News Roundup: Al Gore's 30-Inch Trio, MacBooks Missing Colors, Hanging Out with Woz, and More

News Roundup: Al Gore's 30-Inch Trio, MacBooks Missing Colors, Hanging Out with Woz, and More

The perks of being on Apple's Board of Directors: Hey, it's Monday, so let's ease ourselves into the week, not with some serious, hard hitting news, but with a photo of Al Gore and his trio of 30-inch Apple Cinema Displays from Time's recent profile of The Great Warming Warner. There's also the HDTV, which probably has Current TV airing constantly. For a man who preaches about global warming, you'd think he'd minimize the stacks of paper on his desk - if his office caught fire, he'd raise global carbon emissions by a substantial percentage.

 

MacBook class action lawsuit: Fred Greaves and Dave Gately have filed a class action lawsuit in California superior court against Apple. The plaintiffs claim that Apple's MacBooks are falsely advertised as having 8-bit displays with millions of colors, when, in fact, the displays are 6-bit and using dithering. Our favorite take on this tempest in a teapot comes from a comment to Ars Technica's coverage, to wit: "Hey, wait a minute... My computer only displays red, green, and blue! And creates the illusion of displaying all those other colors. Off to file a lawsuit..."

 

Fake email did not come from Apple: Remember last week, when a fake email saying that the iPhone and Leopard would be delayed sent Apple's stock tumbling? It was initially reported that the fake memo originated from a source at Apple, but now Apple says the fake Apple memo wasn't sent from an Apple source. Apple declined to give any details about its own investigation into the situation, which means we'll probably never really know what happened.

 

Woz wows 'em at Maker Faire: Steve Wozniak drew a big crowd at the Maker Faire this past weekend, entertaining the crowd with stories about math and engineering. He then hopped on his Segway and rode off into the sunset.

 

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The Carbon Dioxide Glaciers on Mars are Receding. Plus, by some measurements, the radiation from the sun has increased by something like 2-3% in the last 25 years.
Add...it...up.

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Anonymous

It amazes me that people seem to have no idea about the realities of an issue as important as this beyond sound bites and half truths. "Global Cooling" was mentioned by someone as being an early "fraud". Well.. Cooling or Warming are both just over-simplified ways of labeling a problem to create interesting headlines. The real issue... which has now been tested in more scientifically valid studies then I have room to list is that our actions are CHANGING THE CLIMATE. If you are looking at something as complex as the entire world, it's not going to be like changing the thermostat in your home. Change will not happen in one year or two but over decades and one change someplace will have dozens of effects in other places so that a shift in a wind pattern might make New York state warmer and at the same time make part of England colder. The overall effect is that things will NOT remain the same as they have been in the past and people and business that depended on something they could historically rely on will be hurt. (Just ask the Vermont Maple Syrup harvester whose trees started running their sap a month or two early when there were record high temperatures in February and then stopped again when the cold they usually got in February showed up in late March) In the long run, there is valid evidence that we have had an effect on our world and it will make life harder for many of us. (How could anyone really expect that the TONS of garbage we have added to our environment would NOT have had an effect?)

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Anonymous

Ha!!
Meteorologists can't even accurately predict the weather 5 days from today.
Get it thru your head... Cooling or warming is not my point. The point is that it isn't my or your fault.... Its called nature you narcissist. We don't hold such power.
A solar flare can wipe us out in half a second and nothing you do will stop it from happening. This world is billions of years old, I doubt my '88 Blazer is killing it or that your Prius is saving it. The world and life on it will go on with or with out AL Bore's help.

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grj

DANG!!! I just ordered my first Apple computer (new MacBook). Now that I have learned Al is on the board, I may have to send it back.

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Anonymous

Global warming is a hoax. Al Gore is a fraud -- he's just a money-grubbing tool of the nuclear power industry, which stands to make big $$$$ if all you liberals fall for the fake "global warming" fraud. Wake up, America!

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Untitled

Through scientific data we can prove that atmospheric, ground, and ocean temperatures are rising. The state of disagreement, or debate, on this subject is the cause of global warming. The scientific community has two main theories for its cause; man-made greenhouse gas output, and naturally occurring processes that do not center on the impact of humans.

Neither one of those theories claim that global warming is a hoax.

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Anonymous

I can't believe people still deny the existence of global warming despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary. Al Gore, David Suzuki and countless others have been singing the same old song for decades but Gore is the only one who has enough clout to actually DO something about it, so that makes him a fraud? What could he POSSIBLY stand to gain from his "fake" claims?


Please enlighten us....!

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Anonymous

POLITICIANS PAY SCIENTISTS TO MAKE A BIG DEAL OUT OF GLOBAL WARMING, SO THEN THEY CAN MAKE UP A "PLAN OF ACTION" AND GET ELECTED


CALIFORNIA IS STUPID BY BANNING RETAILERS FROM SELLING INCANDESCENT LIGHT BULBS BY THE YEAR 2012 TO PREVENT GLOBAL WARMING, WHICH WON'T EVEN OCCUR FOR HUNDREDS OF YEARS! WHAT ABOUT THOSE WHO CAN'T AFFORD CFLs (stupid technology) or LED BULBS?(the future lies in solar, hydro, and wind power, AND LEDs TOO)


AS FOR GLOBAL WARMING,
We shouldn't be concerned, or even think about it for at least 200 years. and, it won't flood the earth anyway.


THE MAC IS BETTER THAN PEE-CEEs!

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Anonymous

Global warming may be real. As real as Global cooling was in the 70's... Some of us remember.
In April, 1975, in an issue of NEWSWEEK published a small back-page article about a very different kind of disaster. Citing "ominous signs that the earth's weather patterns have begun to change dramatically," the magazine warned of an impending "drastic decline in food production." Political disruptions stemming from food shortages could affect "just about every nation on earth." Scientists urged governments to consider emergency action to head off the terrible threat of . . . well, if you had been following the climate-change debates at the time, you'd have known that the threat was: global cooling.
Al Gore is full of him-self and so are all those that blame us humans for weather patterns.
People: WE ARE NOT THAT FREAKING POWERFUL!

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Anonymous

Al Gore's demagoguery on global warming has been thoroughly discredited. What other special qualifications does this man have for being on the Apple BOD? As a longtime Apple customer I don't like it a bit and if I were a stockholder I would try to get him off the board.

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