Is gas costing you as much as you think, is it cold in here or is that just Google, embracing winter, blowing the lid off the 'Three Little Pigs,' and the science of paralysis.
Bank fees are like sports stadium efforts. You never really kill them, eventually the proposals come back until they're accepted.
Bank of America, which was roundly criticized last year until it rescinded plans to impose a monthly fee on debit-card customers, is back with a new fee structure, the Wall St. Journal reports today.
The bank is testing a $6 to $9 a month fee for an "Essentials" account in three states. The bank will waive some of the fees for checking account customers if they agree to bank online, which should be another step in the idea of putting the bank teller in the same category as the telephone operator someday.(5 Comments)
Look quickly at this picture...
Does it look familiar?
(Insert your Vikings stadium joke here.)(32 Comments)
Sorry, aunts. You don't have any right to visit your nieces and nephews, the Minnesota Supreme Court ruled this week in the case of a woman who wanted visitation rights with the daughter of her now-deceased twin sister.
The court ruled on the appeal of Kelli Rohmiller. After her sister and her boyfriend, Andrew Hart (the girl's father) split up, the girl and her mother lived with Rohmiller for five weeks. But when Ms. Rohmiller's sister died, Hart was awarded custody of the girl and cut Rohmiller off from visiting her niece.
A district court granted Rohmiller and her father unsupervised visitation with the girl, but the Court of Appeals reversed the ruling, saying Minnesota law does not grant a right to visitation to aunts.
In Minnesota, the law grants visitation rights to grandparents and great-grandparents as well as people with whom a child has lived for at least two years if the parent of a child is deceased. But Supreme Court Justice Lori Gildea said neither provision applies in this case.
"If the legislature wanted to include aunts as a class of individuals who could petition for visitation, it could have," she wrote.
Rohmiller said it would be "absurd" for the legislature to exclude step-parents, step-grandparents, step-siblings, cousins and "significant others" from visitation simply because they had not lived with a child for two years because "there is no magic relationship that is formed after two years."
The Supreme Court rejected the argument. "We have not found any reported Minnesota cases in which, over a fit custodial parent's objection, visitation was awarded to a non-parent who was not standing in loco parentis (ed. note: had parenting functions) with the child," Gildea said.
Since the father allowed the girl's grandfather to visit her, the Court said its decision this week would not prevent Rohmiller from being present when he does.
Here's the full opinion.
The deal to build a stadium for the Minnesota Vikings has a provision in it that raises the possibility of an MLS soccer team being stationed at the dome in the next decade.
Maybe indoors is a good idea, based on this play yesterday when Maccabi Haifa took on Dynamo Kiev.(4 Comments)
It was four pages into his testimony on cyberattacks at NASA when the agency's inspector general, Paul Martin, dropped this little nugget:
"Between April 2009 and April 2011, NASA reported the loss or theft of 48 Agency mobile computing devices, some of which resulted in the unauthorized release of sensitive data including export-controlled, Personally Identifiable Information (PII), and third-party intellectual property."
For example, the March 2011 theft of an unencrypted NASA notebook computer resulted in the loss of the algorithms used to command and control the International Space Station. Other lost or stolen notebooks contained Social Security numbers and sensitive data on NASA's Constellation and Orion programs. Moreover, NASA cannot consistently measure the amount of sensitive data exposed when employee notebooks are lost or stolen because the Agency relies on employees to self-report regarding the lost data rather than determining what was stored on the devices by reviewing backup files.
Stop right there, general. Let's make a little list here of the problems:
1) NASA stores data unencrypted?
2) Someone got the codes of the International Space Station, as well as sensitive data on two of the few projects Congress still lets you have?
3) You depend on your employees to self report their incompetence?
It's unclear whether Martin was quizzed on these blunders before he shifted his testimony to the efforts of outsiders to crack his agency's security.
Early in his testimony he provided the context for why this situation may seem unusual:
To put these findings in context, however, NASA OIG is the only Office of Inspector General that regularly conducts international network intrusion cases, and this fact could skew perceptions with regard to NASA's relative rate of significant intrusion events compared to other agencies.
NextGov's story on the incident reveals the fatal flaw in this:
The top IT executive supervises administrative systems but has no power over mission-critical systems supporting NASA's aeronautics, science, and space programs, including the Deep Space Network.
In other words: Failure is an option.(1 Comments)
Disney's new Habitat Heroes website is down for maintenance...
And by "maintenance," Disney actually means "we're shutting it down because people complained it made fun of fat kids."
The EPCOT exhibit was intended, Disney says, to promote healthy lifestyles in partnership with Blue Cross Blue Shield. It didn't come off that way, however.
"We're appalled to learn that Disney, a traditional hallmark of childhood happiness and joy, has fallen under the shadow of negativity and discrimination," the National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance said.
"It appears that Disney now believes that using the tool of shame, favored so much by today's healthcare corporations, is the best way to communicate with children," the association's statement said, accusing Disney of being bullies.
The "villains" in the exhibit look like this, according to the blog, Weighty Matters.
"I mean if your kid's not overweight or obese, here's to Disney reinforcing society's most hateful negative obesity stereotyping, and if they are overweight or obese - what kid doesn't want to be made to feel like a personal failure while on a Disney family vacation?" Yoni Freedhoff, who writes the blog, said.