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Comment: Re:Charges? (Score 1) 215

by multimediavt (#49823859) Attached to: Ross Ulbricht was sentenced to life in prison, and ...

What are the 5 actual charges of which he was convicted? I've looked an numerous sites and none of them really spell it out.

Why not Google it and find out. Or, just visit the Wikipedia page on Silk Road (marketplace) and go to the references and download the PDF complaint filed in New York against him. BTW, it was seven charges, not five. And no, I am not linking to things for you!

Comment: Re:Grant money and politics are the problems (Score 5, Informative) 420

by multimediavt (#49775249) Attached to: Can Bad Scientific Practice Be Fixed?

Half? In many fields (like medical research) it's essentially all, and there's no "at some point." Many places offer one or two year starting faculty appointments, at the end of which you're expected to have a major grant (success rate is somewhere around 10% on those). So you better get busy writing applications. Once you're established, you better keep writing them, because now you've got a lab full of people depending on you for their livelihood.

It's well more than half their in engineering disciplines as well. I worked for a research university for two decades and know that the more successful professor/researcher spends almost all their time on grant writing, with the best ones getting buy-out of their salaries so adjunct instructors can be brought in to teach their classes while they and their grad students focus on fulfilling the needs of one grant while working on the next three or five proposals. These faculty will often teach one undergrad and one grad class and that's about it. The rest of the time they are doing project management and business development tasks with the occasional sabbatical where they actually get to do research themselves. These profs also travel a lot in order to keep connections to research collaborators at other universities, private sector companies that either benefit from their research or are supplying equipment or other needs for their research and with program directors of NSF funding areas that are either current or former colleagues. They are, basically, mini-CEOs once they get to the point where they are pulling in $1 million or more per year in grant funds.

Comment: Re:You've missed the point, this is huge for priva (Score 1) 531

If you believe the privacy and security claims of a large corporation whose sole purpose is to make a profit, then you just haven't been paying attention to the real world. You can also take the "advertising is inevitable" crap and shove it back where it belongs. There is enough connectivity between people these days through social media that advertising as we know it should go away! If something is worth buying then you will find reviews for it somewhere or find out about it through word of mouth. There are plenty of product driven companies that don't do any advertising at all that are doing just fine. Some are more than a century old!

Comment: Re:All about tha Benjamins (Score 1) 143

No, it's not a positive if the hypothesis being supported by the test (drug abuse) is not the actual cause, it's a false positive. It's a Type I error. The person being tested may have also erred by eating poppy seeds before a drug test, but it's still not a positive test result for drug abuse or use.

Comment: Re:You're dying off (Score 1) 287

by multimediavt (#49748927) Attached to: The Auto Industry May Mimic the 1980s PC Industry

Umm, I think you are confusing the vehicle Registration with the vehicle Title. If you buy a car and have car payments, whatever institution you're paying that money to holds the Title for the vehicle until the loan is paid off. That means the institution actually OWNS the vehicle as they hold the Title. The Title is then transferred to you once the vehicle is paid off and you then own the vehicle.

I'm glad I dont live where you live. In most civilised countries a loan does not give the lender ownership rights, it only places an encumbrance on the vehicle. This is certainly the case in most countries based on Common (British) law. This means you have the right to sell the vehicle but if the vehicle is being used as security for a loan, the lender must be paid first. The only rights the lender has in a sale is to demand that the purchaser pay the lender the remainder of the loan first but this is only done when the debtor is believed or known to be untrustworthy (this is very rare in Australia).

Well, having read about the recent politics in Australia, I'm glad I don't live there. Would you care to explain to me how the lender needing to be paid before a vehicle is sold is NOT them owning the vehicle? Sure, I can sell anything--including a house I don't own, live in nor possess--as long as I pay the actual owner off. If you have to pay someone other than yourself before transferring ownership, then how is it you think you own something? Where I come from ownership of something means you are beholden to no one but yourself for something you possess. Possessing something and owning it are not the same thing, and possession (in the U.S.) only counts for nine points of the law (yes, it's points not tenths as the misquote goes). In Virginia, there are a total of 37 points to ownership in law, last I checked, YMMV.

