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Chinese teen sells his kidney for an iPad 2 84tweetsretweet

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ipad2A Chinese teenager was so desperate to acquire the new iPad 2 that he sold one of his kidneys for just £2,000 to pay for it, according to reports.

The 17-year-old boy, identified only by his surname, “Zheng”, confessed to his mother that he had sold the kidney after spotting an online advertisement offering cash to anyone prepared to become an organ donor.

“I wanted to buy an iPad 2, but I didn’t have the money,” the boy told Shenzhen TV in the southern province of Guangdong, “When I surfed the internet I found an advert posted online by agent saying they were able to pay RMB20,000 to buy a kidney.” After negotiations, the boy travelled north to the city of Chenzhou in Hunan Province where the kidney was removed at a local hospital which discharged him after three days, paying a total of RMB22,000 for the organ.

Trading organs online is a common practice in China, despite repeated attempts by China’s government to stamp out the practice. Last year Japanese television reported that a group of “transplant tourists” had paid £50,000 to receive new kidneys in China.

According to official statistics more than a million people in China need a transplant every year, but fewer than 10,000 receive organs, driving an almost unstoppable black-market organ trade that enriches brokers, doctors and corrupt government officials.

 

The boy, who has suffered complications following the surgery, returned home but was unable to keep what he had done from his mother.

“When he came back, he had a laptop and a new Apple handset,” his mother, identified as Miss Liu, told the station, showing off the livid red scar where her son’s kidney was removed, “I wanted to know how he had got so much money and he finally confessed that he had sold one of his kidneys.”

The mother took the son back to Chenzhou to report the crime to the police, however, the mobiles of the three agents that Zheng had contacted were all switched off.

The hospital, which admitted contracting out its urology department to a private businessman, denied any knowledge of the surgery.

The case, which caused an online furore, was cited by some as an extreme example of the rampant materialism of modern China.

Thousands of comments were posted on internet discussion groups, with many lamenting the lack of rule of law in China and the “immorality” of the new, ‘capitalist’ China.

“This is a failure of education, the first purpose of which is to ‘propagate morality’,” said one comment on Hong Kong’s Phoenix TV website, “This teenager’s stupid behaviour is a manifestation of his radically materialistic values.” “To sell a kidney in order to buy consumer goods? What vanity!” added another, “It is undeniable that modern Chinese teenagers’ morality is declining. This is something we must all think about.”

Apple products like the iPhone and the iPad are in huge demand in China, and are seen as a badge of wealth and sophistication by young consumers.

Last month scuffles broke out among desperate shoppers outside several Beijing Apple Stores as they queued to buy the newly launched iPad2 and white iPhone4.
Source: The Telegraph

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Atheists sue Little Rock’s city bus line 30tweetsretweet

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Atheists sue over bus ads on God-free lifestyle

LITTLE ROCK, Ark (Reuters) – A coalition of atheists is accusing Little Rock’s city bus line of violating their rights to free speech in a fight to place ads on public buses praising a God-free lifestyle.

The Central Arkansas Coalition of Reason alleged in a lawsuit that the Central Arkansas Transit Authority and its advertising agency are discriminating against the group because they’re being required to pay tens of thousands of dollars to put $5,000 worth of ads on 18 buses.

The ads would read: “Are you good without God? Millions are.”

Other groups, including churches, have not been required to pay the fee, which amounts to $36,000 in insurance in case of an attack on the buses by angry Christians, according to the lawsuit.

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World’s Most Expensive Golf Course

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 Dutch Docklands, a player in the world of floating technologies, (or making land where there was no land), has announced plans to build a $500 million floating golf course off the Maldives coast. While there are plenty of golf courses that claim to be “on” the water, this one would quite literally be atop the Indian Ocean.

golf courseThe concept is a series of man-made islands with one or more holes on each, linked by transparent undersea tunnels. Golfers walk or ride through these submerged pathways, taking in the seafloor sights while pondering which iron to use next. And the clubhouse? You’ll have to take an elevator to the sea bottom to get to it. At half a billion dollars, it will be by far the most expensive golf course ever built.

