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Talking points: Notorious P.I.G., tipless dining, Apple apps for kids Add to ...

Big number

7,500 is the number of calories you’ll be consuming if you scarf down the CNE’s Notorious P.I.G. Combo, which includes the “Canuck Burger” with two patties and peameal and crispy bacon, a peanut-butter-and-bacon milkshake and, because that’s not enough, a side of bacon-cheese fries. Be warned: The CNE isn’t big enough to walk all of THAT off – you’ll be running for a week.

Tipless dining, better service

The serving industry is not an easy one; you’re subject to surface judgments about your attitude, knowledge and ability from someone who knows nothing about you and has “gleaned” this in but a couple hours. And yet those customers people wield so much power, they determine how much money you will take home with you. Jay Porter, founder of San Diego’s the Linkery, makes a valid argument for why his restaurant went tipless – and why service improved as a result. “If you don’t have to always think about money, you can focus on doing your job well,” he says. He compares the idea that servers need direct feedback to the ridiculous notion of doctors needing the same: “The next time you see your doctor, ask her if she wouldn’t do better-quality work if she made minimum wage, with the rest of her income from her patients’ tips. I suspect the answer will be a version of ‘No.’” Good point.

Apple apps for kids

Children have had their unwatched, free time in the game world. No longer will they be allowed to purchase whatever they please while inside a game. No playing fake games with Mom and Dad’s real money. Well, in the Apple world at least. The company has made new rules for creating apps for kids; the apps must come with a privacy policy, kids will need parental permission to link out of the app or make a purchase, and games must be made for specific age brackets – five and under, six to eight, or nine to 11. There are also new privacy rules. Apps may only ask for a date of birth if absolutely necessary, and if an app has the capability to share personal information of a minor, it must comply with privacy statutes. All of this is a big push to allow children under 13 to have their own iTunes accounts. The next generation is here.

Fidel Castro.

“I was far from imagining that my life would be prolonged seven more years.”

– The former Cuban leader Fidel Castro (name’s appearing above, right? wrote in a three-page article in the Communist Party newspaper Granma. He was referring to quitting the presidency in 2006 when he was seriously ill. Castro turned 87 this week.

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