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+ - Apple finds child workers in suppliers

Submitted by Stenchwarrior
Stenchwarrior writes: Apple found more than 91 children working at its suppliers last year, nine times as many as the previous year, according to its annual report on its manufacturers.

The US company has also acknowledged for the first time that 137 workers were poisoned at a Chinese firm making its products and said less than a third of the facilities it audited were complying with its code on working hours.
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+ - US Calls for "unrestricted internet access"->

Submitted by alphatel
alphatel writes: Hillary Clinton today called for all nations to embrace online freedom, stating that "There is no silver bullet in the struggle against Internet repression. There's no 'app' for that."
The Obama administration says it is ready to help dissidents evade internet restrictions to promote human rights and democracy in repressive states.
One wonders if the administration will help Americans gain internet access post kill-switch or takes issue with this as a typical example of it's right for thee but not for me.

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Comment: Re:Not Publicly Available Information! (Score 1) 693

by eedlee (#35074624) Attached to: Bing Is Cheating, Copying Google Search Results

1) Google employee makes sure some fake word does not exist in google or bing search results. 2) Said employee points google's cache results of that word to some random page. 3) Said employee uses Internet Explorer at his desk at Google to make the search appear in Google, then selects the only link as the correct thing he was looking for and Bing somehow acquires this information. 4) Search now appears in Bing.

Isn't this the exact process Google implements when a user searches with Chrome to determine the most relevant results? So in essence IE behavior now mimics another browsers behavior? Doesn't even sound moderately intriguing.


+ - Google search affected by recent changes?->

Submitted by alphatel
alphatel writes: Apparently, on December 6th 2010, Google enacted a number of search improvements, such as being bad to customers, or expected changes to exact match domains. Which of these affected results for Wikipedia entries is unknown but several highly referenced pages have become eerily de-ranked by the new algorithms.
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+ - WikiLeaks head praised by Pentagon Papers exposer->

Submitted by alphadogg
alphadogg writes: Daniel Ellsberg, the man responsible for outing the now famous Pentagon Papers in 1971, and a group of ex-intelligence officers have thrown their weight behind WikiLeaks and its founder, saying the current attempt to label WikiLeaks' leaks as trivial compared to the Pentagon Papers is wrong.

The Pentagon Papers include 7,000 pages of documents collected by the U.S. military about decision making during the Vietnam war that showed U.S. leaders believed early on that the war could not be won and would lead to many more casualties than ever stated publicly.

In a statement, http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2010/12/07-13 Ellsberg and associates said comparisons saying the Pentagon Papers were good while WikiLeaks' material is bad is, "just a cover for people who don't want to admit that they oppose any and all exposure of even the most misguided, secretive foreign policy. The truth is that EVERY attack now made on WikiLeaks and Julian Assange was made against me and the release of the Pentagon Papers at the time."

On his own blog, http://www.ellsberg.net/archive/open-letter-to-amazon Ellsberg said he would no longer use Amazon.com due to its "cowardice and servility in abruptly terminating its hosting of the WikiLeaks website, in the face of threats from Senator Joe Lieberman and other Congressional right-wingers."

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+ - X Particle Might Explain Dark Matter & Antimat-> 1

Submitted by cold fjord
cold fjord writes: Wired Science has a story on a new theory that tries to explain dark matter, and the balance of regular matter with antimatter. This theory may even be testable.

A new hypothetical particle could solve two cosmic mysteries at once: what dark matter is made of, and why there's enough matter for us to exist at all. ...Together with physicists Hooman Davoudiasl at Brookhaven National Lab and David Morrissey of TRIUMF, Tulin and Sigurdson suggest a way to solve the problem of missing antimatter: Hide it away as dark matter. The details are published in the Nov. 19 Physical Review Letters.

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+ - The death toll of the blood minerals inside a PC ->

Submitted by Barence
Barence writes: PC Pro has an investigation into how the materials found inside PCs are linked to a long-running war in the Democratic Republic of Congo that’s cost five million lives. The focus is on tantalum (used to store electricity in capacitors), tin (used as solder in many electronics), tungsten (used in phone-vibration devices) and gold. Human rights groups blame Western manufacturers and consumers for fuelling the trade in such minerals, claiming it funds warlords to buy arms and ammunition. However, PC manufacturers claim there's little or nothing they can do to halt the trade in blood minerals. "OEMs and manufacturers cannot say with full confidence that our products do not contain minerals from conflict zones in the DRC,” said Michelle Mosmeyer, a sustainable communications manager for Dell. “The mining of metals can be many stages removed from the final product.”
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