Tuesday, December 29, 2009

AIG’s General Counsel Scores Millions In Severance Pay - Law Blog - WSJ

AIG’s General Counsel Scores Millions In Severance Pay - Law Blog - WSJ

Ten Predictions for 2010 - Financial Adviser - WSJ

Ten Predictions for 2010 - Financial Adviser - WSJ

Facebook and Privacy : FTC complaint says Facebook's privacy changes are deceptive

Facebook faces an FTC complaint. As headlined by Jacqui Cheng at ars technica: FTC complaint says Facebook's privacy changes are deceptive. The suit involves EPIC - the Electronic Privacy Information Center.

Cheng writes:
"The basic premise of the complaint is that most users either don't understand the changes they are being prompted to make, or that the changes are so complex that even experienced users are confused by them."

Copyright Law : Google Books : Google is sued by Chinese author Mian Mian, China's Literary Wild Child : Sex Drugs Rock & Roll

Everybody is now getting into the act of suing search engines for including scanned excerpts of their books in search results. See, for example:

BBC News - Google is sued by Chinese author Mian Mian

My own book, Stars, Stones and Scholars is found at Google Books and I am very pleased about it, since it makes that book much more accessible to millions of potential readers. Indeed, links are offered to major online booksellers where the book can be purchased. Below is a scan of the front cover website page at Google Books of Stars Stones and Scholars by Andis Kaulins:


People who are interested in the book's amazing subject matter buy the book.

European Union EU approves Microsoft ballot screen for choice of browsers

The European Union (EU) has approved a Microsoft ballot screen for choosing web browsers.

As Peter Sayer writes at PCAdvisor.co.uk:
"The EU has accepted Microsoft's 'ballot screen' offer, which will allow Windows users to choose the web browser they want, ending the commission's antitrust investigation."

Paris court rules against Google in book copyright case | The Industry Standard

Paris court rules against Google in book copyright case | The Industry Standard:
"Google's book search project suffered a legal setback in Paris on Friday, as a court ordered it to pay €300,000 (US$432,000) in damages for breach of copyright, and to stop distributing digital copies of French books to French Internet users without the permission of their publishers.
The decision in the case continues a string of anachronistic laws and equally antiquated judicial decisions - especially in France - regarding the exercise of individual rights and freedom of information on the Internet.

That anyone has been damaged to the tune of €300,000 in the instant case is of course idiotic. Who has ever even heard of the decaying (-45% in 2008) French publisher La Martinière Groupe?

The best way to deal with publishers like this is simply to refuse to buy their books - who needs them?

Leading-Edge Law: Congress made patent situation worse | Richmond Times-Dispatch

Leading-Edge Law: Congress made patent situation worse | Richmond Times-Dispatch:
JOHN FARMER, TIMES-DISPATCH GUEST COLUMNIST, December 28, 2009

Inventing a New Economy: What patent applications can tell us about America's economic prospects. - By Eliot Spitzer - Slate Magazine

Inventing a New Economy: What patent applications can tell us about America's economic prospects. - By Eliot Spitzer - Slate Magazine:

"Eliot Spitzer is the former governor of the state of New York."

BCS Championship Game : Alabama vs. Texas : YPPSYS NCAA FBS College Football Bowl Game Predictions 2009 / 2010 Season

January 7, 2010, Thursday

34. BCS Championship Game, Pasadena, CA, Alabama vs. Texas, 8:00 pm

Alabama was favored in the opening line by 4 points and that has dropped at the time of this posting to 3.5 points.

YPPSYS I ranks Alabama 2nd with a ranking of 2.0 and Texas 5th with a ranking 1.7, a difference of 0.3 x 9 = 2.7 points. Our assessment of margin of victory as adjusted by schedule difficulty (YPPSYS II) ranks the Texas Longhorns 1st in the nation with 24.6 points as opposed to Alabama's 20.6 (3rd in the nation), i.e. a difference of 4 points in favor of Texas.

Texas has the stronger defense and there is a greater likelihood that the Longhorns can get their offense to kick into gear in this game due to their quarterback, Colt McCoy, the nation's most accurate passer. The Crimson Tide does not have a defense quite as strong as that of Nebraska.

Our call: We call the game in favor of Texas, 27-24.

GMAC Bowl : Troy vs. Central Michigan : YPPSYS NCAA FBS College Football Bowl Game Predictions 2009 / 2010 Season

January 6, 2010, Wednesday

33. GMAC Bowl, Mobile, Alabama, Troy vs. Central Michigan, 7:00 pm

Central Michigan was favored in the opening line by 4.5 points and that has dropped at the time of this posting to 3 points. YPPSYS ranks the Chippewas 36th with a rating of -0.6 and Troy 45th with a rating of -1.1, a difference of 0.5 x 9 = 4.5 points. The schedule-adjusted margin of victory makes the difference larger than that.

Our call: We call it for Central Michigan 31-20.

Orange Bowl : Iowa vs. Georgia Tech : YPPSYS NCAA FBS College Football Bowl Game Predictions 2009 / 2010 Season

January 5, 2010, Tuesday

32. Orange Bowl, Miami FL, Iowa vs. Georgia Tech, 8:00 pm

Georgia Tech is favored by 3.5 points. YPPSYS I ranks Iowa 22nd with a rating of -0.1 and the Yellow Jackets 31st with a rating of -0.5, a difference of 0.4 x 9 = 3.6 points. YPPSYS II gives the Hawkeyes a schedule-adjusted margin of victory of 4.0 points as compared to 9.6 points for Georgia Tech, a difference of 5.6 points.

