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Comment Typical Anti-business (Score 1) 631

As I recall, when automation started getting big in manufacturing, there was an outcry that businesses were killing jobs. This is just an extension of the same old argument. Apple needed to build a data center. It had to go somewhere. They shopped for locations, and the best deal was in NC. Simple economics. I am sure that Apple decision makers took into account that they would have costs to relocate and/or train people for the positions created by this center. Companies like Apple don't exist to create jobs. They exist to create and sell products, and the jobs that are created are those necessary to produce and sell the product. If the local residents can't or won't do the type of work that Apple needs in that area, they need to find appropriate people to fill those positions.

Comment Been there, Done that (Score 1) 286

Earthlink has had that kind of feature for years. They call it "Anonymous E-mail" You log into your regular account, and add anonymous e-mails in sets of 5. The domain is different for the anonymous accounts, and the usernames (left of the @) are randomized. You can give them out to whomever, and read or ignore those accounts via the webmail interface.

Comment Re:Step 1. (Score 0, Troll) 1197

"couldn't make him a member without a birthdate"??? So, you wouldn't provide a birthdate to the insurance company? Or, you didn't add him to your insurance at his birth? Sounds like you missed the ball by not adding him. First thing we did when my wife had a baby was to contact the insurance company and have her added to the policy. Sounds like step 1 to me.


NASA Tests Flying Airbag 118

coondoggie writes "NASA is looking to reduce the deadly impact of helicopter crashes on their pilots and passengers with what the agency calls a high-tech honeycomb airbag known as a deployable energy absorber. So in order to test out its technology NASA dropped a small helicopter from a height of 35 feet to see whether its deployable energy absorber, made up of an expandable honeycomb cushion, could handle the stress. The test crash hit the ground at about 54MPH at a 33 degree angle, what NASA called a relatively severe helicopter crash."

Comment Re:Tax (Score 1) 619

They'll just set up checkpoints like the agricultural checkpoints at the state borders. "I'm sorry sir, I'll have to confiscate that contraband 65-inch television in your trunk!" Hmmm... I see a business opportunity for folks willing to be a TV "mule" to smuggle big-screens into the state.


Want to Eat Chocolate Every Day For a Year? 158

Scientists from the University of East Anglia are studying the potential health benefits of dark chocolate, and need 40 female volunteers who would like to eat chocolate every day for a year. The chocolate loving 40 must be post-menopausal and have type 2 diabetes so it can be determined if the flavonoid compounds in chocolate can reduce the risk of heart disease. Dr Peter Curtis, of the UEA's School of Medicine, said, "Our first volunteers are about to return for their final visit to see if the markers of heart health - such as blood pressure and cholesterol levels — have changed. A successful outcome could be the first step in developing new ways to improve the lives of people at increased risk of heart disease."

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