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Submission + - Facebook Updates Privacy Policy, Will Answer Questions Monday 2

An anonymous reader writes: Facebook has outlined significant changes to its privacy (aka Data Use) policy and is asking its users for feedback. The company has also scheduled a live Q&A video for this coming Monday. If you want to give feedback on the changes, pick your language: English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Japanese, Turkish, Korean, and Portuguese.
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Submission + - Facebook Co-Founder Renounces US Citizenship 1

Hugh Pickens writes writes: "MSNBC reports that Eduardo Saverin, who helped Mark Zuckerberg start Facebook while at Harvard University, is giving up his US citizenship in a move that may reduce his tax bill to become a resident of Singapore, where residents pay no capital gain taxes. “Eduardo recently found it more practical to become a resident of Singapore since he plans to live there for an indefinite period of time,” says Tom Goodman, a spokesman for Saverin adding that Saverin renounced his US citizenship “around September” of last year. Renouncing one’s US. citizenship well in advance of an IPO is “a very smart idea,” from a tax standpoint, says Reuven S. Avi-Yonah, director of the international tax program at the University of Michigan’s law school. “Once it’s public you can’t fool around with the value.” Forbes estimated Saverin’s net worth at $2 billion, ranking the 30-year-old No. 634 in its list of billionaires. Renouncing citizenship is an option chosen by increasing numbers of Americans. A record 1,780 US citizens gave up their US passports last year compared with 235 in 2008, according to government records. “It’s a loss for the U.S. to have many well-educated people who actually have a great deal of affection for America make that choice,” says Richard Weisman."

Submission + - Automate Your Way To One-Day Work Week (informationweek.com)

gManZboy writes: "If you discovered a way to do your job so efficiently that you could earn four times your base salary in bonuses while working only one day in five, would you tell your employer?

In a post on Reddit earlier this week, a man from the Netherlands claims to come up with a way to automate his payment processing job using a game programming framework called GameMaker and C++. For the past four years, he says, he has been collecting about 90% of the bonus share offered by his company. That has amounted to 160,000 euros each year, for the past four years, on top of his 42,000 euro salary, or almost $260,000 total annually. Neither his employer, nor his bonus-deprived colleagues, are aware of this.

As technology automates more jobs, from taxi driving to editing, interesting ethics questions arise. How would you weigh in on the ethics of the situation?"

Comment Re:More money not always the solution (Score 2) 548

No grade school should be teaching about evolution or creation, probably not even the high schools. They should instead give the students some fundamentals, reading, writing, speaking, mathematics, general sciences, history and critical thinking so that they can study things like evolution or creation later in college when they can make an educated choice to do so.

Too many school are pumping out total nitwits that know nothing but evolution and sex education. They leave schools not knowing basic math, half of them think an innuendo is an Italian suppository, but they know how to masturbate and put on condoms like experts. Money isn't going to fix the problem. Giving them the skills that they can build on will.

Comment Re:GPS Enabled Cars (Score 1) 506

Funny how in the end you still leave it to where money can be raised by the government.

Modify your plan to protect the privacy of the driver by:

Require all cars to have a GPS system that is always on, calculates the car's speed, checks the car's location against a database of published speed limits and keeps the car from being able to exceed the posted speed limit.

That would eliminate the need to report anything to the government.

The only downfall is no more revenue from speeding tickets.

Comment Re:Hmmm (Score 5, Informative) 937

That 440,900 tons equals 399,977,751,866 grams

If one gram = 7,500 gallons of gasoline that the equivalent of 2,999,833,138,995,000 gallons of gasoline.

  In 2009, the U.S. used 126,773,388,000 gallons of gasoline. http://americanfuels.blogspot.com/2010/04/2009-gasoline-consumption.html

Which means that the US supply of thorium could provide the equivalent of 21,751 years of gasoline usage in the U.S.

I think it's plentiful enough.

Comment Re:Meteors impacting the moon?? ... Oh wait, (Score 1) 43

Natural language communications? Hamper is a verb which means to hinder or impede. Will the moon be impeding or hindering the shower? Nope. The shower will still be happening in full force. The view of the shower will be hindered or impeded by the moon. Grunts and clicks were once considered natural language, it's too bad we keep regressing when it comes to the spoken or written word.

Comment Meteors impacting the moon?? ... Oh wait, (Score 1) 43

The headline had me thinking that the moon was going to be intercepting all those meteors. Turns out they meant "Viewing of the Perseid Meteor Shower To Be Hampered By Full Moon"

If that would have been too long of a headline then perhaps "Full moon will hamper viewing of Perseid Meteor Shower" would have been better

Same number of words as original headline and much more accurate.

Who writes these things?

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