You know, I recently noticed that CBS did sort of the same thing with YouTube. They just took down all of their full Star Trek episodes (which the company itself had uploaded, with commercials) from YouTube. Now they're only available on CBS's website (as they had previously been along with YouTube), also with commercials. What kind of sense does it make to take them off of the internet's biggest stop for video content? Especially considering YouTube's search/browse interface, as imperfect as it is, is still eons better than that of CBS.
what's amazing to me is that the state's attorney office was willing to issue that subpoena without realizing that it appeared to be more of a personal vendetta, and without any concern for the First Amendment anonymity rights of the blogger.
I read Mike's article quickly, so he may have mentioned it, but another lesson here is that copyright laws are unnecessary. Regardless of whether CS's actions were legal (and they clearly weren't), they got hammered extremely hard by the community. That is their punishment, and it will definitely be felt financially, as opposed to being sued in a court of law. (And the original author's compensation, as Mike did say, is the publicity.)
Well, considering that the act of writing, not just obtaining knowledge, is part of what is involved in composing a paper, even if you do have previous knowledge, you still learn by developing your writing skills in forgoing so-called self plagiarization.
I've met people with masters degrees and even PHDs who have no common sense and all the book-learning in the world won't help them to function in society.
That's not news. Many, many PhDs, in my experience, lack common sense and social skills. That's not what the academic program is meant to develop.
Yeah, I actually did this once in college, using just a paragraph or so from one paper in another paper, not realizing it was even considered "self-plagiarization" until I read about it a few months later in the MLA handbook.
Guess I got a way with it.
I can actually see the argument against this for academic purposes, though -- that it lessens the student's ability to learn from the class. But, as the article says, people do this frequently in the professional world, so I would think it should ultimately be considered okay for students, since part of college is preparing students for careers.
From my understanding, the guy being followed had also traveled back-and-forth to/from Egypt over the years, and something about that (there may be more details involved) had him flagged as a possible terrorist. Then his friend's "blog" post just made matters worse.
Not saying it's reasonable. Just answering the question.
This reminds me of the scene in 'Casino' where the FBI agents are spying on Sam Rothstein (DeNiro) from a small plane, run out of gas, and are forced to land on the golf course immediately behind his house while he's outside watching.
Re: Re: The Human Eye Is Perfect In Every Single Way
I used to always make this dumb (really dumb) joke when I drove with GPS and would say that I could just watch the GPS display instead of looking out the front windshield. ... It looks like that's pretty much what the guys in these stories were doing.
The title of this post got me thinking. I wonder how many people would be duped into thinking they were getting something special if T-Mobile actually advertised the phone with "FREE Rootkit Included!"