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  • sirdawko Barman says to Paddy “Your glass is empty, fancy another one?” lookin puzzled Paddy says “Why would l want two empty glasses?”
    Posted by sirdawko  09/12/2011 12:59 PM   8 Like
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  • sirdawko The wife said to me yesterday ” I bet you can’t go one day without cracking a joke about my periods”…..” You’re on ” I said
    Posted by sirdawko  08/12/2011 09:55 AM   14 Like
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  • Slickpony I overheard a woman yelling at her husband for paying more attention to Facebook than to her,or at least that’s what I think she said to me.
    Posted by Slickpony  08/12/2011 05:57 AM   11 Like
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  • Slickpony so….some guy at my kids school just asked me if I was a homosexual….I believe his exact words were….”Do you like Twilight”?….
    Posted by Slickpony  08/12/2011 05:51 AM   14 Like
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  • sirdawko If reincarnation existed most men would come back as a spider … so they could finally hear a woman say…. oh my god its huge.
    Posted by sirdawko  07/12/2011 02:54 PM   14 Like
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  • Haha_nuts My friends wife asked me to prepare his son for his first day of school. Hes a ginger so I punched him in the face and stole his lunch money
    Posted by Haha_nuts  05/12/2011 07:12 PM   11 Like
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  • sirdawko Been sacked frm my A&E job.Apparently winking at the patient’s relatives after the surgeon says”she’s got a really deep gash”is”insensitive”
    Posted by sirdawko  05/12/2011 05:59 PM   11 Like
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  • DJ Dusty Saw a busker with a didgeridoo and he was playing “Dancing Queen” on it. That’s Aboriginal, I thought.
    Posted by DJ Dusty  05/12/2011 01:08 PM   6 Like
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Redsnow 0.9.9 B5 released to Jailbreak iOS 5 / iOS 4.3.3 on iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch

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Redsnow 0.9.9b5 is rolled out by iPhone Dev Team to support iOS 5 jailbreak on all devices except iPad 2. However, it is to be noted that this version provides tethered jailbreak on iOS 5 devices. Those users who are still looking for untethered jailbreak on iOS 4.3.1, iOS 4.3.2 and iOS 4.3.3 can still use Redsnow 0.9.6 RC16. First we will post the complete step by step guide for iOS 5 users and after that some lines about previous jailbreak.

If you rely on iPhone Unlock, never follow this guide. Head over to this post for complete step by step guide on “How to Unlock iOS 5″ to unlock and jailbreak your device at the same time.

Redsn0w 0.9.9 b5 to Jailbreak iOS 5:

Note: All those users who rely on unlock must not try this guide. In fact they must not upgrade their devices to iOS 5 otherwise they may lose the unlock ability forever.

Requirements:

  • iOS 5 Firmware [the links are at the bottom of this guide]
  • iTunes 10.5
  • Redsn0w 0.9.9 b5
  • And of course an iPhone or iPad/iPod Touch

Guide:

Step 1: Download iTunes 10.5 and install it on your PC.

Step 2: Sync and back up your iPhone using iTunes.

Step 3: After you have backed up your device, update it to iOS 5.

Step 4: Download Redsn0w 0.9.9 b5 and launch it.

Redsnow 0.9.9 b5

Step 5: Click on “Jailbreak” option.

Blank Cydia

Step 6: Now select “Install Cydia” and if you want to use the Multitask Gestures on iOS 5, select the third option too, as shown in this picture.

Step 7: Switch off your device and put it into DFU mode. Follow the on-screen instructions to ener DFU mode. The instructions are:

DFU iOS5

  • Switch off your device.
  • Hold down the power button for 3 seconds.
  • Without releasing the Power Button, hold down the Home Button too.
  • Keep pressed both buttons for 10 seconds.
  • Now release the Power button but keep pressed the Home button for further 15 seconds.
  • You will see a blank (black) screen that indicates your device is in DFU mode.

Step 8: Sit back and let Redsn0w do the rest of the work. Redsn0w will install the required files on iPhone.

Step 9: After your device restarts, you will notice a new icon named “Cydia” which might be blank at this stage. Now again launch Redsn0w, go to Extras and select “Just boot” option. Follow the on-screen instructions which are similar to Step 7.  Now when your device restarts you will notice “Redsn0w logo”. After the deice has restarted, you can see “Cydia” icon.

Cydia

Fire up Cydia, tap on User option and start installing your favorite tweaks and Cydia apps. If you want to get further help on this jailbreak guide for iOS 5, please follow us on Twitter/Facebook.

Downloads:

Download Redsn0w 0.9.9b5:

  • Download Redsn0w 0.9.9b4 for Windows [Beta 5 version for Windows is under testing, but this beta 4 will also work].
  • Download Redsn0w 0.9.9 b5 for Mac

Download iOS 5.

Download iTunes 10.5 which is required to install the iOS 5  on your device.

Redsn0w 0.9.6 RC 16 to Jailbreak iOS 4.3.3/iOS 4.3.2/iOS 4.3.1:

Redsnow 0.9.6 RC16 has been released to jailbreak iOS 4.3.1 [iOS 4.3.2] and iOS 4.3.3. This new and updated version provides untethered jailbreak on all idevices except iPad 2.

