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Teacher's Aide Fired For Refusing To Hand Over Facebook Password

DallasMay BAD IDEA fro School (or any employer) (407 comments)

Employers should be VERY, VERY careful about how they treat employee's Facebook accounts. An employee's facebook account is likely to have information on the employee's Health Family History Sexuality Marriage Status Religion National Origin Age All of the above could be found on an average facebook account and can be used against an employer in a lawsuit claiming termination based on discrimination. It's really the best idea for employers to make it a clear policy that they DO NOT want to see any of their employees facebook information. If anything, employers should ban their employees from HAVING facebook pages, but that's not likely to make employees very happy.

more than 2 years ago
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The Coda Electric Car at the Detroit International Auto Show (Video)

DallasMay Re:Electric Charging Stations (284 comments)

We don't need new laws right now. This problem will fix itself as more and more people start buying EVs and retail, offices, and restaurants are forced by the market to add more chargers or enforce the EV parking only themselves. When a large enough percentage of a company's customers stop going to a restaurant because they can't plug-in, then the smart businesses are going to help their customers and the ones that don't will be out of business.

more than 2 years ago
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The Coda Electric Car at the Detroit International Auto Show (Video)

DallasMay Almost Perfect (284 comments)

Besides the high "early adopter" price, this car is missing one serious feature that makes EVs truly preactical cars -Level III fast charging. The Leaf and the i both have it standard, and it really should be standard on an EV. I would say that even if it raised the price of the vehicle an extra $3000, it should be standard. Add a fast charger and this guy is the perfect EV.

more than 2 years ago
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Columbus Blamed For Mini Ice Age

DallasMay Author ignorant about Pre-Columbian America (420 comments)

The belief that the pre-columbian indians were small in numbers and lived in sparsely populated and isolated tribes is a myth. They were very numerous, had complex economies, and lived in very large cities throughout the Americas. When the first wave of Europeans came to America, half of the worlds population lived in the Americas. Much evidence suggests that deseases that were brought in by the first wave killed over 90% of the Indian population before the second wave ever arrived. By that time, over 40 years later, Forests that largely didn't exist 40 years before had taken over farm lands and entire cities. The only peoples that survived were the small isolated tribes. Thus the myth that we have. So the authors history is completely backwards.

more than 3 years ago
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Wall Street: Software More Valuable Than Oil

DallasMay Very bad analysis of the situation (223 comments)

Look at this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_corporations_by_market_capitalization#2011 Now, Apple has moved to the top of that list, and MS has been a mainstay for a few decades now. How many other software companies are there, vs how many oil companies? The news here is not that Apple is the most valuable, it's that Exxon doesn't have the power in the oil markets that it used to have.

more than 3 years ago
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New NASA Data Casts Doubt On Global Warming Models

DallasMay Re:Sponsored by The Heartland Institute. (954 comments)

Be sure to check out their other hit articles including: "Second Hand Smoke: Science Says It's Healthy So Blow Some My Way" and "Freedom of Education: Science Says Your Sixth Grader Should Get a Job and Stop Leaching Off the System."

more than 3 years ago
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New NASA Data Casts Doubt On Global Warming Models

DallasMay Sponsored by The Heartland Institute. (954 comments)

"James M. Taylor is senior fellow for environment policy at The Heartland Institute" Oh. Yeah, I figured something like that was coming.

more than 2 years ago
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Apple Wants To Block Some HTC Products From US Under Tariff Act of 1930

DallasMay Sj is just... (297 comments)

... pissed that he got ripped off of his monopoly again. I can picture it: A poorly shaven SJ sitting in a chair made of solid gold, with a whiskey bottle in his hand. Just mumbling....

more than 3 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Living Without Internet At-Home Access?

