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Comment: Re:Great Recession part II? (Score -1) 155

by jcr (#49766425) Attached to: Greece Is Running Out of Money, Cannot Make June IMF Repayment

It's almost universally acknowledged that the GFC was caused by a LACK of regulation in the US mortgage market

Nope. We were regulated right into this mess. The Fed shit out a never-ending supply of magic rubber inflatobucks, holding interest rates below the inflation rate. The bubble was a symptom, not a cause.


Comment: Re:Force his hand..."Sue me! Sooner than later..." (Score 1) 374

by Blrfl (#49749579) Attached to: Student Photographer Threatened With Suspension For Sports Photos

If the students own the images, then how are the students compensated for the use of those images in the yearbook?

Compensation is being able to point at some of the pictures and say "I took those" and put "yearbook photographer" on your college applications. If you're in a school system where yearbook is a for-credit class, taking the pictures is classwork for a grade.

Other than a desire not to be a dick, there would be nothing to stop a student photographer from demanding compensation for his work before allowing it to be published. Of course, there's also nothing preventing the photo editor (a job I did for two years) from telling anyone who pulled a stunt like that to turn their school-owned equipment to someone who understood why we were all there and what we were trying to produce and go alphabetize student portraits instead.

There must be some sort of agreement.

Why must there be some sort of agreement? Back when common sense prevailed, it was implicit that taking a picture for the yearbook and providing it to the editors meant it might be published and you were okay with that. These days, I'd have to imagine that our overlawyered world would require a bodily fluid transfer agreement before it would be okay to take a leak in a school bathroom.

Comment: Re:Machine learning? (Score 1) 179

by Guy Harris (#49748949) Attached to: DNA On Pizza Crust Leads To Quadruple Murder Suspect

Actually, I found it rather interesting to consider -- given that African Americans are so fond of shouting oppression. Yet they seem to have flourished here rather well, with plenty of opportunity to advance in society, have many elected officials and business leaders and finally, even a President.

So when did we have a US President who was the descendant of slaves brought over to the US?

Comment: Re:Force his hand..."Sue me! Sooner than later..." (Score 1) 374

by Blrfl (#49747157) Attached to: Student Photographer Threatened With Suspension For Sports Photos

Additionally, I have to imagine there is some sort of agreement when a student signs up for yearbook. Clearly some of the photos they take end up in the yearbook. Either they must give them away wholesale to the school and they are the schools property completely, or at least the student relinquishes license to the picture and may not demand compensation for the money which the school receives for publishing the picture.

Nope all the way around. The LISD's own IP policy says that students retain the rights to all works unless they were an employee of the school system. If the student wasn't being paid to do what he did, the district has no rights to the images.

The fact that the administrators shifted their reason from copyright to privacy says they're not looking for a reason to punish this kid, they're looking for an excuse.

"Indecision is the basis of flexibility" -- button at a Science Fiction convention.