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  • Apr 17th, 2014 @ 7:03pm

    Re: Less government

    Yes, Enron said exactly the same thing...

  • Feb 14th, 2014 @ 6:38am

    Re: Re:

    You can resell your Yoga pants in life+70.

  • Oct 30th, 2012 @ 7:30pm

    (untitled comment)

    I think it's a good idea. I also think some comments are missing two key factors:
    a) the subject is journalism.
    b) the Klout score is only a fraction of the grade.

    Look at modern journalism - how many journalists function well in their role without a plethora of social media? Not just for socializing, but for putting out some of their work (albeit in link form), garnering interest, communicating with regular readers and garnering new ones - all well recognized uses for social media in business here on Techdirt! The Klout score projects sound like they are designed to focus students on using social media in this manner, instead of solely with a social focus.

    Secondly, a key aspect of journalism is not only getting your work to the public, but gathering resources. Human resources are mainly collected through networking. Developing social media skills, and online networking, is a valuable skill for journalism students, surely? I would likely feel different if the course was calculus.

    Finally, as someone else pointed out, this develops their writing skills - not the traditional skills they are already learning in class, and have spent several years through out primary and secondary school developing, but a specific skill-set used online. It is quite a different task to write a compelling argument in 2000 words as opposed to writing an interesting or informative statement in under 160 characters.

    These are all skills that they will need in their profession. Academia is often faulted for being too esoteric - at least these two professors are focusing on real-world skills that will assist these students in the workforce. And there is no indication they are doing it at the expense of traditional core subjects for the unit.

  • Oct 16th, 2012 @ 12:00am

    Re: A teaching moment

    Speaking from experience, if there is one group of people who care less about copyright, I don't know them. Teachers share - education is based on that concept. Schools simply don't have the funds to exist in a copyrighted world. If it isn't fair use, most of us don't care. As far as I'm concerned, my students education comes first.

  • Oct 11th, 2012 @ 12:13am

    Re: Re: Re:

    Ditto. I've been playing (and replaying) Diablo II for years - and now have my daughter hooked on it too. We may eventually by DIII, but the server lag in multiplayer on DII is discouraging. So no real incentive to want to buy a game that will bug the hell out of me.

  • Oct 10th, 2012 @ 12:00am

    Re: Re: Re: A bad precedent...

    Heh. Ironically, I misread the original comment "The judge goes onto to make his own interpretation of Rule 4" as "The judge goes onto to make his own interpretation of Rule 34". On consideration, perhaps it is the more appropriate reading. :/

  • Aug 30th, 2012 @ 5:56am

    Re: Re: Re:

    After they made him a mythological character and man of mystery? Pft!

    Also been watching since Pertwee, count Tom Baker as my Doctor, and think Tennant was brilliant (and sexy).

    And now.. back to your scheduled Techdirt programming. :p

  • Aug 30th, 2012 @ 5:41am


    Agreed. iView is the best for (legal) streaming. Channel 10's service is poorly executed, and the others aren't even on the map. The ABC get digital media.

    That said, they don't have the same structure as commercial channels, so I'm not sure it can be used to demonstrate financial viability for purely commercial, non-subsudised channels.

    And I'm looking forward to Dr. Who. :)

  • Aug 30th, 2012 @ 5:22am

    Re: Re:

    Only if you are one of those Pot-loving hippy freaks.

  • Aug 30th, 2012 @ 4:42am

    Re: Re:

    Join in if you know the tune..

    GIPCs against IP theives
    We'd hear it from the people of the town
    They'd call us GIPCs against IP thieves
    But every night MPAA would come around
    And lay their money down

  • Aug 10th, 2012 @ 1:37am

    Re: Some authors understand

    Christine, that was one of the best responses on this issue I've read yet. And very down-to-earth as well.

    Your comment lead me to check out what you write. It sounds good (in a genre I like), so I've bought one. :)

  • Aug 7th, 2012 @ 1:45pm

    Re: Re:

    It's so cute that you guys complain so much about Mike and Kim, yet avidly follow their twitter accounts.

