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Communications

+ - Comcast Cable Law Enforcement Handbook

Submitted by Vicissidude
Vicissidude (878310) writes "The role of telecommunications companies in intelligence surveillance is under increased scrutiny as the Bush Administration seeks to shield the companies from any liability associated with their cooperation in what may be illegal warrantless surveillance. As part of that scrutiny, a copy of Comcast's Comcast Cable Law Enforcement Handbook was recently obtained by Secrecy News. The cost of your privacy and the privacy of all Comcast customers? Upon lawful request and for $1,000.00, Comcast, one of the nation's leading telecommunications companies, will intercept its customers' communications under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. The cost for performing any FISA surveillance "requiring deployment of an intercept device" is $1,000.00 for the "initial start-up fee (including the first month of intercept service)," according to the manual. Thereafter, the surveillance fee goes down to "$750.00 per month for each subsequent month in which the original [FISA] order or any extensions of the original order are active.""
Businesses

+ - The Need For Unions?

Submitted by Vicissidude
Vicissidude (878310) writes "AT&T mobility informed its nationwide help desk employees that their jobs will be outsourced to IBM beginning next year. The company told the employees in an email and a nationwide conference call on October 4th, "This is to let you know that your job functions and position will be transitioned to IBM effective January 1, 2008." At least 100 employees in the Bothell, WA location will lose their jobs, and scores of other workers around the country in locations such as CA, NJ and GA will also be impacted. However, their jobs could have been saved. WashTech, a union for high-tech workers, attempted to organize the Bothell IT department in 2005, but failed in gathering a majority of workers in signing union recognition cards. Union organizers at the time raised the outsourcing issue noting that without the protections of a union contract, the company can outsource these jobs at any time. Employees at the time cockily responded that their jobs would never be outsourced."

Comment: Re:religion (Score 1) 585

by Vicissidude (#20674185) Attached to: Creationists Silence Critics with DMCA
Actually no, as I said, that's what YOU believe. Interesting that you state "no life from death". But in these cases of Jesus and probably Genesis, you back down. That goes to show your absolute mantra of "no life from death" isn't absolutely true. To you it's just relative to whether YOU think God was involved, as if it can't possibly be true otherwise - just like when the church said it can't possibly be true that the Earth isn't the center of the solar system before it imprisoned Galileo. You are all to ready to accept without evidence that God "transcended the laws of the universe."

Well, I have something to tell you. What can be asserted without evidence can be dismissed without evidence, to paraphrase Christopher Hitchens. There is no "transcending the laws of the universe". There is no outside of the universe, which doesn't make sense anyway because the universe is defined as all that is. God must be part of this universe to interfere in this universe. Then we can see that interference, measure it, and record it. We can record and measure God. And you know what? No one has EVER made such a recording - BECAUSE HE DOES NOT EXIST.

Evolution is still correct since it does NOT deal with how life was created in the first place. Evolution deals with how that life changes over time ONCE IT IS HERE. Your little rant about "no life from death" doesn't dispute evolution AT ALL. It disputes abiogenesis, which this topic was NOT about.

You prefer to view the world the same way as it was first explained to you as a child, with no room for additional information or change. You are literally too stupid, too stubborn, and too closed-minded to realize that.
Space

+ - Man survives getting partially sucked out of plane

Submitted by Vicissidude
Vicissidude (878310) writes "A Boise man says he's lucky to be alive after he was sucked partially out of a medical evacuation airplane 20,000 feet in the air. Chris Fogg is a critical-care nurse with an air ambulance company. He said he was flying with a patient from Idaho to Seattle last Wednesday when he got out of his seat on a two-engine turbo prop to fetch a water bottle. When he sat back down he heard a loud boom and the window next to him exploded. He hadn't yet buckled his seat belt, and his head and his right arm were sucked out of the window."
Robotics

+ - Robots to Replace Migrant Fruit Pickers

Submitted by Vicissidude
Vicissidude (878310) writes "As if the debate over immigration and guest worker programs wasn't complicated enough, now a couple of robots are rolling into the middle of it. Vision Robotics, a San Diego company, is working on a pair of robots that would trundle through orchards plucking oranges, apples or other fruit from the trees. In a few years, troops of these machines could perform the tedious and labor-intensive task of fruit picking that currently employs thousands of migrant workers each season. The robotic work has been funded entirely by agricultural associations, and pushed forward by the uncertainty surrounding the migrant labor force. Farmers are "very, very nervous about the availability and cost of labor in the near future," says Vision Robotics CEO Derek Morikawa."
United States

