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+ - Visa to offer person-to-person payments-> 1

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angry tapir
angry tapir writes "Visa has announced it is planning a new service that will let U.S. customers send money directly to one another, presenting new competition to PayPal. Visa already lets people send money to Visa accounts in many other countries, but this will be the first time it will offer the service in the U.S."
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+ - Evolution Of Virus

Submitted by adeelarshad82
adeelarshad82 (1482093) writes "This month marks the 40th birthday for the computer virus. While understandably most of us won't be wishing the virus many happy returns, it's certainly interesting to see how the virus has evolved over the past few decades and become a much greater threat simply due to more connectivity. For instance the Creeper Virus, the very first one, ran in the restricted ARPANET and did little damage, the Stuxnet virus in 2010 infected nearly a hundred thousand computers across the globe."

Comment: Why not board games? (Score 2, Insightful) 123

by Dracil (#32052296) Attached to: Kid Health Experts Attack Video Game Summer Camp

If the point is social opportunity, then these provide a good social opportunity that does not require sitting in front of a screen. It arguably also requires a bit more thinking than the average video game. I'm of course, talking about games like Puerto Rico, Small World, Tigris & Euphrates, or Battlestar Galactica. Not games like Monopoly.

Comment: Re:If I could do it, I would! (Score 1) 658

by Dracil (#31722146) Attached to: What the Top US Companies Pay In Taxes

And people will just buy their goods and services from businesses in countries or states with lower consumption taxes instead.

Not to mention this will cause a shitload of damage on the poor who have to spend every cent they get (causing massive difficulties while getting very little actual tax revenue out of them) while the rich can just hoard their excess money as they see fit.

Comment: Number one cause of accidents? (Score 5, Interesting) 349

by jafo (#31653992) Attached to: Will Your Car Tell You To Put Down the Phone?
I don't know what the current numbers are, but as of a couple of years ago the story was that the leading cause of distracted driver accidents was messing with the climate control and radio. So, yeah, let's go for saving lives and make it so you can't change the radio station, volume, or adjust the temperature. There will probably have to be congressional hearings on whether defogging of the windows is worth the risk involved in enabling it. I guess for safety's sake we should just make defogging be on all the time, just in case.

I personally think that the real problem is people not giving the driving the attention it requires. Whether it's your child (my wife was once rear-ended by a woman in a SUV because she was watching her child in the back seat -- did I mention we drive an impossible-to-miss yellow car), having a beverage, or adjusting the climate control... You need to pay attention to the weapon you are steering.

Sean

Comment: Re:To that I'll add (Score 2, Insightful) 441

by Splab (#31653622) Attached to: Best Way To Land Entry-Level Job?

I never did get my masters, my graduate grades where poor (did half of a masters and got excellent grades there though). I have never had problems landing jobs, 28 years old and earning over $100k.

Having a diploma shows you know how to read, it shows you know how to learn - these are important aspects of a company. Having experience working is also great, but fact is, every time you switch job you are in for a period of relearning - everything they do will be different from whatever you have done earlier.

First problem anyone needs to get past is being sorted out before interviews, writing resumes is a science, but it isn't that hard, there are excellent resources on how to do this, but in my experience, have a generic CV you attach to a personalized e-mail. In the e-mail write why you think you are good for them, but also very important, why you should work for them in terms of what you expect. Keep the CV short and to the point, I've been through hiring people and christ some people attach a lot of meaningless shit.

When you have landed the interview, be prepared! There are a lot of standard questions you will be asked:
http://datsi.fi.upm.es/~frosal/docs/25mdq.html
those 25 suggestions have served me well through my short career. Never lie during the interview, if you have shortcommings, mention them, tell them how you are aware of them and work on them. Show them you are aware of how business works.

Oh, and make sure you look clean. I know a lot of nerds thinks suits are evil, you don't necessarily have to wear a suit, check up on the dresscode at the company - but looking clean is important, if in doubt a nice shirt worn casually with jeans should be nice and neutral.

Also, Office Space while being exaggerated, does have a few points. Hiding in a cubicle will get you fired, showing you have balls and a meaning will often get you promoted - provided you use them at the right time.

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Bark Beetles Hate Rush Limbaugh and Heavy Metal 220

Posted by samzenpus
from the tiniest-minds dept.
Aryabhata writes "According to scientists, climate change and human activity have allowed bark beetle populations to soar. They decided to fight the beetles by using the 'nastiest, most offensive sounds' that they could think of. These sounds included recordings of Guns & Roses, Queen, Rush Limbaugh and manipulated versions of the insects' own sounds. The research project titled 'Beetle Mania' has concluded that acoustic stress can disrupt their feeding and even cause the beetles to kill each other."

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