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"The Dog Ate My Homework" Goes Digital

samzenpus posted more than 4 years ago | from the ball-lightning-in-the-server-closet dept.

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Keldrin_1 writes "Almost everyone has, at one point or another, come up against a deadline that they just were not able to meet. A new website has arisen that promises to solve the problem by providing you with a 'completed project' that has mysteriously been corrupted over email and now can not be opened. Corrupted-files.com offers to cure all your homework and deadline woes for the low fee of $3.95 (soon to be $5.95). From the site: 'Who's to say your 5 sheet Excel file didn't get corrupted? Exactly! No one can! It's the perfect excuse to buy yourself extra time and not hand in a garbage project. Plagiarism is not the answer to procrastination. — Corrupted-Files.com is!'

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My college roommate used to do this... (1)

dfxm (1586027) | more than 4 years ago | (#28487577)

Any time my college roommate had an assignment that he didn't feel like doing on time, he would open up his hex editor and remove a few lines. I'm just jealous because I didn't think of this first. This guy has a fraction of the overhead of a lot of web based companies and sells a service that literally anyone can do. This is like paying someone to pump your gas for you, in New Jersey, no less!

Floppy disks (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#28495477)

takes me back to the good old days of opening up floppy disks, scratching up the inside, turning it round so they couldnt see it, and handing it in 'because my printer broke...'

You Broke the first rule of Corrupted File Club... (2, Funny)

Sfing_ter (99478) | more than 4 years ago | (#28495507)

You Broke the first rule of Corrupted File Club... YOU TALKED about Corrupted File Club....

Not always acceptable (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#28495607)

When I was in college a few years ago, that was explicitly not an acceptable excuse. Nearly all of my assignments involved using a computer for one reason or another (e.g. word processing, data analysis, GIS, etc.). We were reminded that, to paraphrase, "data corruption is a fact of life, not an excuse for missed deadlines," therefore, we should "save early and save often." Students were each given storage space on the campus network so we could save there and on other media (e.g. floppies, CDs, USB memory sticks); I also frequently emailed the files to myself. The latter saved one of my group assignments, as one of my 'teammates' ejected the floppy disk from the drive when it was in the process of saving (she apparently ignored the green light and me telling her not to do that *shrugs*).

Or just download a hex editor (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#28497139)

and type in some random text until you can't open it anymore, worked for me!

May only work on a clueless teacher. (1)

morghanphoenix (1070832) | more than 4 years ago | (#28502173)

/me wonders if they strip all the identifying data out of the office files. I can just see the first kid who has a teacher open the corrupted file anyways, find the metadata, and bust the little bugger for turning in something he didn't create.

Re:May only work on a clueless teacher. (1)

Winchestershire (1495475) | more than 4 years ago | (#28516241)

Not to mention it won't help if your professors went to slashdot regularly for tech news like mine did.

What? (1)

clint999 (1277046) | more than 4 years ago | (#28509823)

/me wonders if they strip all the identifying data out of the office files. I can just see the first kid who has a teacher open the corrupted file anyways, find the metadata, and bust the little bugger for turning in something he didn't create.

my response, as requested & before deadline (1)

Verdatum (1257828) | more than 4 years ago | (#28514721)

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