Apple, the Cupertino maker of “I’m a Mac” computers and “i” devices (iPad, iPhone, iPod), may have room to maneuver on the iPad’s $499-and-up price. According to a “teardown” analysis by El Segundo tech researcher iSuppli, the $499 model of the iPad has manufacturing costs of just under $260. Read the rest of this entry »
Only in CA is this an issue. We brought you the original Prop 215 to allow medicinal marijuana. When I was in college, maybe you had pot brownies, where you would taste the actual pot, because it was not strained out, but now with technology, the ability to make candy is crazy.
Calif. Trick-Or-Treaters Warned Of Pot-Laced Candy
Updated: Saturday, 30 Oct 2010, 12:41 PM EDT
Published : Saturday, 30 Oct 2010, 12:41 PM EDT
Trick-or-treaters in California have been warned to watch out for pot-laced candy this Halloween, the Los Angles Times reported Friday.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department issued the warning to parents in light of candy and snacks containing marijuana being confiscated from pot dispensaries.
The warning comes days before Californians vote on Proposition 19, a marijuana legalization measure.
California has state laws allowing the medical use of marijuana, but the sheriff’s department said the confiscated items were untested and unlicensed.
Officials said in their warning that parents should check Halloween candy and other snacks for indications the items were tampered with.
Makes a dude want to dress up and go out knocking on doors that smell like Indonesia, if you know what I mean…
but seriously, it was about time that this disparity got fixed. We here at Too Old are not pro crack, but at least make the sentencing fair between two similar (if not equal) drugs. Although after watching this video, maybe we should make crack harder to get, or raise the punishment for having it. Ignore the singing in the beginning, but the rest of the video is hilarious…
WASHINGTON — The House of Representatives passed a historic bill Wednesday that narrows sentencing disparities between crack and powder cocaine convictions, which civil rights and civil liberties experts say contributed to the disproportionate imprisonment of African-Americans in recent decades.
Now, I want to clear something up here. the people getting arrested are crackheads, and/or crack dealers. Let’s not make it seem like they were caught up in a police sting through entrapment. The one thing to remember is that they would have been in jail for dealing powder cocaine as well. So, the numbers would have been similar, minus the people who would not have gotten involved in the coke game due to finances and connections. It’s not like with coke they give you a free pass or anything…
The Senate passed its version of the bill in March. President Barack Obama, who during the 2008 presidential campaign said the current legal disparity “cannot be justified and should be eliminated,” is expected to sign the legislation.
By voice vote, the House altered a law implemented in 1986 during the early phase of the crack cocaine epidemic. It required anyone convicted of possession of 5 grams of crack to be sentenced to at least five years in prison.
Many lawmakers and organizations such as the NAACP and the American Civil Liberties Union complained for nearly a quarter-century that the law was unfair because someone convicted of crack possession got the same mandatory sentence as someone convicted of possessing 100 times that amount of powder cocaine, a drug more popular among whites.
Then keep your crack in powder form, until it is time to smoke up!. Or, just don’t do crack. Because we all know crack is whack!
A 2009 report by the Sentencing Project, a liberal advocacy group, found that drug use rates were similar among racial and ethnic groups, but that sentencing among the groups for cocaine violations was vastly different, in large part because of the disparity between sentences for crack and powder cocaine.
In 2006, 81.8 percent of crack cocaine defendants were black, 8.8 percent were white and 8.4 percent were Hispanic, according the Sentencing Project report. For the same year, 57.5 percent of powder cocaine defendants were Hispanic, 27 percent were African-American and 14.7 were percent white.
Well, Crack is cheap and who doesn’t like a bargain!
“African American drug defendants have a 20 percent greater chance of being sentenced to prison than white drug defendants,” the Sentencing Project report said. “Between 1994 and 2003, the average time served by African Americans for drug offenses increased by 62 percent, compared to an increase of 17 percent for white drug offenders.”
The House bill raises the five-year mandatory minimum sentencing trigger for crack possession from five grams to 28 grams and eliminates mandatory minimum sentencing for simple possession of crack. Possession of 500 grams of powder cocaine carries a mandatory minimum five years in prison under the bill.
