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How do you figure this is clear cut case of insider trading. What's your evidence to reach that verdict, that the jury apparently failed to see?

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I can't speak for the jury.

Perhaps if you disagree that it's "clear cut", you at least agree that it was plausible. It wasn't simply bullying, that seems certain.

His defense was not that he didn't trade based on a tip, but that he never agreed to keep the tip confidential, and he challenged the definition of what an insider is.

This is a technicality. That's the problem with insider trading laws - "insider" isn't really defined. So, although it's often common sense and most people can make a judgment call on the spirit of the law, this often won't be sufficient for a trial. Still, this doesn't mean the SEC is wrong to pursue such cases.

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It's possible for an action to look like clear cut insider trading, but not be. I don't it's SEC bullying for them to investigate things that look like clear cut insider trading. That's why we have the trial, after all, to determine if the action is what it looked like.

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The evidence is the testimony that Cuban was told by the CEO about the offering. The jury needed to believe it beyond reasonable doubt, but we don't need to because as individuals, our tolerance for coincidence is much lower than it is for juries.

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Actually, since this is civil I think the bar is lower than in a criminal case. They probably only needed to prove that he's guilty based on the "preponderance of the evidence". Essentially that it's more likely he did it than he did not do it.

Just knowing the timing alone would suggest a greater than 50% chance of him being guilty to me. I'd convict him in 5 minutes.

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How on earth does the timing affect this?

The government's claim: Mark Cuban was on a phone call where he was told information and promised not to trade based on it. He immediately went out and sold his stock.

Mark Cuban's claim: Mark Cuban was on a phone call where he was told information but didn't promise anything. He immediately went out and sold his stock.

Both of these claims would exhibit the same timing, so I don't see how timing can help decide the important question, which was whether he was technically an "insider" for the purpose of the law.

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Guilty I say. Off with his head!

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The could start by introducing pay-to-send within their own network. If it gets traction, other carriers may follow suit.

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The subsidy is recovered over the term of the contract. What does carrier unlocking has to do with it? Even if I unlock my subsidized phone outside of official methods, I still have to fulfill my end of the contract.

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The carrier might not be able to charge a large enough early-termination fee on the contract to fully reimburse them for the cost of an expensive phone.

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Then they should charge an ETF that will allow them to recoup their costs and not trump up some imaginary "copyright violation" boogeyman that stops me from using my phone as I see fit.

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Every discussion on H-1B visas always misses the point that it is the only way for a non-US citizen student, graduating from a US university, to work in the US on a long term basis. For a more meaningful analysis, it is important to consider the educational background of the H-1B worker.

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Which is another reason why the H1-B needs to be reworked, not ramped up. It's too catch-all, and too often abused.

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Actually, it depends on your country of origin. Canadians and Mexicans can get access via the TN visa. Australians can get access via the E-3 visa.

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I was under the impression that the books sold in India (and some other Asian countries) are low-priced international editions of those books. This is specially true for college textbooks with foreign authors.

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That's right. Most of these books have a developing country edition (that's what one of my books' cover says). Though most of these economical editions aren't of the same quality as their original counterparts. The printing is mostly black and white and the paper quality is much inferior.

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Yes, it is called the "Eastern Economy Edition". However, if the book is not a standard textbook, the chances of you finding an EEE is slim.

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Extremely low cost and I practically(and truly) can't afford a book Amazom USA, even an eBook. So, ones that is not available in India or is available at sth like INR 3000 or 4000 or so, I pirate.

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I admire your courage for saying this.

For others, this is how it always happens here in India.

On the other hand when the books are priced well. There is actually sweet spot for which Indian consumers will happily pay. For example I can quote of Rashmi Bansal's books. Especially 'Stay hungry, Stay Foolish'. It was priced so well, I hardly saw any pirated books on the footpaths people were more than happy to buy the book.

Compare this to say with a book like "Seven habits of highly effective people' there was a time when hawkers on the footpaths would have something 100 copies always stocked because the original book was expensive and pirated ones sold like hot cakes.

You won't believe this, a while back I would visit Avenue road in Bangalore and one round with foot path hawkers could give you a hint on the best sellers in the market currently.

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I had bought Rashmi Bansal's book when it was released. I am not sure how high it was priced at the time but I guess it was not more than 125 or so. It was a well priced book. I think she had reduced the middleman's[0] commission to a great extent.

