Fishing Parachute: Tire 'Em Out, Reel 'Em In
"This doesn't seem quite fair, similar to using a submachine gun for hunting."
wait...using a submachine gun isn't fair?...i don't know what book you're readin' from but squirrels are probably the most dangerous predators on the N. American continent (and tasty too!) and there's no limit inside the city.
by keng


BenQ FP92V: A Monitor Coated for Color and Resilience
Yep, Benq actually do say it's got "a 3H on the MOH's hardness scale", not that there's usually an H on the end of the number, or that "Mohs" normally has three caps or an apostrophe.
The main thing that makes me think they don't know what the heck they're talking about, though, is that a Mohs score of 3 indicates a subatance that is, as you say, harder than a fingernail, but not by much.
The glass over the front of a normal LCD monitor has a Mohs hardness of 5.5. Anti-reflective coatings are likely to be softer, but I suspect plenty of them have hardness 3 or more. You can't just scrape the coating off a monitor with one swipe of your fingernail, after all.
So my best guess is that Benq's marketing slime molds just got the number wrong.
(The Mohs scale is ordinal, by the way - it only tells you what's harder than what, not by how much. Calcite scores 3, diamond scores 10, but diamond is actually more than 160 times as hard as calcite. Note also that you can eventually scratch anything with anything, no matter how big the hardness difference is. You can drill through a steel plate with wooden dowels, if you've got enough patience {and dowels}.)
by Daniel Rutter

Donate Your Old Cellphones, PDAs, and Digital Cameras For Charity
Not to rain on this parade, but these types of organizations (ESPECIALLY cell recyclers) make me sick. My wife has dealings with the people who run organizations like this from time to time, and as a broad generalization, they're dirtbags.
This is just the new round in people preying on your emotions to make money. Previously, it was donating your old cell phone to help abused women. Generally, they donate around 1% of the value of the item back to the charity. In the abused women scenrio, they would buy one new phone for every few hundred or so they received. To put that in perspective, if the phone is worth $20, then they refurb/recycle it and give $.20 to charity or put that towards the purchase of a new phone.
A quote from the site:
"How much will be paid to my selected charity for every item I donate?
Depending on the model and condition of each item we will doante a % of market value for every item to be refurbished, and a flat donation amount for every item that is recycled. Due to the changing conditions of our vendors, markets and pricing, these amounts change from week to week. We do promise that every donation is fair, and being the only 501c3 Non-Profit wireless recycling program for other non-profits, you can be rest assured that funding for every donation is being recieved by your selected charities."
If they are truely above board, they'd list the actual percentages and the flat donation. Is it too much that they update their pricing information on a weekly basis? Why should I trust them that the donation is "fair"? Fair to whom? Fair to them? Fair to the charity?
Granted, if the crap is just sitting around your place and you want to get rid of it, that's fine, but use the Salvation Army or Goodwill. At least you know that with them, the money raised will directly benefit your own community and not go into the pockets of some scam artist hiding behind the curtain of "charity".
by Elvisisdead


Trekkers Rejoice: HTC STRTrK FCC Approved
There was a WinMo based phone that was literally a "star trek phone" - it wasn't quite like the ST Communicator, but at least it had all the sound effects and skins of the LCARS (?!) interface on the inside.
Alas, I seem to recall it's been delayed extensively, so much so I think by the time it comes out, we'll have the real communicators.
by Worf


Tiger Woods Hates Cameraphones, Has a Hot Wife
My Razr can make a Chimp noise or a Quack would that be better? It'll sound natural and blend in the background . . .
:QUACK:
I'll just turn it off . . .
by mjsmitho


How to NOT become a Gizmodo Commenter
You can al kiss my ass.
by Blake Williams