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Comment: Re:Can't America get its acts together ? (Score 1) 1059

by j_edge (#42522347) Attached to: Congressman Introduces Bill To Ban Minting of Trillion-Dollar Coin

If you have no skin in the game you have no reason to care if taxes go up on everyone else and you will continue to vote yourself more money.

It sure sounds like what you are advocating is returning to a time where only white, male property-owners were allowed to vote.

PC Games (Games)

EA Shutting Down Video Game Servers Prematurely 341

Posted by Soulskill
from the sixty-dollar-yearly-fee dept.
Spacezilla writes "EA is dropping the bomb on a number of their video game servers, shutting down the online fun for many of their Xbox 360, PC and PlayStation 3 games. Not only is the inclusion of PS3 and Xbox 360 titles odd, the date the games were released is even more surprising. Yes, Madden 07 and 08 are included in the shutdown... but Madden 09 on all consoles as well?"

Teenager Invents Cheap Solar Panel From Human Hair 366

Posted by samzenpus
from the 50-watt-shampoo dept.
Renoise writes "Milan Karki, 18, who comes from a village in rural Nepal, believes he has found the solution to the developing world's energy needs. A solar panel made from human hair. The hair replaces silicon, a pricey component typically used in solar panels, and means the panels can be produced at a low cost for those with no access to power. The solar panel, which produces 9 volts (18 watts) of energy, costs around $38 US (£23) to make from raw materials. Gentlemen, start your beards. The future of hair farming is here!"

US Colleges Say Hiring US Students a Bad Deal 490

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the talking-to-you-cliff dept.
theodp writes "Many US colleges and universities have notices posted on their websites informing US companies that they're tax chumps if they hire students who are US citizens. 'In fact, a company may save money by hiring international students because the majority of them are exempt from Social Security (FICA) and Medicare tax requirements,' advises the taxpayer-supported University of Pittsburgh (pdf) as it makes the case against hiring its own US students. You'll find identical pitches made by the University of Delaware, the University of Cincinnati, Kansas State University, the University of Southern California, the University of Wisconsin, Iowa State University, and other public colleges and universities. The same message is also echoed by private schools, such as John Hopkins University, Brown University, Rollins College and Loyola University Chicago."

Comment: Re:Had to read the whole damn thing! (Score 1) 167

by j_edge (#28772711) Attached to: <em>WoW</em> Gamer Earns Federal Investigation Achievement

Actually, yes it does. If they are monitoring it in an official capacity as a member of the NSA they are breaking the law.

Then again, it's likely the law has been changed in some sekret room somewhere and we're just not aware of it yet, the same way they have rewritten the laws regarding torture, rendition, etc and the public has stood by and watched

Comment: Re:I love Eve Online (Score 1) 194

by j_edge (#27506163) Attached to: The State of Sci-Fi MMOs

not exactly true... while I wouldn't spend a *lot* of time in 0.0, I would do trade runs and missions out there. While I wasn't completely new, I was definitely still low/mid-level and only had craptastic t1 and skill pts spread everywhere. It's a fun game but like most MMO's is too much of a time sink for me to stick with for long.

I did see in their newsletter they're bringing skill queuing in, which should definitely help convince the more casual players to stick around. If I had any free time right now I'd probably go back for that.

One can't proceed from the informal to the formal by formal means.