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Analysis of MediaSentry Wins Music-Download Suit

benicillin court (51 comments)

they wont be bringing suit in that court again...

more than 5 years ago

Hospital Turns Away Ambulances When Computers Go Down

benicillin its legal and its smart (406 comments)

legally they cant take patients in if they cant do an adequate job treating them. i wouldnt be surprised if some of their regular staff was busy fixing the medical records. therefore they were probably short on workers and also unable to keep adequate medical records for patients. this is a big no-no in the health care industry. bottom line is that a hospital may send patients elsewhere if they cannot adequately treat them (ie. overcrowded, don't specialize in the needed area, etc.). They must, however, be sure not to send patients away simply based on that patient's ability to pay - so long as the hospital is eligible for federal funding of any sort (ie. medicaid, medicare). I don't see this as a situation where they are "dumping" patients. Therefore, it's both legal and smart. Failure to correctly treat patients could lead to huge malpractice suits. no one wants that.

more than 5 years ago

Spy Satellite Photos Used To Fight Drug Smugglers

benicillin Re:Military required? (381 comments)

the closer you got to central america, the smaller the "border" would be.. you've got the idea!

more than 5 years ago

Best Grad Program For a Computer Science Major?

benicillin Re:law school (372 comments)

thats temporary. every industry is laying off people right now. and for that matter, i see far more lawyers in other specialty fields being laid off than those working in IP. typically IP firms are boutiques anyway and their clients are rather large and consistent with the amount of work they require.

more than 5 years ago

Best Grad Program For a Computer Science Major?

benicillin law school (372 comments)

Go to law school. I'm telling you, you will make bank. IP law is lucrative. I recommend law school to any science undergrad. There are tons of IP jobs out there and the field is growing fast. There are so few individuals who are science-minded that choose to go to law school and the IP jobs require this science background. I was a programmer and a web designer for many years but chose to get my BS in Economics because I was worried the CS field was dying out (this was right around the time all the jobs began being outsourced). Once I got to law school and found out that taking the PatentBar requires an undergrad degree in the sciences field, I wanted to kick myself... hard. IP lawyers are doing interesting work and making big dollars. My recommendation is goto law school and focus on becoming an IP lawyer for a computer company.

more than 4 years ago

Libel Suits OK Even If Libel Is Truthful

benicillin i can type more than that for my subject, huh (301 comments)

sounds more like an invasion of privacy tort to me than libel. plaintiffs counsel is (i think) referencing the 'public figure' exception that allows slightly more leeway in what may be said about one who holds oneself out to be a public figure. malice is an added element the plaintiff must show when the plaintiff is a public figure. the media can use this element as a shield from liability.

more than 5 years ago

Repairing / Establishing Online Reputation?

benicillin Re:Problem solved (564 comments)

less is more, my friend. i'd toss the resume in a second if it came with an affidavit attesting to anything longer than 2 sentences.

more than 5 years ago

Study Finds Gamers Prefer Control, Competence Over Violence

benicillin Re:Yet another BS study (219 comments)

1) a confidence level of 95% w/ interval of 10% isn't very good. you show me just one business operating on that level and i'll show you a bankruptcy filing. 2) the fact that the survey was 2/3 women seriously skews the results. at least 50/50 would be acceptable, but to derive more useful results it would be best to fit your population to demographic studies (ie. gamers that play violent games) having said that, i still agree that, yes, you can still draw something useful from the study. just not something very relevant.

more than 5 years ago

Best Introduction To Programming For Bright 11-14-Year-Olds?

benicillin vb and C (962 comments)

looks like you have a heck of a lot of responses. just thought i would add my own. i think the best to teach kids would be some simple C or work with visual basic. i always enjoyed object oriented programming when i was younger. it was easier to grasp.

more than 5 years ago

Blizzard Sued By South Carolina Inmate

benicillin Re:Some Legal Clarification (239 comments)

this would operate under 20(a)(1) as well, no?

more than 5 years ago

Blizzard Sued By South Carolina Inmate

benicillin Re:Some Legal Clarification (239 comments)

agreed, and this has nothing to do with the glider bot which is at issue in the case.. rule 42 would work the same way, had he brought this suit separately and then attempted to join with the mdy/blizzard case. the standard is the same though, and it wouldn't have worked thru either avenue. im wondering what happens to this suit though. does it get dismissed w/out prejudice so he can file again separately?

more than 5 years ago

Blizzard Sued By South Carolina Inmate

benicillin Re:Please Don't Give This Man Attention! (239 comments)

I have a feeling they won't be able to locate "Elson John", "Area 69", or the "Kyoto Protocol", the first because it's spelled wrong, the second because its the wrong number, and the third because it's a treaty and you can't sue a treaty. i wonder whether this list has any rhyme or reason to it, or whether it's just nonsense he randomly thought of. HAHA "verne the mini me" that one just makes it for me.

more than 5 years ago


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