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+ - Eating beef 'is less green than driving'-> 5

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hhlost
hhlost writes "'Japanese scientists used a range of data to calculate the environmental impact of a single purchase of beef.' They concluded that '2.2lb of beef is responsible for greenhouse gas emissions which have the same effect as the carbon dioxide released by an ordinary car travelling at 50 miles per hour for 155 miles, a journey lasting three hours. The amount of energy consumed would light a 100-watt bulb for 20 days.'"
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The Internet

+ - What makes a good home page?

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An anonymous reader writes "I was just visiting one of my favourite technology sites, CNET.co.uk, and I noticed that it's had a redesign, which I like a lot. But as a fledgling Web designer just out of university, I wonder what makes a good home page, not just for technology sites but any site in general. Many people quote Google as a good home page design template because it's simple, but in my personal experience, a plain, simple design doesn't work for every site and depends greatly on the content you're trying to promote."
Patents

+ - American Express attempts to track people w/ RFID

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JeremyDuffy
JeremyDuffy writes "(originally posted here) Thanks to the good work of the people over at Spychips.com, a plot by American Express to patent technology that would "identify people, track their movements, and observe their behavior" has been exposed. According to their article:

That patent application, titled "Method and System for Facilitating a Shopping Experience," describes a Minority Report style blueprint for monitoring consumers through RFID-enabled objects, like the American Express Blue Card
The funny part is that when American Express top brass learned that they'd been discovered, they scrambled into damage control mode and met with the leaders of Caspian promising to "ensure that any people-tracking plans be accompanied by language requiring consumer notice and consent". They also promised to make a spychip-free version of the card if a customer, but only if the customer asks for it. Sounds to me like they're making token gestures to appease the privacy experts while merrily continue to do everything they planned to in the first place."
Media (Apple)

+ - EU takes aim at Apple over iTunes monopoly

Submitted by Dilaudid
Dilaudid (574715) writes "EU Consumer Commissioner Meglena Kuneva is apparently quoted as saying "Do you think it's fine that a CD plays in all CD players but that an iTunes song only plays in an iPod? I don't. Something has to change." This could mark the widening of Apple's troubles over its Fairplay DRM from Norway to the whole of Europe."

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