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Local governments getting jiggy with App devs

July 13th, 2011 Comments off

 

 

 

WOW. I think I just had my faith in humanity restored a little. It seems that some local governments actually have a clue. Three major US metros are making information about the current state of their transit systems freely available for use by App developers. One even going as far as offering a $15K prize!

It’s nice to see government encouraging the free use of public information for a change instead of putting up endless obstacles to anyone who wants access.

Somebody pinch me….

Local governments inspire app developers with contests | TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog.

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Mother Arrested After Not Wanting Her Daughter to Get Groped By the TSA

July 13th, 2011 Comments off

 

 

Gizmodo is running an article on the latest TSA nonsense. How long before we demand a bill of rights? Giving this much power to an organization that has time again proved it’s not mature enough to handle it is just dangerous.

Mother Arrested After Not Wanting Her Daughter to Get Groped By the TSA.

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Sleaze has a name and a face in both genders – #Murdoch #Brooks

July 11th, 2011 Comments off

 

 

Now accusations of phone hacking extend to victims of 9/11. We have no idea how deep this rabbit hole goes. Brace yourselves.

News of the World Reporters Probably Tried to Hack 9/11 Victims’ Phones, Too.

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TSA – 95 yr old grannies get groped but stun guns, no problem!

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If you are still in any doubt that what we suffer at the hands of the TSA is security theater at best and simple incompetence at worst, then you need to read this.

How Did a Stun Gun Get Onto a JetBlue Flight?.

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HDMI group becomes “The cable Nazi”

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How ridiculous is this? The HDMI Group who oversees the definition of, well, HDMI, is slapping C&D notices on the sale of cables that have an HDMI connector at one end and anything else at the other. Their argument goes – HDMI standards specify that both ends of the cable must be terminated by an HDMI connector – Any that don’t can’t be an HDMI cable. ¬†Stupid!

If they want to enforce use of their connector to that degree then maybe they should have thought about all the devices out there that want to connect to HDMI enabled devices and designed a connector that doesn’t have a nasty habit of FALLING OUT of such things as adaptors.

To quote Ripley “Did IQs just drop sharply while I was away?”

HDMI group reportedly putting a stop to Mini DisplayPort-to-HDMI adapters — Engadget.

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Bitten by the trolls or crushed by bureaucracy

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Seems that high-tech just can’t get a break with the legal system these days. If you don’t hold a patent for something you develop, you can someone else does and will slap you with a law suit. If you go buy a bunch of patents that relate to your business to protect yourself from the trolls then you get investigated by govt antitrust regulators. ¬†It’s enough to make a guy give up!

 

Antitrust Investigation of Apple Led Nortel Patent Purchase – Mac Rumors.

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