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Comment: jQuery is widely used for client-side Javascript (Score 1) 109

by Webapprentice (#36322710) Attached to: Book Review -- JavaScript: the Definitive Guide, 6th Edition

If you can believe this metric, http://trends.builtwith.com/javascript, jQuery is used in over 40% of the top websites. It has a strong developer community and is well-documented for the most part.

The book does not devote too many pages on jQuery, but it makes a few mentions.

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+ - MIT demonstrates wireless power transfer->

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coondoggie writes: "Power wires are dead, long live power cords. A team from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has experimentally shown how everything from iPods to laptops could be wirelessly recharged by using a carefully designed magnetic field to deliver power to such devices from a range of 10 to 15 feet.WiTricity is rooted in such well-known laws of physics that it makes one wonder why no one thought of it before. "In the past, there was no great demand for such a system, so people did not have a strong motivation to look into it," points out MIT professor John Joannopoulos. The researcher said MIT would handle licensing of the technology should it be used in a consumer service or product in the future. http://www.networkworld.com/community/?q=node/1599 8"
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+ - Google search by employer not illegal, say judges

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An anonymous reader writes: A court of appeals for the federal circuit has upheld a ruling (PDF) against a man who sued his former employer for Googling his name before firing him. He had accused his former employer of participating in "ex parte" communications — off-the-record communications that are used to play a part in the final outcome of a decision — that ultimately affected the decision to fire him from his job. However, the three-judge panel ruled that an ex parte communication did not occur in the case when the employer used Google.

The man in question, David Mullins, was a government employee at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Weather Forecast Office in Indianapolis, IN. Through a series of events, Mullins' employer found that he had misused his government vehicle and government funds for his own purposes — such as sleeping in his car and falsifying hotel documents to receive reimbursements, withdrawing unauthorized amounts of cash from the company card, traveling to destinations sometimes hundreds of miles away from where he was supposed to be (and using his company card to fill up on gas there), and spending company time to visit friends and/or his children. Mullins' supervisor provided a 23-page document listing 102 separate instances of misconduct.

Mullins took issue with a Google search that Capell performed just before authorizing his firing. During this Google search, Capell found that Mullins had been fired from his previous job at the Smithsonian Institution and had been removed from Federal Service by the Air Force. Mullins argued that his right to fundamental fairness was violated when Capell performed the search and that she committed perjury when she stated that the search did not influence her decision to fire him.

http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20070510-goog le-search-by-employer-not-illegal-say-judges.html

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