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Friday, September 23, 2005

Jailed for Criticizing?

According to German Heise, a Chinese online journalist got seven years in jail – probably for this criticism of the Chinese government.

Airline TV

“Airlines meticulously avoid in-flight movies about air disasters and edit out scenes that could panic travelers. A scene in the 1988 film “Rain Man" for example, in which Dustin Hoffman’s character lists a series of air disasters, was cut by every airline except Qantas – whose safety record got a thumbs-up in the film.

But by trying to offer its customers more viewing choices, airlines also provide a connection with news reports on the ground, even potentially unsettling ones.

On the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, JetBlue passengers flying into New York watched reports of planes crashing into the World Trade Center – then looked out their windows to see it burning.

In the late 1970s, American Airlines advertised the fact that passengers could watch their takeoffs and landings on closed-circuit television, a benefit that may have backfired. No one knows what passengers aboard Flight 191 saw on May 25, 1979, when an engine fell off moments before the plane crashed at Chicago O’Hare Airport, killing 273 people.”
– Tim Molloy, JetBlue Passengers Watched Ordeal on TVs (AP), Sep 22 2005

Stop Napoleon Dynamite

There’s a petition to stop Napeleon Dynamite pens because they contain recordings of the movie’s phrase “You guys are retarded.” (Other phrases include “Freakin’ Idiot,” “Yessss,” and “Sweet.”)

Internet Auto-Typer

Enter a few words into the Internet Auto-Typer by Geoff Peters, and let it complete your sentences, Google API powered.

Blogger + AdSense

Google’s Blogger is becoming more integrated with the AdSense program, Inside Google notes.

Rita on Google Map

Boing Boing points to a Google Map of hurricane Rita.

New Google Firefox Toolbar

The Google Firefox toolbar is out of Beta, and has some new features as well.


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