Monthly Archives: December 2007

According to this US Government site, spare batteries should be packed in carry-on luggage only. Here is the table that appears on the official website.

 

GUIDE TO RULES EFFECTIVE JANUARY 1, 2008
Type Of Battery/Batteries
In Checked Baggage
In Carry-On Baggage:
Lithium Metal Battery, Installed in a Device (up to 2 grams lithium)
Permitted 1
Recommended 1
Spare Lithium Metal Battery (Not Installed In a Device) (up to 2 grams lithium)
(up to 2 grams lithium)

Forbidden
Permitted in carry-on baggage 2
Lithium Metal Battery, Spare or Installed
(over 2 grams lithium)

Forbidden Forbidden
Lithium-Ion Battery Installed in a Device
(up to 8 grams lithium equivalent content)
Permitted 1
Recommended 1
Spare Lithium-Ion Battery (Not Installed in a Device)
(up to 8 grams lithium equivalent content)

Forbidden
Permitted in carry-on baggage 2
“Special Case”
Up to 2 Lithium-Ion Batteries, Spare or Installed
(between 8 and 25 grams aggregate lithium equivalent content)
Spare Batteries: Forbidden!
Installed in Devices: Permitted 1
Spare Batteries: Permitted 2
Installed in Devices: Permitted 1
1. Although you may carry some devices and installed batteries in checked baggage, carrying them in carry-on baggage, when practicable, is preferred. Whether in checked or carry-on baggage, ensure that devices remain switched off, either by built-in switch/trigger locks, by taping the activation switch in the “off” postion, or by other appropriate measures.
 
2. Be sure to take protective measures to prevent against short-circuits. See the spare battery tips and how-to pages.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And a Healthy and Happy New Year

Happy Holidays

ZDnet blogger Russell Shaw certainly has found a scary patent filed by Microsoft.

Enforcing rendering advertisements and other predetermined media
content in connection with playback of downloaded selected media
content. Playback of selected media content is made conditional on
acquisition of a playback token that is generated in response to
playback of the predetermined content.

The playback token may be implemented as a digital rights management
(DRM) license acquired in response to playback of the predetermined
content. Another aspect involves a content insertion engine for
inserting ads or other predetermined content into the playback of
downloaded content
.”

DRM gets more Draconian with every passing day. Since the ad supported model obviously works so poorly, will we be forced into a Big Brother is watching you watch ads universe? Is the next step a patent to embed subliminal ads throughout the entire content? A scary thought that isn’t all that far-fetched.

 

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