Friday, July 27, 2007

No Apples for me

'Every portable gadget with a rechargeable battery has a charging circuit that recognises when the external mains charger has been plugged in. It then manages the transfer of current to the battery. Apple's patent suggests that by attaching a "guardian circuit" to the charging circuit, it would be possible to block the charging process. When a device is plugged into an unauthorised computer, software would compare a security code in the device to a code buried in the software in the computer.

Texas leads U.S. in teen birth rate - Yahoo! News

Texas leads U.S. in teen birth rate - Yahoo! News

Texas had the nation's highest birth rate among teenagers ages 15 to 19 in 2004 a rate of 63 births per 1,000 teens. Texas law also requires school districts to emphasize abstinence in sex education classes. Don McLeroy is the president of the State Board of Education says "'s more of a societal problem than it is a school problem."

Time to get rid of this guy.

Friday, July 20, 2007

Google Intends to Bid in Spectrum Auction If FCC Adopts Consumer Choice and Competition Requirements

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (July 20, 2007) – Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) announced today that should the Federal Communications Commission adopt a framework requiring greater competition and consumer choice, Google intends to participate in the federal government’s upcoming auction of wireless spectrum in the 700 megahertz (MHz) band.
In a filing with the FCC on July 9, Google urged the Commission to adopt rules for the auction that ensure that, regardless of who wins the spectrum at auction, consumers' interests are served. Specifically, Google encouraged the FCC to require the adoption of four types of "open" platforms as part of the license conditions:

  • Open applications: Consumers should be able to download and utilize any software applications, content, or services they desire;
  • Open devices: Consumers should be able to utilize a handheld communications device with whatever wireless network they prefer;
  • Open services: Third parties (resellers) should be able to acquire wireless services from a 700 MHz licensee on a wholesale basis, based on reasonably nondiscriminatory commercial terms; and
  • Open networks: Third parties (like internet service providers) should be able to interconnect at any technically feasible point in a 700 MHz licensee's wireless network.

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