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  • Should IT Professionals Be Exempt From Overtime Regulations?
    By on December 5, 2014 | Comments Off  Comments


    Paul Fernhout writes: Nick Hanauer is a billionaire who made his fortune as one of the original investors in Amazon. He suggests President Obama should restore U.S. overtime regulations to how they worked in the 1970s to boost the economy. Quoted by PBS NewsHour: “In 1975, more than 65 percent of salaried American workers earned time-and-a-half pay for every hour worked over 40 hours a week. Not because capitalists back then were more generous, but (more…)

  • Ask Slashdot: Is Non-USB Flash Direct From China Safe?
    By on November 16, 2014 | Comments Off  Comments

    Dishwasha (125561) writes I recently purchased a couple 128GB MicroSDXC card from a Chinese supplier via Alibaba at 1/5th the price of what is available in the US. I will be putting one in my phone and another in my laptop. A few days after purchased, it occurred to me there may be a potential risk with non-USB flash devices similar to USB firmware issues. Does anybody know if there are any known firmware issues with SD or other non-USB flash cards (more…)

  • More Quantum Strangeness: Particles Separated From Their Properties
    By on July 30, 2014 | Comments Off  Comments

    Dupple sends word of new quantum mechanical research in which a neutron is sent along a different path from one of its characteristics. First, a neutron beam is split into two parts in a neutron interferometer. Then the spins of the two beams are shifted into different directions: The upper neutron beam has a spin parallel to the neutrons’ trajectory, the spin of the lower beam points into the opposite direction. After the two beams have been (more…)

  • Adaptation From Flash Boys Offers Inside Look at High-Frequency Trading
    By on March 31, 2014 | Comments Off  Comments

    Lasrick (2629253) writes “This NYT adaptation from the book provides an in-depth and infuriating look at how the stock market is rigged. Brad Katsuyama of the Royal Bank of Canada couldn’t understand why stock he was trying to buy would suddenly vanish: ‘Before RBC acquired this supposed state-of-the-art electronic-trading firm, Katsuyama’s computers worked as he expected them to. Suddenly they didn’t. It used to be that when his trading screens showed (more…)

  • VIDEO: Title slipping from Arsenal’s grasp
    By on September 10, 2013 | Comments Off  Comments

    Arsenal Ladies are held 0-0 at home by Bristol Academy Women. It is the Gunners’ second draw in four days and means they concede vital ground to Liverpool in the Women’s Super League title race.

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  • Icahn Abandons Bid To Prevent Dell From Going Private
    By on September 10, 2013 | Comments Off  Comments

    Via El Reg comes news that Carl Icahn has, after a brief battle with Michael Dell for control over the company, thrown in the towel. From the article: “Icahn said in an open letter to shareholders that he still thought that Big Mike’s $13.88 per share offer for the firm undervalued it, but had decided that it would be ‘almost impossible’ to win the battle at the shareholder vote on Thursday. ‘I realize that some stockholders will be disappointed that (more…)

  • China Plans To Stop Harvesting Organs From Executed Prisoners
    By on August 20, 2013 | Comments Off  Comments

    cold fjord writes “The People’s Republic of China continues its long march toward liberalization with two steps forward (And one+ step back?). The BBC reports, ‘A senior Chinese official has said the country will phase out the practice of taking organs from executed prisoners from November. Huang Jiefu said China would now rely on using organs from voluntary donors under a new national donation system. Prisoners used to account for two-thirds of transplant (more…)

  • VIDEO: The best goals from the WSL
    By on June 10, 2013 | Comments Off  Comments

    Watch the goals from the latest round of the Women’s Premier League which features a big win for Liverpool in the Merseyside derby.

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  • VIDEO: Saints will learn from loss – Adkins
    By on August 20, 2012 | Comments Off  Comments

    Manager Nigel Adkins says Southampton “will learn” from their dramatic 3-2 defeat by Manchester City on the first weekend of the new Premier League season.

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  • Valve Removes Right For Class Action Claims From EULA
    By on August 1, 2012 | Comments Off  Comments

    trawg writes “Valve has joined the list of companies that have altered their terms and conditions to prevent users from filing a class action suit. Their official statement says that such claims ‘impose unnecessary expense and delay’ and are ‘designed to benefit the class action lawyers.’ In its stead, they’ve added a new arbitration process, in which Valve will reimburse costs (under certain circumstances) when dispute resolution can’t (more…)