Eben Moglen on Facebook, Google and Government Surveillance

Eben Moglen speaks to YASSSU at the Re:Publica conference in Berlin in May 2012 about the threat centralized networks like Facebook and Google impose in terms of freedom of speech and government surveillance. Eben Moglen is a professor of law and legal history at Columbia University, and is the founder, Director-Counsel and Chairman of Software Freedom Law Center, whose client list includes numerous pro bono clients, such as the Free Software Foundation. Moglen started out as a computer programming language designer and then received his bachelor’s degree from Swarthmore College in 1980, where he won the Hicks Prize for Literary Criticism. In 1985, he received a Master of Philosophy in history and a JD from Yale University. He has held visiting appointments at Harvard University, Tel Aviv University and the University of Virginia since 1987. He was a law clerk to Justice Thurgood Marshall (1986–87 term). He joined the faculty of Columbia Law School in 1987, and was admitted to the New York bar in 1988. He received a Ph.D. in history from Yale University in 1993. Moglen serves as a director of the Public Patent Foundation. Moglen was part of Philip Zimmermann’s defense team, when Zimmermann was being investigated over the export of Pretty Good Privacy, a public key encryption system, under US export laws. In 2003 he received the EFF Pioneer Award. In February 2005, he founded the Software Freedom Law Center.
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Can an One-Person LLC be sued for early contract termination?

Question by : Can an One-Person LLC be sued for early contract termination?
I am a contract programmer and I use my one-person LLC. The LLC is registered in Delaware, but is actually based in Virginia. Currently, I am on a T&M (time and materials) contract for over two years. The contract is 6-month contract and gets renewed every 6 months (e.g. there are 6 month extensions). The contract is not very specific and simply states that my company (the Seller) is subcontracted to another company (the Buyer) for my software development services and all work is to be completed under the direction of the Buyer’s project manager. Of course, it states, the rate and the max amount I can bill within the 6 months period. I am paid by the hour. I am currently in the middle of 6 month extension (3 months into the extension). All was well, but things suddenly went bad on the project in the last month and several people left the team. My role was that of senior software engineer, but now I was “promoted” to be the technical manager/lead because the tech lead left the project. The problem is that I now have multiple new responsibilities and a lot on my shoulders. I can probably ask for a higher rate since I could argue I have more responsibility. Plus, they’re in no position to say no, since if I leave the project will be in even worse shape. However, I don’t want more money, I just want to leave and do something else. I’ve already been on this project for over 2 years and getting stale. I like to code and do creative work, but now I have multiple meetings to attend to, interact with the customer on daily basis, and even do some customer support. Fairly stressful, but boring stuff. I was planning to leave soon anyways – simply too long on this project and wanted to do something new, but I decided to stay for another 6 months b/c I liked working with the team members who all of a sudden left the team (really it was due to mismanagement of the project, they were not promoting/rewarding people who should have been). Anyhow, the situation now is dire, and I am facing a lot of stress and just really hating my life. I am the only contractor on the team and the team is pretty small. If I leave, the project is going to be in complete disarray – the company I subcontract to will likely lose their contract. Although, I know it’s their fault for mismanaging the team, I am afraid they will blame me and use me as a scapegoat, since I am the only subcontractor on the project. So, I am worried that if I find something else and quit early (even with 2-week notice), the company that I currently subcontract out with (and so far have had good relationship with – this is my third project with them), they may decide to sue my company for breach of contract? On one hand, I think it is possible, on the other hand, I am pretty sure this happens all the time. Do you think my LLC could be sued if I decide to quit the project a couple of months early? My role on the project has changed, so I feel it’s a little bit of a bait and switch. I was signing the 6 month extension with the assumption that I will keep doing what I was doing previously, but now they changed my role on the project and that comes with a lot of other responsibilities that I do not want to be dealing with.

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What does being a LLC have to do with it? Breach of contract is breach of contract.

Your problem is the same one you’re displaying now — NOT HAVING A PROFESSIONAL INVOLVED.

You should of had an attorney go over the contract and help restructure it in your favor, so if something like this came up, you would have a way to terminate it early. Also the filing the LLC in Nevada thing, also tells me that you didn’t talk to a business attorney or CPA ahead of time.

Pay the 1-2 hours, or take advantage of a free consultation, and talk to a business attorney. Have him look over the contract and your situation. He may be able to get you out of it. Otherwise, finish the what’s left of this last 6 months, and don’t renew it.

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Third Winchester Student Battlefield Tour – Michael and Mitchell

A Webcast Historian production by the Daniel Morgan Middle School in Winchester, Virginia The videos you see here came out of a two week summer enrichment program, which involved twenty 8th grade students, three teachers, the Third Winchester battlefield, and some very cool technology. The students first become acquainted with their tools: the video camera, still camera, and the software they would be using to put their films together. The teachers then provided the students with background information on the Civil War using maps, objects, images, primary document texts, and the actual Civil War sites themselves. The students then spent two weeks filming at the Third Winchester battlefield. Once prepared each student produced an edited video encapsulating all that they learned and experienced. Eric Miller, Penny Oravec, and James Lupton should be commended for their successful efforts in using 21st century technology to help our students become interested in their 19th century American history.

