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Comment Re:What the fsycke happened ? (Score 1) 626

How so? There's a long history of creationists wanting to suppress the teaching of evolution and science within the classroom. The Scopes Monkey trial, for example, highlights the lengths that this minority would go to (including legislating for an entire state) or otherwise attempting to mandate Intelligent Design's teaching. Surely it cannot be that unimportant, given that it required a court case to stop these people from teaching ID in the classroom.

Comment Re:You can say it all you want (Score 1) 316

I find this comment facetious. It's not like the Chinese don't value their athletes in the same way, just look at people like Yao Ming or Liu Xiang, two huge household names in China who make hundreds of millions off of sponsorships. Hell, they treat OUR NBA athletes like we do. Kobe is probably the most popular person in China. They only got more people because more people entered, and because it's very likely many more of them had the time to do this because they were unemployed.

Comment Re:Cisco vs. Wash DC? (Score 1) 284

Back in the day, and I mean way back when, work in the US government was considered a service to the country and not a means to make oneself rich.

Back then, only those who didn't need to work for a living (literally aristocrats) could participate in government. Unless you'd like to deny participation in the government to anyone who isn't already rich, there is no alternative.

How Does a 9/80 Work Schedule Work Out? 1055

cellocgw writes "My company is in the process of implementing a version of '9/80,' a work schedule that squeezes 80 hours' labor time into 9 business days and provides every other Friday off. I was wondering how this has been implemented in other companies, and how it's worked out for other Slashdot readers. Is your system flexible? Do you find time to get personal stuff done during the week? Is Friday good for anything other than catching up on lost sleep? And perhaps most important, do your managers respect the off-Fridays, or do they pull people in on a regular basis to handle 'crises?'"

Qtrax — Ad-Supported Music With iPod Compatibility? 131

dnormant writes in with a note about QTrax, a 5-year-old startup that just announced deals with all the major labels to provide free, ad-supported music downloads. The new wrinkle is that, though the free tracks come encumbered with Windows Media DRM, QTrax claims that they will be playable soon on iPods. Wired's assumption is that the company is on the verge of a deal with Apple to allow use of its FairPlay DRM in place of Microsoft's. (Apple hasn't licensed FairPlay to anyone so far.) The AP coverage of the story assumes that QTrax has found a way around FairPlay on the iPod, and if so, that its solution will break the next time Apple updates iTunes.

Man Finally Makes the Weed-Removing Robot 258

Roland Piquepaille writes "According to the Ludington Daily News, Michigan, Danish agricultural engineers have built a robot to help farmers with weeds. The Hortibot is about 3-foot-by-3-foot, is self-propelled, and uses global positioning system (GPS). It can recognize 25 different kinds of weeds and eliminate them by using its weed-removing attachments. It's also very environmentally friendly because it can reduce herbicide usage by 75 percent. But so far, it's only a prototype and the Danish engineers need to find a manufacturer for distribution."
Role Playing (Games)

Submission Second Life meets Real Life Trouble

Zephida writes: "The BBC is reporting thatSecond Life is being investigated by German police following allegations that some members are trading child abuse images in the online world http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/6638331.stm FTA: The investigation follows a report by a German TV news programme which uncovered the trading group and members who pay for sex with virtual children. The police are now trying to identify the Second Life members involved. Linden Lab, the creator of Second Life, said it would help identify users and pass on details to prosecutors"
User Journal

Journal Journal: Parents are stupid.

Throughout history parents have always been given control over most of their children's activities. So why is it when it comes to violent and mature video games that parents want the video game industry to stop their children from buying the games for them?

We warn the reader in advance that the proof presented here depends on a clever but highly unmotivated trick. -- Howard Anton, "Elementary Linear Algebra"