Micheal Frasse has an interesting post about the money floating around Fannie Mae in administrative salaries. Here is the money shot:
The top 20 FannieMae employees each make more than US$1 million a year; in the last five years, almost US$250 million in bonuses was distributed. With these kinds of numbers, how can the institution be on the brink of insolvency?
He notes the poison effect of money in politics.
He also mentions Larry Lessig’s Change Congress platform. The initial ‘planks’ are
1. accept contributions from individuals only, lobbyists excepted
2. support the fundamental reform of congressional earmarks.
3. support reform to increase transparency in Congress.
4. support public financing of public elections.
These are interesting but do not go far enough.
1. Contributions from individuals should also be confined to the state where the congresspersons are running. Letting individuals and groups from areas outside the districts and states contribute to your candidate is perhaps more corrosive than any other money used and dilutes your contribution.
2. Congressional earmarks are just a symptom of current legislative practice. Legislation should only occur on an issue basis. One issue, one piece of legislation. No amendments, no ‘and for other purposes’ language, or multi part legislation.
3. increasing transparency is a function of participation in the process.
4. Public financing is an endgame strategy, that requires a lot of thought to make work. Here in Arizona we have it, and it spends more time in court than contributing to the political process.
The Changing Newsroom is a new report from the Pew Research Center that looks at the impact of the Internet on Newspapers.
The study, by journalist Tyler Marshall and the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism is an exceptional document looking at the news from the producers of news.
The Changing Newsroom
Updated another blog from 2.5 to 2.6 and the ‘Pages’ do not work.
They show up in the control panel, can be seen in the control panel, but can’t be found on the site.
Probably should have waited the rest of the month for a little more testing.
Word Count? who the fuck cares about word count. Keyboard fetishists or punctuation nazi’s most likely.
A much more useful feature would be a post comment word counter. We could call it the HMTCYBADH How Many Times Can You Beat A Dead Horse contest.
we could separate the twitters to the askimet file, and dump folks who have forgotten what vowels are.
Oh yeah, turn off that fucking WordPress is available Update Now Nag screen. Everytime I update I spend more time getting things working again.
Over at Daily Tech comes news of a newe MRI Scanner that is Hand Held
New “Miracle Diagnosis” Handheld Medical Scanner 800 Times More Sensitive Than Full-size Scanners
The good news is its size and sensitivity, the bad news is it is about 2 years from market.
New Scientist has more
Here is the T2Biosystems site
This is the probably the most significant distillation of Fair Use I have ever seen.
“fair use is a part of the design of copyright, it is not an exception to it,”
William F. Patry
This is a partial quote from William Patry, who is probably the pre eminent Copyright Lawyer on the planet, responding to a blog post by Patrick Ross, who probably knows less than I do about Copyright, and I am not a lawyer.
At issue are ross’s statements on Fair Use in response to a new report: Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Online Video from The Center for Social Media at American University’s School of Communication which is a non-partisan group, unlike the Copyright Alliance whose membership reads like a roll call of Big Media, and the remora like associations that surround them.
Fair Use outlines how an excerpt of material can be used, it does not prescribe a percentage, or any guidelines as to where the line is. Fair Use is only a Defense Mechanism used in a court of law on a case by case basis. It sucks, but there it is.
Here is today’s pop quiz!
Who do you think has a better idea what Fair Use is About?
Patrick Ross, Executive Director
Patrick Ross is executive director of the Copyright Alliance, a grass-roots coalition of artists, producers and distributors from across the copyright spectrum. Prior to joining the Copyright Alliance he was a senior fellow with The Progress & Freedom Foundation, a free-market think tank in Washington, D.C. Ross focused on intellectual property issues for PFF’s Center for the Study of Digital Property (IPcentral.info), specifically the rights of artists. He was also PFF’s vice president for communications and external affairs.
Source Copyright Alliance
William F. Patry (born January 1, 1950 in Niskayuna, New York) is an American lawyer specialized on copyright law. He studied at the San Francisco State University, where he obtained a B.A. in 1974 and an M.A. in 1976, and then at the University of Houston, where he was graduated with a J.D. in 1980. He was admitted to the bar in Texas in 1981, in the District of Columbia in 2000, and in New York in 2001.
Patry served as a copyright counsel to the U.S. House of Representatives in the early 1990s, where he participated in the elaboration of the copyright provisions of the Uruguay Round Agreements Act. Patry also worked as a policy planning advisor to the Register of Copyrights, and held a post as Professor of Law at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. He is also the author of a 7-volume treatise on U.S. copyright law entitled Patry on Copyright, arguably superior in breadth and depth to Nimmer’s Nimmer on Copyright. Patry is currently Senior Copyright Counsel at Google, Inc.