Georgia Tech allowed 6.1 yards per play this past season on defense, which puts it 100th in the nation. Iowa on the other hand ranked in the nation's top 10 in total defense, so that if the Hawkeyes can get their offense to jell, they can win this game. Since injured starting QB Ricky Stanzi is again apparently healthy enough to play, Iowa's chances of winning are very good.

Our call: We call it 31-28 for Iowa.

Fiesta Bowl : Boise State vs. TCU : YPPSYS NCAA FBS College Football Bowl Game Predictions 2009 / 2010 Season

January 4, 2010, Monday

31. Fiesta Bowl, Glendale, AZ, Boise State vs. TCU, 8:00 p.m.

To the disgrace of the BCS, this game is a battle between two unbeaten teams who should be playing BCS Big 6 conference teams. As it is, the game is now merely a rematch between last season's Poinsettia Bowl opponents, a game which TCU won 17-16.

TCU was favored in the opening line by 4 points and that has risen at the time of this posting to 7 points. YPPSYS I ranks the Horned Frogs 1st in the nation with a rating of 2.2 and Boise State 6th with a rating of 1.0, a difference of 1.2 x 9 = 10.8 points. YPPSYS II gives TCU a schedule-adjusted margin of victory of 22.0 points (second to MOV top-rated Texas at 24.6) as compared to Boise State at 19.3, a difference of 2.7 points.

Our call: We call the game for TCU 27-24.

Alamo Bowl : Michigan State vs. Texas Tech : YPPSYS NCAA FBS College Football Bowl Game Predictions 2009 / 2010 Season

January 2, 2010, Saturday

30. Alamo Bowl, San Antonio, Texas, Michigan State vs. Texas Tech, 9:00 pm

The "Battle at the Alamo" this year has started much earlier than normally. Can we call this the "Suspension Bowl"?

Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio recently suspended numerous players, including 3 starters, for a brawl which has thus far resulted in 9 misdemeanor charges by authorities against Spartan football players and some player dismissals.

As if that were not enough, there are now strange doings in Lubbock, Texas, as well, as the university has suspended its head football coach, Mike Leach. As reported for the AP by Betsy Blaney at Rivals.com:
"Texas Tech coach Mike Leach was suspended Monday while the school investigates complaints from a player and his family about treatment after an injury.

The school said in a release that defensive coordinator Ruffin McNeill will be the interim coach and lead the team in the Alamo Bowl on Jan. 2 against Michigan State."

Texas Tech was favored in the opening line by 8.5 points and that has dropped at the time of this posting to 7.5 points. YPPSYS ranks the Red Raiders 14th with a rating of 0.2 and Michigan State 44th with a rating of -0.9, a difference of 1.1 x 9 = 9.9 points.

Our call: We call the game for Texas Tech, 38-28.

Liberty Bowl : East Carolina vs. Arkansas : YPPSYS NCAA FBS College Football Bowl Game Predictions 2009 / 2010 Season

January 2, 2010, Saturday

29. Liberty Bowl, Memphis, TN, East Carolina vs. Arkansas, 5:30 pm

Arkansas was favored in the opening line by 10 points and that has dropped at the time of this posting to 7 points. YPPSYS ranks the Razorbacks 25th with a rating of -0.2 and East Carolina 48th with a rating of -1.5, a difference of 1.3 x 9 = 11.7 points. The schedule-adjusted margin of victory for Arkansas is 10.3 as compared to 3.0 for the Pirates, an advantage of 7.3 points.

Our call: We call it 41-31 for Arkansas.

Cotton Bowl : Oklahoma State vs. Mississippi : YPPSYS NCAA FBS College Football Bowl Game Predictions 2009 / 2010 Season

January 2, 2010, Saturday

28. Cotton Bowl, Dallas, Texas, Oklahoma State vs. Ole Miss, 2:00 pm

Mississippi was favored in the opening line by 2.5 points and that has risen at the time of this posting to 3 points. YPPSYS ranks the Cowboys 27th with a rating of -0.3 and Ole Miss 13th with a rating of 0.3, a difference of 0.6 x 9 = 5.4 points. The schedule-adjusted margin of victory for the Rebels is 7.2 points and for Oklahoma State 4.8 points, a difference of 2.4 points.
Our call: We call if 27-23 for Ole Miss.

PapaJohns.com Bowl : Connecticut vs. South Carolina : YPPSYS NCAA FBS College Football Bowl Game Predictions 2009 / 2010 Season

January 2, 2010, Saturday

27. PapaJohns.com Bowl, Birmingham, Alabama, Connecticut vs. South Carolina, 2:00 pm

South Carolina was favored in the opening line by 3 points and that has risen at the time of this posting to 3.5 points. YPPSYS ranks the Gamecocks 37th with a rating of -0.6 and Connecticut at 50th with a rating of -1.6 or a difference of 1.0 x 9 = 9 points. The schedule-adjusted margin of victory comparison leads to a lower figure.

Our call: We call it 24-17 for South Carolina.

International Bowl : South Florida vs. Northern Illinois : YPPSYS NCAA FBS College Football Bowl Game Predictions 2009 / 2010 Season

January 2, 2010, Saturday

26. International Bowl, Toronto, Canada, South Florida vs. Northern Illinois, 12:00 pm

South Florida was favored in the opening line by 4.5 points and that has risen at the time of this posting to 7 points. YPPSYS ranks the Bulls 43rd with a rating of -0.9 and the Huskies 68th with a rating of -1.9, a difference of 1.0 x 9 = 9 points.

The Huskies beat Purdue who beat Ohio State - sometimes football is a crazy game, so you sometimes just never know how a game is going to turn out, but a Northern Illinois win here seems unlikely.

Our call: We call it 30-21 for South Florida.

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