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Submission + - How the iPhone 4 Could Be Apple's Waterloo (

snydeq writes: "InfoWorld's Galen Gruman questions whether Apple's return to blind arrogance over the iPhone 4 may in fact pose a greater threat than Android or Windows Phone 7. 'Apple has been here before. In the mid-1980s, the Mac was a cult product, despite several issues, and its aficionados lapped up whatever Apple dished them. But by the mid-1990s, Apple had gotten drunk on its own Kool-Aid, believing its customers would accept whatever it delivered. For a variety of reasons, Apple began producing shlocky products, epitomized by the Performa family. The Mac faithful became a dead-end cult, attracting no new members, and the company soon found itself at the edge of death by 1997.' And the issue goes deeper than just deleting Consumer Reports references in support forums and circling the wagons with a cone of silence. 'Not even a year ago, Apple pulled the same stunt — twice,' Gruman writes. First, by quietly fixing a flaw in the iPhone OS that had, for over a year, left business users Exchange data at risk, and then over iMac screen-flicker issues. 'What Apple needs to do is simple, even if it goes against company culture: Stop stonewalling. If Apple is lucky, it might be able to fix the problem by offering the $29 iPhone bumper enclosures to all customers at no charge. And if a recall is warranted, Apple should be proactive.' Otherwise, this time around, arrogance could prove a fatal flaw."

Submission + - Pink Floyd manager: don't stop file-sharing ( 1

Barence writes: The former manager of Pink Floyd has labelled attempts to clamp down on music file-sharing as a "waste of time". "Not only are they a waste of time, they make the law offensive. They are comparable to prohibition in the US in the 1920s," said Peter Jenner, who's now the emeritus president of the International Music Managers' Forum. "It's absurd to expect ordinary members of the public to think about what they're allowed to do [with CDs, digital downloads, etc]... and then ask themselves whether it's legal or not." The comments come as Britain's biggest ISP, BT, said it was confident that Britain's Digital Economy Act — which could result in file-sharers losing their internet connection — would be overturned in the courts, because it doesn't comply with European laws on privacy.

Submission + - Phantom Emails Plague iPhone 4 Users (

Stoobalou writes: iPhone 4 users have been reporting phantom emails appearing in their in boxes.

The mysterious mails, which appear with 'No Sender' in the from line and 'No subject' in the subject line are causing much annoyance as they cannot be read or deleted in the normal way.


Drug Vending Machines 97

An anonymous reader writes "If you guessed San Bernardino County prisons as the ideal place to put drug vending machines, come claim your prize. From the article, 'Corrections departments are responsible for so many burdensome tasks that many of their everyday functions, like administering prescription drugs to inmates, are afterthoughts for the public. However, dispensing medication was so laborious and wasteful for the San Bernardino County (Calif.) Sheriff-Coroner Department that officials sought a way to streamline the process. The end product was essentially a vending machine that links to correctional facility databases and dispenses prescription medications.'"

Submission + - Major New Function Discovered For The Spleen

circletimessquare writes: "The spleen doesn't get much respect. Those undergoing a splenectomy seem to be able to carry on without any consequences. However, some studies have suggested an enhanced risk of early death for those who have undergone splenectomies. Now researchers have discovered why: the spleen apparently serves as a vast reservoir for monocytes, the largest of the white blood cells, the wrecking crew of the immune system. After major trauma, such as a heart attack, the monocytes are disgorged into the blood stream and immediately get to work repairing the damage. '"The parallel in military terms is a standing army," said Matthias Nahrendorf, an author of the report. "You don't want to have to recruit an entire fighting force from the ground up every time you need it."'"

Submission + - Utah's 4 day/40hr week appears to work (

SpuriousLogic writes: As government agencies and corporations scramble to cut expenses, one idea gaining widespread attention involves cutting something most employees wouldn't mind losing: work on Fridays. Regular three-day weekends, without a decrease in the actual hours worked per week, could not only save money, but also ease pressures on the environment and public health, advocates say. In fact, several states, cities and companies across the country are considering, or have already implemented on a trial basis, the condensed schedule for their employees.Local governments in particular have had their eyes on Utah over the last year; the state redefined the workday for more than 17,000 of its employees last August. For those workplaces, there's no longer a need to turn on the lights, elevators or computers on Fridays--nor do janitors need to clean vacant buildings. Electric bills have dropped even further during the summer, thanks to less air-conditioning: Friday's midday hours have been replaced by cooler mornings and evenings on Monday through Thursday. As of May, the state had saved $1.8 million.

We Were Smarter About Copyright Law 100 Years Ago 152

An anonymous reader writes "James Boyle has a blog post comparing the recording industry's arguments in 1909 to those of 2009, with some lovely Google book links to the originals. Favorite quote: 'Many and numerous classes of public benefactors continue ceaselessly to pour forth their flood of useful ideas, adding to the common stock of knowledge. No one regards it as immoral or unethical to use these ideas and their authors do not suffer themselves to be paraded by sordid interests before legislative committees uttering bombastic speeches about their rights and representing themselves as the objects of "theft" and "piracy."' Industry flaks were more impressive 100 years ago. In that debate the recording industry was the upstart, battling the entrenched power of the publishers of musical scores. Also check out the cameo appearance by John Philip Sousa, comparing sound recordings to slavery. Ironically, among the subjects mentioned as clearly not the subject of property rights were business methods and seed varieties." Boyle concludes: " looks back at these transcripts and compares them to today's hearings — with vacuous rantings from celebrities and the bloviation of bad economics and worse legal theory from one industry representative after another — it is hard not to feel a sense of nostalgia. In 1900, it appears, we were better at understanding that copyright was a law that regulated technology, a law with constitutional restraints, that property rights were not absolute and that the public would not automatically be served by extending rights out to infinity."

Submission + - Catching Spammers in the Act ( 1

wjousts writes: Technology Review has a piece on new research aimed at determining how spammers get your e-mail address.

The researchers exposed 22,230 unique e-mail addresses over five months. E-mail addresses in comments posted to a website had a high probability of getting spammed, while of the 70 e-mail addresses submitted during registration at various websites, only 4 got spammed.


Submission + - SystemAddict: Taxed to Death (

njkid1 writes: "The saying goes, "The only things certain in life are death and taxes." However, we may stand on the threshold of a new twist on the old line... we could someday see death BECAUSE of taxes. Thousands will fall in a virtual genocide, empires will crumble and continents will vanish. Why such a big alarm? As CNET News reported, Congress and the IRS finally caught on that the trade of virtual items for real-world money remains unregulated. In August, Congress will issue a report regarding the possible taxation of virtual goods. No one knows what the report will say, but taxing real-life money on virtual items, whether the owner has the intention of selling them or not, could spell doom for massively-multiplayer online (MMO) games."

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