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Air Canada Ordered To Provide Nut-Free Zone 643

JamJam writes "Air Canada has been told to create a special 'buffer zone' on flights for people who are allergic to nuts. The Canadian Transportation Agency has ruled that passengers who have nut allergies should be considered disabled and accommodated by the airline. Air Canada has a month to come up with an appropriate section of seats where passengers with nut allergies would be seated. The ruling involved a complaint from Sophia Huyer, who has a severe nut allergy and travels frequently. Ms. Huyer once spent 40 minutes in the washroom during a flight while snacks were being served."

Comment Re:Where have I heard this before... (Score 1) 123

HTML doesn't offer sufficient control over layout. Subsequent to HTML 1.0 a sequence of band-aids (like css) have been designed to address the problem, at the cost of more and more complexity. Often publishers just want to specify the layout, not open it up to complex negotiation with the client.

Silly mistake you made there, IE[3-6] doesn't offer sufficient control over layout.

Comment Re:Kindle's energy conscious display (Score 1) 123

They could add native PDF support in an update for us Gen 1 owners too, but haven't, so don't hold your breath :(

People thought they weren't going to add native PDF for the K2 either, and that happened with the new 2.3 release that just came out. I'm not saying it'll happen for the gen1, but people were thinking it wouldn't happen for the k2 either...

Comment Re:InfoBunker (Score 1) 87

Meh. In the war of the mission statements, Iron Mountain wins.

Infobunker: InfoBunker is committed to providing our clients with the most secure, robust and flexible data storage environment attainable while maintaining affordability and delivering the utmost in customer service.

Iron Mountain: Helping businesses solve information management challenges.

I mean seriously, did the infobunker folks run the Buzzword Mission Statement generator when coming up with that, or are their marketing execs truly that... um, talented?

Comment Re:Moore's Law Extended? (Score 5, Insightful) 96

The devil is in the details. The "Active" region is only 1 atom wide, but the gate is still "10s of nanometers" Last I checked, the gate was still part of a transistor. We're currently mass producing with critical dimensions at 34 nanometers where I work. Granted, this is sweet, knowing that a transistor's active region can be that small. Still, the limit will really be placed on reproducibility. I mean, placing a single phos atom in the middle of a silicon chip at just the right location? That kind of technology being moved into the semiconductor industry for mass reproduction and economies of scale is still a long ways out and I personally think Moore's law will lose steam before then.

Comment Re:buy compatible cartridges (Score 1) 970

For what its worth, I did some research and purchased one of these recently. One of the things I heard about these brother printers is that the toner is detected by a light sensor in the toner cartridge. If you cover up the "window" in the toner cartridge after the printer tells you the toner is out, you will actually get to use all of the toner until you start mis-printing. From what I understand you can get hundreds more pages out of a toner cartridge this way.

And currently these are marked down for sub-$100 at amazon.com for anyone who is interested.

Comment Public defenders almost always do this. (Score 3, Informative) 1127

"Matt is pleading guilty on the advice of his public defender in hopes of getting a three and a half year sentence."

In other words, he doesn't have the money to actually fight this.

... where by "he" you mean the PD himself.

Look, public defenders almost *always* encourage their clients to settle, because their compensation structure incentivizes them that way. PDs barely make ends meet, and they get compensated by the number of cases they take on, with very little marginal compensation for taking a case to trial. So they wind up taking on 50, 100 cases at a time. The faster they can get rid of you, the faster they can take on another case.

Notice that the merits of your case didn't appear in the above reasoning chain.

Of course if the client insists on going to trial, the PD is legally obliged to do so--but how many criminal defendants know enough AND have the cojones to argue with their lawyer when their liberty is at stake?

The PD compensation system is b0rkd, and innocent people are in jail because of it.

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