“In passing the Fair Sentencing Act today, the House sent a bill to President Obama that is a step forward in addressing the fairness of our sentencing laws,” said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. “This legislation reduces the disparity between sentences for crack and powder cocaine – a step long overdue.”
Civil rights groups applauded the House vote and urged Obama to sign the bill quickly.
“Because of the mandatory minimum jail sentence for those convicted of possession of 5 grams of crack cocaine or more, people of color are being put in prisons at much higher rates than their Caucasian counterparts, and the judges have no discretion to mitigate the sentence for first-time or nonviolent offenders or special circumstances,” NAACP President Benjamin Jealous said. “This legislation is just the first step in eliminating disparities in sentencing, and we will continue to push for the elimination of this racially discriminatory sentencing disparity.”
How about we push to get people off crack? I know the law had a racial bias to it. But, let’s not celebrate like this is Brown vs. Board of Education or anything. The specter of drugs is something that the communities need to work on. This might be a first step, but keeping the kids off crack might be something to work on as well.
TSA screener Rolando Negrin snaps and gets arrested…Maybe that is another reason full body scanners are a bad idea…
May 7, 2010
Some ideas should never see the light of day. Full Body scanners are one of them. Remember this SNL skit on Bad Idea Jeans? (R.I.P. Phil Hartmann)Vodpod videos no longer available.
For privacy concerns, the full body scanner is the Bad Idea jeans of 2010. I was talking to my father about traveling and we both came to the conclusion that my children will never know the amount of freedom that we had pre-9/11. I can remember making a flight when I was living in St. Paul leaving my house 40 minutes before the flight was scheduled to take off. I made the flight easily and had time to ponder a snack before getting on the plane. Those days of ease and freedom are clearly over and we have the terrorists to thank. Our way of life has been irreparably changed.
Now, with the scanners, TSA agent Rolando Negrin finally had enough.
Airport security guard attacks colleague over ‘manhood’ jokes after walking through hi-tech body scanner
By Mail Foreign Service
Last updated at 3:18 PM on 7th May 2010Breaking point: Rolando Negrin is accused of assaulting a colleague after enduring relentless jokes about how his manhood looked an an X-ray scanner
An airport security guard allegedly battered a colleague who ridiculed him about the size of his manhood after he walked through a hi-tech body scanner.
Miami-Dade Police say Rolando Negrin snapped because he ‘couldn’t take the jokes anymore’.
During a training session at Miami International Airport, Negrin’s co-workers had noticed his private parts as he walked through a new ‘whole body image’ machine.
The technology – designed to boost security at airports – shows extremely revealing images.
Over the next few days, 44-year-old Negrin was relentlessly ridiculed and lost his temper on May 4, it is claimed.
Maybe it was shrinkage, because he had been in the pool
but, you should never feel the need to fight over that, but the proof was in the pudding. Most people will never know, but with these scanners, you can’t hide anymore. Plus, what was the supervisor looking at? I will let Riley Freeman give my response to that.
Police said Negrin confronted fellow screener Hugo Osorno in an airport car park and repeatedly beat him with a police baton while demanding an apology.
That is gansta. That is some scarface type of street justice that was doled out on Hugo. I guarantee that he will act right from now on.
The Miami incident echoes that of a similar case at Heathrow in March, where an airport worker was disciplined after ‘ogling’ a female colleague who had walked through one of the controversial scanners.
John Laker, 25, was given an official warning over sexual harassment by Heathrow operator BAA.
A police arrest report into the Miami incident said: ‘The X-ray revealed [Negrin’s genitals] and co-workers made fun of him on a daily basis.
‘They say that Negrin confronted Osorno in an airport parking lot after their shift.
Negrin wanted to ‘resolve a problem’, and get Osorno, 34, to ‘finally respect him’, said the report.
He allegedly pulled out a police baton and repeatedly struck Osorno while demanding an apology.
Witnesses told police that Negrin yelled, in Spanish: ‘Get on your knees or I will kill you and you better apologise.’
