Monday, July 14, 2014

Remember, this is just some of the information in your dossier.
Guide to Google’s Account History Feature
by Sabrina I. Pacifici on Jul 13, 2014
Martin Brinkmann - “Most online companies make available privacy related settings that their customers can modify to their liking. The default settings are often less than optimal and making sure that everything is set up properly is one of the first things that you should do. In fact, it is also important to check those settings regularly just to make sure nothing has changed. The Google Account History is where Google displays some of the information that it collects about you. Search History for example is turned on by default, which means that all searches on Google will be recorded by it if you are signed in to a Google account at that time. There is a misconception though in regards to the Account History feature: some users believe that disabling history features will stop Google from recording data. It won’t. While it limits Google on what it can do with the data, the company may still record it as confirmed on the “delete search history” page… What is being recorded - According to Google, the following information are recorded by its servers:
  1. The IP address of the user.
  2. The date and time the request was made.
  3. The full request URL including search query.
  4. The header that includes the browser and operating system.
  5. A unique cookie ID that is stored on first visit…”

The Sergio Leone legal education model?
Learning ‘The True, the Good and the Beautiful’ in Law School: Educating the Twenty-First Century Litigator
by Sabrina I. Pacifici on Jul 13, 2014
Colatrella Jr., Michael Thomas, Learning ‘The True, the Good and the Beautiful’ in Law School: ucating the Twenty-First Century Litigator (March 1, 2014). Review of Litigation, Vol. 33, No. 4, p. 1, 2014. Available for download at SSRN:
The author uses the ancient Greek ideal of learning “the true, the good and the beautiful” to form a basis from which legal education can produce lawyers who will be more valuable to their clients and more fulfilled in their twenty-first century careers. To begin, the Article advocates that law schools can foster the Greek ideal of learning “the true” by increasing its focus on “collaborative advocacy” in the core curriculum instead of relying so heavily on “adversarial advocacy” that dominates the required curricula at most law schools. To pursue learning outcomes that are better aligned with the skills needed to practice law in the twenty-first century, legal institutions should require courses that teach collaborative advocacy, such as negotiation and mediation. In a profession that is traditionally defined by its winners and losers, the modern legal arena is shifting toward being open to working with one’s opponent to find a mutually agreeable solution earlier in the dispute, which saves the client time and money. Next, the Author discusses how law school students can achieve “the good” through their legal education. Ethical education remains a staple of law school curriculum. Yet, most institutions require their students to learn only the black-letter ethical rules. When encountering difficult ethical dilemmas, however, lawyers often must decide between two or more competing values that require them to make moral choices about which the black-letter law provides little guidance. A law school curriculum that also fosters thinking about the moral dimension of legal ethics and the psychology of ethical decision-making can help aspiring attorneys to become conscientious practitioners who make better ethical, moral and strategic decisions for their client, themselves and the legal profession. Finally, the Article examines how law schools can help their students embrace “the beautiful” in legal practice. Today, lawyers need the ability to propose creative, efficient and cost-effective solutions to their clients’ problems. As intelligent technology and foreign labor performs a growing percentage of routine legal tasks cheaper, attorneys must find new, smarter ways to provide value to their clients. Law schools can help future lawyers succeed in this economically and technology driven atmosphere by embracing the increasing role that creativity will play in modern legal practice and integrating more creative problem solving techniques into their core curricula. By molding their curricula with guidance from the ancient Greek ideal of learning “the true, the good and the beautiful,” law schools can develop lawyers who can more effectively meet the demands of the twenty-first century legal practice.”

For my students.
New Raspberry Pi Model B+ On Sale
The Raspberry Pi Foundation has officially unveiled the Raspberry Pi Model B+, described as “the final evolution of the original Raspberry Pi.” The Raspberry Pi Model B+ is available to buy right now from many stockists, including Element14 and RS Components.
The Model B+ features the same processor, RAM, and software as the original. However, it boasts improvements including more GPIO (General Purpose Input/Output) pins, four USB ports rather than two, a new micro SD card slot, lower power consumption, and better audio.
We’re big fans of the Raspberry Pi here at MakeUseOf, and the Model B+ represents a chance for more people to gain an interest in this tiny, affordable, open-source computer. If you are new to Raspberry Pi then be sure to check out our unofficial guide to Raspberry Pi.
Amazon Trolls French Government
France recently enacted an anti-Amazon” law banning the online retailer from offering free shipping and 5 percent discounts on books. While Amazon hasn’t yet seen a way around the ban on discounts, it has already solved the problem of free shipping by charging €0.01 per order. Simple, effective, legal, and totally trollish.

Wikipedia may not be the last word in research, but for my students it is often the first word.
The Best Wikipedia Tools and Resources
[For example:
  • Wiki Blame- quickly find the author(s) of any specific passage of a Wikipedia article.
  • Wiki Checker – Get a list of all users who have edited a particular Wikipedia article.
Every article on Wikipedia has an RSS feed though they aren’t obvious. Click the “History” tab on any Wikipedia page and you’ll find RSS icons in the left toolbox. See: How to Track Wikipedia Articles.
… Wikipedia articles change with time. Therefore when you are linking to any Wikipedia page from your website, consider linking to the current snapshot of the page and not the main article. You can find the permalink (URL) to the page snapshot in the right sidebar as “Permanent Link.”

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