GrApHiX42 writes: Starting on Thursday, Google is going to increase the salaries of gay and lesbian employees whose partners receive domestic partner health benefits, largely to compensate them for an extra tax they must pay that heterosexual married couples do not. Google is not the first company to make up for the extra tax. At least a few large employers already do. But benefits experts say Google’s move could inspire its Silicon Valley competitors to follow suit, because they compete for the same talent....Read More
GrApHiX42 writes: "It's smash and grab, no different than a guy walking down Fifth Avenue and smashing the window at Tiffany's and reaching in and grabbing what's in the window." — U.S. VP Joe Biden
While they may never be able to truly defeat piracy and drive it from the lurking depths of the internet, copyright protection attack-dog organizations like the RIAA and MPAA have long dreamed of the day when they would no longer have to pay for their own copyright enforcement. Now that dream is on the verge of coming true, thanks to the Obama administration.
After countless lobbyist dollars from the music and film industry and a brief "public review", the administration rolled out its vision to fight piracy yesterday afternoon. U.S. Vice President Joe Biden — whose blunt speech has sometime left him in trouble — did not mince words.
GrApHiX42 writes: The FCC will announce on Thursday it plans to pursue a "third way" forward in the fight for tough net neutrality rules, opening a new front in an ongoing legal battle that could come to define the commission under Chairman Julius Genachowski. A senior FCC official said Wednesday that the chairman "will seek to restore the status quo as it existed" before a federal court ruled it lacked the authority to regulate broadband providers and set rules that mandate open Internet. The goal is to "fulfill the previously stated agenda of extending broadband to all Americans, protecting consumers, ensuring fair competition, and preserving a free and open Internet," the FCC official said.
GrApHiX42 writes: Regardless of how you feel about the health care bill making it's way through Congress, this white house blog post (.gov site, make sure your IDS is in gear) is a little scary. "There is a lot of disinformation about health insurance reform out there, spanning from control of personal finances to end of life care. These rumors often travel just below the surface via chain emails or through casual conversation. Since we can't keep track of all of them here at the White House, we're asking for your help. If you get an email or see something on the web about health insurance reform that seems fishy, send it to email@example.com."
With the Patriot Act and the Einstein 3 program, and now this, are we going the road of Orwell? They want us to start reporting our friends and family that disagree with them? I guess we all better brush up on our Newspeak and Double Thinking. Come to think of it... why am I posting this when one of you might report me?!?!
GrApHiX42 writes: I pissed away my 20's and now I want to go to school and get a bachelors degree in computer science. The thing is, I'll be 35 when I get out of school and I've read on numerous sites that there seems to be some ageism going on in the IT industry when it comes to older geeks. What have some of the "older" Slashdot readers experienced as far as being replaced or just plain not getting hired because IT is a "young mans game"?
GrApHiX42 writes: "In the weird world of quantum computing, the state of computer systems networked together is so fragile that a read access to a single quantum bit, or qubit, on one machine would require a network-wide reset. It's no wonder, then, that two researchers who are working on ways of defending against the future possibility of malicious attack assume that any unauthorized access to a quantum computer constitutes a catastrophic failure. Read more here."