In Wake Of NewsCorp Scandal, UK Says Press Must Be Regulated... But Free... But Not Exactly (Techdirt)
Between the UK's onerous libel laws, its insistence on "protecting" freedom of
speech and press while attaching a million exceptions to this "freedom," and
the recent phone-hacking scandal that saw Rupert Murdoch's papers crossing
lines that even the most loathsome of hacky tabloids had yet to cross, one
often wonders exactly what the hell is going on over there.
Apparently, a few people in the UK are wondering that as well. A nine-month
inquiry into the "culture, practice and ethics" of the journalism business has
yielded one potential solution, which should have quotes thrown around it
immediately. paidContent reports that Lord Justice Leveson, who has been
dealing with the issues surrounding the NewsCorp case, has a suggestion:
> _The UK government must legislate to establish a new press "self-regulation"
body -- independent of both publishers and politicians but overseen by media
regulator Ofcom -- because newspapers have "wreaked havoc" in the lives of
innocents, says the nine-month inquiry report into the culture, practice and
ethics of the business._
_Lord Justice Leveson, who has been hearing issues including the "hacking" of
mobile phones for news stories, said the existing Press Complaints Commission
(PCC), comprised of newspaper editors, ...
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Staten Island's Hurricane Sandy Damage Sheds Light On Complicated Political Battle (Huffington post)
On the southern shore of Staten Island, the remains of a street called Kissam
Avenue stretch across the marshland, a trail of ruins leading to the sea. When
Pedro Correa first drove down the street six years ago with his wife, their
young son and a real estate agent, he was amazed that a street so secluded and
serene still existed in a city of eight million people. It was early spring,
and a cool, salty breeze was blowing in from the ocean, rustling the 6-foot-
tall curtains of grass that lined both sides of the road. The house the
Correas had come to see was about 50 feet from the beach, and it was a wreck
-- it had been ordered in parts from a Sears catalog in the 1950s -- but
Correa was a practiced carpenter and he allowed himself to fantasize about
"the possibilities." He’d never imagined that his corrections officer salary
could afford him a third of an acre, a deck with ocean views and an in-ground
It wasn't until Correa began paying off the $375,000 mortgage on the house
that his neighbor Charlie, a retired ferry captain, told ...
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Foxconn Planning U.S. Expansion Alongside Apple's Push for Domestic Mac Production (Macrumors)
Just as Apple CEO Tim Cook has revealed that Apple will be bringing some Mac
production back to the United States next year, _Bloomberg_ reports that
Apple's manufacturing partner Foxconn is seeking to expand into the country.
> “We are looking at doing more manufacturing in the U.S. because, in general,
customers want more to be done there,” Louis Woo, a Foxconn spokesman, said in
a phone interview. He declined to comment on individual clients or specific
“Supply chain is one of the big challenges for U.S. expansion,” Woo said. “In
addition, any manufacturing we take back to the U.S. needs to leverage high-
value engineering talent there in comparison to the low-cost labor of China.”
Neither Apple nor Foxconn has confirmed that the two companies will be working
together on U.S. Mac production, but Cook noted that Apple's $100 million
investment in domestic production would involve "working with people".
The moves by Apple and Foxconn to bring production to the United States
demonstrate an evolution of the thinking held by Apple until very recently,
which comes from a perspective that the U.S. labor force and supply chain
simply aren't set up to handle ...
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Matthew Dowd on This Week: Take the Baseball Bat Away From the Bully (crooksandliars)
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The best part of this segment about rational, sane gun laws is Matthew Dowd,
centrist extraordinaire, taking a stand firmly against the usual gun argument
that the answer to mass shootings like Sandy Hook is to simply arm everyone,
including teachers, doctors, preachers and Santa. Dowd made an apt analogy to
schoolyard bullies that's quite clear:
> When there's a kid in the school yard with a baseball bat, we don't give
everybody else baseball bats and say go to deal with it and defend yourself.
What we do is we take the baseball bat away from the bad kid or the bully and
then we sit down and say what can we do to make sure this doesn't happen --
we've got to take the baseball bat away from the bully.
When Matthew Dowd is the sanest voice, aside from Katrina VandenHeuvel who is
always sane, progress is being made.
Grover Norquist plays the Tea Party hand as usual, claiming that this is just
lefties ginning up lefty arguments for purely political purposes, which is the
typical argument being advanced by gun nuts. I would like to remind ...
PhoneScope 3D Gives iPhone Users A High-Res 3D Scanner in Their Pocket (crunchgear?)
The PhoneScope 3D offers high-resolution magnified 3D scanning that can have
applications for users ranging from forensics specialists to CGI animators.
But its developers mostly just want people to have fun with the iPhone add-
ons. After years in development, PhoneScope 3D is now raising funds on