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ATMs That Dispense Gold Bars Coming To America 482

tetrahedrassface writes "As the US economic woes continue unabated, a German company is bringing gold-bearing ATMs to Mainstreet America. The machines accept credit cards, and will dispense 1 gram, 5 gram, 10 gram and 1 ounce units, as well as various gold coins. The company hopes to install 35 bullion machines in the United States this year, and will hopefully have several hundred up and running by next year. The machines will be decorated like giant gold ingots and be over two meters tall. Physical gold has both pros and cons, but from a safety standpoint would it be fine to have a couple of ounces in your pocket while walking around the mall? The giant, gold-dispensing ATMs will monitor the market conditions for gold every 10 minutes in order to reflect spot price changes as they occur." We already covered similar machines installed in travel hubs across Germany.
United States

Rupert Murdoch Publishes North Korean Flash Games 186

eldavojohn writes "You might recall back in June when it was noted that North Korea was developing and exporting flash games. Now, the isolated nation state is apparently home to some game developers that are being published by a subsidiary of News Corp. (The games include Big Lebowski Bowling and Men In Black). Nosotek Joint Venture Company is treading on thin ice in the eyes of a few academics and specialists that claim the Fox News owner is 'working against US policy.' Concerns grow over the potential influx of cash, creating better programmers that are then leveraged into cyberwarfare capabilities. Nosotek said that 'training them to do games can't bring any harm.' The company asserts its innocence, though details on how much of the games were developed in North Korea are sparse. While one of the poorest nations in the world could clearly use the money, it remains to be seen if hardliner opponents like the United States will treat Nosotek (and parent company News Corp.) as if they're fostering the development of computer programmers inside the DPRK. The United Nations only stipulates that cash exchanged with companies in the DPRK cannot go to companies and businesses associated with military weaponry or the arms trade. Would you feel differently about Big Lebowski Bowling if you knew it was created in North Korea?"

Comment Hurd an Excellent CEO??? (Score 1) 326

I've read numerous statements claiming that Hurd was an "excellent" CEO. That depends on the perspective. From a shareholder's viewpoint, he was a terrific CEO. From the employee's viewpoint, who all (exempt employees) took a 5% and many took upwards of 20 to 25% pay cut, he was a terrible CEO. Imagine the fury of the employees that took 25% pay cuts hearing that Hurd got to keep his job after stealing $20,000 from the company. Moral at HP is bad enough.
Businesses

Comcast Awarded the Golden Poo Award 286

ISoldat53 writes "The Consumerist has awarded Comcast the Golden Poo award for the worst company in America. From the article: 'After four rounds of bloody battle against some of the most publicly reviled businesses in America, Comcast can now run up the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and hold its hands high in victory — it has bested everyone else to earn the title of Worst Company In America for 2010.'"
Google

Google Wins European Trademark Victory 39

adeelarshad82 writes "A European court has ruled in Google's favor, saying that allowing advertising customers to use the names of other companies as search keywords does not represent a trademark violation. The court also went on to say that Google's AdWords program is protected by a European law governing Internet hosting services. Google's main line of defense was claiming that companies that want to extend trademark law to keywords are really interested in 'controlling and restricting the amount of information that users may see in response to their searches.' The decision is the first in a series of decisions from the court about how trademark rights can be used to restrict information available to users. Google is currently battling several trademark keyword cases in the US, including a case against Rosetta Stone, Inc."

Comment My Review (Score 1) 395

I had a VX6700 phone with Verizon with winmo. I tethered it, had excellent reception everywhere, except 3G was lacking in rural areas that I frequent. I paid out the wazoo for this plan. I switched to Sprints Everything plan and share it with my wife. Service has been good. Excellent EVDO coverage. I'm now running a Touch Diamond. Again, I am able to tether this phone (winmo) at no charge (minor registry hack), requires no driver on host pc. I've been a Sprint customer once before. Customer service has much improved (although I think with customer service, its all in who answers the phone). Obviously coverage will vary, I'm in the midwest.

Comment Polar Heart Rate Monitor (Score 1) 188

I use a Polar heart rate monitor. It stores my last 50 workouts which is helpful for me to see how dedicated I have been each week. It requires additional hardware to download it to a computer which I don't have, so I can't say much about that. What I do love about this the most is that the workout machines at 24 hour fitness (and even most machines at hotels) will detect the heart rate monitor and display the results on the machine's digital readout. This is extremely useful when doing fixed heart rate training. The machine will automatically adjust to keep you at a target heart rate and you don't have to hold the grips for it to get your heart rate.

Comment This is overboard (Score 1) 364

I drive on a major freeway to work every single day. Hundreds of thousands of vehicles pass along this same highway. Am I seeing an epidemic? Far from it. I don't even see many accidents. I haven't ovserved a fatality on this stetch of highway in years (although I'm sure that there have been). In fact, I've seen studies that that have shown that the number of fatalities while driving is lower than it has been in more than 40 years (US). I am not going to argue that using a hand held navigational device does not increase the liklihood that a driver will be in an accident. My argument against this law is simply that this is not an epidemic, and that the convenience of using such devices outweighs the increased liklihood of getting into an accident. Its all about cost-benefit. There comes a point where the benefit of increased regulations no longer outway the benefit. I prefer of life of convenience, even if its at the expence of a little bit of safety.

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