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Dr. Daniel Mittleman is an Associate Professor at DePaul University’s College of Computing and Digital Media. His research focuses on collaboration engineering, virtual teamwork, and the design of both collaboration and learning spaces. His projects include investigation of collaboration aboard US Navy ships; development of team processes to support architectural planning, collaborative writing, and brainstorming; and the design of technology-supported collaboration facilities. Dr. Mittleman holds an AB and MBA from Washington University (St. Louis) and a Ph.D. from the University of Arizona, and is currently Past Chair and Webmaster of the Environmental Design Research Association.


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  • Sep 8th, 2014 @ 6:51pm

    World's second oldest profession?

    So Scott Brown can't legally lobby. But he can use his connections to drum up lobbying business for Nixon Peabody.

    So that means he is pimping lobbyists.

    Perhaps it will clarify things if Lessig explains it this way.

  • Aug 27th, 2014 @ 6:28am

    Backups. We don't need no stinkin' backups.

    I used to work for a company you all have heard of. (Check my LinkedIn profile if you really care which one.) Back in the day (October 1989) our Bay Area office was destroyed by an earthquake you may also have heard about. Live and backup data within the office was destroyed. The policy at the time (now policy is very different) was not to rely on any local offsite backup facility as that could just as easily be destroyed by a quake. Rather, the office had a deal with a taxi driver to come every evening after daily backups and carry around a copy in the trunk of his cab. Next night he'd be back to swap disk packs and would carry the new copy.

    The office recovered from the quake using data from the disk packs in his cab.

    As to Tim's post: I'm a Democrat who has supported Obama from early on (though break with him on several issues of TechDirt focus). Despite my general support, I agree with everything Tim wrote--something does not smell right here. They do need to recover those emails no matter what is on them.

  • Jul 31st, 2014 @ 9:44am

    This is something

    The phrase "if you see something, say something" should be borrowed by the community on the lookout for over-zealous IP ownership claims and become a standard tool of the trade.

  • Jun 18th, 2014 @ 10:09am


    Jurors aren't supposed to friend other jurors on Facebook? What's the logic behind that?

  • May 1st, 2014 @ 7:56pm

    This remark is just ignorant

    "So when Chief Justice Roberts suggests that a person carrying two cell phones might reasonably be suspected of dealing drugs..."

    My wife carries two cell phones: a personal one with a number she's had as long as I've known her; and a Blackberry her employer provided and requires she carry.

    Her employer? The US Federal Government.

  • Feb 25th, 2014 @ 8:18am

    Suspension of the rules

    If I remember correctly from time I worked in the House, bills scheduled on the suspension calendar are unamendable on the House floor.

  • Dec 18th, 2013 @ 9:39am

    Missed the Target

    I had no idea Target sells CDs. I guess it makes sense they do, though.

    But so what they don't carry this one; so much easier to pre-order from Amazon anyway and just have it show up at my door.

  • Dec 6th, 2013 @ 7:27am


    CHAOS is probably the better name.

  • Aug 10th, 2013 @ 2:29pm


    Yes. Just as they did with the investment banking sector.

  • Jul 29th, 2013 @ 11:56am


    As Mike pointed out, this is correlation, not causation. And it is not at all unusual that Representatives vote more or less aligned with the lobbies that support them: most all representatives and all lobbies.

    The system may be broken, but there isn't anything sinister beyond that going on here.

  • Jul 29th, 2013 @ 11:50am

    Re: Treason

    I logged in to say this as well.

    I have been an Obama voter and fan all along, so it is completely beyond me to understand how he has ended up in charge of this Kafkaesque government we seem to currently have.

  • Jul 11th, 2013 @ 11:40am

    Sometimes it's a fine line between the two...

    Staffer? I think it more likely this was drafted by a lobbyist.

  • Jun 3rd, 2013 @ 1:44pm


    Two things, Mr. Coward,

    1. In this case the IP addresses are being triangulated with significant additional information; and
    2. The security expert (Neville) was careful to note that one can't say for sure the user was John Steele; rather that it was someone who had access to his accounts (several of which were accessed from the same IP address.)

  • Apr 19th, 2013 @ 6:40pm

    Comment from the Irony Department

    I note the "Overreaction Department" tag line on the post.

    The firm is taking very reasonable steps to protect their data (and their clients' data). Agreed the security risk is the employee, not the technology. But they rightly recognize that no amount of training will completely eliminate employees mistakes, especially since the scammers keep inventing new ruses.

