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Nokia culls 7,000 jobs

Posted on April 27th, 2011 at 19:48 by John Sinteur in category: News


Nokia has announced that 7,000 will be leaving the company.

4,000 staff will lose their jobs entirely at the world’s largest, but troubled phone manufacturer. Most of the jobs will be lost in Finland, Denmark and the UK. Meanwhile, another 3,000 will be shipped off to Accenture – all of the Symbian software teams.

The idea, according to Nokia’s official statement, is that the outsourced Symbian team will continue to provide mobility software services to Nokia for its future smartphones. Accenture already owns Nokia’s professional services unit for engineering.

Well, that explains why Nokia’s latest devices were utter crap. And Symbian might as well just be gone already…

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  1. Although Nokia were stupid (N770/N800 had promise and were ahead of their time) it’s a shame to see the ecosystem simplified, yet again.

Afterbirthers Demand To See Obama’s Placenta

Posted on April 27th, 2011 at 18:40 by Paul Jay in category: Can you Trump this?


WASHINGTON–In the continuing controversy surrounding the president’s U.S. citizenship, a new fringe group informally known as “Afterbirthers” demanded Monday the authentication of Barack Obama’s placenta from his time inside his mother’s womb. “All we are asking is that the president produce a sample of his fetal membranes and vessels—preferably along with a photo of the crowning and delivery—and this will all be over,” said former presidential candidate and Afterbirthers spokesman Alan Keyes, later adding that his organization would be willing to settle for a half-liter of maternal cord plasma. “To this day, the American people have not seen a cervical mucus plug, let alone one that has been signed and notarized by a state-certified Hawaiian health official. If the president was indeed born in the manner in which he claims, then where is his gestation sac?” Keyes said that if Obama did not soon produce at least a bloody bedsheet from his conception, Afterbirthers would push forward with efforts to exhume the president’s deceased mother and inspect the corpse’s pelvic bone and birth canal

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Apple Q&A on Location Data

Posted on April 27th, 2011 at 17:59 by John Sinteur in category: Apple


3. Why is my iPhone logging my location?

The iPhone is not logging your location. Rather, it’s maintaining a database of Wi-Fi hotspots and cell towers around your current location, some of which may be located more than one hundred miles away from your iPhone, to help your iPhone rapidly and accurately calculate its location when requested. Calculating a phone’s location using just GPS satellite data can take up to several minutes. iPhone can reduce this time to just a few seconds by using Wi-Fi hotspot and cell tower data to quickly find GPS satellites, and even triangulate its location using just Wi-Fi hotspot and cell tower data when GPS is not available (such as indoors or in basements). These calculations are performed live on the iPhone using a crowd-sourced database of Wi-Fi hotspot and cell tower data that is generated by tens of millions of iPhones sending the geo-tagged locations of nearby Wi-Fi hotspots and cell towers in an anonymous and encrypted form to Apple.

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  1. I have a used iPhone 3GS. But I use an AT&T Go Phone card in it, which costs me about $25 a month, sometimes more, sometimes less depending on phone usage.

    Will my location still be tracked? If so, how can I turn that off?

    I don’t have internet, except when in a hotspot and in NYC they are usually too overworked to work. At home I can use my wireless, but don’t need to there because I have my PC. But for anywhere from $15 – $30 a month to have a cell phone with an iPod in it, that is fine with me.

    But the location tracking is offensive, out of principal. I would be happy to turn it off if I can.

  2. From the Q&A:

    Sometime in the next few weeks Apple will release a free iOS software update that:

    reduces the size of the crowd-sourced Wi-Fi hotspot and cell tower database cached on the iPhone,
    ceases backing up this cache, and
    deletes this cache entirely when Location Services is turned off.

  3. Your location will still be tracked, but not by Apple. AT&T will track your information (and, in the U.S., share it with the government). A cellular phone needs to share your location with the system so that you can receive incoming calls. Data-only cellular services only needs to share your location when transmitting/receiving data, but probably shares it at other times as well.

    If you don’t want to be tracked, you need to turn off your cellular device (or its radio) when it’s not in use. Then you’ll only share location information when you’re using it.

    If you want to elude trackers, turn your cell phone on, and throw it in the back of a truck that’s departing from your city. Then, simply don’t use credit/debit cards, don’t log into any known accounts or access the internet with a computer that is known to belong to you, avoid retail establishments that have cameras (nearly all of them), pay for any purchases with cash, avoid airports, and don’t call or visit known relatives/friends/contacts.

    You can also try to be boring, so They don’t want to track you anyway.


Posted on April 27th, 2011 at 17:05 by John Sinteur in category: Cartoon

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I wonder…

Posted on April 27th, 2011 at 17:02 by John Sinteur in category: Can you Trump this?

… how long it will take before the right wing denies that the released birth certificate isn’t real.

Oh, wait:

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  1. Can you Trump this?

