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Comment: Re:I don't really buy it (Score 2, Informative) 422 422

If you TRFA here is what happened:

The company was having trouble in 2013 so it laid off some employees

In 2014 the company started doing better

The employees who were laid off in 2013 sued and won

The cost of dealing with the lawsuit caused the company to again experience hardship. This time they closed there doors.

So it had nothing to do with a severance package. When the company started doing better they were forced to compensate employees that were fired when the company was doing badly.

Comment: Re:Don't trust any website (Score 1) 94 94

The article asks:

I was preparing a book for one of my clients and as I am uploading the photos, which are personal, the first thought was... should I really be uploading these photos to this website, we just met?

The answer is no, of course you shouldn't trust any website. If you want it to remain private, leave it off the internet.

I assume that whoever is speaking in the article has a job / contract to prepare these photos for clients who have requested that they upload the photos to the service. In that case leaving them off the Internet is not an option.

Comment: Re:Car analogy (Score 2) 105 105

The government already has access via hand-held battering rams and 14 tonne, wheeled wrecking-balls (AKA assault vehicles). Big money and brute force doesn't work on encryption, unless they turn it into rubber-hose decryption (Oblig. XKCD). But the three-letter agencies can't do that 200 times a day, so they want a cheap, simple solution that labels the common people as criminals without rights.

There are law about that though - a warrant is required for the police to enter my home. DHS is not going to get a warrant to snoop on me.

Comment: Re:Hanggliders (Score 2) 36 36

A hangglider instructor once told me the exact opposite. He experimented with 3d simulators and abandoned them because after the use of the simulator, the pupils took twice as long to learn how to fly as the pupils who never used the simulator.

That sounds suspicious as they are used extensively by the airline industry.

+ - Astronaut snaps epic 'Star Trek' selfie in space->

mpicpp writes: Astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti pays tribute to a "Star Trek" icon with a cosplay photo in zero gravity.

Captain Kathryn Janeway led the USS Voyager through many harrowing lost-in-space adventures. She was the first female Starfleet captain to take the lead role in a "Trek" series. Janeway is fictional, but she is an inspiration to many women interested in space. European Space Agency astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti, the first Italian woman in space, took a moment to celebrate Captain Janeway at around 250 miles above Earth.

Cristoforetti is currently aboard the International Space Station. She tweeted a selfie on April 17 while dressed in a "Star Trek: Voyager"-style red and black uniform with a purple turtleneck. The image shows her pointing a thumb at SpaceX's Dragon supply capsule.

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+ - Mystery of origin of Moon solved->

Meshach writes: There are many theories to how the Earth and Moon formed. One theory that the moon was formed when two proto-planets (Earth and Theia) collided. The situation hypothesized is that the collision destoyed Theia and the the left over parts eventually cooled and created the moon. This is viewed as more likely then the idea that the Earth and Moon formed independently because their composition is so similar. Previously it was thought that the chances for such a collision were very low but new research suggests that the odds are closer to 20 or 30 percent.
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