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Submission + - Reminder: Sign the Carmen Ortiz/SAaron Swartz petition. 2

MouseTheLuckyDog writes: Just a reminder for those pushing for the removal of Carment Ortiz. Sign the petition and get your friends to sign it too.

I believe the pettion was put up after the limit was raised to 100,000 and as of now it only has 50,600 and has recently been going up but very very slowly.

Comment Re:An old saying. (Score 2) 443

. The best way to ensure you're not looking at jail time, long or short, is not to commit felony offences in the first place.

You can be jailed for a misdemeanor, and people frequently are. Aside from that, not committing a felony is harder then you think since the proverbial citizen commits three felonies a day .

Comment Re:Or the reverse (Score 1) 899

There's a reason we create police forces and military forces. They represent an elite group of people with the proper training and psychological stability to use firearms for the public good.


They are actively monitored for psychological problems.

HAHA. (BTW in the p[ast some military forces were know for taking "the dregs of society" and transforming them into fairly stable people.

Comment Re:... for which they paid heavily (Score 1) 287

JSTOR is a not-for-profit and dropped the charges against him. They offer some articles to individuals for free, and now have opened more articles via the Alumni Access program.

They offer free access now because of Shwarz's actions. They are non-profit yes, but so is NAMBLA. It doesn't make them saints. In fact a lot of their money is funneled back to the publishers. But the biggest question is: If they dropped the charges why was he being prosecuted? If that is not prosecutorial abuse of discretion I don't know what is.

Comment As long as you like leopards (Score 1) 287

Federal/state laws are public domain and freely available online. (If you want to complain about copyrighted 3rd party codes being incorporated, complain about that). If you or your lawyer pay Reed Elevier money it's not because that's the only way to access that information.

No. The Federal/state statutes are easily accesible in book or electronic form. But the statues are only half the law. The rest of the law is embodied in precidents which determine how the statutes are applied. If you are aware of the precidents you can go and get actual trial documentation from the courthouse, assuming that it was not destroyed. But to dig through the rulings in different jurisdictions over a long period of time, without electronic access is at best problematic. Or as Douglas Adams put it:

"But Mr Dent, the plans have been available in the local planning office for the last nine months."

"Oh yes, well as soon as I heard I went straight round to see them, yesterday afternoon. You hadn't exactly gone out of your way to call attention to them, had you? I mean, like actually telling anybody or anything."

"But the plans were on display ..."

"On display? I eventually had to go down to the cellar to find them."

"That's the display department."

"With a flashlight."

"Ah, well the lights had probably gone."

"So had the stairs."

"But look, you found the notice didn't you?"

"Yes," said Arthur, "yes I did. It was on display in the bottom of a locked filing cabinet stuck in a disused lavatory with a sign on the door saying 'Beware of the Leopard'."

Comment Re:Great idea but... (Score 1) 162

you have to convince 1)young scientists they can still get employed and grants publishing there and 2)old faculty who do the highering and grant reviews that these are just as good as normal journals.

You don't need to be published in a "respectable" journal as much as you need the cites. I was there when arXiv was the initial mailing list, that became that then became arXiv . About three years after xxx was started the majority of cites in papers appearing there where to papers referenced by xxx. The sad thing to me as the totally useless academic who published papers on "the demonstration of trivialiy of a sigma model with a phi four term in the presence of a chern-simons term to the 10 loop level" which no one cites because well the research is meaningless.

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