  • Aug 7th, 2012 @ 12:28pm

    Re: Re:

    Does raiding someone's birthday party shows the full extent of their tactical capabilities? If I were them, I'd be concerned about that too!

    I actually can see how the footage could be prejudicial - SWAT teams are aggressive by nature, otherwise they would have taken the civil approach and knocked on the door. Once you've got that many people, all on an adrenaline rush, trained to use force to neutralise a target... of course they didn't walk up to him and say "Excuse me, would you mind coming with us?"

    However, it's only prejudicial because they took an overly aggressive stance with Dotcom in the first place. They would need to show reasonable grounds to believe that the measures they took were justified, IMHO. I really don't see how they had reason to hit him with that amount of force to begin with.

  • Aug 6th, 2012 @ 10:21am

    New Samsung Range of Phones

    Introducing the new, exciting range of Samsung phones: The Orange Series!!

    The Egg:

    This ergonomic, stylish phone is ovoid shaped, moulded to fit perfectly in the palm of you hand. Don't have egg on your face - have it in your hand!

    The Ninja:

    This stylish phone focuses on function and usability for the socially inclined ninja of today. Shaped like a ninja throwing star, you can now call your enemy to distract them, hit them between the eyes with the razor sharp edges, and then use your phone camera to take a photo for your scrapbook.

    The Penta:

    This classy phone is designed to mimic the most prestigious and commanding geometrical shape out there: The Pentagon. Think outside the square - buy a Pentagon.

    All models in the Orange Series are available in 4 trendy colours - orange, silver, pearl, and bla... err... obsidian.

    Why buy an Apple when you could have an Orange?

  • Jul 26th, 2012 @ 10:25am

    Re: Re: Re:

    *coarse. My bad. Well spotted.

  • Jul 26th, 2012 @ 3:49am


    Ditto. In my case, I'm a primary school teacher. I don't want my entire online experience to be carefully filtered to be PG, just in case my students google my name. My private life contains adult themes and occasional course language.

  • Jul 11th, 2012 @ 7:51am

    Re: Re: Cultural Disaster?

    Thinking about this further, what does a cultural disaster look like? Can we get it defined?

    Paisley shirts.

  • Jul 11th, 2012 @ 7:45am


    From the whole 'free equals bad' tone of the article, I suspect the question he asks his students isn't "How many of you pirate content?" but rather "How many of you download free shit off the internet?"

  • Jun 28th, 2012 @ 6:03pm

    Re: Re: A response to the functional failings, rather

    That may be true, but the old model you are referring to would be pre-1709. So now that the pendulum swung too far in the other direction for 300 years we declare that it is unethical and has failed.

    It's not so much that the pendulum swung too far - it's that the grandfather clock was replaced with a digital one, and dad (the **AAs) took the pendulum out and went batshit crazy, swinging it at anyone and everything in sight.

  • Jun 19th, 2012 @ 4:31pm

    Re: Friendship is magic

    because Friendship is Magic and friends don't steal from their friends, including their friend's music

    I remember way back in the '80s, before the internet and filesharing came along. My friends and I did, in fact, share a lot of music. We'd loan each other tapes and CDs. We'd use a double tape recorder to record copies of tapes and CDs. We'd record off the radio. We'd bring music over on a Sunday afternoon, or to parties, to increase the options and for all to enjoy. We never told each other "sorry, but friends don't encourage piracy, you'll have to buy your own."

    And friends don't lie to each other? Really? You'd be surprised how often we lie to each other. You break up with your boyfriend - what does your friend say? I'll bet they don't tell you everything you may have done wrong in the relationship, they'll just agree that the guy was a bastard, and it wasn't meant to be. Friends are friends because they do lie - they nurture our egos rather than let rip with the bald truth.

    If you don't want to support or justify filesharing, fine. But please don't pretend that music sharing never existed prior to 1990, or that sharing is an evil thing that has no place in society.

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