Monday, December 10, 2012

New EU Law Promotes More Efficient Aircraft Emissions, Stirs Controversy

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Stricter regulations are being placed on plane emissions coming into the EU.

Airplane traffic has been predicted to increase by 50 percent over the next 20 years, however there have been little regulations enforced over the environmental damage being caused by airline emissions. For the most part, global warming and CO2 emissions has been centered around industrial production and automobiles, while very little focus has been placed on airlines. However, the European Union has taken a stance against airplane emissions and put into place a law requiring more in depth documentation of airplane emissions from every company landing within the EU. One problem; not every company is comfortable releasing this information. I wonder why...

"Despite good intentions about contributing to a healthier environment, the European Union recently enforced a law that heavily restricts airline emissions, and has subsequently been met with tremendous opposition. The law essentially requires all aircraft operators touching down or taking off in Europe to offer a permit that illustrates the craft's emissions levels throughout the entire flight.

Still, the step toward environmental friendliness and sustainability is one the United Nations is willing to work toward, but perhaps through a different approach. The U.N.'s International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) is currently working on a compromise to the law in an attempt to find a more practical and applicable solution to global temperature change."

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Thursday, December 6, 2012

Why Fragmentation Is Great For Android Developers And Users

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Think the fragmented Android platform is a hindrance? That is why you fail.

There have been plenty of complaints about how fragmented Android's platform and operating system is, which heavily depends on the hardware providers unveiling updates and software versions. However, looking at a problem and simply letting it get the best of you is how individuals fail in enterprise. I prefer to view challenges as major opportunities, turning shortcomings into major successes. The segmented Android system can stop you in your tracks, but only if you let it. 
"It would be bad form to delve into the world of Android fragmentation wearing a pair of rose-colored glasses, but also don’t overlook the upsides to the OS’s segmentation.

On some levels, the segmented nature of the Android OS is a pain for developers and smartphone users. But there are truly great aspects of segmentation that affect users in a positive way, and there are some upsides for Android developers too."

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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Office Debate: Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays?

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What is kosher for your office?
This seems to be a point of contention these days, mostly by people who are tired of being so politically correct. True, everyone should respect the other religious freedoms and choices of fellow peers, but is simply having a, "Christmas Party," taking things too far? Some people are beginning to argue that since it is Christmas time that you should feel comfortable telling people Merry Christmas, while others still believe that to be discriminatory, opting for Happy Holidays. Religion in the workplace always needs to be handled with care, but what is right for you and your business?

"Merry Christmas! Or is it Happy Holidays? Which holidays are you allowed to call by name when offering someone your best wishes? More importantly, what is appropriate to talk about in the workplace? Just about every employer gives their employees time off for Christmas, but is it fair to only celebrate a Christian holiday? Sure, people of all faiths receive time off to celebrate their religious holidays, but are you being sensitive to them when the office is primarily decorated with Christmas trees and Santa Claus figures? It's unsafe to assume your employees practice Christianity or observe Christmas in some form, even if you work in a church environment. The holidays are a time of spirited music and togetherness. What can you do to help promote acceptance of diversity in your workplace?"

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