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  • Oct 15th, 2010 @ 10:07am

    Re: Re: Because...

    Law school is vocational - like engineering or medicine. They aren't easy, but the purpose is to produce Lawyers, Doctors and Engineers.

    The purpose of other academic disciplines is often more abstract - what career is a philosophy degree preparing you for?

  • Jan 28th, 2010 @ 3:27am

    (untitled comment) (as Steve)

    The way funding for industry tends to work where I am from, the companies being funded are expected to match the government funds in some way (except universities, who do publish). That means that 1mill government funding costs the company 1mill for a total project funding of 2mill. This means that this research would be better described as government subsidised.

    I'm not sure if that's how it works in the US, but if it is, then asking the companies to release this stuff would be asking them to give away their investment. The only way you could ask for full release is if the government funds the work completely.

    Of course, you could ask to recoup seed funding out of proceeds, or whatever. I suppose you would do that out of tax on the company, eventually.

    I figure you can make good arguments for either side of this.

  • Jan 15th, 2010 @ 3:33am

    (untitled comment) (as pedant)

    It's hard to comprehend who could be against the idea that federally-funded research (i.e., research funded by your tax dollars) ***should*** become available to the very public who paid for it.

  • Nov 11th, 2009 @ 2:44am

    The suprising thing (as Steve)

    This isn't the kind of thing that New Zealanders usually do. Normally, we'd just laugh it off. Or send a letter to the editor.

    When I read your article, I couldn't believe it. When I read the original article, though, it said that they hired a New York PR guy to do it. That makes so much more sense. We recognise our limitiations in the area of being complete bastards, and hire an expert in the field.

  • Jul 21st, 2009 @ 10:59am

    (untitled comment) (as Steve)

    This is just the fallacy of the excluded middle. Knowing stuff is important in team work.

    Basic facts
    Basic methods

    These are the tools of teamwork, required by all members of the team. If you lack the ability to reference basic concepts without a dictionary, things become much less effective. I've never seen high school courses or even many university courses that go past this level.

  • Apr 29th, 2009 @ 5:05am

    It's that they can't compete (as Steve)

    The concern is not that there'll be nothing on TV, it's that there'll be nothing BRITISH on TV. There's a big difference there. This is more like farm subsidies in the US.

    I don't really agree with farm subsidies, but I didn't say I agreed with this either.

    The key point is that TV programming has a huge impact on the nature of society - kids get their role models from it, that kind of thing. If the Brits want their kids to grow up British, they need to be watching British television.

    The argument is that they provide an essential service, but can't compete effectively.


  • Feb 6th, 2009 @ 10:36am

    I was about to send you the link... (as Steve)

    Man, the intertubes work fast.

  • Feb 6th, 2009 @ 3:33am

    Irony! (as Steve)

    Have you looked at the title of the article they use as an example?

    My boss is very excited by this - we will definitely be looking at this.

  • Jan 30th, 2009 @ 6:00am

    Actually, it's worse (as Steve)

    This isn't the same party - there was an election, and this is actually NZ's equivalent of the republicans refusing to repeal a democrat law (I should point out that NZ republicans make US democrats look like right wing extremists).

  • Nov 6th, 2008 @ 2:40am

    Fair use and photocopying (as Steve)

    I just looked up US fair use doctrine -
    The most important thing here appears to be the effect on the work's value. Since I haven't seen (but always intended to see) little shop of horrors, I am now inclined to watch it before I look at the ending.

    If anything, this increases the value, so I don't see a problem there.

    In NZ, where I'm from, you're allowed to photocopy any book that is out of print. If you can't buy it, it's their fault.

  • Oct 10th, 2008 @ 2:12am

    Not just a souvenir (as Steve)

    I buy technical books for work all the time. I Like them because I can read them more comfortably, refer to them without having to tab between windows while working, and - if I get the ebook bundled with it - copy paste when I need to plagarize a report :)

    I know I could just print out an ebook, but that is so rarely worth the effort - the difference between the printed and the bound version is usually worth the cost.

  • Aug 13th, 2008 @ 8:16am

    Simple? (as Steve)

    I'm not so sure it's simple to count votes. I'm not from the US, but it seems that you guys have twenty or thirty different resolutions on the voting form, along with the actual vote you're interested in. If you have to contend with simultaneous elections at the county, state and national level it would get harder.

    With differing rules according to locality - remember how Florida disqualifies some felons, Texas executes you if you press two boxes, whatever - I'm sure the complexity would increase.

    The excuses here are very limited - I mean, it would be possible to just make different systems for each state, with a common interface to allow national tabulation.

    But I've learned from my time as a software engineer that nothing involving politicians is simple.