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I'm happy for the LGBT community that the marriage laws are being changed

I see Michigan's law was just struck down. One day, equal marriage across the land. One day in Florida too !

one of your straight male allies,


White House: Join the Conversation. Big Data, Privacy and What It Means to You (w/video)

We want to hear your opinion.

On January 17, President Obama spoke at the Justice Department about changes in the technology that we use for national security purposes, and what these technologies mean for our privacy broadly. He called on the administration to conduct a 90-day review of big data and privacy: how these areas affect the way we live, and the way we work — and how data is being used by universities, the private sector, and the government.

This is a complicated issue that affects every American — and we want to hear your feedback. Learn more about this review, and if you like, share your thoughts.

(survey at link)


auto dealership service departments, question

At the risk of being mysterious, I don't want to get into the precise details of why I'm asking this question. I already feel stupid enough.

Anyone have a ballpark idea how profitable auto dealership service departments are ? I know they have significant costs. I know, in general, they are not inexpensive places to have work done. Thanks kindly all.

Thank you hosts for the difficult and thankless job you do

I'm a host of Computer Help and Support, and boy, we are a fractious bunch.

Seriously though, thanks.

Moscow rattles Estonia with talk of 'concern' for its Russian population


Russia says it is worried that a former Soviet republic isn't doing enough to protect its large ethnic Russian population. But this time, the Kremlin is not talking about Ukraine.

It's talking about Estonia.

The tiny Baltic state is a member of both NATO and the European Union. But the tone coming from their giant neighbor to the east – a neighbor that just occupied Crimea on similar grounds – has Estonians nervous.

“I believe that most Estonians are neither hysterical nor surprised by President Putin’s behavior in Crimea,” says Eiki Berg, a professor of international relations at the University of Tartu, Estonia’s leading research institution. “This is very similar to what Stalin’s Soviet Union did in Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania in 1939-40.”

*more at link*

Lawyer: Vet Reaches $4.5M Settlement With Oakland


An Iraq War veteran whose skull was fractured during an Occupy Oakland protest when he was hit by a beanbag round fired by police has reached a $4.5 million agreement to settle a federal lawsuit with the city of Oakland, his lawyers and city officials announced Friday.

Scott Olsen, 26, sued the city in 2012 for medical expenses and injuries that also included a fractured vertebrae and hemorrhaging of the brain. Olsen was among more than 1,000 demonstrators protesting the police clearing of an Occupy Oakland encampment when struck by a beanbag fired by an officer outside City Hall on Oct. 25, 2011.

Olsen, who served two tours of duty as a U.S. Marine in Iraq, suffered permanent brain injuries and has not been able to return to his career as a computer systems administrator, his attorney Rachel Lederman said Friday. Olsen's lawyers said police investigators concluded he was struck by the round that was fired by an officer less than 30 feet away during the 2011 clash.

"We're pleased that Scott is finally going to be getting some compensation for this really devastating injury," Lederman said. "He sustained some pretty serious brain damage resulting from being shot at a very close range."

Mt. Gox Recovers 200,000 Missing Bitcoins


March 21 (Bloomberg) -- Today’s “BWest Byte” is 200,000, for the number of Bitcoins that Mt. Gox has recovered. Jon Erlichman reports on Bloomberg Television’s “Bloomberg West.” (Source: Bloomberg)

video at link

Netflix Just Opened the Door to Paying ISPs More Access Fees


Netflix (NFLX) Chief Executive Officer Reed Hastings is seeking your help to keep Internet service providers from charging higher fees to stream all the video its customers watch. In the process, he may have just opened his wallet to any Cox, Time Warner Cable (TWC), Verizon Communications (VZ), or AT&T (T) across the nation.

In a blog post on Thursday, Hastings said the company’s recent decision to pay Comcast (CMCSA) millions in access fees arose from a degradation of the cable provider’s handling of Netflix data. That led to streaming glitches and other problems for Netflix customers, a situation that has also been reported by Verizon’s FiOS customers. After its payment to Comcast last month, Hastings wrote, “our members are now getting a good experience again.”

However, in the process of agitating for new, tougher net-neutrality rules, Hastings may have validated that same strategy for other ISPs: Throttle Netflix streaming until it’s unwatchable, and wait for the video service to write you a check. Net neutrality means that the companies controlling the infrastructure of the Internet can’t treat different kinds of Web activity differently. “Netflix believes strong net neutrality is critical, but in the near term we will in cases pay the toll to the powerful ISPs to protect our consumer experience,” Hastings wrote.

Given the tone of the post—and the issue’s high profile in Washington—Comcast responded swiftly, saying that companies such as Netflix “have always paid for their interconnection to the Internet” and can guarantee good performance for a fair price. “We are happy that Comcast and Netflix were able to reach an amicable, market-based solution to our interconnection issues and believe that our agreement demonstrates the effectiveness of the market as a mechanism to deal with these matters,” Comcast Executive Vice President David Cohen said.

In 'largest scam of its kind,' 20,000 taxpayers bilked of $1 million


An Internal Revenue Service watchdog is warning taxpayers of a scam that so far has swindled 20,000 people out of a combined $1 million, officials said Thursday.

The Treasury inspector general for Taxpayer Administration said sophisticated scammers are cold-calling people claiming to be from the IRS and are armed with enough information, such as the last four digits of a person's Social Security number, to convince victims to wire them money.

"This is the largest scam of its kind that we have ever seen," said J. Russell George, the Treasury inspector general for Tax Administration.

The scammers have targeted thousands of people in nearly every state, the agency said.

NYC pride parade to allow Catholics' anti-gay banner


NEW YORK (AP) — The Catholic League will be allowed to march with an anti-gay-marriage banner in New York City's annual gay-pride parade, organizers said on the heels of a St. Patrick's Day parade prohibition on gay-rights signs and subsequent boycott that drew widespread attention.

Parade organizer David Studinski said Thursday he has no problem with Catholic League President Bill Donohue's plan to participate in the June 29 parade.

"His group's presence affirms the need for this year's pride theme, 'We Have Won When We're One,'" Studinski said in a statement. "Straight is great — as long as there's no hate."

Sarah Kate Ellis, president and CEO of the gay-rights group GLAAD, said several straight and Catholic organizations have previously marched alongside LGBT groups, according to Newsday.

I'm sorry but I don't understand this decision. Anyone else ?
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