  2. ‘Can you Trump this’ might be a good new category for the site?

  3. done.

  4. So Mr. Obama has now descended to mud wrassling in the snake pit with all the charlatans and fakirs. He’s just an American after all.

A Trove of Historic Jazz Recordings has Found a Home in Harlem, But You Can’t Hear Them

Posted on April 27th, 2011 at 16:53 by John Sinteur in category: Intellectual Property


Six years after Savory passed away, his collection was acquired by the National Jazz Museum in Harlem. And jazz experts were stunned. The extent and quality of the Savory collection was beyond anything they had imagined.

“I figured there was maybe 50 to 100 unreleased recordings,” says Loren Schoenberg, the museum’s executive director. “I expected to see one box. Instead, I saw dozens of boxes. The Savory collection comprised about a thousand discs of the greatest performers of all time. And all of this was unknown music. It was immediately clear this was a treasure trove.

Among the treasures: Coleman Hawkins, the first great tenor saxophonist in jazz, playing multiple ad-lib choruses on the classic “Body and Soul.” Billie Holiday, accompanied only by piano, singing a moving rubato version of “Strange Fruit,” a chilling musical condemnation of lynching. The Count Basie Orchestra performing at the world’s first outdoor jazz festival, the 1938 Carnival of Swing on Randall’s Island in New York City. Basie’s tenor sax stars, Lester Young and Herschel Evans, sharing solos on “Texas Shuffle.” Benny Goodman and Teddy Wilson—on harpsichord instead of his usual piano—performing “Lady Be Good!” And the list goes on.

The collection is, in a word, historic. “It is a wonderful addition to our knowledge of a great period in jazz,” says Dan Morgenstern, director of the Institute of Jazz Studies at Rutgers University in Newark, N.J. And, Morgenstern says, “the sound quality of many of these works is amazing. Some of it is of pristine quality. It is a cultural treasure and should be made widely available.”

The question, however, is whether that will happen anytime soon. And if it doesn’t, music fans might be justified in putting the blame on copyright law. “The potential copyright liability that could attach to redistribution of these recordings is so large—and, more importantly, so uncertain—that there may never be a public distribution of the recordings,” wrote David G. Post, a law professor at Temple University in Philadelphia, on the Volokh Conspiracy blog. “Tracking down all the parties who may have a copyright interest in these performances, and therefore an entitlement to royalty payments (or to enjoining their distribution), is a monumental—and quite possibly an impossible—task.”

The primary purpose of copyright law is not so much to protect the interests of the authors/creators, but rather to promote the progress of science and the useful arts—that is—knowledge. Or that’s how it’s supposed to be. It is failing badly.

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NYTimes: The Republican Threat to Voting

Posted on April 27th, 2011 at 11:50 by Desiato in category: News

[NYTimes editorial:]

Republican legislatures and governors across the country are rewriting voting laws to make it much harder for the young, the poor and African-Americans — groups that typically vote Democratic — to cast a ballot.


Eight states already had photo ID laws. Now more than 30 other states are joining the bandwagon of disenfranchisement, as Republicans outdo each other to propose bills with new voting barriers. The Wisconsin bill refuses to recognize college photo ID cards, even if they are issued by a state university, thus cutting off many students at the University of Wisconsin and other campuses. The Texas bill, so vital that Gov. Rick Perry declared it emergency legislation, would also reject student IDs, but would allow anyone with a handgun license to vote.

Say, maybe the Democratic Party (and the NAACP, AARP, etc.) should hold gun licensing drives in Texas?

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Windows phones send user location to Microsoft

Posted on April 27th, 2011 at 5:58 by John Sinteur in category: News


Add Microsoft Windows Phone 7 to the list of mobile operating systems that silently transmit the precise physical location of the device back to a central database.


Both Apple and Google have said their phones report their location, but only when the devices’ location services are turned on, in keeping with previous disclosures. Neither Apple nor Google has disclosed that location information is also stored on the handset.

Any smartphone brand left? Want to bet Blackberry has this as well?

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  1. And People say Windows phone can’t compete. :-p 🙂

  2. Oh c’mon gear-heads! If you got a GPS on your device ya gotta do _something_ with it, right?
    And even if you don’t, why, Google has all your locations after their big photo and wireless sweep of the civilized world (sans Allemagne).

    No-one needs an actual chip in their neck. We gave it all away for fun.


Posted on April 27th, 2011 at 5:54 by John Sinteur in category: Apple


How ironic. This type of marketing says everything about RIM’s corporate delusion.

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  1. Shouldn’t this be in the category of “If you’re in marketing, kill yourself”?

  2. ‘The amateurs have spend an hour throwing something together and here it is; the playbook’ is how I’m reading this ad.

  3. lol, my RIM buddy just brought one over to the office. It’s nice, just not quite got it all together.
    “Jam tomorrow and jam yesterday, but never jam today.”