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Comment Every company should have a procedure for this (Score 1) 279

The most important thing is to actually have a written procedure and follow it. Depending on your level of formality, it needs to cover:
  • Who provides the notification (might be HR, might be the manager to whom the employee reports,...)
  • Disabling logins
  • Archiving emails, home directories, project repositories
  • Establishing exit interviews
  • Defining last-minute deliverables (typically just knowledge transfer)

It's worth pointing out that you can't know that this isn't a "disgruntled employee scenario" unless you have learned to read minds. They wouldn't be leaving if they were 100% happy.

Submission + - Recycling plastic bottles into paper -- sort of

ahadsell writes: A team in Mexico has found a way to convert PET bottles into a mineral paper-like substance. It has its limits, though. For instance, you can't write on it with gel inks, because they contain alcohol.

The article says "We manufacture ecological paper created with recycled plastic bottles, calcium carbonate and stone. We don't use water or chemicals, such as chlorine. " I guess calcium carbonate and PET aren't chemicals any more.

Comment Re:Seriously? GOOD NEWS? (Score 2, Informative) 255

Be careful what you ask for.

Most /.ers probably are not old enough to remember the days when all telecommunications were regulated under title II. Let's just say that costs were higher, innovation was essentially prohibited, and service was even worse than you can get from Comcast today.

"So, the next time you complain about your phone service, why don't you try using two Dixie cups with a string? We don't care. We don't have to. We're the Phone Company."

Comment Re:Distributed Mail (Score 3, Insightful) 470

The issue that Silent Circle points out is that SMTP is inherently unable to provide security against traffic analysis. Even if the body of the email is encrypted, the headers cannot be.

So yes, you can run your own email server, and require that only gpg traffic pass through it. But that won't keep you secure against traffic analysis (aka "metadata collection") with collection performed at your ISP.

Education

Submission + - Kentucky Lawmakers Shocked to Find Evolution in Biology Tests (arstechnica.com) 1

ahadsell writes: A report surfaced this week that suggests Kentucky legislators may be experiencing a sort of cognitive dissonance that is likely to be a preview of things we can expect elsewhere. After dictating that schools in the state include tests based on national standards, the state lawmakers were shocked to find that evolution made a prominent appearance on the science tests. Considering that the same legislative body was considering undercutting evolution less than two years ago, this may have come as a bit of a surprise.

It really shouldn't have.

Nationally, the No Child Left Behind Act has dictated that there need to be standards for educational performance, and standardized tests will be used to make sure those standards are met. Although that push started with basics like math and language, national science standards were also called for, and many states have since implemented them; the Kentucky legislature apparently adopted the national standards in 2009. ACT, a company that creates and manages standardized testing, was contracted to handle the science tests.

Given that evolution is extremely well supported and provides the central organizing idea of biology, ACT's tests featured it heavily. That made a number of the state legislators rather unhappy, and gave them the chance to demonstrate that they should not be setting education policy.

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