    And the firm is taking the reasonable step of mounting a new network outside their firewall to support employee access to personal accounts. So the firm isn't trying to wall off access completely during the workday, an action that would be problematic on several dimensions.

    I'd say the overreaction here is on the part of our poster, not on the part of the law firm.

  • Apr 17th, 2013 @ 3:56pm

    Two other disadvantages of separate leg bookings

    Not only does one lose out on the airline looking out for you with delayed flights (as was mentioned on Twitter to Mike), but I suspect there are a few other losses as well.

    1. If you do have to re-book do to missed flights or change of plans, you would get hit with a separate change fee for each leg.

    2. My recollection from doing the separate leg thing in the past we that I couldn't get them to check my bags all the way through.

    I was separately buying legs of a contiguous trip. Mike seems to be buying legs with stopovers, so this constraint wouldn't apply to him.

  • Apr 8th, 2013 @ 12:16pm

    Re: Re: Anti-copying verbiage

    Colin, I suggest clearly differentiating the violation of copyright from the violation of plagiarism. As I am sure you know, they are not the same thing; and you also know that an academic is much more worried about being caught plagiarizing than violating copyright.

    Regarding copyright: of course you have registered your copyright by now; if not, do so. As you already do, encourage people to link back to your site. As you probably know, there is no single clear cut test for fair use. What you might do (though it would have zero ti limited validity if ever tested in court) is lay out what you consider fair use to be for your document in the context of a website. Perhaps then, most would follow your guidelines and for those who do not, you would have a clear fallback position to guide them to make things right. A position that is less than your current absolutist position. You might also consider offering to license use of the document for a reasonable fee. Doing so, while it will never raise you significant revenue, will help establish a value should your copyright be violated--though asking price does not automatically constitute real market value. And it will make the free linking to option appear more desirable to many sites.

    Regarding plagiarism: I think, in as friendly a way possible, you should make clear that you find non-attributioned borrowing of your work, subsets of your work, and closely paraphrased versions of your work unacceptable. And you should clearly state you will pursue plagiarism cases against individuals and institutions who plagiarize this work.

    I think that will provoke much more notice among your academic audience than either the current or a revised copyright notice will.

    ASIDE: After I saw your story on Facebook last week, I recommended to a conference I am close to that we link to your site as I think your poster advice is great--and we have many grad student first time presenters who are not at all clear on how to organize or present a poster. Email me if you care to track who this is.

  • Apr 8th, 2013 @ 12:00pm

    Re: Re: You keep mistaking what sue-crazy lawyers do with copyright.

    At this point those lawyers are not going to sue. They are probably having a talk with their clients about that clear WayBack Machine proof that the article existed long before 2005 on Colin's site and the risks they take on for themselves by suing.

    All they got for their dollars to the law firm was a nasty legalgram that apparently both pissed off and scared Colin. They have got to be playing defense now.

    And the Purdue University General Counsel's Office can't be very pleased either.

    If Colin's lawyer sends a nastygram to both the Center AND to Purdue, I bet the Center backs down (without admitting guilt most likely), and says, in effect, no harm, no foul. At that point Colin needs to ask to be made whole for the expenses he has taken on in return for not going after them (assuming he previous,y registered his copyright and has good chance of collecting statutory damages, as the real financial damage is minimal.)

    IMHO (i am not a lawyer.)

  • Mar 12th, 2013 @ 8:20am

    Tim Tebow is available

    Where I come from, if your team is always punting, it is time to get a new quarterback.

  • Feb 1st, 2013 @ 9:11am

    Re: Re: Re:

    Griffith movie was "A Face in the Crowd" (1957) in which he played a disillusioned drifter (according to Wikipedia). I might have used the word grifter.

    In not this in a follow on comment as multi-tasking sucks on my iPad. I'd have lost my comment draft had I tried. Which, I guess is indirectly a testimonial for the Galaxy Pad--the object behind this whole [redacted by editor] commercial post.

    /not that Mike ever really redacts anything.

  • Feb 1st, 2013 @ 9:03am

    Re: Re:

    Very true.

    If you ever wondered what a young Andy Griffith did to merit having a TV show named for him, this is one of two things that made him famous (the other was a dark movie role of a smooth southern con man in the big city).

    The routine is every bit as good as George Carlin's comparison of football to baseball.

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