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Dude, You're Going To Hell!

Seems Dell has fired some Somali Muslims because their prayer schedule clashed with the production schedule. If the workers forge ahead with their plans to sue, "that path might lead to an unpleasant surprise for the workers. In a similar case last year,

brought against Whirlpool, a jury decided that forcing a sunset prayer request on the company constituted 'an undue hardship on the employer.'" Hey, I used to work there, many moons ago. Full Story.

Public Library Hires Collection Agency

A Knoxville library has hired collection agencies to try to recover fines and overdue books, videos, and recordings. However, "We don't want to alienate anyone," library spokeswoman Mary Pom Claiborne said. "It's not Guido the loan shark - we're not going to break your legs over this." Hey this is TN, I wouldn't put it passed 'em. Tongue More on that.

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Lessons learned from the failure of Ubuntu Touch

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City Cloud gets Ubuntu Certified

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