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Comment: Re:I see a lot of denial in this post (Score 1) 917

by die444die (#32929156) Attached to: Apple Offers Free Cases To Solve iPhone 4 Antenna Problems
They are giving out cases because the media has helped build the perception that there is a problem with reception on the phone. The free bumper is for people who aren't going to read about this event. Even if you look at the article on cnn.com right now, they miss the point.

Comment: Re:'Bout time (Score 5, Insightful) 917

by die444die (#32929072) Attached to: Apple Offers Free Cases To Solve iPhone 4 Antenna Problems
No, they said some people might have the problem that everyone's been blowing out of proportion. But only .5% (not 5 percent, half a percent) of users have even reported the problem. Most of the people foaming at the mouth about this don't even have iPhones, they just want to see Apple fail. Because these people have been so loud, the perception is that most people are having reception problems, which is simply not true. For most people the reception is better. Because the media has created this perception, Apple is giving everyone free Bumpers.

Comment: Re:I don't want this (Score 1) 514

by die444die (#32467942) Attached to: Mixed Reception To AT&T's New Data Pricing Scheme
Sure, but the contract doesn't state that you have to accept those changes. As the parent said, they could "grandfather" your account until the term is up, which is what most of these providers would do, or if they stupidly decided to not give you that option, you could just not accept the changes and cancel the account with no early termination penalty.

Comment: Re:it multitasking important (Score 1) 983

by die444die (#31788788) Attached to: iPhone OS 4.0 Brings Multitasking, Ad Framework For Apps
The user's ability to multitask is not what is being questioned. Just because someone chooses to focus on one thing doesn't mean they want all of their other programs to halt while they do so. Prime example: I was listening to This American Life the other night on my iPod Touch. Someone played a word in "Words with Friends (Scrabble)". Without thinking I switched to Words with Friends, and my audio from This American Life died.
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Police Called Over 11-Year-Old's Science Project 687

Posted by samzenpus
from the duck-and-cover dept.
garg0yle writes "Police in San Diego were called to investigate an 11-year-old's science project, consisting of 'a motion detector made out of an empty Gatorade bottle and some electronics,' after the vice-principal came to the conclusion that it was a bomb. Charges aren't being laid against the youth, but it's being recommended that he and his family 'get counseling.' Apparently, the student violated school policies — I'm assuming these are policies against having any kind of independent thought?"

Comment: Re:Customer information sharing (Score 2, Informative) 526

by die444die (#26375533) Attached to: Blu-ray Update Sent To User Via Credit Card Records
I don't know exactly how the retailer gets this information, but CC alone is enough for them to get your address. This happened to me recently. I went to a local "dollar store" for the first time recently and purchased a Coca-cola with my credit card. About a week or two later I received an ad from the store addressed to me (not Current Resident). The only way they could have gotten my address was from the credit card company.
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Voting Machines Routinely Failing Nationwide 237

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the to-boldly-die-where-many-machines-have-died-before dept.
palegray.net writes "Voting machines in several critical swing states are causing major problems for voters. A Government Accountability Office report and Common Cause election study [PDF] has concluded that major issues identified in the last presidential election have not been corrected, nor have election officials been notified of the problems. How long can we afford to trust our elections to black box voting practices? From the article: 'In Colorado, 20,000 left polling places without voting in 2006 because of crashed computer registration machines and long lines. And this election day, Colorado will have another new registration system.'"
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LHC Shut Down By Transformer Malfunction 293

Posted by timothy
from the it's-only-broken-if-you-look dept.
Ortega-Starfire writes "A 30-ton transformer in the Large Hadron Collider malfunctioned, requiring complete replacement on the day the LHC came online. No one at CERN reported any problems, and they only released this data once the Associated Press sent people to investigate rumors of problems. I guess it's hard to just sweep a 30-ton transformer breaking under the rug."
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+ - Should Apple License OS X 'Mobile'?->

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An anonymous reader writes "This author, hypothesizes that Apple might decide to license OS X for mobile devices. The reason? Unlike 3rd party licensing for PCs, Apple currently has no cell phone sales to cannibalize. Plus, every unit sold would be one less Windows Mobile license, and one more potential customer for the iTunes Music Store."
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