Kindle 3

I wanted to report on my kindle 3 after a month of casual use
The Kindle is fun to use and I’ve gotten a lot of great, free classic books, using
gutenberg.org and also Google Books, with the downloading software available
One “sleeper feature” I’ve taken to using on the Kindle is
 sending myself PDF copies of tax articles that I find on SSRN – – often through
taxprof.typepad.com – – Professor Paul Caron’s super-useful tax website.  I
download the PDFs of the articles and then forward them to my
personal “free.kindle.com” address on my Kindle.  Reading the PDF
articles on the Kindle is much easier than doing so on the computer
screen, and I don’t have to worry about battery life while traveling.  For
example, I read a bunch of PDF articles on the Kindle last week, on a
plane from Albuquerque to Baltimore, and it worked great.
With respect to copies of PDF law articles, I find  it easier to
adjust the Kindle to read in landscape mode.   The columnar width
is much better for reading than the standard portrait orientation
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T.K. v. New York City Dept. of Edu., 10-CV-00752

This case presents the largely unresolved issue of the extent to which bullying by other students inhibits a disabled child from being educated appropriately, and what her school must do about it. A strict legal test is developed and applied. Plaintiff L.K. acting through her parents, challenges her public school placement by the New York City Department of Education (“DOE”) under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. After exhausting her administrative remedies, she brings this action arguing that the placement was procedurally and substantively inappropriate, and her parents seek reimbursement for private school tuition. The DOE moves for summary judgment. The primary complaint is that L.K. was deprived of an appropriate education because her assigned public school did nothing to prevent her from being so bullied by other students as to seriously reduce the opportunity for an appropriate education. Such a contention, under the Individuals with Disability Education Act (“IDEA”) provisions that require a proper school placement and appropriate education, apparently have not yet been ruled upon by the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. For the reasons stated below, the issue requires a court evidentiary hearing, and, a possible remand to the state authorities for a rehearing.

Read the full text of decision here (requires free registration).

Apple – Press Info – Apple Q&A on Location Data

The iPhone is not logging your location. Rather, it’s maintaining a database of Wi-Fi hotspots and cell towers around your current location, some of which may be located more than one hundred miles away from your iPhone, to help your iPhone rapidly and accurately calculate its location when requested. Calculating a phone’s location using just GPS satellite data can take up to several minutes. iPhone can reduce this time to just a few seconds by using Wi-Fi hotspot and cell tower data to quickly find GPS satellites, and even triangulate its location using just Wi-Fi hotspot and cell tower data when GPS is not available (such as indoors or in basements). These calculations are performed live on the iPhone using a crowd-sourced database of Wi-Fi hotspot and cell tower data that is generated by tens of millions ofiPhones sending the geo-tagged locations of nearby Wi-Fi hotspots and cell towers in an anonymous and encrypted form to Apple.

NYLJ: ‘Unseemly Process’ to Follow Announcement of Job Cuts

Joel Stashenko 

New York Law Journal

April 28, 2011

ALBANY – The next round of layoffs in the state court system will touch off a scramble in which senior employees whose jobs are being eliminated will claim the positions of less-experienced colleagues.

See an explanation of the civil service bumping process.

“It is an unseemly process, which is why we always say it sounds better to say you are going to lay off workers than to actually do it,” said Steven Madarasz, a spokesman for the Civil Service Employee Association. The CSEA is the largest of 11 unions representing court employees, counting as members about 6,000 of the courts’ 15,200 nonjudicial workers.

“It is a pretty ugly process because who gets the initial layoff notice may well not be the person who actually goes out the door,” Mr. Madarasz added.

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