Ponca City, We love you writes "With a high level of technical sophistication, critical customers, and high innovation rate, Japan is the toughest cell phone market in the world so it's not surprising that although Apple is the third-largest mobile supplier in the world, selling 10 million units in 2008, in Japan the iPhone is selling so poorly it's being offered for free. The country is famous for being ahead of its time when it comes to technology, and the iPhone just doesn't cut it. For example, Japanese handset users are into video and photos — and the iPhone has neither a video camera, multimedia text messaging nor a TV tuner. Pricing plans in Japan are also very competitive, which equates to relatively low monthly rates for handsets and the iPhone's monthly plan starts at about $60, which is too high compared to competitors, A survey showed that among Japanese consumers 91% don't want to buy an iPhone so what's the cellular weapon of choice in Japan? The Panasonic P905i, a fancy cellphone that doubles as a 3-inch TV and features 3-G, GPS, a 5.1-megapixel camera and motion sensors for Wii-style games. "When I show this to visitors from the U.S, they're amazed," according to journalist Nobi Hayashi."
eldavojohn writes "Half the charges have been dropped in the second day of the trial against the Pirate Bay. The charges dropped are those relating to 'assisting copyright infringement,' so the remaining charges are simply 'assisting making available.' No information on how this affects the size of the lawsuit or a settlement."
this will be great for people who have suffered horrific burns on their face.
Sustainability in design is becoming a rapidly more important topic (IMO). Few forms of architecture are more pleasing than biomorphic structures but does New York really have the room for a project like this?
Mike writes "One of three finalists in this year's Evolo Skyscraper Competition, Eric Vergne's Dystopian Farm project envisions a future New York City interspersed with elegantly spiraling skyscraper farms. The biomorphic structures harness cutting-edge technology to provide the city with its own self-sustaining food source while dynamically altering the fabric of city life."
They're putting in 3,240 keys an hour for a measly $0.41. I don't think I could even do half that many in an hour.
You can't pretend to wax philosophical about art/aesthetic philosophy on a slash-dot comment. You should be ashamed for even trying.
"where users would give up their anonymity and certain freedoms in return for safety." Replace anonymity with privacy and tell me what this sounds like.
It can only stay up there so long. I read somewhere that they estimated a bulk of the debris will stay in orbit for 10,000 years.
theodp writes "Think you've got a bad job? Think again. You could be making keyboards for IBM, Microsoft, Dell, Lenovo and HP at Meitai Plastic and Electronics, a Chinese hardware factory. Prompted by the release of High Tech Misery in China by a human-rights group, a self-regulating body set up by tech companies will conduct an audit of working conditions at the factory. In return for take-home pay of 41 cents per hour, workers reportedly sit on hard wooden stools for 12-hour shifts, seven days a week. Overtime is mandatory, with workers being given on average two days off per month. While on the production line, workers are not allowed to raise their hands or heads, are given 1.1 seconds to snap each key into place, and are encouraged to 'actively monitor each other' to see if any company rules are being transgressed. They are also monitored by guards. Workers are fined if they break the rules, locked in the factory for four days per week, and sleep in crowded dormitories. Okay, it's not all bad news — they're hiring."
If there ever were a court preceding to convict the man who stole the cities porn it would be hilarious to read it.
Apple's business model is more or less based around planned obsolescence. They already know what works without having to "throw shit at the wall and see what sticks" as you succinctly put it. All they have to do is release a slew of upgraded products on a regular basis.