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Everything seems almost ready for this. For example, VRVS offers free java based video/audio/whiteboard conferencing. And we've all seen commercial versions which run on both Windows and Macintosh. Unfortunately, none of these tools offer quality stereo audio, nor do they synchronize the streams well enough for musicians to jam in time.
This is definitely within the realm of the possible, at least for those with low latency connections. But can musicians really create good music thousands of miles away from one another? And would jam-conferencing really be as fun as playing with a bunch of friends?"
At the university I currently attend as an undergraduate, even though the university-wide Intellectual Property rules state that unless (a) the student signs an agreement prior to the start of work, (b) the work is done under employment of a division of the university, or (c) the student is paid for the work, the work belongs to the student. However, the Computer Science department does not allow past solutions to any project or laboratory assignment be posted on the Internet and, in the past, requested that posted solutions be removed."
So it's time for some education. I want to get better at communicating technical subjects to non-technical people. More accurately, I want to get better at helping non-technical people make better technical decisions and I'm willing to accept it may include some understanding of "selling your idea."
What books, online courses and/or seminars do you recommend and why?"
So I've looked into a few schools and UAT's (http://www.uat.edu/) new Artificial Life program (http://www.artificiallifedegree.com/) caught my eye. Does anyone know anything about this school/program? For all I know it's just a fancier looking ITT Tech, Devry, or other such school that might not garner a lot of respect in the field. Then again it could be "The Next Big Thing".
Another factor here is that I will likely need to move in the next 2 or 3 years, so a place where I could do an online degree might be helpful. Would people strongly recommend I wait until I can physically attend a Grad School, or is an online degree a valid alternative? Are one of these "tech" schools a valid option, or should I stick to the traditional Universities?
And finally, does anyone in the field of Artificial Intelligence/Life have any words of wisom (or warning) for those of us aspiring to join your ranks?"
Does this person immediately tell the operators of this system of the security issue despite this person's moral obligation or does this person exploit this flaw if there is plausible deniability?"
So my question is, if the destination really isn't an issue(I've done some contract work in Afghanistan), which countries have an IT skill shortage where I could put my skills to good use?"
It turns out this person is a Senior VP in charge of Rights and Title Administration for Sony Pictures. (Translation: She is in charge of preventing piracy).
Over the course of a half hour, we had a conversation discussing the best way to combat online piracy. This person has obviously been seeing things from the point of view of the movie industry. (I.E. the movie industry exists on a 4-5% profit margin, Canada is to blame for most of the movie piracy, etc.)
They were surprised to learn about some of the indiscriminate lawyering practices of the RI- and MP-AA., but then quickly rallied with, "Well, if the ISPs have the logs, doesn't that prove they were downloading?" They also had no clue as to what DRM is, or its implications (I.E. they are not very geek-oriented).
While I could have argued with them for a good long time, the particulars of the evening did not allow for me to hash it out.
What I am asking for is a concise, non-trollish, "Joe Six-Pack-friendly" explanation of DRM, piracy, with plenty of numbers to back up the claims (No brown numbers please). This is our chance to educate someone in the upper ranks of Sony Pictures with our concerns regarding DRM, why we think its a bad idea, and, most importantly, propose an alternate solution.
Any geek references will have to be explained thoroughly. We are talking to someone of a more upper-management point of view. However, knowing their personally, this person does listen.
Once again, this is for someone who is willing to hear us out. Please do not troll, grief, etc."