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Iowa court: Bosses can fire ‘irresistible’ workers

Posted on December 23rd, 2012 at 23:15 by Desiato in category: News


he Iowa Supreme Court says a dentist did not commit sex discrimination when he fired an attractive female assistant he viewed as a threat to his marriage.The court ruled Friday that a boss can fire an employee he considers an “irresistible attraction,” even if the employee has done nothing wrong. The decision is the first in Iowa, but in line with rulings elsewhere.

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  1. Presumably the same thing would have happened if the assistant was male. Atrocious behaviour, not sex discrimination. The decent thing would be to say goodbye, pay the lady and give her a good reference. Either wife or dental assistant.

12 Awkward Days of Xmas

Posted on December 23rd, 2012 at 18:07 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Boeing engineers use spuds to improve in-air Wi-Fi

Posted on December 23rd, 2012 at 15:19 by John Sinteur in category: News



If the wireless Internet connection during your holiday flight seems more reliable than it used to, you could have the humble potato to thank.

While major airlines offer in-flight Wi-Fi on many flights, the signal strength can be spotty. Airlines and aircraft makers have been striving to improve this with the growing use of wireless devices and the number of people who don’t want to be disconnected, even 35,000 feet up.

Engineers at Chicago-based Boeing Co. used sacks of potatoes as stand-ins for passengers as they worked to eliminate weak spots in in-flight wireless signals. They needed full planes to get accurate results during signal testing, but they couldn’t ask people to sit motionless for days while data was gathered.

“That’s where potatoes come into the picture,” Boeing spokesman Adam Tischler said.

It turns out that potatoes — because of their water content and chemistry — absorb and reflect radio wave signals much the same way as the human body does, making them suitable substitutes for airline passengers.

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  1. Aargh! Too many eyes!

Philippines OKs divisive contraceptives bill

Posted on December 23rd, 2012 at 14:17 by John Sinteur in category: Pastafarian News


Philippine legislators passed a landmark bill Monday that would provide government funding for contraceptives and sexuality classes in schools despite strong opposition by the dominant Roman Catholic Church and its followers, some of whom threatened to ask the Supreme Court to block the legislation.


Archbishop Socrates Villegas, vice president of the Philippines’ Bishops Conference, said that “the wide and free accessibility of contraceptives will result in the destruction of family life.”

“Money for contraceptives can be better used for education and authentic health care,” he said, adding that “those who corrupt the minds of children will invoke divine wrath on themselves.”

Bring it on, fucker!

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  1. Churches only exist out of fear. Is it a surprise that it’s their primary weapon.

  2. And a fanatical devotion to the pope…

Instagram Reversal Doesn’t Appease Everyone

Posted on December 23rd, 2012 at 12:20 by John Sinteur in category: News


The Electronic Frontier Foundation said on Friday that Instagram’s newest privacy policy still came up short. The service no longer “directly promises that private photos will remain private,” it noted on its site. “Instead, your privacy on Instagram is subject to future changes in the privacy settings options.”

A loop hole big enough to drive a truck through.

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  1. I think I could have written a better policy for them.

    “Privacy on the internet does not exist and never will exist. If you want something to remain private, don’t put it on the internet.”