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Comment Re:Who owns Congress? (Score 0) 317

I'd like to add a litte more along these lines:
As suggested, taking a look at Opensecrets shows that big money in politics does come, in a large part, from unions: http://www.opensecrets.org/orgs/list.php
So, a lot of big money in politics comes from unions and goes mainly to the Democratic party (at least the top 15 or so), which may be contrary to the only big corporation and Republicans thing most of us expect (especially from all those Obama campaign emails I get about "grassroots").
What the big unions do is strongarm you as a young person into becoming a VIP member (whose fee is eligible for political contributions) and then don't give you a say. Also, when layoffs happen, you're the first to go since the ONLY thing that matters is seniority. Sadly, when it comes to many things, the big unions don't look too different from the big businesses.

Comment Re:wtf (Score 0) 496

ITAR is from the Dept. of State and according to the article it was the DoS and NOT DoD that acted from the header in the letter sent to DEFCAD: "United States Department of State Bureau of Political-Military Affairs Offense of Defense Trade Controls Compliance"

Submission + - No Facebook Account = Employment Rejection? 2

An anonymous reader writes: As a computer science sophomore who is strapped for cash, I decided to submit a few job applications to various lower level technical support jobs. I received a call and got an interview (think "office supply chain store"). The interviewer looked at my CV and asked about some security-related academic interests that I have. I explained as best I could and told him that I take security and privacy issues very seriously. So seriously, in fact, that I do not have a Facebook account. The rest of the interview consisted of very standard questions. After not receiving a call back in one week, I decided to call the place and ask if I had been considered for the job. After being officially declined over the phone, I asked if there was any particular reason that I was not being considered. I was told (by the person who interviewed me, nonetheless) that he did not feel comfortable hiring somebody who did not have an online presence. Since this is a fairly large corporation, I was surprised by the response. Have any other Slashdot users encountered difficulties with employment as a result of not having a Facebook account? Does this constitute legal grounds by which to press charges against the company? What is the best course of action to deal with employers that screen candidates based on Facebook account details?

Comment Hmm... (Score 0) 70

Regarding the line from the article: "gently entangling their flesh by the photoelectric effect" Part of this just sounds fishy to me - I might be wrong, but the emitted electrons won't be entangled... The only things that might be entangled are the photons, before they hit the bodies, right?

Comment Re:Blah (Score 0) 725

Whoops... sorry I misread your reply. My original post said "shooting at" - but the quote had "shouting at" An unfortunate part of the pro-life movement is that as in any cause fueled by activism, people can get excited. Many people don't realize that yelling at people won't make them change their minds. However, I would think that most pro-life people would rather spend their time trying to find ways to get rid of abortion instead of try to silence other people who make them look bad. Whether or not that's a wise strategy, I really don't know. One could argue that getting rid of loud crazies can really help your cause.

Comment Re:Blah (Score 0) 725

Only takes a few bad apples to spoil the bunch, huh? Not all Christians I know run around shooting abortion doctors and tell everyone they're going to hell. Actually, none of them do... Also, Re: rights - a lawyer once told me "If you feel like someone is passing a law that's forcing their beliefs on you, that's too bad - because that's what law is." Regardless of what your stance is, he does have a point there. When someone passes a law regulating a business - are they impeding on your right to do business? If someone passes a smoking ban - are they impeding your right to smoke? And if those aren't their rights, are you then forcing your beliefs on them regarding what rights their rights are? Just some food for thought.
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German Airports Use Bees To Monitor Air Quality 44

The Düsseldorf International Airport and seven other airports in Germany have come up with a unique way of monitoring air quality; they use bees. The airports test the bees' honey twice a year for toxins, and batches that turn up clean are bottled and given away. From the article: "Assessing environmental health using bees as 'terrestrial bioindicators' is a fairly new undertaking, said Jamie Ellis, assistant professor of entomology at the Honey Bee Research and Extension Laboratory, University of Florida in Gainesville. 'We all believe it can be done, but translating the results into real-world solutions or answers may be a little premature.' Still, similar work with insects to gauge water quality has long been successful."

Comment Sun Ray for classrooms, labs with PCs (Score 0) 411

Sun Rays are a nice, lightweight solution perfect for an in classroom workstation. They do have great performance and I've seen them do some pretty heavy loads. (http://www.sun.com/software/index.jsp?cat=Desktop&subcat=Sun%20Ray%20Clients&tab=3) For more intense applications, maybe a lab with windows PCs would be good. That way you can expose students to both Linux and Windows, as well as applications such as Photoshop, etc...
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Submission + - Google Throws Lead Paint on Movie Download Market 6

An anonymous reader writes: As promised Google shut down its video store Wednesday — and its DRM made sure all movie files purchased from the store ceased to funtion. This has sparked a firestorm of negative commentary from the Digerati who see it as pure theft. Cory Doctorow called it "...a giant, flaming middle finger, sent by Google and the studios to the customers who were trusting (as in dumb) enough to buy DRM videos". John Dvorak called it "old bait-and-switch tactics" where vendors make promises, but build-in the ability to reneg on those promises if they choose to do so later. Both Dvorak and Doctorow call for the judicial system to step in, but MP3 Newswire says that the abuse to consumer trust will do more damage to the paid download market than anything the courts could inflict. "As a consumer, if you purchase a digital movie file online only to have it unexpectedly repossessed you will probably think twice before ever buying any such download again. If you do consider it again it certainly won't be for the same price as before. Experience made these downloads worth far less to you. So what are feature film downloads that can be revoked at any time worth in the market place? To some Google Video customers the value of a movie download dropped all the way down to zero."

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