Funny thing about that book, you can buy it legitimately at ~90 and even street vendors(pirated copy sellers) usually sell it at 50+ and people still buy :-) I think they never got that taste of that feeling when you read a book, hold it your hand, travel with it and then over the time appreciate the crease on it and dream passing it over to your bloodline hoping they would love reading books.

Anyway, I still feel bad having to pirate any book or film or songs. Very bad. Though my next statement is technically incorrect but there are times I can't avoid pirating a book.

I have reduced my music piracy. I've reduced/ the number of songs I listen to around ~ 7GB (almost all of them 320kbps or 8-20 MB on an average). Out of them around 4GB I've purchased and to be honest a lot of them is from Flipkart's 10 day freebie bonanza, but I've purchased from other sources a lot and I must say that A 7-9 Rupee DRM free song is a deal sweeter than saccharine so I like a song and I buy it. I can even go a lot more if the cost goes directly to the artist or most and I do it. Like Indian Ocean's music. I hope in a few months I'll not have any pirated song on my pc or phone. I use Spotify so that also covers a lot.

I've not have any good and affordable[1] alternative for fils. I hope sth like Netflix/Hulu comes up in India or even a good DVD/BRay rental online shop which offers quality with a price. The ones we have don't have many worthwhile films int heir inventory.

Yes, you are right - pricing does affect privacy, in a positive way to check it. However there are people who would just pirate! Piracy is imprinted on their minds and they never bothered to check whether it's a necessity and or is there a mid-way like a friend who stopped using WhatsApp the day his 1 yr trial was over, he just had to pay INR 55 for another year. Though I should have been this judgemental, still active in piracy myself.

[0] Publisher, distributor, agent etc

[1] Again, this is my point of view and someone else can just say I can buy the movies at INR 500 a dvd and this is just an excuse to pirate.

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For movies checkout Bigflix. Their subscription plan seems cheap but don't know anything about movie collection or T&C.

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Tried them. The quality is at least 3-4 times worse than the DVDRips and not even mentionable in the same breathe as a BRRip.

And it used to decide to crash from time to time and then it would simply stop streaming and buffering and you couldn't do anything about that.

There's a new player in town CatchFlix. Haven't checked them.

There's also BoxTV which worse than them all.

And range sucked in all of them.

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Why do you feel that foreign investment into e-commerce is the solution?

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a solution? I don't think there is a problem to solve. I do think allowing FDI in e-commerce can only help the Indian consumer (not to mention the economy, because it will result in more hiring, more exit options for e-commerce startups etc)

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There are many reasons. Biggest is competition works wonders for consumers.

Secondly, It creates an environment where a lot can be learn't from others.

The current environment for start ups in India is in large part due to inspiration, effect and to an extent competition from the silicon valley.

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> We should not allow a computer to do things that can kill people

Should we not allow computers (auto-pilot) to fly airplanes?

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Though your example is not the best (pilots are still there and can disable the auto-pilot and drive in the manual mode) I will correct myself: I think we should now allow computers, which can be easily accessed and potentially altered/hacked, to do things that can kill people.

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The thing is, computers as of today are dangerous enough already, and depending on which ones you hack can cause enough destruction as of today. So of course, security is important for all of them and I'm sure Google's self-driving car will do something to be as secure as they can.

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Most Boeing 747 craft run a very old, unpatched version of Solaris. Someone with user access could almost certainly crash a plane using that. The same holds true for a lot of consumer goods running embedded linux. Even my damn TV has vulnerabilities.

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>pilots are still there and can disable the auto-pilot

If the computer decides to allow the pilot to do that.

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You can extend the deadline by n number of days and perhaps give extra credit to those who still submit by the original deadline.

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No. EB5 category allows you to start your business but it has it's own conditions. You get a provisional EB5 visa during which you must invest $1M and employ 10 people to qualify for a permanent visa. Up until recently, VC funding was not a qualifier towards the $1M number.

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The staggering implication, as someone mentioned in another reply, is that it brings us one step closer to answering whether the existence of water led to existence of lifeforms, alive or dead.

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Yup. And in order for there to be flowing water on Mars, conditions had to be much much warmer on the red planet in the past. Warm enough to support Earth-like life.

If life came to Earth aboard a comet (as opposed to developing here), it most likely arrived on Mars as well. In that case, the early solar system was probably teeming with life (seeds), and in that case, it could be very common elsewhere.

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