There really needs to be a software engineering major too. Where I went to school, the CS curriculum really didn't cover how to break problems large problems down into logical structures and pieces manageable by small teams, or how write maintainable code, etc. And from talking with others, I gather this is pretty true for most colleges. So don't feel bad..
I actually think it's fine to discriminate in this case. Women and men *are* different and have different needs, especially when it comes to child birth. However, child care is entirely different, and what you suggest makes sense... there should be "primary care" leave as well that's equal between the two.
On the other hand, I think businesses get into this kind of trouble because they try too hard to classify people's personal time. Just give everyone X number of days off and let them manage their time off. I mean you could argue that maternity/paternity leave is also discriminating against single people. I mean why the heck should someone get more days off just because they're giving birth? Shouldn't I be given just as many days in order to find a girl to impregnate in the first place? Who's to judge which one is more important than the other?
We see more and more people coming to us (ESP) for application mail delivery. I kidd you not.
I do not see any other orgs, e.g. Tier1 providers or internet exchanges, providing any relevant and coherent data (maybe I am missing some interesting stuff). Maybe these guys have a stroke of luck/DDoSses (which they can market as well). It does not make the data invalid (hard to validate; yes). They have a reputation to keep up (must be pretty clean).
Now that I think of it: Tier1 family is awfull quiet about DDoS. Good for their business.
If someone is 50% wrong all the time I call him incompetent and fire his ass.
I have a ScanSnap as well, but just use their Mac software. What type of paper are your documents and how many pages do you do at once? I've found for really thin paper or for many pages it helps to simply fan them out a bit. But if you're doing many pages (like over ~20 or so) you might need to feed them in batches... Unfortunately it's a bit of baby-sitting, waiting for it to reach near the end of one batch, then putting the next batch in. But I manage to avoid the multi-page problem most of the time this way.