He was arrested and charged with aggravated battery when he turned up for work the following day.
Negrin has been released on $7,500 bail.
I am sure that it was worth it. If I would a judge, I would have leniency on Negrin. All it takes is one dude to start running his mouth and others think that this type of thing is okay. Keeping with the theme of stun guns, had he had one and shocked him, I would have laughed at Hugo getting a taste of the taser.
Eagle eyes: Airport security staff ‘noticed’ Negrin’s private parts during a training exercise earlier this month (file picture)
Exposed: The revealing full body scans alarm privacy campaigners
Passengers are likely to feel increasingly exposed as more stories emerge of airport staff around the world ‘mocking’ X-ray scanner nudity.
The human X-ray machines produce ‘naked’ images of passengers, enabling security staff to instantly spot any hidden weapons or explosives.
The full body scanners also show up any breast enlargements, false limbs, piercings, and a clear outline of passengers’ private parts.
However fears have been raised that they may not be safe for women in the early stages of pregnancy or children.
What happened to Rolando, will happen to others. The tech has clear advantages, but in the hands of some of the stiffs that they have put in charge is dangerous. They say that they will be well trained, but the training can’t solve for stupidity or perverts.
Privacy campaigners, meanwhile, have warned that other travellers might not want to be scanned because of the graphic nature of the images.
In March two Muslim women have become the first passengers in the UK to refuse to subject themselves to controversial ‘naked’ full body airport scans.
The pair – who security officials insist were selected at random – opted to miss their flight to Pakistan and forfeit tickets worth £400 each rather than be screened.
One of the women refused to go through the full-body scanner at Manchester Airport on religious grounds while her companion also declined for ‘medical reasons’.
The women were travelling together to Islamabad when they were selected to pass through the controversial security screen after checking-in at Terminal Two at the airport.
An estimated 15,000 people have already passed through the scanners in the UK, with the pair the first passengers to refuse a scan.
I am not trying to hide anything on my person when I am going through security. I still think that the privacy concerns are real. I would go through the scanner to avoid missing my flight, but the rights you use to have are now a part of lore of yesteryear.
I-Pad users are getting swindled: The parts in the IPad are only worth 250 dollars…the rest is to make Steve Jobs rich…good luck suckers…
April 7, 2010
PT Barnum said that a sucker was born every minute. He obviously didn’t think about the creation of Apple Computers.
Biz Break: Apple’s iPad: Could its price be cut?
By Frank Michael RussellPosted: 04/07/2010 01:07:16 PM PDTUpdated: 04/07/2010 02:20:05 PM PDT//
April 6, 2010
Endgadget has a nifty chart on the differences between the HP Slate rumored to be coming out in June and the Apple I-Pad that just came out. There seems to be a lot of reasons to wait…
As we’d heard, the Slate will run $549 in its base configuration, which has a 8.9-inch 1024 x 600 capacitive multitouch display, a 1.6GHz Atom Z530 processor with UMA graphics and an accelerator for 1080p video playback (we’re assuming it’s a Broadcom Crystal HD chip), 32GB of flash storage and 1GB of non-upgradeable RAM. There’s also a $599 version with 64GB of storage, and both models will have a five-hour battery, an SDHC slot, two camera, a USB port, a SIM card slot for the optional 3G modem, and a dock connector for power, audio, and HDMI out.
This on the heels of wildly optimistic reports about the sales of the Ipad. Think again Apple. 1 million units a month? Not once people figure out that they have to deal with AT$T for service and another charge. So, if you have an IPad and an IPhone, (which is functionally just having a smaller IPad, or the IPad is a bigger Iphone/Ipad) you are going to have a giant phone bill, since each of them are separate services on their network that they can charge you for.
iPad sales fall shy of upbeat expectations
By Joseph Menn in San Francisco
Published: April 5 2010 18:52 | Last updated: April 5 2010 23:50
The company said the figure was based on the number of iPads delivered in the US to retailers, customers’ homes and businesses and/or sold directly at its own stores by midnight on Saturday.