+ - Ford passes Toyota in vehicle quality rankings

Submitted by Vicissidude
Vicissidude (878310) writes "Ford supplanted Toyota as the leader of the pack in initial quality rankings, taking the top spot in five of 19 segments in the 2007 survey by J.D. Power and Associates, released on Wednesday. Porsche again dominated the overall ranking of brands, averaging 91 problems per 100 vehicles as it had last year. That compared with a 2007 industry average of 125 problems per 100 vehicles. Last year it was 124. Ford Motor Co. earned segment awards for the Ford Mustang, Lincoln Mark LT, Lincoln MKZ, Mercury Milan and Mazda MX-5 Miata. Toyota Motor Corp., which grabbed the top spot in 11 segments last year, captured only three this year, as did Mercedes-Benz. Toyota's 2007 awards were for the 4Runner, Sequoia and Tacoma. Ford's Lincoln brand took third in overall nameplate rankings, averaging 100 problems per 100 vehicles. It was behind Porsche and Toyota's Lexus luxury brand, which averaged 94 problems per 100 vehicles."
United States

+ - Who Speaks for Early-Career Scientists?

Submitted by Vicissidude
Vicissidude (878310) writes "Does America need more scientists and technical workers from abroad? The idea of a scientist shortage is "almost universally accepted [in political circles], and there's almost no one in Washington and no one on the Hill who says that there's a glut of scientists," says Ron Hira, a policy expert at the Rochester Institute of Technology in New York and a research associate at the Economic Policy Institute in Washington, DC. Despite these perceptions, tens of thousands of PhDs, many of them American-born and American-educated, are stuck in dead-end positions, struggling to find careers commensurate with their training and experience. Many others with technical expertise watch companies use H-1B visas to move their jobs offshore. Far from signaling a shortage of trained scientific talent, current conditions suggest that what this country fails to produce is suitable career opportunities for thousands who have extensive scientific and technical training. Regardless of the citizenship of these scientists, the arrival of additional people with comparable qualifications has been shown to depress income and increase competition. Still, "the only two organizations that I know about that have been actively involved in the debate on immigration" on the side of workers represent electrical engineers and computer programmers. "I don't see any scientists involved in this at all. ... What is confusing to me is who's representing their interests. Nobody, as far as I can tell.""
Biotech

+ - Scientists Identify How Body Senses Cold

Submitted by Vicissidude
Vicissidude (878310) writes "As an ice cream melts in your mouth this summer, take a moment to contemplate the protein that may be bringing you that sense of cool relief — and numbing your tongue. Researchers have pinned down the particular protein in mice used by the body to sense cold temperatures, and think that a similar one in humans does the same job. Mice rely on a single protein, called TRPM8, to sense both cold temperatures and menthol, the compound that gives mints their cool sensation. The sensor also controls the pain-relieving effect of cool temperatures, but does not seem to play an important role in the response to painfully cold temperatures below 10 C. TRPM8 is in the same family as the protein that detects heat and capsaicin, the compound that makes peppers hot. These proteins lie in the cell membranes of select neurons, and form channels that open and close in response to external signals."
Patents

+ - Backyard Chefs Fired Up Over Infrared Grills

Submitted by Vicissidude
Vicissidude (878310) writes "With the expiration of a key patent, major gas-grill manufacturers have scrambled to bring infrared cooking to the masses. The grills are still powered by propane and have traditional gas burners that heat mostly by convection — or hot air. But they also can cook foods with radiant heat generated by one or more infrared burners. Char-Broil says its advanced burners operate at 450 to 900 degrees, hotter than the 450 to 750 degrees of standard gas burners. And unlike charcoal, which can require 20 to 30 minutes to reach its 700-degree cooking temperature, heat from the infrared burners can be adjusted quickly. Bill Best, founder of Thermal Electric of Columbia, S.C., developed the technology in the 1960s, primarily to give automakers a faster way to dry the paint on cars."
Announcements

+ - Doomday Clock Advances

Submitted by nytes
nytes (231372) writes "Scientists today moved the minute- hand on the symbolic ``Doomsday Clock'' to five minutes to midnight, to indicate growing concerns about the global nuclear threat. The hand was moved forward two minutes today, reflecting concerns that the world is heading toward ``a second nuclear age,'' and also that climate change poses a threat to stability, said Kennette Benedict, executive director of the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, the magazine which set up the clock in 1947."

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