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Comment Re:No such time zone (Score 1) 97

Umm, except that it says “Central Time”, and assuming this means U.S. Central Time (CT) that’s UTC–5—not UTC–6, GMT+6, or anything else—all day on the day(s) in question and most of the year. Central Time is UTC–5 (Central Daylight-saving Time, CDT) until 20121104T0700 UTC when it becomes UTC–6 (Central Standard Time, CST).
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Submission + - eBay Refuses to Remove Hate-speech Feedback (ebay.com)

harrumph writes: eBay removes feedback that includes 'profanity', but outright bigotry is acceptable. An apparently bigoted buyer left negative feedback with a slur, and eBay absolutely refuses to remove it because the feedback 'does not meet the criteria for removal'. This feedback effectively destroys the seller's reputation--and ability to sell--because selling prices would be too severely depressed. (Disclaimer: I'm the target.)
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The Environmental Impact of Google Searches 516

paleshadows writes "The Times Online reports that researchers claim that each query submitted to Google has a quantifiable impact. Specifically, two queries performed through a desktop computer generate about the same amount of carbon dioxide as boiling a cup of tea. From the article: 'While millions of people tap into Google without considering the environment, a typical search generates about 7g of CO2 [whereas] boiling a kettle generates about 15g [...] Google is secretive about its energy consumption and carbon footprint. It also refuses to divulge the locations of its data centers. However, with more than 200m Internet searches estimated daily, the electricity consumption and greenhouse gas emissions caused by computers and the Internet is provoking concern. A recent report [argues that] the global IT industry generate[s] as much greenhouse gas as the world's airlines — about 2% of global CO2 emissions.'" Google makes an interesting focus for such claims, but similar extrapolations have been done before about, for instance, the energy costs of sending a short email.

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