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General Off-Topic Board / ITT The Greatest Thing Ever
« on: January 19, 2008, 11:01:33 PM »

General Off-Topic Board / ITT Running commentary on pres. debates
« on: January 05, 2008, 05:39:16 PM »

I have finals in about 12 months, but I'm taking a quick break from studying to let you know where you stand.

This is a clone of a thread that's languishing in the off-topic board basement. It's not getting nearly as much traffic as it should be getting, so I'm changing the topic to something a little more applicationy and starting it over here.

Law School Admissions / An Appeal to Decency
« on: November 18, 2007, 07:21:10 PM »
I would like to draw your attention to a troubling phenomenon that is appearing with increasing regularity on this board. No, not flaming or trolling, which we all agree are wrong. The problem which I am now referring to is much more insidious.

Over the past several months, you may have noticed that a large number of registered users on this message board (and others throughout the Internets) have selected pictures of Dwight Schrute for their avatars.

Although it was fun the first few hundred times, like the Tribble of Star Trek fame the pictures of Dwight have steadily degenerated from silly, to lame, to boring, to flat-out annoying.

Everywhere I go online, I am surrounded by pictures of Dwight Schrute:
-Dwight the salesman.
-Deputy Dwight.
-That really stupid picture of Dwight holding a sign.

I get it. Y'all like Dwight. Okay. However, one of the most important parts of being clever is coming up with original material. No matter how cute it is, when your Dwight avatar is sandwiched between the Dwight avatars of the posters above and below you, it stops being cute and becomes sad.

To put it gently, it takes on an element of cultism.

It makes you seem less like a reputable poster, and more like an air-headed member of some C-student sorority or fraternity where everyone looks, dresses and talks the exact same way.

Please, in the interest of preserving the sense of individuality that has made this country into the international Goliath it is today, switch your avatar to something other than Dwight Schrute.

Thank you for your time.

Law School Admissions / Who's the most irresponsible poster on LSD?
« on: November 15, 2007, 01:02:10 PM »
My vote goes to jason_perrlx for that horrible HLS thread.

Law School Admissions / Here's something constructive
« on: October 20, 2007, 11:15:27 PM »
There's been a lot of negativity on this board recently, which I suppose is understandable given the impending tide of waitlists, rejections, holds, and disappointments of which we all live in fear.

So I'd like to take a second to try and put things in perspective:

Barring any unforeseen developments in medical science, in approximately fifty years from this day, most of you will begin to experience a substantial decline in your mental faculties, one that will leave you withered, and useless to this world.

Therefore, it is your responsibility, as people of means, to ensure that these next fifty years are used productively.

Your being admitted to one law school or another will not determine whether you will be able to achieve this objective.

You will all travel different roads. For some of you the path will be easy. For others, it will not be. But you are united, here, today, by your shared paucity of actual accomplishment.

The admissions cycle can dictate your fate only to the extent that you let it.

Law School Admissions / Procrastination
« on: October 11, 2007, 05:18:39 PM »
Is anyone else having a tremendously difficult time actually sitting down and filling in their f-ing applications?

In fairness I have a ton of other, more interesting writing to do, but this is getting stupid.

God I wish there was someone here to punch me in the face and make me finish these stupid things...

Studying for the LSAT / Interesting Question
« on: September 10, 2007, 12:34:26 AM »
How does LSAC keep the LSAT from getting leaked a couple days before it's scheduled to be administered?

By way of comparison, consider what happened with the last Harry Potter book: you started out with piece of highly sought after information (the book), and a regulating entity (the publisher) that wished to withhold its dissemination until a specified date.

Let's say the book was completed, and the finished product transfered to the publisher, 6 months before its scheduled release date. The publisher was able to keep the the text under wraps for 5.8 months by doing 2 things:

1) limiting the number of people within the publishing company who had access to the information (just the editor and a few other people)
2) limiting the number of copies of the text that were made, and confining those copies to a very small area (initially just a couple copies on non-networked computers and in a safe or two, and then, after printing, in one large warehouse)

However, as soon as the book was loaded onto trucks/planes and sent to stores, copies started appearing on the internet. This is logical: the aforementioned control parameters were broadened exponentially, and thus the probability of a leak increased. And since technology is such that one copy can be turned into one million copies instantaneously via digitization, it only took one containment breakdown for the information to propagate freely in cyberspace.

So here's the interesting question: the LSAT test book that is going to be used later this month, for example, satisfies many of the same conditions of the Harry Potter novel - i.e. high-demand information that a regulating entity tries to keep confidential, and will be dispersed to a broad geographic area several days prior to its scheduled dissemination.

Now, I can maybe understand that LSAC can make the probability of leaks in the weeks leading up to the exam fairly low through the same mechanisms used by the publisher of Harry Potter. However, why don't you see copies of the thing floating around the internet immediately prior to the exam, after the test forms have been shipped from the central supply point?

Is the relatively low demand for early access to the LSAT compared to the Harry Potter manuscript sufficient to keep the probability of a leak low enough that this most likely isn't an issue? Or is the correspondingly low number of secondary despersal points (there are fewer test centers than bookstores)? In either case, if the number of people taking the LSAT increases over the years, could we theoretically reach a point where it is impossible to administer the test, because copies will always be leaked prior to the exam date?

Also, do y'all think LSAC has an fall-back test waiting in the bullpen in the event of a leak?

I'm really not sure.

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