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Comment: Re:Kind of a warning sign actually (Score 1) 362

If the lenders and credit agencies tell end customers what factors penalized or improved their credit score, then this credit score sabotage won't be as effective. This kind of thing does happen, so it is important to be transparent so that the issue can be easily appealed and the loan reviewed.

Comment: Re:No notice, no reference (Score 1) 892

by iamstretchypanda (#44580435) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: When Is It OK To Not Give Notice?
Yeah I totally agree with your logic behind a blanket no-formal reference policy. It saves a ton of headaches from managers who don't know the HR basics. Normally a company will only be sued for giving a good reference for a poor employee when it can be shown that the company materially lied about the employees standing. This has been shown in cases where Employer A wanted to sabotage Employer B so therefore Employer A will giving a glowing reference to his competitor about an atrocious employee.

+ - Area 51 No Longer (Officially) a Secret 2

Submitted by schnell
schnell (163007) writes "The first-ever declassified story of Area 51's origin is now available, thanks to a Freedom of Information Act filed years ago by George Washington University's National Security Archive. The (only lightly redacted) document is actually primarily a history of the U-2 and A-12 ("Oxcart") spy plane programs from the Cold War, but is remarkable for being the first-ever official unclassified acknowledgement of the Area 51's purpose and its role in the program. Interesting tidbits include that the U-2 program was kicked off with a CIA check mailed personally to Lockheed Skunk Works chief Kelly Johnson for $1.25M; a U-2 was launched off an aircraft carrier to spy on French nuclear tests; and the U-2 delivery program itself was actually done under budget, a rarity for secret government programs then or now."

Comment: Re:When you don't want a reference (Score 1) 892

by iamstretchypanda (#44580371) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: When Is It OK To Not Give Notice?
Why is everyone so convinced it is the law? It is only the law in about half of the states. In the other states they are free to to cash you out or send you home empty handed. In his case they may not have even been required to give him PTO for the two week period.

Check the section unused vacation: http://www.nolo.com/legal-encyclopedia/paid-vacation-what-are-rights-33485.html

Comment: Re:required to cash out vacation time is a myth (Score 1) 892

by iamstretchypanda (#44580353) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: When Is It OK To Not Give Notice?
"If you have accrued vacation days that you haven't yet used when you quit or are fired, you may be entitled to be paid for that time. About half of the 50 states have laws requiring employers to pay out an employee's unused vacation when the employment relationship ends."
http://www.nolo.com/legal-encyclopedia/paid-vacation-what-are-rights-33485.html

Like the parent said there is no federal law that compels a company to cash out your vacation pay. About half of the states do not require a company to cash out the vacation pay. So no, you don't know what the hell you are talking about - at least 50% of the time.

Comment: List of Seized cars... (Score 3, Interesting) 592

by iamstretchypanda (#38765936) Attached to: What Happens To Your Files When a Cloud Service Shuts Down?
Check out the plates on some of these:

2005 Mercedes-Benz CLK DTM, VIN WDB2093422F165517, LicensePlate No. “GOOD”;69.
2004 Mercedes-Benz CLK DTM AMG 5.5L Kompressor, VINWDB2093422F166073, License Plate No. “EVIL”;70.
2010 Mercedes-Benz S65 AMG L, VIN WDD2211792A324354, LicensePlate No. “CEO”;7071.
2008 Rolls-Royce Phantom Drop Head Coupe, VINSCA2D68096UH07049; License Plate No. “GOD”;72.
2010 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG, VIN WDD2120772A103834, LicensePlate No. “STONED”;73.
2010 Mini Cooper S Coupe, VIN WMWZG32000TZ03651, License PlateNo. “V”;74.
2010 Mercedes-Benz ML63 AMG, VIN
WDC1641772A608055, LicensePlate No. “GUILTY”;75.
2007 Mercedes-Benz CL65 AMG, VIN WDD2163792A025130, LicensePlate No. “KIMCOM”;76.
2009 Mercedes-Benz ML63 AMG, VIN WDC1641772A542449,LicensePlate No. “MAFIA”;77.
2010 Toyota Vellfire, VIN 7AT0H65MX11041670, License Plate Nos.“WOW” or “7”;78.
2011 Mercedes-Benz G55 AMG, VIN WDB4632702X193395, LicensePlate Nos. “POLICE” or “GDS672”;79.
2011 Toyota Hilux, VIN MR0FZ29G001599926, License PlateNo. “FSN455”;80.
Harley Davidson Motorcycle, VIN 1HD1HPH3XBC803936, LicensePlate No. “36YED”;81.
2010 Mercedes-Benz CL63 AMG, VIN WDD2163742A026653, LicensePlate No. “HACKER”;82.
2005 Mercedes-Benz A170, VIN WDD1690322J184595, License PlateNo. “FUR252”;83.
2005 Mercedes-Benz ML500, VIN WDC1641752A026107, License PlateNo. DFF816;84.
Fiberglass sculpture, imported from the United Kingdom with EntryNo. 83023712;85.
1957 Cadillac El Dorado, VIN 5770137596;86.
2010 Sea-Doo GTX Jet Ski, VIN YDV03103E010;87.
1959 Cadillac Series 62 Convertible, VIN 59F115669;88.
Von Dutch Kustom Motor Bike, VIN 1H9S14955BB451257;89.
2006 Mercedes-Benz CLK DTM, VIN WDB2094421T067269;90.
2010 Mini Cooper S Coupe, VIN WMWZG32000TZ03648 LicensePlate No. “T”;7191.
1989 Lamborghini LM002, VIN ZA9LU45AXKLA12158, License PlateNo. “FRP358”;92.
2011 Mercedes-Benz ML63, VIN 4JGBB7HB0BA666219;
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Robotic Penguins 118

Posted by samzenpus
from the unending-march-of-the-penguins dept.
Corporate Troll writes "Robotic penguins were unveiled by German engineering firm Festo this week. Using their flippers, the mechanical penguins (video) can paddle through water just like real ones, while larger helium-filled designs can "swim" through the air. The penguins are on show at the Hannover Messe Trade Exhibition in Germany. Each penguin carries 3D sonar which is used to monitor its surroundings and avoid collisions with walls or other penguins."

Comment: Re:There is some bad news too (Score 1) 440

by iamstretchypanda (#27286229) Attached to: Did the Netbook Improve Windows 7's Performance?
Vista home premium OEM - 69.95
http://www.softtoyonline.com/microsoft-windows-vista-home-premium-sp1-p62.html

Vista ultimate OEM - 89.95
http://www.softtoyonline.com/microsoft-windows-vista-ultimate-sp1-p60.html

This isn't even taking account for bulk ordering or vendor contract deals. Also the preinstalled 'apps' subsidize the cost of windows.

I don't know if cost is really such a big factor, especially considering the support for linux will have a hefty price tag as well. Consider training, help desk software, FAQs and documentation, and etc when thinking of the cost of linux. The only incentive manufactures have are which versions will sell more?

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