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Submission + - Why Isn't Election Day a National Holiday? (vice.com) 4

pigrabbitbear writes: "Voting is a pain in the ass. First of all, there are lines, unpredictable lines that leave some out in the November cold while they’re waiting to do their civic duty. Then, with all of these new voter ID laws popping up, there’s all kinds of red tape. “Do I need to bring my Social Security card?” you might ask yourself. “How about my passport, a copy of my most recent utility bill, an expired library card? What’s it take to prove you’re American these days?” And inevitably, you’re going to miss some work since Election Day is always a Tuesday. For salaried employees, this is probably just annoying — or a relief depending on how much you like your job. But for hourly employees, this means lost wages. So in a way, you have to pay to vote. No wonder voter turnout is so low."

Submission + - Slashdot Still Doesn't Support IPv6 (slashdot.org) 2

Roman Mamedov writes: It's 2011, IPv4 addresses are officially exhausted, and the world's largest geek-oriented website, Slashdot, still doesn't support IPv6 on its most-visited address, slashdot.org. This is true even for the new AJAX and CSS redesigned version of the website released just last month. Slashdot continues to publish one IPv6-related story after another. But it has not been specific about if and how it will offer an IPv6 upgrade to the Slashdot website itself, nor named any dates.

Feed Ars Technica: Pilots told to avoid new airport scanners, "demeaning" pat-downs (arstechnica.com)

Just over a week ago, we learned that the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) was stepping up its efforts to get Americans in front of its new clothes-piercing "backscatter" and "millimeter wave" scanners at airports. The devices have raised all sorts of concerns about privacy (they can see through clothes) and radiation, but those who don't go through them will now suffer an intimate pat-down of nut-busting proportions. And pilots have had enough.

Dave Bates heads the Allied Pilots Association, which represents American Airlines pilots and claims to be the largest independent pilots' group in the world. Bates recently told his members that they should refuse the new scans, together know as "Advanced Imaging Technology" (AIT). And he thinks the new pat-downs are a disgusting breach of a pilot's "privacy and dignity."

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Submission + - Gun buy back in Aust --stunning fall in suicides (smh.com.au) 6

Phurge writes: TEN years of suicide data after John Howard's decision to ban and then buy back 600,000 semi-automatic rifles and shotguns has had a stunning effect.

The buyback cut firearm suicides by 74 per cent, saving 200 lives a year, according to research to be published in The American Law and Economics Review.

A former Australian Treasury economist, Christine Neill, now with Wilfrid Laurier University in Ontario, Canada, said she found the research result so surprising she tried to redo her calculations on the off chance the total could have been smaller.

''I fully expected to find no effect at all,'' she told the Herald. ''That we found such a big effect and that it meshed with a range of other data was just shocking, completely unexpected.''

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