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Comment: I don't know how enforceable this is (Score 1) 224

by countach44 (#48969281) Attached to: If a Financial Institution Mishandles My Data, What Recourse Do I Have?
But many financial institutions throw this at the end of their emails (amongst a larger disclaimer):
"If you have received this communication in error please delete or destroy it and notify the sender immediately."

Does anyone know if these statements hold any water?

Comment: Re:what? (Score 1) 398

by countach44 (#48551343) Attached to: Displaced IT Workers Being Silenced

Your doleta link talks about the WARN act, which requires advance notice of mass layoffs or plant closings, not severance pay. Did you link to the wrong thing?

It was originally legislated to protect workers from factory closure, but applies to many workers who get laid off without notice. Severance (though not in that name) is mandated in the Penalties section when due notice is not given: "An employer who violates the WARN provisions by ordering a plant closing or mass layoff without providing appropriate notice is liable to each aggrieved employee for an amount including back pay and benefits for the period of violation, up to 60 days."

I realize that the large severance pay typically given to IT employees is not intended to comply with this law (though it would would prove satisfactory in cases where WARN applies, should anyone investigate), but merely wanted to point out that it exists.

Comment: Re:what? (Score 3, Informative) 398

by countach44 (#48547339) Attached to: Displaced IT Workers Being Silenced
Actually, depending on the terms of the dismissal (particularly how much notice is given), severance pay is not a benefit in the US, but required by law - In many of these cases, however, they're basically offering you that 3months+ of pay to be quiet (among other things). Even "I worked for a tech company that I'll not name, and was laid off when they hired foreign workers" may be in violation of the terms, especially when you start to ponder the strength of their legal team vs. yours.

+ - Pope says evolution doesn't mean there's no God-> 1

Submitted by SternisheFan
SternisheFan (2529412) writes "In an address to the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, the Pope explains that God is not some sort of wizard.

by Chris Matyszczyk CNET @ChrisMatyszczyk October 27, 2014 10:56 AM PDT

The pope says evolution is valid, as long as God is the beginning.

Arguments around creation and evolution sometimes seem too similar to "Which came first? The chicken or the egg?"

Science and religion get placed on either side of a spectrum, with a section in the middle for those who'd like to hedge their bets.

On Monday, the pope outlined his belief with respect to God and evolution. Speaking to the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, Pope Francis insisted that there was no reason to believe that God and evolution were somehow incompatible.

It's just, he suggested, that God came first.

He said, according to Breitbart's translation: "Evolution requires the creation of beings that evolve." Though God is, he said, no wizard, he's still at the heart of all things, because he's the creator of all things.

The pope explained that God "created beings and let them develop in accordance with the internal laws that He has given to each one, so that they could arrive at their fulfillment," according to the translation.

The pope's views differ radically from those of some eminent scientists, such as Stephen Hawking. Hawking recently made it clear that he dismisses the idea of God. He said: "Before we understand science, it is natural to believe that God created the universe. But now science offers a more convincing explanation.""

Link to Original Source

+ - Speed cameras in Chicago earn $50M less than expected->

Submitted by countach44
countach44 (790998) writes "From the article: "Chicagoans are costing the city tens of millions of dollars -– through good behavior." The City of Chicago recently installed speed cameras near parks and schools as part of the "Children's Safety Zone Program," claiming a desire to decrease traffic-related incidents in those area. The city originally budgeted (with the help of the company providing the system) to have $90M worth of income from the cameras — of which only $40M is now expected. Furthermore, the city has not presented data on whether or not those areas have become safer."
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Comment: Re:Well that's random (Score 5, Informative) 99

I apologize that I don't have time to construct a proper reply, but this article gives a nice explanation of how majorana fermions can be used to make qubits (hopefully it's not paywalled, but I'm on a university network so it's hard for me to tell):

Comment: Longer yellows could be a solution (Score 1) 579

by countach44 (#47368131) Attached to: Unintended Consequences For Traffic Safety Feature
In some cities, the combination of red-light cameras and shorter yellow lights encourage looking at the timers. I know I'm extremely guilty of this, but feel like I wouldn't have enough time to stop if I didn't. Many drivers are more concerned with getting tickets than driving safely - not a good incentive if you ask me.

Comment: Re:If you make this a proof of God... (Score 1) 612

But, if it is the whole 'torturing forever' thing, first thing I'm doing when I get to heaven is I'm tugging on God's cape and saying, "hey, can we get those people out of there?" I have no idea how I'm supposed to party forever in heaven with Jesus if there's even one soul suffering in hell.

I think what a theologian would argue is that God would respond "No, because they don't want to leave." Free will and all that, ya know?

Comment: Does it matter? (Score 1) 224

I realize the desire to tout the fact that you use a quantum computer and that if D-wave is selling a "quantum computer," they should deliver something that performs quantum computations. However, if it does what it's supposed better than other classical computers, then the money is not a waste. Unless the spending was just for show, then too bad.

Comment: It's a matter of organization (Score 1) 189

by countach44 (#45750585) Attached to: Scientific Data Disappears At Alarming Rate, 80% Lost In Two Decades
For one example, for one project let's say I have roughly 300GB of simulation data. Of out that data, how much will be used to generate a figures for publication? Maybe 1%? The rest of it is from testing, fine tuning, and exploring the parameter space. The real problem isn't where to save it all, but that there is exteremely little incetive to to go through the trouble of sifting through and archiving the important stuff. 80% is proably a lower bound, IMHO. Futhermore, let's say you save that im portant precious data. Good luck future scientist in figuring out what is in those files and how to analyze it.
I realize that not all science is like this, but I think I'm speaking about the majority, not the minority.

"If truth is beauty, how come no one has their hair done in the library?" -- Lily Tomlin