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Funeral Being Held Today For IE6 194

An anonymous reader writes "More than 100 people, many of them dressed in black, are expected to gather around a coffin Thursday to say goodbye to an old friend. The deceased? Internet Explorer 6. The aging Web browser, survived by its descendants Internet Explorer 7 and Internet Explorer 8, is being eulogized at a tongue-in-cheek 'funeral' hosted by Aten Design Group, a design firm in Denver, Colorado."

Submission + - Are HR black-lists more likely for techies? 1

Sunkist writes: The Wall Street Journal has an article on How a Black Mark Can Derail a Job Search. One of the interesting components of the article is that most of the cautionary tales and accounts involved technology workers, specifically mentioning programmers and software developers. Is this issue widespread among tech workers or is it just tin-foil hat, isolated-to-cranky-sys-admin-guy incidents?

Submission + - Student's Facebook Critique Ruled Free Speech (nytimes.com)

UnknowingFool writes: Judge Magistrate Barry Garber of Florida ruled that Katie Evans' creation of a Facebook group criticizing her English teacher is considered free speech, and that the former student can proceed with a lawsuit against her former principal.

"Evans' speech falls under the wide umbrella of protected speech," he wrote. "It was an opinion of a student about a teacher, that was published off-campus ... was not lewd, vulgar, threatening, or advocating illegal or dangerous behavior."

In 2008, Katie Evans created a Facebook group page named "Ms. Sarah Phelps is the worst teacher I’ve ever met!" with a photograph of her English teacher after some clashes with her teacher. She invited comments from other users. After some rebukes that defended her teacher and attacked her, Ms. Evans removed the group page.

Two months later, the principal Peter Bayer learned of the page and suspended Ms Evans for 3 days or disruptive behavior and cyberbullying of a staff member. He also removed her from Advanced Placement classes and placed her into regular classes.

In his ruling, Judge Garber noted that since the page had been already removed well before the suspension that the actions of the principal could be considered retaliatory punishment and not prevention of disruptive behavior.

Ms. Evans seeks to have the suspension expunged from her records, as well as attorney fees paid, and "nominal, token damages. Maybe $100." her attorney said.

Comment Re:Language evolves with how people use it... (Score 2, Informative) 1343

There's little doubt the English language has evolved and, some argue, is always evolving.

However, grammar and syntax rules for a human language are essentially no different than rules for a computer language. The rules are set to establish use and understanding.

If I, suddenly decided, that every, second word, should be, separated by, commas then, it would, make this, sentence much, tougher to, use and, understand right?

The rules can be archaic at times, but no less useful and necessary. Language efficiency is important. However, the language becomes less efficient if everyone is working from a slightly different set of rules, and it becomes near useless if it takes even longer to use and understand what is being said.

Submission + - Horizontal evolution overlooked 1

LucidBeast writes: Carl Woese is quoted in New Scientist article: "Biology built up a facade of mathematics around the juxtaposition of Mendelian genetics with Darwinism,and as a result it neglected to study the most important problem in science — the nature of the evolutionary process."

Carl Woese and physicist Nigel Goldenfeld argue, that even in its sophisticated modern form, Darwins theory applies only to a recent phase of life on Earth.

Comment Re:As far as the miscarriage one goes. . . (Score 1) 703

While for most there is no point in which you get over miscarriage (especially if it happens later in the pregnancy), my personal experience is that there is a big difference in a woman's state of emotion six days later and thirty days later.

I don't think most personal issues qualify as a employment extension in the face of layoffs, however, this one warrants at least a few weeks of consideration.

Everything else being equal, you're right. Personal problems are just that. However, the best employers show a measure of compassion in certain situations, even when it involves a little extra financial burden.

Submission + - Mark Cuban's stimulus plan

Sunkist writes: Mark Cuban has ginned up a plan for economic recovery by creating "open-source funding". To be sure, the "open-source" moniker is just trading on the idea and not necessarily meant to target open-source software projects. Here's an excerpt from an article on AFP:

"Technology billionaire Mark Cuban has his own stimulus plan for the US economy and he's dipping into his deep pockets to fund it.Cuban, 50, announced this week on his personal blog, Blog Maverick , that he was launching what he called "The Mark Cuban Stimulus Plan — Open Source Funding."

One project has already been funded.

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