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Friday, November 25, 2011

The Most Expensive US Cities for Parking

10 US Cities Where parking Costs Most

Bring plenty of money when you go to these cities' central business districts. Here's what you'll pay at parking garages around the US, according to a new survey by Colliers International.

No. 10: Seattle
Median daily parking rate: $24

No. 7 (tie): San Diego
Median daily parking rate: $26

No. 7 (tie): San Francisco
Median daily parking rate: $26

No. 7 (tie): Philadelphia
Median daily parking rate: $26

No. 5 (tie): Los Angeles
Median daily parking rate: $30

No. 5 (tie): Lower Manhattan
Median daily parking rate: $30

No. 4: Chicago
Median daily parking rate: $32

No. 3: Boston
Median daily parking rate: $34

No. 2: Honolulu
Median daily parking rate: $38

No. 1: Midtown Manhattan
Median daily parking rate: $41

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Thursday, November 24, 2011

Google Sets Kill Dates for 7 Services, Including Wave

Wave goodbye to Google Wave and a bunch of others stuff, says Google, listing a full seven services due to sign off permanently over the next few months. Google’s spin: It’s just a little “spring cleaning,” never mind the mess or inconvenience it may cause anyone who bought into this stuff. Then again, it was offered up gratis, so who can complain?
Google Wave Logo

In the official blog post summing up what’s in store, Google pulls no punches, including a few thrown in reverse: “[We’re] in the process of shutting a number of products which haven’t had the impact we’d hoped for,” admits the company, adding that it’s “integrating others as features into our broader product efforts, and ending several which have shown us a different path forward.”

Here’s a list of what’s out, and when:

Google Bookmark Lists, an “experimental feature for sharing bookmarks and collaborating with friends.” End date: December 19, 2011.

Google Friend Connect, a way to integrate social features with websites “by embedding a few snippets of code.” End date: March 1, 2012.

Google Gears, an open-source multi-browser interface for running web apps and accessing related files offline. Google says it’s all part of their shift to HTML5. End date: December 1, 2011.

Google Search Timeline, the little search timeline that sometimes pops up when you google something. You’ll still be able to see charts, if you like, using Google Trends. End date: Right now, sounds like.

Google Wave, the collaboration/conversation tool I only used a handful of times while contributing to a comics-related column here. End date: April 30, 2012.

Knol, Google’s kind-of-sort-of response to Wikipedia, and while Google says it’s all part of a transition to its Annotum project, I’m not sure if all the stuff that’s in Knol’s going to make the jump. End date: April 30, 2012.

Renewable Energy Cheaper than Coal (RE<C), an attempt to reduce the cost of renewable energy. Google says that “[at] this point, other institutions are better positioned than Google to take this research to the next level.” End date: Now, with the results of the project published here.

Source:  Time
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How Germans Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Google Street View

MUNICH — The Silicon Valley "spy" opened shop in Germany a year ago to a firestorm of controversy. It was last November when Google launched its panoramic Street View service of 20 German cities, from Leipzig to Stuttgart. In the lead-up, the U.S. company's project was not only met with mistrust but sometimes also hysterical debates that went on for months, touching on everything from who had rights to building facades to how high fencing needed to be to ensure privacy.
Cars with mounted cameras used for Google Street View are on display
at the CeBIT computer fair in Hanover on March 2, 2010

Altogether, the questions and concerns amounted to an attempt by Germans to work out a definition of the private sphere in the digital age. The result of that debate was that 245,000 people opposed having their home publicly on view, and substantial portions of some well-to-do areas are simply screened out of the German version of Google Street View.

But if Google were to launch the project again now, the picture might look very different. Serial break-ins that some thought would be a result of the service did not materialize. Nor, in the end, did people whose houses and apartments are pictured by the service protest much about having their private residences on display for the whole world to see.

The software is apparently not of interest to wrongdoers and voyeurs. It is, however, popular among people trying to determine if they want to visit an area or buy or rent a home there. Google spokeswoman Lena Wagner said that in Germany, the number of visits to Google Maps, into which Google Street View is integrated, went up 25% during the past year.

Hamburg's Johannes Caspar, the data protection head responsible for making it possible for Germans to oppose Google Street View, said he was happy with the service. "The Google camera car was, for many people, a symbol of a digital world trying to appropriate the analog world," said Caspar. Giving people the possibility of opposing the service, he explained, "diffused the situation and helped Street View gain acceptance."

Another indication of acceptance is that when Microsoft announced it would be photographing German streets for Bing Maps Streetside, its Street View clone, only 80,000 people opposed. "Google Street View did the pioneering work, and now people know what the pictures look like when they're published," said Caspar.

