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Comment So why not just provide a link? (Score 2, Interesting) 169

If the non-profit organization liked the story, why wouldn't they simply acknowledge Righthaven by way of summary and then link back to the source. Copying verbatim, even with acknowledgement, denies Righthaven hits to its website that otherwise would have been forthcoming.

What is fair use? IANAL but I would hazard a guess that entire reproductions without permission aren't fair.


200 Students Admit Cheating After Professor's Online Rant 693

Over 200 University of Central Florida students admitted to cheating on a midterm exam after their professor figured out at least a third of his class had cheated. In a lecture posted on YouTube, Professor Richard Quinn told the students that he had done a statistical analysis of the grades and was using other methods to identify the cheats, but instead of turning the list over to the university authorities he offered the following deal: "I don't want to have to explain to your parents why you didn't graduate, so I went to the Dean and I made a deal. The deal is you can either wait it out and hope that we don't identify you, or you can identify yourself to your lab instructor and you can complete the rest of the course and the grade you get in the course is the grade you earned in the course."

Comment Personal privacy (Score 1) 119

Because Mr. Bilal is an active professor, teaching three courses this semester and scheduled to teach this spring, his special camera could capture not just his personal activity, but also his interactions with students.

That could make for really awkward viewing by the selection committee as they look through his private life.

Comment Needlessly Elaborate (Score 1) 309

Most countries have an abundance of land making this fantasy of a city completely redundant. While Japan is noted as having far less usable land than say the U.S., Europe or continental Asia, skyscrapers, land reclamation and urban sprawl usually do the trick in making room for population growth.

To conceive of this mammoth project might be an architect's wet dream, but realistically, the global population is not so extreme that this needless reallocation of resources is warranted.

In terms of generating renewable energy and minimizing resource use, one only needs to look in our backyards - we've the technology to go carbon neutral/negative now. It's the political and societal will that's lacking.

Submission + - Breakthrough portends cure for the common cold ( 1

breadboy21 writes: Scientists have been able to show for the first time that the body's immune defences can destroy the common cold virus after it has actually invaded the inner sanctum of a human cell, a feat that was believed until now to be impossible.

The discovery opens the door to the development of a new class of antiviral drugs that work by enhancing this natural virus-killing machinery of the cell. Scientists believe the first clinical trials of new drugs based on the findings could begin within two to five years.

Comment No, it hasn't (Score 1) 381

Nolan is one of many directors working for one of many studios. His decision, while interesting, does not mean the industry will be so stunned, so shaken, that they would suddenly stop charging an extra $3-5 because the movie is 3D, no matter how good or bad it was executed.

There is money in offering 3D movies hence 3D movies will be made.

To think otherwise is naive.

Comment PVZ Endless (Score 1) 854

Plants v Zombies, hardly an old game, has a survival mode that can potentially go on forever, getting more difficult with each turn.

That should appeal to your penchant for difficult gaming.


Submission + - HP unveils the Slate 500 8.9-inch Win 7 tablet

An anonymous reader writes: After almost a year of rumors and waiting, HP’s Slate is official. As leaked, the HP Slate 500 runs Windows 7 (not webOS) and it has a Ctrl-Alt-Del button built right in. If you’ve been following the rumors then you already know a lot about the Slate 500, but what you might not know is that HP is promoting it as a business product.

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