DallasMay Re:Been there, done that, so true. (462 comments)

The problem with your thesis is that back then there was the necessary infrastructure to get by without the internet. Today it's almost impossible, hence the problems laced into the 'Digital Divide'. You comment would be like a person saying, "I don't need a car because people in the 1800's lived without one." True, but in the 1800's the majority of people were farmers, cities were much more dense, and there were grocers/butchers/markets on every street corner. And you would probably own a horse anyways.

more than 3 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Living Without Internet At-Home Access?

DallasMay Re:Obvious (462 comments)

Really? You consider screwing a hooker to be better than looking a porn? Interesting...

more than 3 years ago
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Barnes and Noble Bookstore Chain Put In Play

DallasMay Re:I still enjoy reading a good physcal book(store (414 comments)

Another thing is that B&N is the class A example of the "Big Guy that Crushes the little guy". This is the company that the movie "You Got Mail" was based on. Why are we sad to see it go again?

more than 4 years ago
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Barnes and Noble Bookstore Chain Put In Play

DallasMay Got Libraries? (414 comments)

'Cause it looks like they might just be useful in the future after all.

more than 4 years ago
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Was Flight Ban Over Ash an Overreaction?

DallasMay What if they weren't grounded... (673 comments)

And one or more planes went down due to the ash cloud? It just wasn't a risk worth taking. Branson is being foolish.

more than 4 years ago
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A Printer That Uses No Consumables

DallasMay Re:Yeah (240 comments)

Don't think office here. Think K-12 Education. As a teacher I make hundreds of copies each day. This could save school districts MILLIONS of dollars.

more than 4 years ago
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A Printer That Uses No Consumables

DallasMay To anyone who thinks this is dumb. (240 comments)

This could save millions of dollars in education alone. I used to tach a science class and would make hundreds of copies every day. This could save schools millions.

more than 4 years ago
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Body Heat Energy Generation

DallasMay Re:A personal airconditioner? (214 comments)

Probably wouldn't work in Iraq. If this does work, it would pull heat from you and into the ambient environment. That means that there has to be a temperature drop between you and the air for it to work.

more than 4 years ago
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Ultra-Dense Deuterium Produced

DallasMay What? (355 comments)

"A cubic centimeter of the stuff would weigh 287 lbs. (130 kg)." Deuterium is just a Proton and a Neutron. Wouldn't it weigh the same thing as a helium atom?

more than 5 years ago
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Want a Science Degree In Creationism?

DallasMay Re:Disappears in a Poof of Logic. (848 comments)

for no one has ever found not even a tiny shred of evidence that its object of study, god [...] even exist[s].

Now, that is where we diverge. I believe that misstated that line. You should have written that you have never found any evidence of God's existence. You cannot speak for anyone else, because religion is a deeply personal thing. Sometimes religious experiences come in grand universal form, but most of the time they are hyper-personal. I can tell you where I find my evidence, and that may or may not mean anything to you. My evidence has to do with there being extremely good people in this world that risk everything to help the most helpless people [International Justice Mission plug here] But, you cannot say that no one has ever found evidence.

(Btw, I understand the difference between sub-atomic theory and theology very well. But because you brought it up, I hope they don't find the Higgs. To me it would be so much cooler if it doesn't exist. It'ld send everyone beck to the drawing board! But in the same way, there is a difference between my hoping the Higgs doesn't exist, and your hoping God doesn't exist.)

more than 5 years ago

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Imagine the TEA Party was Black

DallasMay DallasMay writes  |  more than 4 years ago

DallasMay (1330587) writes "FTA:

"Imagine that hundreds of black protesters were to descend upon Washington DC and Northern Virginia, just a few miles from the Capitol and White House, armed with AK-47s, assorted handguns, and ammunition. And imagine that some of these protesters —the black protesters — spoke of the need for political revolution, and possibly even armed conflict in the event that laws they didn’t like were enforced by the government? Would these protester — these black protesters with guns — be seen as brave defenders of the Second Amendment, or would they be viewed by most whites as a danger to the republic? What if they were Arab-Americans? Because, after all, that’s what happened recently when white gun enthusiasts descended upon the nation’s capital, arms in hand, and verbally announced their readiness to make war on the country’s political leaders if the need arose.""

