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Comment Re:I find this hard to believe (Score 1) 327

I'll also note it's possible both narratives are correct--that ITT at one time provided a quality-enough education to get your coworkers into the good part of the job market, but went down the crapper after they all left. Because the descriptions I'm seeing of their practices mark them as just another predator in recent years, even if they previously did their level best to help students grow into young professionals.

Comment Re:I find this hard to believe (Score 2) 327

Why was ITT singled out by the Federal Government when no different than many other places?

There are explicit rules for the for-profit institutions to gain access to student loan funding form the feds. The one that ITT specifically ran afoul of is their "job placement" claims were basically bullshit. They claimed a 90+% placement rate, but the truth is they couldn't substantiate that with actual paperwork and documentation, and many of the people they could substantiate placing weren't making jack-shit.

They were operating an ongoing fraud, and were validly and correctly "singled out" for doing so. They repeatedly, for many many years, lied to their accreditation body to continue their access to the federal student loan program fraudulently, despite knowing they legally didn't have any business getting funds through that program.

In short, there's a gulf thousands of miles wide between what ITT did and what "many other places" are doing. And I'll note: With the demise of the ACICS we're going to find a lot of these for-profit "schools" can't get a new accreditation and end up shutting down. This is, in broad strokes, a "good thing," and you should assume ITT is the first, not the last, school of this type that will end up shutting down.

Comment Re:I find this hard to believe (Score 1) 327

Almost all student loans charge rip-off interest, and some private loans are little better than usurious revolving credit cards.

Student lending has become predatory--it's as bad or worse than the mortgage industry was a few years ago because these lenders know, with absolute certitude, that these debts cannot be discharged in bankruptcy, so they'll loan you as much as you want and charge you infinity interest if you'll sign to it because they know there is no escape from paying besides death, and even that sometimes can still not be an obstacle to collecting from an estate.

Comment Re:How is this different from any university? (Score 1) 327

...You mean other than the fact that real universities deliver actually valuable education from skilled professionals who know what they're talking about and ITT handed out degrees that meant nothing beacause their cirricula are a joke and served as a money-laundering platform for slimy executives?

Comment Re: My iPod Touch 6 Has This Flaw (Score 1) 204

My god, you people have a massive sense of entitlement. When you buy something and break it, why should the manufacturer have to provide you with a new product? When you crash your car into a telephone pole, is the manufacturer or dealer required to give you a new car free of charge? That would be absurd, but that's how your acting about iPhones. There's no reason that Apple should have to give you a new iPhone when you broke your old one, but you and so many others here have a massive sense of entitlement.

Don't mean to interrupt your ranting and raving with anything approaching reasonable discourse but...

Would you mind citing where I said I "broke" my iPod touch and that this was the cause of its woes? The only thing "broken" about my Touch is that the touch screen isn't really as-much a "touch screen" anymore.

Comment Re:What's the price of your integrity? (Score 3, Interesting) 338

Third option: Train them wrong. "Sure, of course I'll train my replacement." Teach him the most fucked up version of everything you can, but do so with a straight face. Make sure your trainee is utterly clueless on the day you tell your boss "He's ready to go! Best in the business, this one."

It raises the price of the outsourcing for the employer, and in sufficient quantities by enough employees, could even be enough to make the outsourcing project totally fail.

Comment Re:Just no (Score 1) 152

Isn't that the biggest scam of all? The advertisers are getting billed for these impressions even though the only thing I'm doing when they come on and trying to understand how to make the crapflood stop. If I do even notice the logo/brand involved, my impressions is extremely negative.

Exactly the opposite of the impression a good advertisement should create.

Submission + - Malibu Media stay lifted, motion to quash denied

NewYorkCountryLawyer writes: In the federal court for the Eastern District of New York, where all Malibu Media cases have been stayed for the past year, the Court has lifted the stay and denied the motion to quash in the lead case, thus permitting all 84 cases to move forward. In his 28-page decision (PDF), Magistrate Judge Steven I. Locke accepted the representations of Malibu's expert, one Michael Patzer from a company called Excipio, that in detecting BitTorrent infringement he relies on "direct detection" rather than "indirect detection", and that it is "not possible" for there to be misidentification.

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