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Comment: Re:"I'm not a troll, modded to -1" (Score 1) 169

by ColdWetDog (#49753431) Attached to: When it comes to Slashdot ...

I've not found that to be true. I don't get a whole lot of troll posts, but they do show up from time to time. Occasionally they are deserved, most of the time it's clear that the moderator missed something obvious or just didn't like my attempt and humor or sarcasm.

But mod points seem to be pretty random....

And it would be awfully hard to define 'misbehaving' around here.

Comment: Re:School equipment, though (Score 4, Insightful) 372

by ColdWetDog (#49746799) Attached to: Student Photographer Threatened With Suspension For Sports Photos

I work for a school district in the technology department. We clearly spell out in our usage agreements that everything created on district equipment is for educational purposes only, and not to be sold for profit by either students or staff. Since this guy is using a school camera, I think this might be the policy he's running into.

Perhaps, if it was written down and his parents signed it or there was some valid way for all parties to agree with the rule.

From his Flickr site: "At the end of the [Texas Association of Journalism Educators] class, I approached the teacher confused, and asked that because I was using a school camera, and using a school press pass, do I still own my pictures? She replied that I did."

If he were using his own equipment on his own time, I'd be first in line to tell the school to blow it out his ear. But if he's covering these sporting events as a member of the yearbook staff for the school and he's turning around and selling yearbook pictures privately for his own profit, then no, I don't think he should do that.

Being on the yearbook staff does not preclude him from doing things on his own. It isn't a contractually bound obligation. Unless the press pass bound him contractually (which would be odd for a high school), it's just and ID to let you into places where the public is restricted.

In any event, the principal (at least according to TFA) is being an ass. Instead of sitting him down and discussing this rather complex real world issue, he / she (?) threatens with blackmail and suspensions. Not exactly role model material here.

Comment: OK, we've seen this before (Score 5, Insightful) 372

by ColdWetDog (#49746343) Attached to: Student Photographer Threatened With Suspension For Sports Photos

So, another thread about some random clueless school principal.

Look, the vast majority of us (at least the non-ACs) have already graduated from high school. We know that your average principal has to check the school policy manual to figure out which leg to put in the trouser first. And then they mess it up half the time anyway.

Not much to see here. Some lawyer will be around presently to wack some sense into the the school district.

Comment: Re:One thing to consider... (Score 1) 82

No, they aren't the same but it points out that you have to give a health care facility quite a bit of information before they let you in the door. Sometimes you can get away without giving them your SSN (as if that would help), other times no.

Some states do put the SSN on the driver's license. One stop shopping!

Comment: Re:One thing to consider... (Score 3, Insightful) 82

Oh, and why is it always a 'sophisticated Cyberattack'? That wording is exactly the same as in the letter I recently received outlining the Primera BC/BS data breech" which happened over a year ago. Must be the same nasty cyber criminals. Or maybe the same unpatched SQL injection bug from 2005.

...there can be no public or private virtue unless the foundation of action is the practice of truth. - George Jacob Holyoake