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Belief in Climate Change Hinders on World View

DallasMay DallasMay writes  |  more than 4 years ago

DallasMay (1330587) writes "Article describes an experiment that demonstrates that people don't put as much weight on facts as they do their own belief about how the world is supposed to work.

From the article:
In one experiment, Braman queried these subjects about something unfamiliar to them: nanotechnology — new research into tiny, molecule-sized objects that could lead to novel products.

"These two groups start to polarize as soon as you start to describe some of the potential benefits and harms," Braman says.

The individualists tended to like nanotechnology. The communitarians generally viewed it as dangerous. Both groups made their decisions based on the same information.

"It doesn't matter whether you show them negative or positive information, they reject the information that is contrary to what they would like to believe, and they glom onto the positive information," Braman says."

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Steve Woz was screwed!

DallasMay DallasMay writes  |  more than 5 years ago

DallasMay writes "I just watched the episode tonight and David Allen Grier and his partner Kym did not dance a Lindy Hop. He got a complete bye! He danced a Charleston. The entire routine there was not a single swing out. That was not a Lindy Hop at all! He should not have received scores nearly as high as he did, because he did not dance the correct routine. This is the Charleston http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V69ZunTI1J4&feature=channel This is a correct Lindy Hop http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3-BQwtnNNpg&feature=channel Watch the episode for yourself. Count how many swing outs or triple steps (the "and 8" 's) you can see. There are ZERO! The Judges would have known the difference between a Charleston and a Lindy Hop. That was no Lindy Hop. Steve Woz was screwed off of Dancing with the Stars."
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Mark Cuban Hates Hulu

DallasMay DallasMay writes  |  more than 5 years ago

DallasMay (1330587) writes "It appears that Mark Cuban hates legal video streaming websites. From the web blog:

"Like any good system, there are those that want to have their cake and eat it to. The content we pay for? They want it for free. We pay for it, they want it for free. How is that fair ? Where is the justice ? We pay for the content. We should be able to get it where we want it, and when we want it. Those who want it for free ? They should pay too. Call your cable/telco/satellite video provider and tell them you don't think its fair that the content we pay for is available for free!"

Could an ad supported, legal, service be unjust -or is he being ironic?"
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GM to Subsidize Volt

DallasMay DallasMay writes  |  more than 5 years ago

DallasMay (1330587) writes "From the Article: " After years of producing gas guzzlers, auto makers are focusing more on electric vehicles. At auto shows across the country, the companies are rolling out a variety of electric vehicles. And they may pay off one day. But making electric vehicles affordable and practical will take years." I also think the "100 Mile Range" goal is dubious. Sure you'll be able to go 100 miles on a single charge, but not 100 miles at 70 mph."
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Is the iPhone App store anti-competitive?

DallasMay DallasMay writes  |  more than 5 years ago

DallasMay writes "I used to laugh off reports that Apple's iTunes was anti-competitive. It was absolutely false. You could buy songs from anywhere and play them in your iTunes/iPod so long as they did not have DRM. This system actually succeeded for consumers far beyond what anyone imagined, because now you can buy music from many stores DRM-free, including iTunes. Everyone wins.

The App store is different. If I want to sell applications to iPhone users, I have no choice but to sell through the Apple App store. Apple will not allow an "Amazon MP3" equivalent for the app store. This is monopolizing the distribution of iPhone Applications. It also limits competitive apps, such as Firefox or Opera or competing e-mail and calendar applications. I am as big of a Apple fanboy as anyone, but is Apple abusing monopoly power?"
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Green New Deal, Tip of the Hat to FDR

DallasMay DallasMay writes  |  more than 6 years ago

DallasMay (1330587) writes "From the Article:
"We have just 100 months to act to prevent dangerous climate change, says Andrew Simms. In this week's Green Room, he outlines plans for a "Green New Deal" that could sort out the pressing problems we have with climate, energy and the financial system.""

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