Is it legal for a company to take advantage of a disability that I have no control over?

Question by David: Is it legal for a company to take advantage of a disability that I have no control over?
I have been billed for at least 17 months for $ 30 per month (about $ 510). I had no knowledge of the auto renewal. I used this site for a video game software modifier. So, I was expecting that if I got any emails from them, it would be something about software or video games. The company’s name is Virtual Training Co. (VTC) and their email was labeled “VTC University signup.” So, I overlooked the email thinking it was a college I applied for in Virginia. But I either got accepted to VCU or just decided that I’d go there and no other school. So, one I was mislead by their abreviated name. Two, I never found out about the auto renewal. Three, I have ADHD and therefor disabled in reading. I recently got diagnosed (6 months ago) and only in the past month did I get the right medication. Before getting diagnosed, like the time I signed up for this service, I didn’t know about my disability.
Even if I did, it’s nothing that I can control and takes a LOT of time to work at. And without medication, it doesn’t matter how hard I try to read and comprehend something, it just does not stick. So, my question is this: If they do not give me a refund, wouldn’t they be taking advantage of my disability? And wouldn’t this be illegal?
No I didn’t notice any changes from my bank account because of my “Lack of detail” from my ADHD…
I only noticed now because I had a lot of auto renewals that I didn’t know about. Instead of only being $ 30, it was $ 200. So, I got a statement and found out that way. I have a lot of unopened bank statements in my room…
Ok, are there any other stupid questions you’d like to know? DUH I’m on medication now! And I’m getting consoling! That’s how I plan to go to college… Are you retarded?

Note: Was NOT diagnosed or on medication at the time I signed up for the service! And if I didn’t know I’d have a problem, do you think I’d signed up? I DID NOT KNOW! I DID NOT KNOW I HAD A DISABILITY AT THAT TIME! So, why ask stupid questions like “Why did you sign up for it in the first place?” Guess I’m not the only one with reading problems…
And yea, the part where I never noticed it… That kind of, tinny bit, shows you how sever my ADHD is… You people really are ignorant and unhelpful. Guess I’ll have to go to a real law site and see what they have to say.
WTF? Because I don’t open my mail doesn’t mean I don’t care! It means I loose things/forget about them! Not to mention I find documents like that… well have you ever looked at a paper a child wrote? It’s gibberish to me. You should research ADHD before you even post!
… ADHD is a disability… Disability by definition is not having normal ability. Normal people have the ability to read a long document or book and comprehend it. I can not. Therefor it is a disability. Just like your brain!

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Did you not notice the charges coming out of your bank account? Yes it is legal.

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Humanoid Robots Playing Soccer, Part 2: How They Work

In July, the US scored a major international soccer victory. While the nation was unable to bring home the Women’s World Cup, Team DARwIn took first place in the Humanoid Kid Size competition at the 2011 RoboCup tournament in Istanbul, Turkey. The robots, whose name stands for “Dynamic Anthropomorphic Robot with Intelligence,” are a collaboration between the University of Pennsylvania and Virginia Tech. Penn Engineering team members who traveled to the competition included Stephen McGill, Seung-Joon Yi, Yida Zhang, along with Jordan Brindza, Ashleigh Thomas, Spencer Lee, and Nicholas McGill, who are undergraduate and graduate students in the General Robotics, Automation, Sensing and Perception (GRASP) Laboratory. Team members from Virginia Tech included Jeakweon Han, a Ph.D. student in the RoMeLa Lab, and Taylor Pesek, an undergraduate in Mechanical Engineering For the competition, Penn developed the software framework that provided each robot with artificial intelligence (AI). This AI operates on multiple levels. At the most basic, it provides instructions on how to move each joint of the leg in order to walk; at the most complex, it incorporates all of information gathered by the robot—such as whether a collection of red pixels in its camera represents the ball, or the distance between itself, other robots and the goal — and uses it to make gameplay decisions. The engineers their team’s overarching strategy should focus on speed at the expense of strength and accuracy

Shuttle Discovery IAD Arrival Simulation By TIS3D.com and FlightArrivals.com

Simulation of Shuttle Discovery’s arrival at Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) – scheduled for April 17, 2012 around 10:30 am. 3D Modeling & Animation by TIS3D.com’s 3D Visualization group. Sponsored by FlightArrivals.com. Contact us at contact@tisoffice.com for high quality 3D simulation and visualization services.
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Use of QR Codes in the Medical Office

This video describes some of the QR code uses in a medical office (Skyline Family Practice, in Front Royal, Virginia). This video goes beyond concept to demonstrate real uses of QR codes in medical practice. Using FASText (a program created by Caduceus Digital Systems at www.caduceusdigital.com), QR codes are easily created for a variety of different uses. Patient can easily upload various types of information to a patient’s smart phone with a QR barcode reader application installed and scanning the dynamically created QR codes. To our knowledge, this is the first extensive use of QR codes in a medical office for the novel uses demonstrated in this video. We hope you like it. Tripp Bradd, MD and Bernard Pegis, MD