In the meantime, according to the Google spokeswoman Wagner, some who originally opposed having their property photographed now want their homes included in the service. Too late. Google promised German data-protection authorities it would make all opposed imagery unrecognizable.
For now, Google has no plans to further develop the German Street View to include other cities, the company said. If its camera cars were seen on the streets of Germany this year, it was to update Google Maps and route planning.

A Virtual Walk in the Park 
In other countries, however, Google is making increased amounts of information available via its Street View. For example, the service enables users to take virtual walks in six parks from Madrid to Tokyo. Google sent camera persons out on bikes to get the footage.

In California, there's a test program that makes it possible for users to tour the inside of some shops and restaurants. The idea behind this is that potential clients can check out the vibe and the selection on-screen before deciding whether they want to go to a place. Meanwhile, the virtual tours could enhance the Google Ads of the establishments by giving clients more information. Google could eventually offer online table reservations or product orders.

Scenarios such as these don't look realistic for Germany, at least not in the foreseeable future. In fact, because the images date back to 2008, many of the buildings on the German Street View no longer exist. A few examples are Berlin's Palace of the Republic or Cologne's City Archives. In some ways, the much feared "spy" from Silicon Valley has become a picture album for virtual visitors taking a nostalgia tour.

Sources: TimeWorld
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Rats were Trained as Trackers Landmine in Colombia

BOGOTA - In a laboratory owned by the police, 11 white rats to wait its turn to impress the coach and maybe get a prize.

Rodents it now has an important role to make the Colombian conflict to be safe. The mice are now being trained to find landmines that have killed and injured hundreds of people each year.

Government project that began in 2006 has trained rats to detect the metal used for thousands of landmines that have been used during the conflict with my left.

Colombian scientists decided to use a mouse, like a dog that has traditionally been able to detect the presence of landmines, the rats had increased ability to smell it. Another reason is because the body of mice that light, so it will not blow up the mines.

As reported by Reuters on Thursday (24.11.2011), the rats were previously trained to obey voice commands and recognize the specific odor of the metal used for the mines.

Landmines are providing a new problem for national security, approximately 63 percent of landmine victims were from the military and police officers.

The Colombian government has said that they had cleared the land area of ​​10 hectares in 2010, but only found 194 explosive devices. (RHS)

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Tradition Cut Finger in Papua, Indonesia

The ceremony cut a finger on the Dani Tribes, Papua
Anguish as had been abandoned by people who loved and lost one family member to evening. Tears and feelings of loss is so profound. Sometimes it took so long to return back pain of loss and not infrequently still imprint hearts.

Tradition Cut Finger in Papua
As with the central highlands of Papua society that symbolizes grief of losing a family member who died not only to weep alone. But there are traditions that are required when there are family members or close relatives such as husband, wife, father, mother, son and brother who died. Tradition is tradition that required cutting a finger. If we look at the tradition of cutting a finger in this tradition must have been present should not be done or perhaps tradition tradition is quite extreme. But for society central highlands of Papua, this tradition is an obligation that must be done. They assume that the cut finger is a symbol of pain and pain of someone who lost some members of his family.

Can be interpreted finger is a symbol of harmony, unity and strength in humans as well as a family. Although the naming of a human finger that is in the hands only mentions one family representative of Thumb. However, if the observed length of each difference in every shape and has a strength of unity and togetherness to relieve all human workload.Complementary to each other as a harmonization of living and life. If one is missing, then the component is lost and diminished the power of togetherness.

Other reasons are "Wene opakima dapulik welaikarek mekehasik" or basic guidelines to live together in one family, one family name / surname, one honai (home), one tribe, one ancestor, one language, one history / origins, and so on (Hisage , Julian Joli, 07:2005).Togetherness is very important for the people the central mountains of Papua. Only the remaining wounds and blood. Poignant, tender covering the atmosphere. Wound the hearts of the bereaved family members are recovering if the wound is healed and the finger does not hurt anymore. Maybe that's why the mountain communities of Papua cut finger when there are families who died.

One mother in Papua ever do traditional cut finger

According to information has grown, that cuts the finger is generally done by the mother.However, did not rule out the cutting is done by members of the family parent male or female. If the cases who died was the wife who has no parents, then the husband who bear them. As has been tercontoh the children of the nation's film titled "Denias, Senandung above the Clouds". Cutting finger also be interpreted as efforts to prevent return or rejection calamity that had claimed the lives of a family member.

