Apple has posted a 20 minute guided tour of the iPhone.
Watching it I see that at some point in time, the designers sat down and said “well, we’ve all been using smart-phones for a while now, what irritates us most, what did they wrong?”
And then proceeded to do those things right. My own windows-mobile based smart-phone just started a retirement countdown, because I see all the things that irritate me on it solved, and solved very, very well.
A young Eurasian Crane — on the right — eats from a litter picker disguised as an adult crane, on the left.
It’s at the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust in Slimbridge, England. Turns out the staff there was worries that the birds would become too accustomed to humans, and then too dependent. So they came up with a set of crame costumes and heads to fool the youngsters.
Na twee dagen en één lange nacht van onderhandelingen stemde grootste dwarsligger Polen toch in met een voorstel van EU-voorzitter Duitsland.
Polen, Groot-Brittannië en Nederland zagen de meesten van hun eisen ingewilligd. De komende maanden werken de lidstaten de politieke afspraken uit tot gedetailleerde juridische teksten.
Een verheugde premier Jan Peter Balkenende zei dat het “hoofdstuk van de grondwet nu is afgesloten”. “Dit is een resultaat waarmee we recht doen aan het nee van de Nederlandse burger.”
Wach-effe…. dus “we doen het toch maar noemen het geen grondwet” is voldoende om te claimen dat je recht doet aan het nee?
Ik weet niet wat je gesnoven hebt, maar ik wil er ook wat van!
In a recent ruling by the district court of Stockholm, the publisher of the Swedish daily Aftonbladet was found guilty of hate speech and sentenced to a conditional sentence and fines. An anonymous user in a moderated forum on the Aftonbladet web site uttered the hate speech.
It has been debated whether the speech was removed from the forum quickly enough or not, but that is an issue not dealt with in this case. According to the court the crime was committed immediately upon publication.
The legal situation in Sweden regarding freedom of speech on the Internet is ambiguous. According to the laws regulating freedom of speech, the publisher has a strict accountability for everything published in his paper. Only during extreme circumstances should the publisher escape accountability. When it comes to the Internet, the publisher of a web forum can be held accountable if he is a registered publisher and works for a media company.
rough English translation:
Apparently our cleansing efforts of uncomfortable comments on this blog missed a few submissions from, in particular, one person – And via the media I have now been informed that this has caused a prosecutor to start a preliminary examination to see if a crime has been committed.
In total, there are more than 13,000 comments, of varying type, on this blog. And during the last few months we have been trying to remove posts that were particularly inappropriate or insulting.
As soon as we are notified about something we missed, we have removed it. However, it is clear we missed a contribution from a certain person early this year.
Naturally, this is unfortunate. That this was not done on purpose is clear, because we have removed other comments in the past. The comments that we were notified about today were obviously removed immediately.
That is how it is. After that the legal examination have to run its course.
Where this will lead, I do not know. But I think it would be sad if it forced me to shut down this blog. And if I have to do that, it will most likely lead to other blogs being forced to do the same thing.
However, we have not reached that stage yet.
Good. Sometimes, the best way to get a bullshit law changed, is to enforce it against those in power.
So when is the supermassive star Eta Carinae going to blow? No one knows. But at 100 – 150 times the Sun’s mass, it doesn’t have much time left. And the presence of lots of nitrogen in the gas surrounding it is a bad sign: that means that the star was making heavy elements in its core, then belching them up into space. By the time a star like Eta Car is making nitrogen, it doesn’t have long left to go. And when it goes, it’ll go.
Read the entire article, it is great!