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Comment My approach (Score 5, Interesting) 172

I try to be nice to the people who call me. As soon as I can get a word in edge-wise (pretty quick; I'm not meek), I say, "You seem like a smart enough person; you could probably get a real job, one that wouldn't require you to harass people when they're trying to have dinner." Then I say goodbye and hang up, having done all I could to sow the seeds of employee-management discord down at the call center.

Comment standing desks (Score 5, Interesting) 348

We have a budding activist for a son (he's 12). We all stand at our desks at our house, but our son, of course, has to sit all day long at school. We're encouraging him to start campaigning for standing desks at his public school, for all children. Yeah, yeah, I know; it'd be a change, and change is difficult, but it seems that the benefits to our society would far outweigh the fixed costs and the socio-educational-cultural adjustments that would have to be made. My own lay estimate is that we'd eliminate most of the childhood type-2 diabetes and improve the classroom educational environment.

Rustock Botnet Responsible For 40% of Spam 250

angry tapir writes "More than 40 percent of the world's spam is coming from a single network of computers that computer security experts continue to battle, according to new statistics from Symantec's MessageLabs' division. The Rustock botnet has shrunk since April, when about 2.5 million computers were infected with its malicious software that sent about 43 billion spam e-mails per day. Much of it is pharmaceutical spam."

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