Apple iPad’s debut sales point to a more modest initial adoption trend
The figure was in line with consensus estimates before the weekend, though some analysts, notably Gene Munster of Piper Jaffray, had forecast double those sales.
Apple limited the release of the iPad to the US market and advance orders to two per customer. The first version of the gadget – seen by many as Apple’s most important new product since the introduction of the iPhone in 2007 – only offers Wi-Fi connectivity, rather than a connection to the internet over a mobile network. Nevertheless, the debut day’s unit sales were slightly ahead of those at the 2007 US launch of the highly successful iPhone.
Sales of the iPhone and iPod Touch, which has similar software and functionality to the iPad, have soared since then, with 75m units in circulation as of January.
Many analysts said the iPad would take longer than the iPhone to find its market because the online marketplace for games, media content and reconfigured programs is just getting off the ground. It is also trying to create a new market segment as it is not intended to replace phones or regular PCs. The iPad does not come with a mouse or keyboard and requires finger-touches to function, a new way for most people to interact with software.
Interviews and online postings showed that early customers were happy with the gadgets, which has a starting price of $499.
Apple has told suppliers it wants to sell 1m units a month, according to analyst checks with the supply chain. This figure is twice as high as many analysts on Wall Street are forecasting for the first year.
Of course early consumers are going to be happy with the product, because they are I-zombies, willing to buy anything Apple branded. To quote Jack Nicholson , “Wait until they get a load of me…” Enjoy having to work around not having FLASH or not being able to multitask, just to name a few flaws…
There are a lot of reasons not be on the Apple bandwagon. Sony is giving us another reason to wait. Apple wants you to line up like fanbois and girlz to buy their new products. They tie it to one retailer, so you have to have AT&T to realize the use of their service. Unfortunately, I like choice. Because of that fact, it is prudent to wait on the newer technology. First, CNN, talks about the other competitiors and the way that they will be competing for your tech dollar.
HP and Dell have both shown the basics of their upcoming devices, but with a bare minimum of information on price or details on what’s inside. It’s fairly clear neither wants to go the same route as Apple.
Price-wise, both HP and Dell have said they intend to come in below the iPad, which ranges from $499 to $829 depending on 3G functionality and storage available. That will be easier for Dell since its tablet, the Mini 5, with its 5-inch touch-screen, is almost half the size of the 9.7-inch iPad.
When Acer eventually comes up with a competing product, as it has said it plans to, it’s also likely to be affordable, perhaps even more so than Dell’s or HP’s tablets. Emphasizing attractive pricing over fresh new features or design that sets it apart is, for better or worse, what Acer is really good at.
The Taiwanese manufacturer seized on the desire for cheaper laptops a few years back and moved swiftly up the ranks of PC makers by dominating in the inexpensive Netbook category. It’s now No. 2 overall, right behind leader HP.
Sony, which says it is still evaluating its options here, is harder to predict. The company already has several models of e-reader devices, as well as a new touch-screen media device called the Dash. Though not easily portable, at $199 it’s not ridiculously expensive either, and it’s conceivable that Sony could rework the idea into a more mobile type of package.
That is a lot of people aiming for that number one spot. For some, the pricing point will be a factor, for others, it will be the features that are offered. We have already looked at some of the limitations of the Ipad here and here. Now, with CES, Sony is looking to be the giant in the game.
But consumer electronics giant Sony is reportedly aiming to outdo Apple.
Sony has two competing devices in development that will be ready to go sometime this year, The Wall Street Journal reported.
The second device could go even futher to blur the lines between function. It will reportedly be a tablet that combines elements of an e-reader, netbook and Sony’s existing portable gaming device.
Sony is believed to be working with Ericsson on the device. The companies have a long history of developing handsets together, and recently launched the Xperia X10 smart phone, which is built with the Android OS.
Sony did not comment on the leak about new products.
The two gadgets would work with a new Sony platform slated to launch this month designed to rival Apple’s iTunes.
Sony, which also makes TVs, laptops, e-readers, cameras and its PlayStation gaming systems, may leverage its power in the video game space to help compete against the iPad.