Comment: Re:You're dying off (Score 1) 287

by multimediavt (#49748909) Attached to: The Auto Industry May Mimic the 1980s PC Industry

It isn't title, it is the Certificate of Title. While they function similarly, it isn't the same thing.

No, that *IS* a vehicle Title in the Commonwealth of Virginia. I know, I've owned several vehicles in the state, including the one I just paid off last week and am still waiting for the bank to mail me the Title (as pictured).

Comment: Re:You're dying off (Score 1) 287

by multimediavt (#49748901) Attached to: The Auto Industry May Mimic the 1980s PC Industry
Ok, here's an experiment you can try with the next vehicle you "buy" and tell me how it works out for you. Take your Title with its lien and try to sell the vehicle to someone without paying the bank off and then find out who really owns the vehicle. A dollar says the bank will win. There's a reason there is a practice called "repossession"! The vehicle is collateral if there is a lien, which means you DO NOT OWN the vehicle whether you have the piece of paper that says Title or not, which is why Virginia (where I live) and other states don't send you the Title to a piece of collateral. They send it to the institution that holds the lien. If I sell the vehicle, I have to pay off the lien before I get the Title to sign over to the new owner. New York state, for all its good points, is STUPID to hand someone other than the lien holder the Title to a vehicle. It enables fraud. Virginia also does a lot of stupid things, but handing the Title to an unpaid-for vehicle to someone other than the lien holder is not one of them.

Comment: Re:Force his hand..."Sue me! Sooner than later..." (Score 2) 379

As a former troublemaker, I never understood how suspension is a punishment. I considered a three day vacation from school to be supreme good fortune.

You're, apparently, not the only one and why one of my English teachers got her Ph.D. on the concept of Saturday Suspension in the late-1960s, early-1970s, where you have to go to school on Saturday (or a series of Saturdays) as punishment. I really disliked Dr. Kershes!

Or as in the '80s the movie the "Breakfast Club" (of course not realistic). However, there are some actual real school districts that implement Saturday School.

What? Did you think Dr. Kershes's idea (and Ph.D. from the late 60s, early 70s) wasn't implemented by the 1980s? I met the hag in 1983 and Saturday Suspension was alive and well in northern Virginia by then. I know, I had her for 6th grade English and after spending a Saturday in detention (which I had never heard of as an option before then) found out a week or two later that it was her dissertation that more-or-less created the practice. The Breakfast Club hadn't begun principle photography when Saturday Suspension was in practice. Good movie, but by the time it went public I had been there, done that. BTW, it's still used today, but thanks. The only unrealistic things about the movie were the camaraderie among everyone in SS and the monitor leaving the room. That never happened, but people were ditching and getting in even more trouble when they'd dip out for a pee break.

Comment: Re:Camer was owned by the school (Score 1) 379

The school owned the camera he used. Therefore all work from that camera belongs to the school.

No. It does not work like that. If you borrow my guitar and write a hit song, it's your song, the copyright is yours. If you borrow my camera and take a Pulitzer-winning photo, it's your photo, the copyright is yours. Copyright goes to the creator of a work, not to the owner of any tools incidental to the creation.

Correct, but the ownership of IP relating to student work is murky in some states, but someone posted above that the article states students using state equipment own the rights to the work they've done with said equipment. I checked TAJE and ATPI and found nothing about release forms or any weird IP laws regarding Texas high school student photography. The student owns the images and may do with them what he will. I don't know what the IRS would want out of this. That part of the threat made no sense at all.

Comment: Re:It's the same in professional sports. (Score 1) 379

The public school in Texas that my son attends states right in the school handbook that photos of students taken on school property require a release from the students parent before being published in a public forum.

so at football games and graduations, the press must get releases from the parents of all of the students who appear in their photographs? Do they really track down all of the spectators visible in the background of photos, determine whether or not they are current students, and then get releases from all of their parents?

No, not even close, but there may be a stated release in the invitation or program that lifts the restriction for certain events like graduation, but all of it still seems like it would be impossible to enforce in the modern Internet world anyway, even if it's a real rule. AFAIK, there's no foul unless you're profiting from the pictures or every student that's taken a picture of themselves or their friends at school would be culpable, because what high school student doesn't post pictures on the Internet of themselves at school events these days. Texas is more than a little batshit crazy these days, anyway, so who knows.

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