malls ... will track guests' movements by monitoring the signals from their cell phones.

While the data that's collected is anonymous, it can follow shoppers' paths from store to store.

The goal is for stores to answer questions ...

While U.S. malls have long tracked how crowds move throughout their stores, this is the first time they've used cell phones.

But obtaining that information comes with privacy concerns..."

Seen on Blue's News."

C'est magnifique, mais ce n'est pas l'Informatique. -- Bosquet [on seeing the IBM 4341]