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Submission + - Ask Slashdot: Explaining your IT job to relatives 3

An anonymous reader writes: How do you explain your IT job to parents/relatives? There are positions, which are close to average Joe, e.g. developing web pages or managing company computers/supporting people. But what if you are really far from anything physical or anything people face directly? I'm working for company as part of linux kernel engineering group and I'm wondering how best can I explain it to my parents, who are happy they can turn pc on. Has anyone success story to share about his job?

Submission + - Treasure worth $22 billion unearthed from a temple (ndtv.com)

An anonymous reader writes: A vast treasure trove of billions of dollars in gold coins, jewels and precious stones unearthed at a Hindu temple in India was expected to grow further in value Monday as officials opened the last two secret vaults sealed for nearly 150 years. The four vaults already opened in recent days at the temple in Thiruvananthapuram, the capital of the southern state of Kerala, held a vast bounty that unofficial estimates peg at Rs. 90,000 crore ($22 billion).

Submission + - Silly Users, Google+ Not for Kids or Non-Humans

theodp writes: Think twice before you accept that Google+ invite, kids. Unlike that charming 'Dear Sophie' Google Chrome ad, Google may delete — not save — your childhood e-mail memories. Ten-year-old Alex had a Gmail account since 2009, but the Netherlands resident made the mistake of entering his real date of birth in the required Google profile, tipping off Google to a Terms Of Service age violation, which rendered his account inaccessible (it will be deleted in 29 days). 'This USA-centric age 13 bullshit is a blight on the internet,' wrote Alex's Dad. Actually, some kids have reported 17-year-olds aren't welcome, either. Guess Alex should have gone with the less-hip Yahoo! for his email. The Google+ age limit also proved to be a problem for real grown-up Danny Sullivan, who made the mistake of making up a required birth date for his Search Engine Land account. In this case, Google+ Chief Bradley Horowitz personally told SEO Danny he's SOL, which he would have known had he read between the lines: 'Let me be clear — and I'm sorry if this wasn't obvious — we are not currently supporting brands, organizations, and non-human entities in the Google+ field trial. While we should have been clearer about this, there are some fields in the registration form (asking for a first name, a last name, an age and a gender) that indicate that.' Another Google+ Project Lead piled on, informing Sullivan that 'Building great consumer products is a necessary prerequisite for compelling business products.' That'll teach him to speak Google+ evil!

Submission + - Treasure worth $20.2bn found in an Indian temple (bbc.co.uk)

dooode writes: Perhaps Indiana Jones went to the wrong temple !! Indian inspectors have discovered a treasure trove in a South Indian temple in Kerala whose value is now thought to be 900 billion rupees ($20.3bn). They could open 5 of the 6 vaults, which as per temple records, were last opened 136 years ago.The troves of treasure were found buried in sand after temple officials discovered secret underground passageways below the property.

Wealthy temples are not uncommon in India, where patrons and devotees have made offerings for centuries. The sudden discovery of this temple's massive wealth has sparked discussion of how it might be otherwise used in India. Although, Oommen Chandy, Chief Minister of Kerala, says the wealth will stay right where it is. He says the treasure belongs to Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple and the state government will protect and will provide security to the temple.

Submission + - New LTE Tower Blasting Home With EMI (digitalhome.ca) 2

Freshly Exhumed writes: A Canadian RF engineer could not locate the source of massive electromagnetic interference in his home until he realized that a new LTE communications tower had just been erected only 70 meters away, at a frequency of 734 MHz and a bandwidth of 10 MHz, running 1200 watts Effective Radiated Power. Additionally another 3000 watts ERP of PCS/Cellular went up in the same place. Rigging a detector out of a Schottky diode, a capacitor, an inductor, 6 inches of wire, and a piezo speaker, the sound was loud enough to be heard across the room. One would think that the Canadian telecom regulators would investigate and intervene, right? Nope: Industry Canada refused with a "not my job" email. See videos here and here of his plight.

Submission + - Employer Demands Facebook Login from Job Applicant 2

Hugh Pickens writes writes: "Alex Madrigal reports in the Atlantic that the ACLU has taken up the case of Maryland corrections officer Robert Collins who was required to provide his Facebook login and password to the Maryland Division of Corrections (DOC) during a recertification interview so the interviewer could log on to his account and read not only his postings, but those of his family and friends too. "We live in a time when national security is the highest priority, but it must be delicately balanced with personal privacy," says Collins. "My fellow officers and I should not have to allow the government to view our personal Facebook posts and those of our friends, just to keep our jobs." The ACLU of Maryland has sent a letter to Public Safety Secretary Gary Maynard (PDF) concerning the Division of Correction's blanket requirement that applicants for employment with the division, as well as current employees undergoing recertification, provide the government with their social media account usernames and personal passwords for use in employee background checks. After three weeks the ACLU has received no response."

Submission + - U.S. Navy breaks LASER record (foxnews.com)

ectotherm writes: The U.S. Navy has broken the existing record for the power of a LASER. Their new free-electron LASER can burn through 200 feet of steel per second. Next step: weaponization. Now all we need to do is upgrade the sharks...

Submission + - The Queen Joins Facebook (bbc.co.uk)

H3xx writes: The Queen is set to have an official presence on Facebook when a British Monarchy page launches on the internet-based social networking site. Buckingham Palace says it is not a personal profile page, but users can "like" the service and receive updates on their news feed.

The Queen has reportedly embraced the web and sends e-mails. A British Monarchy Twitter feed is also available.

The Facebook page is due to go live from Monday morning. The page will also feature the Court Circular, recording the previous day's official engagements.

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