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Calif. Court Rules Businesses Must Reimburse Cell Phone Bills

Recent /. Posts - 11 hours 10 min ago
New submitter dszd0g writes The Court of Appeal of the State of California has ruled in Cochran v. Schwan's Home Service that California businesses must reimburse employees who BYOD for work. "We hold that when employees must use their personal cell phones for work-related calls, Labor Code section 2802 requires the employer to reimburse them. Whether the employees have cell phone plans with unlimited minutes or limited minutes, the reimbursement owed is a reasonable percentage of their cell phone bills." Forbes recommends businesses that require cell phone use for employees either provide cell phones to employees or establish forms for reimbursement, and that businesses that do not require cell phones establish a formal policy.

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Professor Steve Ballmer Will Teach At Two Universities This Year

Recent /. Posts - 11 hours 51 min ago
redletterdave (2493036) writes "When Steve Ballmer announced he was stepping down from Microsoft's board of directors, he cited a fall schedule that would "be hectic between teaching a new class and the start of the NBA season." It turns out Ballmer will teach an MBA class at Stanford's Graduate School of Business in the fall, and a class at USC's Marshall School of Business in the spring. Helen Chang, assistant director of communications at Stanford's Business School, told Business Insider that Ballmer will be working with faculty member Susan Athey for a strategic management course called "TRAMGT588: Leading organizations." As for the spring semester, Ballmer will head to Los Angeles — closer to where his Clippers will be playing — and teach a course at University of Southern California's Marshall School of Business. We reached out to the Marshall School, which declined to offer more details about Ballmer's class.

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The First Particle Physics Evidence of Physics Beyond the Standard Model?

Recent /. Posts - 14 hours 25 min ago
StartsWithABang writes It's the holy grail of modern particle physics: discovering the first smoking-gun, direct evidence for physics beyond the Standard Model. Sure, there are unanswered questions and unsolved puzzles, ranging from dark matter to the hierarchy problem to the strong-CP problem, but there's no experimental result clubbing us over the head that can't be explained with standard particle physics. That is, the physics of the Standard Model in the framework of quantum field theory. Or is there? Take a look at the evidence from the muon's magnetic moment, and see what might be the future of physics.

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National Science Foundation Awards $20 Million For Cloud Computing Experiments

Recent /. Posts - 16 hours 47 min ago
aarondubrow writes The National Science Foundation today announced two $10 million projects to create cloud computing testbeds — to be called "Chameleon" and "CloudLab" — that will enable the academic research community to experiment with novel cloud architectures and pursue new, architecturally-enabled applications of cloud computing. While most of the original concepts for cloud computing came from the academic research community, as clouds grew in popularity, industry drove much of the design of their architecture. Today's awards complement industry's efforts and enable academic researchers to advance cloud computing architectures that can support a new generation of innovative applications, including real-time and safety-critical applications like those used in medical devices, power grids, and transportation systems.

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Prelude to Axanar - Full Film

Ant's Recent Latest VideoSift Submissions - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 10:43pm

"... Axanar is the independent Star Trek film which proves that a feature-quality Star Trek film can be made on a small budget..."

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Pierce Brosnan Plays GoldenEye 007 with Jimmy Fallon

Ant's Recent Latest VideoSift Submissions - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 10:42pm

"Jimmy fulfills a childhood dream by playing the Nintendo 64 video game GoldenEye 007 against former James Bond actor Pierce Brosnan..."

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China Pulls Plug On Genetically Modified Rice and Corn

Recent /. Posts - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 8:25pm
sciencehabit writes China's Ministry of Agriculture has decided not to renew biosafety certificates that allowed research groups to grow genetically modified (GM) rice and corn. The permits, to grow two varieties of GM rice and one transgenic corn strain, expired on 17 August. The reasoning behind the move is not clear, and it has raised questions about the future of related research in China.

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Everything Wrong With GoldenEye In 14 Minutes Or Less

"We've only done one Bond film to date, Skyfall. And we definitely needed to get back to that series. With Pierce Brosnan going action again for the upcoming November Man, we figured now was a good time."

Little Boy Devastated as Dad Takes His Ear

"Jesse Fulcher’s son is quite fond of his ears and he would rather no one took them away from him. Jesse learned this lesson when he jokingly pretended to steal one of his son’s ears..."

How Argonne National Lab Will Make Electric Cars Cheaper

Recent /. Posts - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 6:09pm
ashshy writes Argonne National Lab is leading the charge on next-generation battery research. In an interview with The Motley Fool, Argonne spokesman Jeff Chamberlain explains how new lithium ion chemistries will drive down the cost of electric cars over the next few years. "The advent of lithium ion has truly enabled transportation uses," Chamberlain said. "Because if you remember your freshman chemistry, you think of the periodic table -- lithium is in the upper left-hand corner of the periodic table. Only hydrogen and helium are lighter on an atomic basis."

