I wanted to report on my kindle 3 after a month of casual useThe Kindle is fun to use and I’ve gotten a lot of great, free classic books, usinggutenberg.org and also Google Books, with the downloading software availablefrom calibre-ebook.com.One “sleeper feature” I’ve taken to using on the Kindle issending myself PDF copies of tax articles that I find on SSRN – – often throughtaxprof.typepad.com – – Professor Paul Caron’s super-useful tax website. Idownload the PDFs of the articles and then forward them to mypersonal “free.kindle.com” address on my Kindle. Reading the PDFarticles on the Kindle is much easier than doing so on the computerscreen, and I don’t have to worry about battery life while traveling. Forexample, I read a bunch of PDF articles on the Kindle last week, on aplane from Albuquerque to Baltimore, and it worked great.With respect to copies of PDF law articles, I find it easier toadjust the Kindle to read in landscape mode. The columnar widthis much better for reading than the standard portrait orientation
The iPhone is not logging your location. Rather, it’s maintaining a database of Wi-Fi hotspots and cell towers around your current location, some of which may be located more than one hundred miles away from your iPhone, to help your iPhone rapidly and accurately calculate its location when requested. Calculating a phone’s location using just GPS satellite data can take up to several minutes. iPhone can reduce this time to just a few seconds by using Wi-Fi hotspot and cell tower data to quickly find GPS satellites, and even triangulate its location using just Wi-Fi hotspot and cell tower data when GPS is not available (such as indoors or in basements). These calculations are performed live on the iPhone using a crowd-sourced database of Wi-Fi hotspot and cell tower data that is generated by tens of millions ofiPhones sending the geo-tagged locations of nearby Wi-Fi hotspots and cell towers in an anonymous and encrypted form to Apple.
New York Law Journal
April 28, 2011
ALBANY – The next round of layoffs in the state court system will touch off a scramble in which senior employees whose jobs are being eliminated will claim the positions of less-experienced colleagues.
“It is an unseemly process, which is why we always say it sounds better to say you are going to lay off workers than to actually do it,” said Steven Madarasz, a spokesman for the Civil Service Employee Association. The CSEA is the largest of 11 unions representing court employees, counting as members about 6,000 of the courts’ 15,200 nonjudicial workers.
“It is a pretty ugly process because who gets the initial layoff notice may well not be the person who actually goes out the door,” Mr. Madarasz added.