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Submission + - Why Competing for Tenure is Like Trying to Become a Drug Lord 1

Hugh Pickens DOT Com writes: Scott Jaschik writes in Inside Higher Education that the academic job market is structured in many respects like a drug gang, with an expanding mass of outsiders and a shrinking core of insiders and with income distribution within gangs extremely skewed in favor of those at the top, while the rank-and-file street sellers earned even less than employees in legitimate low-skilled activities. According to Alexandre Afonso, academic systems rely at least to some extent on the existence of a supply of “outsiders” ready to forgo wages and employment security in exchange for the prospect of prestige, freedom and reasonably high salaries that tenured positions entail. "What you have is an increasing number of brilliant PhD graduates arriving every year into the market hoping to secure a permanent position as a professor and enjoying freedom and high salaries, a bit like the rank-and-file drug dealer hoping to become a drug lord," says Afonso. "To achieve that, they are ready to forgo the income and security that they could have in other areas of employment by accepting insecure working conditions in the hope of securing jobs that are not expanding at the same rate." The Chronicle of Higher Education recently reported on adjunct lecturers who rely on food stamps to make ends meet. Afonso adds that he is not trying to discourage everyone from pursuing Ph.D.s but that prospective graduate students need to go in with a full awareness of the job market.

Submission + - SPAM: Public Readings - Courtney Stodden's Mom Not Surprised by Porn Offers

abaselma writes: "Public Readings — Courtney Stodden’s Mom Not Surprised by Porn Offers. Courtney Stodden‘s mom admits she wasn’t surprised when her daughter was flooded with offers from porn producers on her 18th birthday.
“In the back of my mind, I knew that would probably happen when she turned 18,” Krista Stodden told “We’re used to this. For some reason, people are really just fascinated with her.”
More than a dozen sites emailed the wife of 52-year-old actor Doug Hutchison when she turned 18 on Aug. 29, offering her lucrative contracts for her first foray into adult film. Krista Stodden said her daughter’s not interested in porn, but she might bare all for the right outlet"

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Submission + - Want to steal a huge botnet? Here's how. (

mask.of.sanity writes: An internet user has posted online instructions and exploit code that allows users to takedown or hijack the infamous Sality botnet.

The instructions were contained in a Full Disclosure mailing list post by a user, 'Law Abiding Citizen', apparently frustrated by the slow process by which botnets can be legally taken down.

“You should under no circumstance laugh maniacally as you watch a sizeable botnet disintegrate before your eyes,” the post read.


Submission + - Facebook's Bad For You But Good For Me (

RichDiesal writes: Research recently published in Cyberpsychology, Behavior and Social Networking reveals that on average, people perceive Facebook to negatively affect other people, but do not believe themselves to be affected in the same way. Student participants believed the privacy of others was reduced due to Facebook use, but did not perceive their own privacy to be affected. They also perceived later job opportunities for other people to be decreased due to a Facebook use, but did not perceive a decrease in opportunities for themselves.

Campaign Urges People To Send MPAA and RIAA Copied Currency 413

An anonymous reader writes "In response to the still-raging MPAA & RIAA, a kind of reverse piracy campaign has arisen. The "Send Them Your Money" campaign urges pirates and landlubbers alike to send scanned images of American currency to these agencies. According to the campaign's webpage, 'They've made it very clear that they consider digital copies to be just as valuable as the original.' The operation gained fame via sites like Reddit and Tumblr, inspiring citizens of other countries to send their legal tender to the MPAA and RIAA."

Submission + - European Parliament blocks copyright reform with 113% voter turnout ( 1

mcmadman writes: In a bizarre turn of events. The Legal Affairs committee (JURI), which has the responsibility of safeguarding the integrity and trustworthiness of the legal framework as a whole in Europe voted recently to weaken a reform of the copyright monopoly for allowing re-publication and access to orphan works. Pieces of our cultural heritage where no copyright monopoly holder can be located. What is surprising that the voter turnout happened to be 113%. This rather embarrassing issue was pointed out to the committee, the fact that there were three votes too many, and that these three votes determined the outcome. When this was done, along with formally requesting a re-vote, that re-vote on the points in question was denied.
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Journal Journal: [tt] Poll of the Day - Who do YOU trust more? A Bakers Dozen 13

Trust is a funny thing ... takes time to build up, and only a second to destroy. So, in each of these pairs, who do you trust more, and why? I know, some these are like that definition of conflicted feelings - watching your brand new car go over the cliff with your mother-in-law at the wheel ... others are a Hobson's Choice .... but saying "neither" doesn't count.


Submission + - Apple's list of work-around options for Samsung (

ryzvonusef writes: One of Samsung's arguments in its defence against Apple's injunction is that Apple is trying to improperly cover various functional (utilitarian) elements required in any modern smart-phone or tablet device: essentially, that it had no other realistic design options available when it created devices like the Galaxy S, Infuse and Galaxy Tab 10.1.

Apple obviously disagrees: it argues that Samsung had many other non-infringing design alternatives at its disposal and didn't need to copy the aesthetic features of the iPhone and iPad devices. To make that argument stick Apple had no choice but to identify exactly what those alternatives were.

On the smart-phone side of things, the following is a list of some of the alternative design options Apple felt Samsung should have looked into further:
*Front surface that isn't black.
*Overall shape that isn't rectangular, or doesn't have rounded corners.
*Display screens that aren't centered on the front face and have substantial lateral borders.
*Non-horizontal speaker slots.
*Front surfaces with substantial adornment.
*No front bezel at all.

As for tablets, Apple identified a similar list of alternative designs available to Samsung:
*Overall shape that isn't rectangular, or doesn't have rounded corners.
*Thick frames rather than a thin rim around the front surface.
*Front surface that isn't entirely flat.
*Profiles that aren't thin.
*Cluttered appearance.

This isn't an exhaustive list of the alternative designs offered up by Apple, but it's a summary of the most interesting ones.

Submission + - US Senate Declares War On Citizens ( 4

iONiUM writes: "In a stunning move, the US senate passed a bill that effectively ends the Bill of Rights in America. From the article, "This bill, passed late last night in a 93-7 vote, declares the entire USA to be a ”battleground” upon which U.S. military forces can operate with impunity, overriding Posse Comitatus and granting the military the unchecked power to arrest, detain, interrogate and even assassinate U.S. citizens with impunity."
Wired magazine is also reporting this story, with similar disgust: "Here’s the best thing that can be said about the new detention powers the Senate has tucked into next year’s defense bill: They don’t force the military to detain American citizens indefinitely without a trial. They just let the military do that."
Good luck Americans. You're gonna need it."

Submission + - BC Says Using WiFi Is A Sign Of Infringement (

An anonymous reader writes: Boston College has a funny idea of what constitutes copyright infringement. It has a list of what might be called "you might be a copyright infringer if..." with the sort of things you might expect, such as using file sharing programs or sending mp3s to friends. But some have noticed something odd. Included on the list is using a wireless router in your dorm. Yes, just using a wireless router. Not using it for anything. But just using such a router is considered a sign of infringement. Nice to see our top colleges and universities teaching students completely made up things.

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