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Submission + - Verizon workers can now be fired if they fix copper phone lines (arstechnica.com)

Swave An deBwoner writes: Verizon doesn't like providing access to their copper lines to competitors, as required by law. So ...


Verizon has told its field technicians in Pennsylvania that they can be fired if they try to fix broken copper phone lines. Instead, employees must try to replace copper lines with a device that connects to Verizon Wireless’s cell phone network.

Submission + - Airbag Propellant Bound for Takata Factory Detonates en Route (nytimes.com)

Swave An deBwoner writes: A woman was killed in her home and four other people were injured when a truck carrying Takata airbag parts and explosives crashed and detonated on a Texas road last week, the company and local authorities confirmed on Monday.

The immense blast — the victim’s remains were not located for two days — highlighted the potency of the explosives used by Takata in its airbags as a propellent to activate its bags in a car crash. It also pointed to the risks associated with Takata’s transport of the explosives across the country from a propellant factory in Washington State to Mexico.

Submission + - iPhone and iPad users report severe motion sickness while using iOS 7 (theverge.com) 2

Swave An deBwoner writes: I don't know what I can say except to paste a couple of excerpts from the original article at theverge.com:

"It's exactly how I used to get car sick if I tried to read in the car." Other forum users are reporting feelings of illness, eye pain, and dizziness as well.

Another user, nybe, writes, "I had to go home 'sick' from work because of the intense nausea due to using my iPhone with iOS 7."

Submission + - Two Years Later, David Pogue Discovers Amazon Prime Includes "Free Movies" (nytimes.com)

Swave An deBwoner writes: In his "State of the Art" column, NY Times columnist David Pogue discovers that Amazon Prime members can use the service to watch some movies for free. This service was announced, when, early in the summer of 2010? The title of his column today is "Potluck for the Eyeballs: A New Streaming-Movie Service"

Submission + - NY Times goes paywall (nytimes.com)

Swave An deBwoner writes: "Today marks a significant transition for The New York Times as we introduce digital subscriptions. It’s an important step that we hope you will see as an investment in The Times, one that will strengthen our ability to provide high-quality journalism to readers around the world and on any platform. The change will primarily affect those who are heavy consumers of the content on our Web site and on mobile applications."

Submission + - Report Looks at How China Meddled With Internet (nytimes.com)

Swave An deBwoner writes: Another article on the temporary rerouting of much of the Internet through Chinese IP space, discussed here on /. yesterday:


But today's NY Times article contains a curious statement:

While sensitive data such as e-mails and commercial transactions are generally encrypted before being transmitted, the Chinese government holds a copy of an encryption master key, and there was speculation that China might have used it to break the encryption on some of the misdirected Internet traffic.

What "encryption master key" are they talking about?

TFA can be found here:


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