Update: Redsnow RC16 is now available. It fixes side switch vibration issue on iPhone 4 and iPhone 3GS. For more details head over to this post.

As usual Redsn0w 0.9.6 is available for both Windows and Mac users. Head over to “How to Jailbreak iOS 4.3.1 Untethered Using Redsn0w 0.9.6 RC9 [HowTo Guide]” for complete step by step jailbreak tutorial.

Redsnow 0.9.6 RC15 Update Notes:

… three in a row!  Apple released iOS 4.3.3 on Wednesday, and once again the untethered jailbreak exploit that@i0n1c created for 4.3.1 still works.  That makes it an unprecedented three firmwares where the same userland exploit works.  We’re not exactly sure why Apple hasn’t fixed the hole yet, but we’re not complaining!

Today’s PwnageTool and redsn0w incorporate @i0n1c’s port to 4.3.3 (it’s ironic that such a long-lasting untether doesn’t even have an official name!).  It also of course uses geohot’s limera1n bootrom exploit to inject the jailbreak.  The 4.3.3 untether works on all devices that actually support 4.3.3 except for the iPad2:

  • iPhone3GS
  • iPhone4 (GSM)
  • iPod touch 3G
  • iPod touch 4G
  • iPad1
  • AppleTV2G (v4.3 8F202)

Some things to note:

  1. ultrasn0w unlockers must stay away from redsn0w!  Use only a custom IPSW to update to 4.3.3, to avoid updating your baseband. There are plenty of tutorials for both redsn0w and PwnageTool at sites like shoutpedia.  Or feel free to ask away in our comments section below.
  2. ultrasn0w has been updated to v1.2.3 to be compatible with iOS 4.3.3 and earlier (the ultrasn0w update does not include any new baseband support!).Please reboot your iPhone using the normal “slide to power off” swipe after installing ultrasn0w 1.2.3.
  3. By popular demand, redsn0w now allows you to enable multitasking gestures (although most will find it useful only on iPads).
  4. iPad2 update:  The iPad2 jailbreak remains under development.  As you may know, the original exploit @comex developed in the first week of the iPad2 release was mysteriously fixed by Apple within days of its development.  Partly because of this, don’t expect much public discussion of the iPad2 jailbreak until it’s actually finished and ready for release (and please avoid asking about it).  In all liklihood, it will be a userland exploit like the first (unreleased) one, not dependent on bootrom dumps.  The first one can’t be released even for those with the original 4.3 firmware due to legal (distribution) reasons.

As always, please feel free to ask for help or advice in our comment section, with out friendly moderators Confucious, sherif_hashim, dhlizard, Frank55, and subarurider (and many other very knowledgable commenters too!)

Other Redsnow Updates:

  • Redsnow 0.9.6 RC 12 adds the option to enable boot animations and removes some misleading information from settings related to side switch. You can read the more details in our this post.
  • Redsn0w 0.9.6 RC13b is now available to jailbreak iOS 4.3.2 on all idevices except iPad 2. iPhone 4 untethered jailbreak support has been dropped from this update due to some problem on this model. Tethered jailbreak is still possible on iOS 4.3.2 using this new version. Download RC13b from here.
  • Redsnow 0.9.5 RC14  provides untethered iOS 4.3.2 jailbreak on all idevices including iPhone 4 but except iPad 2. Get it here.

If you have already jailbroken (tethered) your device using the early version of Sn0wbreeze or Unofficial PwnageTool bundles, you can simply run the Redsnow over it to get untethered jailbreak.

Downloads:

  • Download redsnow 0.9.6 RC 12 for Windows
  • Download redsnow 0.9.6 rc12 for Mac
  • Download Redsow 0.9.6 RC14 on Mac
  • Download Redsnow 0.9.6 RC 14 on Windows
  • Download Redsnow 0.9.6 RC15 for Mac
  • Download Redsnow 0.9.6 RC15 onWindows
  • Download iOS 4.3.3 for your idevice
  • Download Redsnow 0.9.6 RC16 for OS X
  • Download Redsnow 0.9.6 RC16 for Windows

How to Jailbreak and Unlock iOS 4.3.3:

The step by step jailbreak guide using redsnow is posted in this post and if you are still on unlockable baseband, head over to this post for unlock instructions.

If you are looking for iPad 2 Jailbreak, read how to jailbreak it with JailbreakMe 3.0. While iOS 5 beta 5 jailbreakers need to download Redsn0w 0.9.8b5 which provides tethered jailbreak on all idevices except iPad 2.

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