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+ - Linux for blind users-> 1

Submitted by Dog's_Breakfast
Dog's_Breakfast (771023) writes "This week's edition of DistroWatch Weekly News features a unique story entitled "Linux Accessibility — What is it and Why Does It Matter?" The article was written by Robert Cole, a blind person with a computer science degree. Mr Cole points out that Linux offers an excellent set of free tools for seeing-impaired users. Putting together a similar set of tools on Windows would cost at least US$600, about double what a retail copy of Windows itself costs."
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+ - Dinosaur Skeleton Fetches $1.05 Million at Disputed U.S. Auction->

Submitted by fishmike
fishmike (2603731) writes "A nearly intact skeleton of a Tyrannosaurus sold for $1.05 million at auction in New York on Sunday, although the sale has been disputed by the Mongolian government, which has questioned whether it was obtained legally.

The skeleton of the Tyrannosaurus bataar, a smaller Asian cousin of the fearsome Tyrannosaurus Rex that roamed North America during the Cretaceous period about 80 million years ago, measures 8 feet tall and 24 feet long, according to a statement by Heritage Auctions, which conducted the sale in New York."

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+ - Amazon Poised to Get Cut of CA Sales Taxes

Submitted by theodp
theodp (442580) writes "Eager to host Amazon warehouses and receive a cut of the tax on sales to customers statewide, the LA Times reports that two California cities are offering Amazon most of the tax money they stand to gain. After agreeing to collect California sales taxes beginning in the fall, Amazon is setting up two fulfillment centers in San Bernardino and Patterson, which will gain not only jobs but also a tax bonanza: Sales to Amazon customers throughout California will be deemed to take place there, so all the sales tax earmarked for local government operations will go to those two cities. The windfall is so lucrative that local officials are preparing to give Amazon the lion's share of their take as a reward for setting up shop there. 'The tax is supposed to be supporting government,' said Lenny Goldberg, executive director of the California Tax Reform Assn., of the proposed sales-tax rebate. 'Instead, it's going back into Amazon's pocket.' Sen. Mark DeSaulnier added: 'It seems like the private sector finds a way to pit one city against the other. You can't give away sales tax in this manner.'"

Comment: Data on European paid holidays and work hours (Score 5, Informative) 948

by terber (#38680346) Attached to: Do Companies Punish Workers Who Take Vacations?

Most comments seem to origin in the US. Some contributors may be interested in the situation in Europe. Here the data for the three biggest European economies.


Paid Leave

European Union requires all its member states to guarantee by law minimally four weeks of paid leave for all employees.

Average paid holiday days per year for full-time employees in 2008:

- Germany 30 days, plus 10.5 days public holidays

- France 25 days, plus 11 days public holidays

- United Kingdom 24.7 days, plus 8 days public holidays


Working hours

Actual average weekly work hours for full-time employees in Europe

- United Kingdom 40,9 hours (2008)

- Germany 38.8 hours (2010)

- France 38,4 hours (2008)


And no, my experience in four European countries (UK, Germany, Switzerland, Czech Republic) suggests that workers are not punished in any way if they take their vacations.

The Courts

+ - Court convicts Skype for breaching GPL

Submitted by terber
terber (599156) writes "In Munich a German court once again upheld the GPL2 and convicted Skype (based in Luxembourg) of violating GPL by selling the Linux-based VoIP phone "SMCWSKP 100" without proper source code access. Skype later on added a flyer to the phones with an URL where to obtain the sources, but the court found this insufficient as this was in breach of GPL section 3. Plaintiff was once again Netfilter developer Harald Welte, who runs The decision is currently only available in German at News source (German):"

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