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Comment ewaste (Score 1) 210

Whats the industry ratio of circuit boards manufactured per month versus circut boards recycled per month? The eWaste stream is worth thinking about and should be included in the price of electronics. Maybe tablets shouldnt be $38 because so many of them will get thrown away, with their toxic components in a landfill that eventually leaks into the groundwater.

Comment Re:Not proprietary for long (Score 1) 198

I agree, the 4 USB lines are bound to be in the connector. I believe the original kinect connector also had lines for extra power, and other useful stuff. There are some legitimate reasons for a new connector, but lock-in sure seems like a major factor. Adapting to a PC USB should be easy.

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Submission + - Groupon Takes Aim at Paypal with Payment Service 1

An anonymous reader writes: Groupon is testing a payment service that will allow merchants to accept credit cards using its infrastructure, reports said, pushing the coupon company into market space already occupied by Paypal and Square.

The world's largest daily-deal company is testing a card reader manufactured by Infinite Peripherals allowing merchants to accept credit cards by plugging the device into a smartphone.

It may be able to undercut them with fees coming from other services it offers merchants.

Comment Re:Google+ (Score 1) 321

If you watch the github commit log for diaspora, it shows the project has been under continuous development since the first release. Its really quite usable now and an important piece on the gameboard of social networking. Check out poddery.com for a well maintained public diaspora server.

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