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+ - Universities Hold Transcripts Hostage Over Loans

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Hugh Pickens writes
Hugh Pickens writes writes "Dave Lindorff writes in the LA Times that a growing numbers of students are discovering their old school is actively blocking them from getting a job or going on to a higher degree as they refuse to issue an official transcript to send to potential employers or graduate admissions office if students are in default on student loans, or in many cases, even if they just fall one or two months behind. It's no accident that colleges are using the withholding of official transcripts to punish students behind in their loan payments. It turns out the federal government "encourages" them to use the draconian tactic, saying that the policy "has resulted in numerous loan repayments." It is a strange position for colleges to take, writes Lindorff, since the schools themselves are not owed any money as student loan funds come from private banks or the federal government and in the case of so-called Stafford loans, schools are not on the hook in any way; they are simply acting as collection agencies, and in fact may get paid for their efforts at collection. “It’s worse than indentured servitude,” says NYU Professor Andrew Ross, who helped organize the Occupy Student Debt movement last fall. “With indentured servitude, you had to pay in order to work, but then at least you got to work. When universities withhold these transcripts, students who have been indentured by loans are being denied even the ability to work or to finish their education so they can repay their indenture.”"

Comment: Re:It can be a blurry line (Score 1) 129

by omgwtfroflbbqwasd (#31604488) Attached to: Who Should Own Your Smartphone?

First things first. Is "company data" - email, contacts, files - accessible from your phone? If so, they have a vested interest in making sure that data is not compromised when your phone is lost or stolen. As a result, PIN/password requirements, encryption, antivirus, and remote wipe capabilities are generally required. In some cases where devices have a tunnel to the corporate network (Blackberry), they will possibly want to control what apps you install to prevent malicious ones from accessing the corporate network via your BES server.

Most laypeople don't have any clue about protecting company data on a regular basis, they just want their data instantly and aren't concerned with what happens in a worst-case scenario. "Oops, it got stolen. Guess I need to get the latest model now!"

Comment: Still not protected. (Score 2, Informative) 129

by gillbates (#31604338) Attached to: Who Should Own Your Smartphone?

Anything of yours can be subpoenaed in a lawsuit. Northwest Airlines subpoenaed the *personal* computers of their employees when they suspected their employees were getting too uppity^H^H^H^H^H^H, I mean, striking by calling in sick.

It hardly matters if you use encryption, etc... the legal discovery process can violate whatever privacy you thought you had. It only takes a credible allegation of wrongdoing - not even "beyond a reasonable doubt" - to discover all of your personal files, etc... and, because only money is involved, the plaintiff needs only show guilt by a "preponderance of the evidence", or more succinctly, that it is likely that you did it. If you think you can get smart by encrypting your files, it's likely you'll be held in contempt of court, and have a summary judgment entered against you.

The only thing paying for the hardware means is that you'll eventually get it back, usually.

Comment: Re:GPL freaks (Score 1) 131

by misiu_mp (#31604288) Attached to: DarkPlaces Dev Forest Hale Corrects <em>Nexuiz</em> GPL Stance
So they should give all their rights up in return for a promise? How about you sign a job contract binding you to work 80 hours a week for 5$ an hour in return for a promise of really big bonuses. Promises dont count. Contracts and licenses do. Besides, llfonic's representative clearly stated they had no plans to contribute anything back.
Operating Systems

+ - Adobe to move all its apps to run on the web->

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E1ven
E1ven writes "Adobe today announced they they will be transitioning their entire suite of apps, including Photoshop, Illustrator and After Effects to run as web-based applications.
This is a strong bet on the future of web applications, and if successful puts Adobe in a strong position to control the API for the next generation of development.
Perhaps the most intriguing part is that it will make Desktop OS almost irrelevant, allowing Photoshop and it's ilk on Linux without compatibility woes."

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Toys

+ - The 150 mpg Toyota Prius

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An anonymous reader writes "The Toyota Prius somewhat has become the posterchild for fuel efficient cars, at least in the U.S. But it is an open secret that the car may not be quite as fuel efficient as you would expect and if you aren't trying to sqeezed out every possible mile like hypermilers. If you are unhappy with the mileage per gallon performance of your Prius, then there is an actual way to push the mpg rating into insane regions, without having to use slipstreaming on your commutes: TG Daily has a feature (with video) on the car and A123 systems (the guys providing the batteries for the Killacycle), which offers an aftermarket battery kit that apparently can result in 150 mpg or more — or virtually infinite mpg, if you recharge the car every 50 miles. Cost? $10,000."
Data Storage

+ - Hard drive imports may be banned->

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Arathon
Arathon writes "Apparently the International Trade Commission is beginning an investigation that could lead to the banning of hard drive imports from Western Digital, Seagate, and Toshiba, among others, on the grounds that they fundamentally violate patents held by Steven and Mary Reiber of California. The patent apparently has to do with "dissipative ceramic bonding tips", which are important components of the drives themselves.
Obviously, a ban would be unthinkable, and yet the ITC has 45 days to settle on a fixed date for the end of the investigation. If the patents are found to be violated, and the Reibers do not allow those patents to be bought or otherwise dealt with, the importation of almost all hard drives would actually be ceased."

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