Terkisah about trust cuts a finger so as not to repeat the disaster rejection perenggutan lives have been proven through a source that states that met a mother of the tribe Paniai monitor the central highlands of Papua tell you about a severed little finger not because of the death of a family, but being bitten by his biological mother at birth. Events pinkie cuts had to be done because earlier many new-born child died. With all the hope that the events experienced by other children do not happen to her biological mother then cut off his little finger with a bite to cut off his little finger. Sources said that it proved the mother of the tribe monitor that the meet has provided many grandchildren and great-grandson to his biological mother who bit his little finger to break up.

The tradition of cutting the fingers was also conducted by the Yakuza in Japan. This tradition comes from the bakuto the berartikan the gambler. Tradition called yubitsume cut finger. In contrast to the one in Papua cutting a finger as a rejection of the disaster that claimed the lives or the form of mourning for a family member died. However, yubitsume (cut finger) is done as a repentance atapun as a form of punishment. Initially yubitsume symbolic punishment, because the segment of the little finger is cut to make the owner's hand becomes more difficult to hold the sword firmly. It becomes a symbol of sincerity and obedience to the leader.

The tradition of cutting a finger in Papua done in various ways there are to use sharp objects like knives, axes or machetes. Other way that is binding on the finger with a rope to a long time, causing the blood flow stops and blood flow stops when the newly made cutting a finger.

In addition to the tradition of cutting your fingers, there is also a tradition that carried out the ceremony of mourning. Tradition is tradition of mud baths. Mud bath made by groups or members within a specified period. Mud bath has a connotation means any person who has died has returned kea lam. Humans started from the ground and back to the ground.

The tradition of cutting a finger at this time belom some sources suggesting that the ongoing tradition of cutting your fingers, but no source is also a mention of this tradition has become extinct and no longer done. Can be said to exist but are rarely encountered or may be due to the influence of religion began to develop in the vicinity of the central highlands of Papua.

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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

10 Most Dangerous Toys Named

10 most dangerous toys flagged by consumer group
‘That is a weapon,’ watchdog organization’s president says about the Z-Curve Bow
BOSTON — A Power Rangers "samurai mega blade" and a Godzilla figure with dagger-like attachments are some of the most dangerous toys lurking in stores this holiday season, according to a consumer watchdog group.

Boston-based World Against Toys Causing Harm (WATCH) on Wednesday issued its annual list of the 10 worst children's toys, just in time for the shopping frenzy that typically starts in late November.
This pull-toy duck made by Haba for toddlers may
look innocent but it has a 33-inch long cord
that poses a serious strangulation risk, according to
consumer group World Against Toys Causing Harm.

On the list were items the group said pose risks for choking, electrocution, puncture wounds and more.
Joan Siff, president of WATCH, said there have been at least 28 toy recalls representing 3.8 million units in the United States over the past year.

"Any recall is too late in the process," she said, urging better vetting and testing of toys before they go on sale. "Testing cannot take place in the marketplace."

The group has produced its list each year since 1973, and has been successful in getting a number of toys pulled from the shelves. It found this year's selections at leading big-box retailers, online, and in small specialty stores.

James Swartz, a director of WATCH, demonstrated the "Z-Curve Bow," a foam bow and arrow set recommended for kids eight and over.

A warning label suggested the bow should not be pulled back "at more than half strength" and that "anyone at close distance to the target should be alerted" before firing.

"That is a weapon," Swartz said, shooting an arrow into a wall with a loud thud.
Also featured was a "Fold & Go Trampoline" which came with the warning it should only be used for controlled bouncing.

"What young child has the ability, the desire, the knowledge to use it in that manner?" said Swartz. "That's not possible in the real world."

German wooden toys seem sturdy and rather quaint. But a wooden duck, sold for babies as young as a year, has a pull cord about 33 inches long — a potential strangulation hazard.

The industry's standard limits strings on cribs and playpen toys to 12 inches.

Toys often have thematic tie-ins to popular movies, television shows or books, arguably making them likely choices for shoppers looking for a familiar brand.

On the "Sword Fighting Jack Sparrow" figurine, fashioned after Pirates of the Caribbean star Johnny Depp, the pirate's right hand is armed with a 4-inch long, rigid, plastic sword.

The Consumer Products Safety Commission reports that in 2009 about 250,000 toy-related injuries were treated in U.S. hospital emergency rooms, a number that has been rising.

Reports of toy hazards, however, "needlessly frighten parents" this time of year, said the Toy Industry Association. It said less than half of one percent of the estimated 3 billion toys sold each year in the United States are recalled.

"Toys are safer now than they've ever been," said Stacy Leistner, a spokesman for the Toy Industry Association, the trade group for the North American toy industry.

The design, testing, production and inspection of toys are constantly being strengthened, the group said.
"Certainly from the industry, safety is our number one priority year round, not just at the holidays," Leistner said.

Sources: MSN
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