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Today in Kindle Fire

The New York Times takes aim at some weaknesses in the Kindle Fire…

“A few of their many complaints: there is no external volume control. The off switch is easy to hit by accident. Web pages take a long time to load. There is no privacy on the device; a spouse or child who picks it up will instantly know everything you have been doing. The touch screen is frequently hesitant and sometimes downright balky…”

Uh-oh.  The dreaded spouse or child.  But wait!  There’s hope!

“There will be improvements in performance and multitouch navigation, and customers will have the option of editing the list of items that show what they have recently been doing. No more will wives wonder why their husbands were looking at a dating site when they said they were playing Angry Birds.”

“Dating site” is my new favorite euphemism.

Maybe Lickona was right

Facebook users are jerks.

The study also found:

  • The more extreme the narcissism, the more time spent checking Facebook.
  • The more extreme the self-loathing, the more time spent checking Facebook.
  • Males were more concerned with the “About me” sections of their profiles.
  • Women are more concerned with how good they look in their pictures.*

*Presumably, so they can make men lose their minds.

Is Siri Pro Life? Apparently Yes (Updated)

I wonder how soon this will be “fixed”:
From Gizmodo:

The evidence seems pretty damning.

• If you ask Siri for an abortion clinic in New York City, it will tell you “Sorry, I couldn’t find any abortion clinics.” A simple Google web search—which Siri itself uses to find results—gives you seven to start with, some within walking distance of where I’m located.

• If you ask the same question in the city of Washington DC, Siri won’t direct you to a nearby clinic, but to one 26 miles away.

• A reader reported that when he asked “find a pregnancy termination clinic” Siri responded: “I found a number of medical centers fairly close to you.” Then “it showed me seven results and four of them were chiropractors, two were acupuncture specialists, and one was an emergency room.” Update: Indeed, after we tested this, it’s true.

I would assume this is because most abortion providers call themselves “Comprehensive Women’s Health Services” or something along those lines.