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Comment: Re:Will high school grades determine kids' destini (Score 1) 256

by dpille (#34142750) Attached to: College Application Inflation — Marketing Meets Admissions
A tier 1 college (as per US News and World Report) will get one hired essentially anywhere... (T)here is no such thing as an unemployed attorney unless they get disbarred.

This would be really good news for me if it were actually true. Honors Tier 1 grad, like 16 months since I passed the bar in the state where the school is located, still no work. Have the resume entries and professional references to boot- after all, I'm an actual adult previously shown to be capable of handling associate work hours, social drinking, business development, etc. Maybe there's something wrong with me that absolutely everyone on the planet is too polite to acknowledge.

That, or you can graduate at exactly the wrong time and there's no accuracy to your observations.
Communications

+ - Rice University sells college radio station-> 1

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Earlier this week, Rice University made public its plans to sell the broadcast FM license, tower and frequency of its longtime college radio station, KTRU 91.7. The station has been student-run for more than 40 years and plays a diverse, eclectic slate of programming. The university described KTRU as an "underutilized asset" and stands to gain $9.5M from the deal, which will give Houston yet another NPR station."
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Comment: Voyager 2? (Score 3, Informative) 83

by dpille (#32974196) Attached to: Evidence For 200-Year-Old Comet Impact On Neptune
When the comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 hit Jupiter sixteen years ago, scientists all over the world were prepared: instruments on board the space probes Voyager 2, Galileo and Ulysses documented every detail of this rare incident.

That's funny, because my back-of-the-napkin estimate is that at the time, Voyager 2 was 3 billion miles further away from Jupiter than the Earth is. Wonder what they thought they were gonna see with 15-year-old technology that they weren't going to see with, say, the Hubble telescope, new ground-based instruments, or hell, even the naked eye that was 3 billion miles closer to the event.

Comment: May 1 (Score 1) 489

by dpille (#32794968) Attached to: 4th of July to me mostly means ...
From actually attending the typical 4th of July parade / festival with the military worship and praises to America, not freedom.

By the same logic, Labor Day celebrates military strength and totalitarianism (see USSR) rather than promoting the economic, social, and political achievements of workers or the labor movement. Shoot, the Russians still do a huge military parade.

Myself, I think Labor Day has more to do with the eight-hour workday than militaristic nationalism. But maybe I just choose my 'typical' gatherings a little more carefully.

Comment: Late news and less salacious (Score 4, Informative) 121

by dpille (#31557326) Attached to: US Law Firms Targeted By Cyberscams
The American Bar Association reported on this mere 17 months ago. I think it's less remarkable that some California firm got bilked as much as they got swindled while ignorant of a direct warning from their prime industry trade journal.

A more compelling version of the scam, to me, is overpayment of retainer fees as a new client. Fortunately, only idiot California firms are vulnerable as the ABA has warned about this variation as well. Interestingly, though, the tab appears to have been $500K in that one.

+ - American Bar Association's Lists Top 100 Blogs->

Submitted by dpille
dpille (547949) writes "The American Bar Association recently listed the editors' top 100 legal blogs, along with a call to "help (them) find blawgs worthy of note." With the notable absence of such slashdot standbys as groklaw or Ray Beckerman's blog, and with a preference for Patently O over my favorite Patent Prospector, the slashdot community might well be able to improve that list. What other law-related blogs do we read?"
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Comment: Re:Experience from academia (Score 3, Insightful) 1259

by dpille (#29790015) Attached to: Student Loan Interest Rankles College Grads
No, they're high because it's a service where productivity can't increase very much. We pay a higher and higher comparative amount for education because you still need a scholar standing at the front of the room, and lab space on a per-student basis and the like. Other prices moderate (by comparison) in the economy because you can capture productivity gains. On the manufacturing end, labor costs, raw material costs, input costs go down as we become more efficient. But you can't make a college professor teach 3% more students next year as well as before, which would be necessary to match the overall economy's productivity gain and keep prices from comparatively inflating. More to the point, supply and demand wouldn't really seem to be relevant to pricing when so much of the system is public university and community college. If your state's making money at its institutions, please have them contact mine so we can resolve our huge current deficit.
Music

EFF Jumps in Against RIAA for Copyright Misuse 147

Posted by Zonk
from the big-guns-call-for-bigger-guns dept.
NewYorkCountryLawyer writes "Arguing that the RIAA and big record labels may be misusing their copyrights, the Electronic Frontier Foundation has jumped in on the defendant's side in a White Plains, New York, court conflict. The case is Lava v. Amurao, and the EFF will be defending Mr. Amurao's right to counterclaim for copyright misuse. EFF argued that the RIAA, by deliberately bringing meritless cases against innocent people based on theories of 'secondary liability', are abusing their copyrights. In its amicus brief, EFF also decried (just as when it joined the ACLU, Public Citizen, and others on the side of Debbie Foster in Capitol v. Foster) the RIAA's 'driftnet' litigation strategy. They argue that the declaratory judgment remedy must also be made available to defendants, in view of the RIAA's habit of dropping the meritless cases it started but can't finish."

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