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6/23/12

Homestead Survival: How to build a 14x14 solar cabin

Homestead Survival: How to build a 14x14 solar cabin

Homestead Survival: How to build a 14x14 solar cabin

Homestead Survival: How to build a 14x14 solar cabin

6/22/12

hipsta pad cool

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Untitled, a photo by iquanyin moon on Flickr.

dali, ipad 3

meee

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meee, a photo by iquanyin moon on Flickr.

6/21/12

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6/18/12

one corporation, under god....

6/17/12

Electronics Retailer Charging 6.8% Tax To Customers Who Shop Using Internet Explorer 7

Electronics Retailer Charging 6.8% Tax To Customers Who Shop Using Internet Explorer 7:


While most of you are surely using the latest customized version of Firefox or Chrome to read this post, there are still a handful of people who not only continue to browse the Internet with Microsoft's Internet Explorer, but with outdated versions of IE. Thus, one Australian electronics retailer Kogan has decided to impose a tax on customers who apparently refuse to upgrade their browsers.

"We've implemented the world's first 'Internet Explorer 7 Tax'," reads an announcement on the Kogan website from earlier this week. "The new 6.8% tax comes into effect today on all products purchased from Kogan.com by anyone still insistent on using the antique browser."

The company says customers' insistence on using the outdated browser is holding it back from providing the best service for everyone:


One of the things stopping that is our web team having to spend a lot of time making our new website look normal on IE7. This is an extremely old browser, so from today, anyone buying from the site who uses IE7 will be lumped with a 6.8% surcharge - that's 0.1% for each month IE7 has been on the market.

Customers can avoid the tax by simply upgrading to something that wasn't released when people still watched Desperate Housewives.

"As Internet citizens, we all have a responsibility to make the Internet a better place," explains Kogan. "By taking these measures, we are doing our bit."

Out of curiosity, I took a look at how many Consumerist readers are using IE7. Turns out only about 16% of our visitors use any version of IE and only 12% of those visitors are using version 7. So fewer than two out of every 100 of you would be impacted by this "tax."

[via RetailCustomerExperience.com]

7 TSA Agents Fired For Paying Bribes To Pass Proficiency Tests

7 TSA Agents Fired For Paying Bribes To Pass Proficiency Tests:


Pop quiz: What's the best way to pass a proficiency test when you work for a highly scrutinized federal agency already under fire for ineptitude? If you answered "pay $200 to the instructor," then maybe you are among those TSA agents getting the boot from Philadelphia International Airport.

Back in November, the TSA got wind that something might be rotten among the screeners and pat-downers at PHL, and suspended 10 agents while it investigated.

In February, a training instructor pleaded guilty in federal court to accepting a $200 payment from one security officer in exchange for a passing grade on a test. She was sentenced to 300 hours of community service and six months of house arrest, with four years of probation.

Then today, the TSA announced it will be dismissing seven additional agents alleged to have paid for passing grades.

The other three suspended TSA staffers have already resigned.

From the TSA statement:


TSA holds all of its employees to the highest professional and ethical standards and has zero tolerance for misconduct in the workplace. The agency takes prompt and appropriate action with any employee who does not follow TSAs procedures and engages in misconduct. The decision to propose the removal of the seven TSA employees affirms our strong commitment to the safety of the traveling public and to hold all our employees to the highest standards of conduct and accountability.

TSA moves to fire 7 Philly workers for misconduct [Philly.com]

7 TSA Workers Being Canned In Wake of Testing Scandal At PHL Airport [CBS Philadelphia]