Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 22nd Jul 2009 18:20 UTC, submitted by tupp
Apple It seems Apple is on a roller coaster ride this week, going from bad news to good news, back to bad news again. A local television station from Seattle, US, forced the Consumer Product Safety Commission via the Freedom Of Information Act to hand over an 800-page report about fire hazards posed by Apple's iPod music players. Experts on consumer safety agree that it's time Apple makes public statements about the fire hazards posed by iPods.
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Whahahaha... the idea of Thom as "Apple hater"... thanks for the great joke for me to wake up to! It's funny how in just one article, you manage to defend an "INDEPENDENT overseer", while also attacking a reporter whom I find to often remain quite neutral ("independent") even on topics he is openly in favor of. There aren't many "bad Apple" articles on OS News, but those that are, I think are justified.

Risk psychology among others asserts that we see something as "less of a risk" if accidents occur over time killing or injuring small amounts of people (e.g. car crashes, iBurns) than when they kill or injure many at once (e.g. plane crashes). If an iPod somehow caused the amount of people currently having burns but in a single event (such as a large explosion, which I think is not physically possible), responses to this article would be very different. Another factor is ignorance: when you don't know of a risk, it's not as risky (<-- duh). Because events happened over time and are quite isolated, the cover-up through frustrating the Freedom of Information Act procedure has its merit for Apple. In summary, it's all in the way we are apt to respond to risk and health hazards.

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