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Comment Re:This is ridiculous. (Score 1) 633

Absolutely correct. Been there, done that, had the heart attack at 40.

As I was laying in the hospital bed, wired for sound, my then-five-year-old daughter came in to see me. I will never forget the look of horror on her face when she saw her Daddy laying there, looking like he was one step away from dead. I decided at that moment never to go back. I walked away from a six-figure income to a zero-figure income, got my life together, wrote a book, earned a PhD, and appreciate that there is more to life than working all the time, especially when it's only to make other people rich.

Comment Re:Who really owns student work. (Score 1) 208

It all depends on where you are, and what school you attend. I am completing a PhD in Canada at one of Canada's Tier 1 universities. I own the copyright to all my work, my notes, my essays, my papers (except those that have been published by a major journal), my blog posts, and my dissertation. And yes, I am funded by the university and a provincial agency.

To get my degree, I grant the university (and the National Library) a non-exclusive license to reproduce my thesis in their respective databases, but I hold the copyright. It even says so on the cover page. In fact, at my university, we even have the option to license it under Creative Commons (which I intend to do when/if I'm done).

The Courts

$74k Judgment Against Craigslist Prankster 182

jamie points out an update in the case of Jason Fortuny, the Craigslist prankster who was sued last year for publicly posting responses to a fake personal ad. The Citizen Media Law Project's summary of his case now includes a recently entered default judgment (PDF), fining Fortuny "... in the amount of $35,001.00 in statutory damages for Count I, violation of the Copyright Act; $5,000 in compensatory damages for Count II, Public Disclosure of Private Facts, and Count III, Intrusion Upon Seclusion." He has also been ordered to pay more than $34,000 in attorney and court fees.

Comment Re:Why not Canadians? (Score 1) 248

The reason this doesn't apply to Canadians has to do with cross-border transport of both finished goods and raw materials. Truckers from both Canada and the U.S. routinely cross the border to minimize transportation distance (among other things, like providing just-in-time inventory supply). Doing the whole fingerprint/photograph thing would interfere significantly with commerce and manufacturing in both countries, so that's why the exception.


Submission + - Liberal and Conservative Mindsets - For Real

McLuhanesque writes: A recent study published in Nature Neuroscience shows neurological differences in brain activity between people who are relatively left- or right-wing politically. "Political scientists and psychologists have noted that, on average, conservatives show more structured and persistent cognitive styles, whereas liberals are more responsive to informational complexity, ambiguity and novelty. We tested the hypothesis that these profiles relate to differences in general neurocognitive functioning using event-related potentials, and found that greater liberalism was associated with stronger conflict-related anterior cingulate activity, suggesting greater neurocognitive sensitivity to cues for altering a habitual response pattern." No wonder liberals and conservatives can never see eye-to-eye. They aren't even able to think brain-to-brain!

Mommy, what happens to your files when you die?