Reports indicated that the upcoming Sony Online Service will offer a broad catalogue of games, including older issues originally designed for Sony’s PlayStation, in addition to more standard music and television fare.
Sony has the advantage of being in several markets that Apple isn’t like gaming. People will want to play games to pass time and Apple is dependent on the development of third party software, while Sony has been in the handheld market for a long time.
The NEW Apple I-Pad…provides plenty of protection ladies for those days when you are feeling less than “fresh”…
January 28, 2010
you got owned Apple…all that money and someone didn’t due the company’s due diligence? Someone should be fired….
January 27, 2010
1) This thing will not replace Amazon’s Kindle.
The Kindle is 6 oz. The I-Pad is almost two lbs, according to endgadget. They also point out that the Ipad is not a light device. If I am trying to read a book, that is a different move than trying to do multimedia things, which the I-Pad really doesn’t do all of.
2) This thing isn’t even going to kill the netbooks.
There is no way that the I-Pad will hurt the netbook. The size factor is going to be one reason, and the other reason is going to be features. The I-Pad is limited in what it can do.
3) Limited memory. The top of the line memory for the thing is 64GB. Here is a listing from end gadget
After nearly a decade of rumors and speculation, Apple’s finally unveiled the iPad. It’s a half-inch thick and weighs just 1.5 pounds, with a 9.7-inch capacitive touchscreen IPS LCD display, and it’s running a custom 1GHz Apple “A4” chip developed by the P.A. Semi team, with a 10-hour battery life and a month of standby. It’ll come in 16, 32, and 64GB sizes, and it’s got the expected connectivity: very little. There’s a 30-pin Dock connector, a speaker, a microphone, Bluetooth, 802.11n WiFi and optional 3G, as well as an accelerometer and a compass. There’s also a keyboard dock, which connects underneath in the portrait orientation, support for up to 1024×768 VGA out and 480p composite out through new dock adapter cables, and a camera attachment kit that lets you import photos from your camera over USB or directly through an SD reader. The device is managed by iTunes, just like the iPhone — you sync everything over to your Mac. As expected, it can run iPhone apps — either pixel-for-pixel in a window, or pixel-doubled fullscreen — but developers can also target the new screen size using the updated iPhone OS SDK, which is available today. The 3G version runs on AT&T and comes with new data plans: 250MB for $14.99 and an unlimited plan for $29.99 a month contract-free. Activations are handled on the iPad, so you can activate and cancel whenever you want. Every iPad is unlocked and comes with a GSM “micro-SIM,” so you can use it abroad, but there aren’t any international deals in place right now — Steve says they’ll be back “this summer” with news on that front.
It starts at $499 for 16GB, 32GB for $599, and $699 64GB. Adding 3G costs a $130 per model, so the most expensive model (64GB / 3G) is $829. The WiFi-only model will ship in 60 days, and the 3G models will come in 90.
So, there seems to be a lot of things that I would want missing. This is like the first ipods that had limited storage capability. 16gb is a joke. I have flashdrives bigger than that.
a) NO CAMERA. Not such a big thing in the world of Greg Oden, but for other responsible people, a camera is a ncie feature to have. I don’t use it, but it is an option I WANT to have.
b) THE DAMN THING DOES NOT MULTITASK! That is the killer right there. The ability to listen to music is critical to getting other assignments done. You can work on only one thing at a time.
c) No FLASH! If you don’t know why that is such a killer, here is some help from Wiki…
Adobe Flash (formerly Macromedia Flash) is a multimedia platform originally acquired by Macromedia and currently developed and distributed by Adobe Systems. Since its introduction in 1996, Flash has become a popular method for adding animation and interactivity to web pages. Flash is commonly used to create animation, advertisements, and various web page Flash components, to integrate video into web pages, and more recently, to develop rich Internet applications.
