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February 13, 2008
GOOD DAY FOR: Natural selection, as British police are seeking a jolted would-be copper thief who left a hacksaw lodged in an 11,000 volt power cable. “The sheer stupidity of cutting through power cables should be glaringly obvious to everyone,” said power company manager Phil Wilson. Copper wire thefts from public utilities have spiked worldwide as the price of copper doubled in recent years. (Reuters)
BAD DAY FOR: Keeping current, after Research in Motion blamed its three-hour BlackBerry e-mail outage on a flawed software upgrade. It had blamed its blackout last April on a similar problem, which it claimed to have fixed. “RIM is showing its age,” said analyst Iain Grant at the SeaBoard Group in Montreal. (The New York Times, free registration)
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