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Study: Seals Infected Early Americans With Tuberculosis

Recent /. Posts - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 3:56pm
mdsolar writes that a study suggests that tuberculosis first appeared in the New World less than 6,000 years ago and it was brought here by seals. After a remarkable analysis of bacterial DNA from 1,000-year-old mummies, scientists have proposed a new hypothesis for how tuberculosis arose and spread around the world. The disease originated less than 6,000 years ago in Africa, they say, and took a surprising route to reach the New World: it was carried across the Atlantic by seals. The new study, published Wednesday in the journal Nature, has already provoked strong reactions from other scientists. "This is a landmark paper that challenges our previous ideas about the origins of tuberculosis," said Terry Brown, a professor of biomolecular archaeology at the University of Manchester. "At the moment, I'm still in the astonished stage over this."

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Smartphone Kill Switch, Consumer Boon Or Way For Government To Brick Your Phone?

Recent /. Posts - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 3:11pm
MojoKid writes We're often told that having a kill switch in our mobile devices — mostly our smartphones — is a good thing. At a basic level, that's hard to disagree with. If every mobile device had a built-in kill switch, theft would go down — who would waste their time over a device that probably won't work for very long? Here's where the problem lays: It's law enforcement that's pushing so hard for these kill switches. We first learned about this last summer, and this past May, California passed a law that requires smartphone vendors to implement the feature. In practice, if a smartphone has been stolen, or has been somehow compromised, its user or manufacturer would be able to remotely kill off its usability, something that would be reversed once the phone gets back into its rightful owner's hands. However, such functionality should be limited to the device's owner, and no one else. If the owner can disable a phone with nothing but access to a computer or another mobile device, so can Google, Samsung, Microsoft, Nokia or Apple. If the designers of a phone's operating system can brick a phone, guess who else can do the same? Everybody from the NSA to your friendly neighborhood police force, that's who. At most, all they'll need is a convincing argument that they're acting in the interest of "public safety."

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Scientists Baffled By Unknown Source of Ozone-Depleting Chemical

Recent /. Posts - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 2:27pm
schwit1 writes: Scientists have found that, despite a complete ban since 2007, ozone-depleting chemicals are still being pumped into the atmosphere from some unknown source. "Carbon tetrachloride (CCl4), which was once used in applications such as dry cleaning and as a fire-extinguishing agent, was regulated in 1987 under the Montreal Protocol along with other chlorofluorocarbons that destroy ozone and contribute to the ozone hole over Antarctica. Parties to the Montreal Protocol reported zero new CCl4 emissions between 2007-2012. However, the new research shows worldwide emissions of CCl4 average 39 kilotons (about 43,000 U.S. tons) per year, approximately 30 percent of peak emissions prior to the international treaty going into effect. "We are not supposed to be seeing this at all," said Qing Liang, an atmospheric scientist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, and lead author of the study published online in the Aug. 18 issue of Geophysical Research Letters, a journal of the American Geophysical Union. "It is now apparent there are either unidentified industrial leakages, large emissions from contaminated sites, or unknown CCl4 sources."

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Borderlands 2 Free Weekend; Pre-Sequel Pre-Purchases

Recent Blue's News Posts - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 2:20pm
Steam News announces a free weekend is underway in Borderlands 2, Gearbox Software's humorous role-playing shooter sequel. Those who do not own the game can play for free from now until Sunday at 1:00...

Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth Preorder Bonus

Recent Blue's News Posts - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 2:20pm
Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth is now available for pre-purchase on Steam, as noted by Steam News. The game's Steam page therefore now reveals the preorder bonuses for the sci-fi turn-based...

4A Games Lands in Malta

Recent Blue's News Posts - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 2:20pm
4A Games' management has set down in Malta, where they plan on establishing new offices. When the Metro developer announced their expansion into the country in May, the plan was to continue their...

Star Citizen Gamescom Video; Funding to be Deemphasized

Recent Blue's News Posts - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 2:20pm
A new Letter from the Chairman on the Roberts Space Industries website recaps the reception Star Citizen met with when the space combat game was shown off at Gamescom, and offers a video of their...

Raven's Cry Video

Recent Blue's News Posts - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 2:20pm
Here's a new video showing off gameplay footage from Raven's Cry, Topware's upcoming seafaring action/adventure/RPG. Captain's log, stardate 17th century: The Captain?s Log of Christopher Raven...

EVE Online Hyperion Video

Recent Blue's News Posts - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 2:20pm
A new video from CCP Games shows off progress on the Hyperion expansion coming later this month to EVE Online, the outer space MMORPG. Also, CCP offers two new blog posts about the add-on, one on...

LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham Brainiac Trailer

Recent Blue's News Posts - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 2:20pm
A new Brainiac Trailer is now online from LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham, a video that goes so far beyond Gotham it almost forgets to bring the Batman, though he does appear at the beginning and end....
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