Flash can manipulate vector and raster graphics, and supports bidirectional streaming of audio and video. It contains a scripting language called ActionScript. Several software products, systems, and devices are able to create or display Flash content, including Adobe Flash Player, which is available free for most common web browsers, some mobile phones and for other electronic devices (using Flash Lite). The Adobe Flash Professional multimedia authoring program is used to create content for the Adobe Engagement Platform, such as web applications, games and movies, and content for mobile phones and other embedded devices.
Files in the SWF format, traditionally called “ShockWave Flash” movies, “Flash movies” or “Flash games”, usually have a .swf file extension and may be an object of a web page, strictly “played” in a standalone Flash Player, or incorporated into a Projector, a self-executing Flash movie (with the .exe extension in Microsoft Windows or .hqx for Macintosh). Flash Video files[spec 1] have a .flv file extension and are either used from within .swf files or played through a flv-aware player, such as VLC, or QuickTime and Windows Media Player with external codecs added.
So, that limits a bunch of different useful apps, like Hulu and could limit youtube and other videos, as well as flash games and content by providers like ESPN. ANOTHER FAIL!
d) DAMN THING IS LINKED TO AT&T again! You have to sign up for a plan with a company that is garbage.
This thing is just a big Itouch…. I think I will pass….
Nude Photos of Blazers Center Greg Oden surface! Another reason to avoid sexting if you are famous, or not famous…
January 27, 2010
I don’t mind the attempt to get action by anyone, but quit sending pictures of yourself to others, if you don’t know absolutely that they can be trusted. If you don’t know what sexting is...
1. sexting 6262 up, 1237 down December 6, 2008 Urban Word of the Dayv: the act of text messaging someone in the hopes of having a sexual encounter with them later; initially casual, transitioning into highly suggestive and even sexually explicit
In a sentence: “He keeps sexting me saying how hard he is and how much he wants to tap my ass,” Cindy said massaging her breasts unconsciously.
Sexting in action:
Nancy: “Wut do u want?”
Bob: “Cum over to my place now.”
Nancy: “Is NE1 else there?”
Bob: “No. I need to c u.”
Nancy: “K. Will b there soon.”
That is the new fad with kids these days. It was even the word of the day. You don’t get bigger than that. Now another person has gotten caught up.
Oden sorry photos have surfaced
Oden says the pictures, taken with his cell phone and sent to a former girlfriend, were taken about 1½ years ago. A friend told the 21-year-old Tuesday morning that the pictures were making the rounds on the internet.
“I would like to apologize to everybody: Portland, the fans, the organization,” Oden told reporters at the Blazers practice facility. “It was very embarrassing.”
Oden is out for this season after fracturing his left kneecap during a game against the Houston Rockets on Dec. 5. He averaged 11.1 points and 8.5 rebounds in 21 starts.
The 7-foot-center was the No. 1 pick in the 2007 NBA draft out of Ohio State. He missed his rookie season after have microfracture surgery on his right knee.
If you are that bored while you are injured, invest in prostitutes. At least you can have a happy ending. But Oden will get over this. He will get some good natured ribbing from his friends, and teammates, but life will go on. For others, the roads is a little more difficult. Girls have killed themselves over the release of sexting. 20 percent of teens do it according to some surveys.
(CBS/ AP) While it may be shocking, the practice of “sexting” – sending nude pictures via text message – is not unusual, especially for high schoolers around the country.
This week, three teenage girls who allegedly sent nude or semi-nude cell phone pictures of themselves, and three male classmates in a western Pennsylvania high school who received them, are charged with child pornography.
In October a Texas eighth-grader spent the night in a juvenile detention center after his football coach found a nude picture on his cell phone that a fellow student sent him.
Roughly 20 percent of teens admit to participating in “sexting,” according to a nationwide survey (pdf) by the National Campaign to Support Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy.
“This is a serious felony. They could be facing many years in prison,” CBS News legal analyst Lisa Bloom said of the six teens in Pennsylvania.
So, even though you are injured, think about those that you can help my having the right attitude and protecting your neck (or johnson) I have not seen them and have no desire to see them, since I am a dude, but the fact that you needed a press conference and that it is one the stories on ESPN is proof you need to slow your roll… Tiger should be enough proof that you do not have room for error in today’s technological era.