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Comment Re:Here is the stat that really matters (Score 3, Interesting) 265

I assume you're taking into account being hit by an SUV while driving a different car. There are plenty of incidents involving SUV drivers hitting and killing others when those injuries would have been far reduced if the person was driving a smaller car. Put another way, if everyone drove mid-size cars instead of SUVs, how many lives would be saved each year? (It's certainly a non-zero number; whether it's more than terror victims I don't know.) I tried to explain this recently to my elderly mother who needed a new car. I begged her to get a nice safe sedan, but she insisted on a giant Buick SUV thing. I didn't have the heart to tell her that I wasn't worried about her safety, I was worried about everyone else's.

Comment Re:how do i find out if my teacher did that? (Score 1) 208

a company (college) can not force a customer (student) to give-up his rights or privileges as a precondition of service

I'm skeptical of your claim for several reasons. 1) Courts routinely recognize that college is not a typical company-consumer organization, and they are often not treated as such. 2) Companies require you to waive rights and privileges all the time, and as a precondition of service. Want to buy a car? Arbitration and liability waiver. Want to hire a dentist? Medical waivers. etc. 3) Businesses routinely claim copyright/patent on products produced by employees (as a condition of employment) and such agreements are routinely supported in court. 4) Students do not pay the full cost of their education at just about any school, especially public ones. Their education is subsidized by taxpayers or endowment income or federal aid or whatever. That gives the college (or the state) the right to assert at least partial ownership of products resulting from a student's education. At my university, our system allows us to check for plagiarism without submitting the students' works to the database. I don't compel my students to submit their work to the database, but I do have them run it through the content check side.

Comment Re:Correction (Score 1) 385

Unless they are tenured, as most professors are (at most four-year colleges). If the professor has too few students enroll in a class, he will have to make it up (i.e., it won't "count" toward the required number of courses that need to be taught), but that is usually a small number. For example, at my university, if at least 15 students enroll in a 150-person class, it will still count.

And, if it is a research university, the school usually doesn't care what the students think of professors.

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