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Comment: BAD IDEA fro School (or any employer) (Score 1) 407 407

by DallasMay (#39541929) Attached to: Teacher's Aide Fired For Refusing To Hand Over Facebook Password
Employers should be VERY, VERY careful about how they treat employee's Facebook accounts. An employee's facebook account is likely to have information on the employee's Health Family History Sexuality Marriage Status Religion National Origin Age All of the above could be found on an average facebook account and can be used against an employer in a lawsuit claiming termination based on discrimination. It's really the best idea for employers to make it a clear policy that they DO NOT want to see any of their employees facebook information. If anything, employers should ban their employees from HAVING facebook pages, but that's not likely to make employees very happy.

Comment: Re:Electric Charging Stations (Score 1) 284 284

by DallasMay (#38791029) Attached to: The Coda Electric Car at the Detroit International Auto Show (Video)
We don't need new laws right now. This problem will fix itself as more and more people start buying EVs and retail, offices, and restaurants are forced by the market to add more chargers or enforce the EV parking only themselves. When a large enough percentage of a company's customers stop going to a restaurant because they can't plug-in, then the smart businesses are going to help their customers and the ones that don't will be out of business.

Comment: Almost Perfect (Score 1) 284 284

by DallasMay (#38790945) Attached to: The Coda Electric Car at the Detroit International Auto Show (Video)
Besides the high "early adopter" price, this car is missing one serious feature that makes EVs truly preactical cars -Level III fast charging. The Leaf and the i both have it standard, and it really should be standard on an EV. I would say that even if it raised the price of the vehicle an extra $3000, it should be standard. Add a fast charger and this guy is the perfect EV.

Comment: Author ignorant about Pre-Columbian America (Score 1) 420 420

by DallasMay (#37712974) Attached to: Columbus Blamed For Mini Ice Age
The belief that the pre-columbian indians were small in numbers and lived in sparsely populated and isolated tribes is a myth. They were very numerous, had complex economies, and lived in very large cities throughout the Americas. When the first wave of Europeans came to America, half of the worlds population lived in the Americas. Much evidence suggests that deseases that were brought in by the first wave killed over 90% of the Indian population before the second wave ever arrived. By that time, over 40 years later, Forests that largely didn't exist 40 years before had taken over farm lands and entire cities. The only peoples that survived were the small isolated tribes. Thus the myth that we have. So the authors history is completely backwards.

Comment: Very bad analysis of the situation (Score 1) 223 223

by DallasMay (#37049452) Attached to: Wall Street: Software More Valuable Than Oil
Look at this: Now, Apple has moved to the top of that list, and MS has been a mainstay for a few decades now. How many other software companies are there, vs how many oil companies? The news here is not that Apple is the most valuable, it's that Exxon doesn't have the power in the oil markets that it used to have.

Comment: Re:Been there, done that, so true. (Score 1) 462 462

by DallasMay (#36710518) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Living Without Internet At-Home Access?
The problem with your thesis is that back then there was the necessary infrastructure to get by without the internet. Today it's almost impossible, hence the problems laced into the 'Digital Divide'. You comment would be like a person saying, "I don't need a car because people in the 1800's lived without one." True, but in the 1800's the majority of people were farmers, cities were much more dense, and there were grocers/butchers/markets on every street corner. And you would probably own a horse anyways.

+ - Imagine the TEA Party was Black->

Submitted by DallasMay
DallasMay writes: FTA:

"Imagine that hundreds of black protesters were to descend upon Washington DC and Northern Virginia, just a few miles from the Capitol and White House, armed with AK-47s, assorted handguns, and ammunition. And imagine that some of these protesters —the black protesters — spoke of the need for political revolution, and possibly even armed conflict in the event that laws they didn’t like were enforced by the government? Would these protester — these black protesters with guns — be seen as brave defenders of the Second Amendment, or would they be viewed by most whites as a danger to the republic? What if they were Arab-Americans? Because, after all, that’s what happened recently when white gun enthusiasts descended upon the nation’s capital, arms in hand, and verbally announced their readiness to make war on the country’s political leaders if the need arose."

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