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Submission + - Find my iPhone used to locate plane crash in Chile (

spagiola writes: Late last week, a military transport aircraft with 17 people on -board went missing near Robinson Crusoe, Chile. The relatives of one of the crash victims logged into Find My iPhone and were able to isolate the coordinates of the last known whereabouts of the plane before it crashed.

Comment Don Henley's take (Score 1) 243

The New York Times has an interview with Don Henley of the Eagles on this matter. Here is a delicious quote, right at the end, when Don was asked how he thought revocation would affect recording companies:

I don’t know. The recording industry is already in trouble and this probably wouldn’t help it any. If the recording industry had been more fair, historically speaking, to both artists and consumers, it might be looked upon a little more kindly. But the labels are sleeping in a bed of their own making.


Doctor Slams Hospital's "Please" Policy 572

Administrators at England's Worthing Hospital are insisting that doctors say the magic word when writing orders for blood tests on weekends. If a doctor refuses to write "please" on the order, the test will be refused. From the article: "However, a doctor at the hospital said on condition of anonymity that he sees the policy as a money-saving measure that could prove dangerous for patients. 'I was shocked to come in on Sunday and find none of my bloods had been done from the night before because I'd not written "please,"' the doctor said. 'I had no results to guide treatment of patients. Myself and a senior nurse had to take the bloods ourselves, which added hours to our 12-hour shifts. This system puts patients' lives at risk. Doctors are wasting time doing the job of the technicians.'"

Apple Removes Wi-Fi Finders From App Store 461

jasonbrown writes "Apple on Thursday began removing another category of apps from its iPhone App Store. This time, it's not porn, it's Wi-Fi. Apple removed several Wi-Fi apps commonly referred to as stumblers, or apps that seek out available Wi-Fi networks near your location. According to a story on Cult of Mac, apps removed by Apple include WiFi-Where, WiFiFoFum, and yFy Network Finder."

Dying Man Shares Unseen Challenger Video 266

longacre writes "An amateur video of the 1986 Space Shuttle Challenger explosion has been made public for the first time. The Florida man who filmed it from his front yard on his new Betamax camcorder turned the tape over to an educational organization a week before he died this past December. The Space Exploration Archive has since published the video into the public domain in time for the 24th anniversary of the catastrophe. Despite being shot from about 70 miles from Cape Canaveral, the shuttle and the explosion can be seen quite clearly. It is unclear why he never shared the footage with NASA or the media. NASA officials say they were not aware of the video, but are interested in examining it now that it has been made available."

Submission + - Sherlock Holmes and the copyright tangle ( 2

spagiola writes: The New York Times has an interesting piece on the copyright travails of Sherlock Holmes: "At his age, Holmes would logically seem to have entered the public domain. But not only is the character still under copyright in the United States, for nearly 80 years he has also been caught in a web of ownership issues so tangled that Professor Moriarty wouldn't have wished them upon him."

Comment Change of heart (Score 3, Informative) 646

Sounds like Gawronski had a change of heart. On Sunday he was quoted in the New York Times saying:

"I'd like to live in a perfect world where I own this content and can do whatever I want with it," said Justin Gawronski, a high school student whose copy of "1984" was erased by Amazon, but who recently declined when a lawyer asked him to join a class-action lawsuit over the incident. Mr. Gawronski said, "This is probably going to happen again and we just have to learn to live with it."

(emphasis added)

Comment Re:Good News For Once (Score 1) 195

Yeah, unfortunately our three branches system lacks an entity charged with removing laws with no effect.

You don't need a "fourth body" for this. You need to pass a "sunset law" that basically says, "all laws which have not been used [by some standard to be decided] within a given time period [say 20 years] are null and void unless specifically re-approved"

Comment Re:Hooray (Score 4, Informative) 129

Before you get too excited, be aware that the rejection was primarily due to the absence of several government-party members of parliament. The government intends to re-present the bill after the easter recess, and presumably will make sure that all its members of parliament show up. At that point, the law will presumably be approved.

The government cannot re-present the exact same bill, however, so they'll have to make at least a few changes.

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