I know I shouldn't laugh...
but by god thats funny!
An Italian wedding reception ended badly when the bride's bouquet downed an ultralight aircraft, the Corriere della Sera reports. The happy couple had tasked pilot Luciano Nannelli, 61, with dropping the floral display on eager bridesmaids lined up at the do in Montioni Park, Suvereto. However, when passenger Isidoro Pensieri …
Tsk. So these bold aviators got tasked with some martial, beg pardon marital weaponeering, and got brought down by their own ordnance? Very poor.
Mind you, if this incident had involved a proper surface-to-air bouquet, I suppose that might have encouraged the Taliban to grow flowers other than poppies.
Links on the web (in Italian) say it was an autogiro, and typically they have pusher props. You don't have to be too clever to figure out what's going to happen to anything you throw out of the plane when you've got a pusher prop behind you. Well, I guess you do have to be more clever than these Eyeties.
Still, score one for flight safety in that area, now these muppets are downed for a bit.
It's a wedding, I'm sure there is a video. Let's see!
"narrowly missing a hostel packed with fifty young people." — so what? It's an ultralight. Even in Italy it wouldn't do much more harm than crushing a couple windows at best, would it? Unless "packed" means they were all crammed into the same room...
These things are (usually, ´cept in .it, it seems) wielded by a woman in an extraordinarily high stress condition. You do the math.
anyway, reminds me of a friends wedding where the girls rushed forward and one being stopped by her friend who shouted "YOU TOUCH THAT GODDAMN THING AND I`LL CHOP YOUR HANDS OFF!"
Beer, Czech lager please. Less hazzle than a woman.
Intel's doing a European version of Amazon HQ2: enticing governments to pledge more and more funds to subsidize the construction of chip mega-plants along with ever-growing packages of benefits.
Recent reports have named Germany, Italy, and France as potential spots for new Intel super-fabs, factories, and offices. Italy just now reportedly established a $4.6bn fund to lure Intel and its chipmaking to the nation.
The EU has noted that the continent doesn't have an advanced chip manufacturing industry like that of Asia or the US. Meanwhile, Intel has said it is looking to establish leading-edge fabs in Europe with investments potentially reaching €80bn.
In the wee hours of Thursday morning, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched NASA’s Imaging X-ray Polarimetry Explorer (IXPE) mission into orbit from Florida’s Kennedy Space Center.
IXPE's job is to peer into the dark corners of the universe, where it's hoped it will spot the remnants of supernovae, supermassive black holes, and other high-energy objects.
That mission has progressed well so far. About 33 minutes after launch the spacecraft separated and unfurled its solar arrays.
Amazon was slapped with a whopping €1.13bn (£963.7m or $1.3bn) fine by Italy’s antitrust regulator on Thursday for “abusing its dominant position” and handicapping sellers that aren’t using its logistics service.
The ecommerce giant offers to pack, ship, and deliver goods sold by third-party vendors under its Fulfillment by Amazon (FBA) platform. Sellers only have to send their products to an Amazon warehouse, and its workers will handle everything else from there. Although the service is handy, it cuts into their profits.
FBA costs anywhere from $0.99 per item to $39.99 per month to process an unlimited number of orders in the US. Amazon also charges a referral fee that ranges from eight to 15 per cent on items, as well as any extra storage costs too. Vendors that cough up for FBA receive certain privileges that others do not, according to Italian authorities Autorità Garante della Concorrenza e del Mercato (AGCM).
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Even if you were an authorized Apple reseller, if you weren't on Apple's special list, you couldn't flog its wares on Amazon's Italian souk. That was deemed by the watchdog to be against Europe's rules on fair competition and pricing in the marketplace. Apple bought Beats in 2014.
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Altroconsumo, backed by parent consumer group Euroconsumers, claims Apple's iOS deliberately slowed down apps running on iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 6S and 6S Plus models to drive people into buying newer and better gear. The rights warriors say one million of these handhelds were sold in Italy.
Google was tickled with a €100m fine by Italy’s monopoly watchdog on Thursday for unfairly holding back an Android app maker.
The Italian Competition Authority said Google “holds a dominant position” in the industry, given its curated Play Store that comes with Android, and that about three quarters of smartphones in the Euro nation run the operating system. As gatekeepers of this software bazaar, Google controls what apps are allowed, and what access third-party developers can have with its own apps or services. Not only that, but Google abuses this position and favors its own applications, breaking European law, the regulator said.
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Colt, however, claimed in court to have a good reason for not paying: its auditors had discovered that SGG looked like it could be a vehicle for tax fraud. So it applied for an injunction to prevent SGG issuing the petition on the grounds that it would be an abuse of legal process.
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Faround was released in October 2012 and within just two months, Facebook had launched its version - Nearby Places. Faround was furious and after four years of fighting, the courts agreed that Facebook had stolen its concept and format, changing only its graphic layout. The US mega-corp was ordered to pull its version and publish the ruling both on its websites and in two national newspapers.
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