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World Bank Embraces Open Access and Makes All of Its Research Freely Available 46

Fluffeh writes "The World Bank is taking steps toward greater transparency. It announced recently that it would be instituting a new 'Open Access policy for its research outputs and knowledge products' beginning July 1. The policy's full title is 'World Bank Open Access Policy for Formal Publications,' and the Bank says it will apply to 'manuscripts and all accompanying data sets... that result from research, analysis, economic and sector work, or development practice... that have undergone peer review or have been otherwise vetted and approved for release to the public; and... for which internal approval for release is given on or after July 1, 2012,' as well as the final reports prepared by outside parties for the Bank. Over 2,100 books and papers from 2009-2012 are already available in the repository"

Comment Re:And Apple's Worried? (Score 1) 286

Did you read this?

A foreman immediately roused 8,000 workers inside the company’s dormitories, according to the executive. Each employee was given a biscuit and a cup of tea, guided to a workstation and within half an hour started a 12-hour shift fitting glass screens into beveled frames. Within 96 hours, the plant was producing over 10,000 iPhones a day. “The speed and flexibility is breathtaking,” the executive said. “There’s no American plant that can match that.”


“They could hire 3,000 people overnight,” said Jennifer Rigoni, who was Apple’s worldwide supply demand manager until 2010, but declined to discuss specifics of her work. “What U.S. plant can find 3,000 people overnight and convince them to live in dorms?”

or this?

“Another critical advantage for Apple was that China provided engineers at a scale the United States could not match. Apple’s executives had estimated that about 8,700 industrial engineers were needed to oversee and guide the 200,000 assembly-line workers eventually involved in manufacturing iPhones. The company’s analysts had forecast it would take as long as nine months to find that many qualified engineers in the United States.”

So no it wouldn't be possible for Apple to move production to the United States and get the same production and flexibility that they do in China for a couple dollars more in labor costs per unit. I would say it is not even possible to get near the same level.

Comment Re:Audio jack to get a standard connector? (Score 1) 94

Android 3.1 and up allow apps to use USB Host mode to access USB devices. So you can use game pads and such without rooting. For iOS devices, redpark makes a RS232 cable that plugs into the dock connector. I have used it in a few projects and it works well for sending small data commands but not as a data link for something like tethering.

Comment Summary of violated patents (Score 1) 386

Placing a loading status icon in the content viewing area of a browser.

Compatibility of file names employed by current and outmoded operating systems.

Storing input/output factors in a shared data structure.

Simulating mouse inputs using non-mouse devices. (Really????)

Browser that recognizes background images in an electronic document and displays the background images after text.

Putting known tab controls into an operating system for use by all applications, rather than providing tabs on an application-by-application basis.

Using handles to change the size of selection areas for selected text.

Storing and displaying annotations of text which is not modifiable.

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