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Are you @#$&!#@ kidding me?

Breaking political blogging silence briefly for this local story:

"I hate them," Mr. Olsen, 40, said of the row of [solar] panels attached to electrical poles across the street. "It's just an eyesore."
The solar installations, the first and most extensive of their kind in the country, are part of a $515 million investment in solar projects by PSE&G under a state mandate that by 2021 power providers get 23 percent of their electricity from renewable sources. If they were laid out like quilt pieces, the 5-by-2.5-foot panels would blanket 170 acres.

New Jersey is second only to California in solar power capacity thanks to financial incentives and a public policy commitment to renewable energy industries seeded during Gov. Jon S. Corzine's administration. But what might have been a point of pride in a state better known as the nation's leader in toxic Superfund sites has instead caused suburban aesthetic unrest.

Some residents consider the overhanging panels "ugly" and "hideous" and worry aloud about the effect on property values.

Are these people nuts? These solar panels are marring the beauty of their precious utility poles and wires? Is this a joke?

And look at this poor lady:

"I came back from running errands and there they were," Mrs. Olsen, 37, said. "It's not right. They should have warned us."

The horror! No one expects the solar panels!

By fnord12 | April 28, 2011, 11:25 AM | Liberal Outrage | Comments (1)| Link

We Know Where You've Been and Who You've Been Talking To

Got an iPhone or an iPad? Did you know it was keeping track of your whereabouts? Link

Security researchers have discovered that Apple's iPhone keeps track of where you go - and saves every detail of it to a secret file on the device which is then copied to the owner's computer when the two are synchronised.

The file contains the latitude and longitude of the phone's recorded coordinates along with a timestamp, meaning that anyone who stole the phone or the computer could discover details about the owner's movements using a simple program.

For some phones, there could be almost a year's worth of data stored, as the recording of data seems to have started with Apple's iOS 4 update to the phone's operating system, released in June 2010.

Imagine your parents getting a hold of that info.

On a totally unrelated note, i enjoy that the tech consultant they talked to felt it was completely acceptable to be quoted saying "cockup".

By min | April 20, 2011, 2:21 PM | Liberal Outrage & Science | Link

You don't fuck with David Byrne

By fnord12 | April 14, 2011, 1:13 AM | Liberal Outrage & Music | Link

Everybody Hates A Pen Thief

During a press conference with the president of Chile, the Czech Republic's president Vaclav Klaus is videotaped pocketing the ceremonial pen which also happens to be encrusted with semi-precious jewels. Link

The best part is around 32 seconds when he gets this gleeful grin on his face and buttons up his jacket in a very self-satisfied manner. Now, since I can't understand a word the Chilean president is saying, for all I know, Klaus is smiling because he just got complimented. I also enjoy the bit when he closes the box.

It was said that the citizens of the Czech Republic were pretty outraged at the "theft". For his part, President Klaus had only this to say:

"All I have to say is, it is not a pen but just a stylus," Klaus himself said on Tuesday, adding that he takes things all the time.

By min | April 13, 2011, 10:03 PM | Liberal Outrage | Link

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