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Duke: No Mercy For CS 201 Cheaters Who Don't Turn Selves In By Wednesday

SecurityGuy Re:This is the way we sue the school (319 comments)

Actually, one of the things I value about my degrees is that students who have them actually had to earn them. They're not just paper, they represent something real. In my graduate work, we heard on a number of occasions of students who were caught cheating. Some came to light after graduation. I many cases, they rescinded the degree. If you're a Duke student and think you won't get smacked down for this sort of thing, you're wrong. It's the very same reason I'm ticked off at UNC. They demonstrated they're willing to give degrees to anyone who is good at sports.

Duke has nothing to fear from a lawsuit unless they tag someone who didn't actually cheat. If you turned in something that's byte-for-byte identical to something off the interwebz, you deserve, at a minimum, to fail the class.

about two weeks ago
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Washington Dancers Sue To Prevent Identity Disclosure

SecurityGuy Re:Jade (461 comments)

This is extra funny coming from a pope.

about two weeks ago
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Ford Develops a Way To Monitor Police Driving

SecurityGuy Re:Subpoena-able? (151 comments)

I recently read where cops might start wearing camera's on their uniforms.

Some places already do this. It's a good idea.

There is never a reason for video from a unformed cameras to not be made public available.

Oh, sure there is. Privacy. If I call the police to my house because it's been broken into, that doesn't mean I want the contents of my house to be on youtube. Even moreso for the victims of violent crimes. The police shouldn't be broadcasting people's worst moments for people's entertainment.

It's still a good idea, we just need to figure out how to record these people we give tremendous power over us without it turning into a public spectacle. Easier said than done.

about two weeks ago
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MPAA Bans Google Glass In Theaters

SecurityGuy Re:I dunno what's worse... (357 comments)

We need one of those here. I'd happily pay more for a ticket if they'd kick out idiots who come to movies to play with their phones.

about three weeks ago
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Elon Musk Warns Against Unleashing Artificial Intelligence "Demon"

SecurityGuy Re:Hasn't intelligence improved the world? (583 comments)

For who? Arguably yes, intelligence has improved our lot in life, but there are a heck of a lot of species that don't exist anymore, or will cease existing in the near term future because of our actions.

If we remove the artificial, and instead grab a slice of humanity and make it a lot smarter than the rest of us, do you think things will remain peachy for the rest of us? How are the other great apes doing these days?

about three weeks ago
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Tech Firm Fined For Paying Imported Workers $1.21 Per Hour

SecurityGuy Re:Really? (286 comments)

Mark Cuban? Is that you?

about a month ago
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Shooting At Canadian Parliament

SecurityGuy Re:As a Canadian this makes me sad (529 comments)

Well, yeah, blindly following anyone is stupid. That's true whether you're Canada, or the American electorate. We should both think more.

about a month ago
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Shooting At Canadian Parliament

SecurityGuy Re:Bullshit moderation (529 comments)

Agreed. I'm interested in this story, but I already read about it on sites that cover this kind of thing. I'd rather this not be here. Post something interesting that CNN/MSN/Everybodyelse isn't already covering better than you will.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Handling Patented IP In a Job Interview?

SecurityGuy Which patents, exactly? (224 comments)

Seriously, numbers.

I ask because a large number of patents are, well, junk and will be thrown out at the first legal challenge. If you have one of those, quit worrying about it. You don't actually have anything of value. I used to deal with a fair number of people who were working full time somewhere and trying the software-based startup route. Having a patent on something obvious was common. I didn't really expect any of them to survive a legal challenge.

about a month ago
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BitHammer, the BitTorrent Banhammer

SecurityGuy Re:Incredible (429 comments)

He's not yelling anything. He is bodily throwing out the people holding the buckets. That might well be a reasonable response if he was the restaurant owner, but he's not.

I wouldn't care if this guy ran this on HIS network. He has no business doing it on someone else's.

Also, crap article. This doesn't belong on slashdot.

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Who Should Pay Costs To Attend Conferences?

SecurityGuy It's a stay or go question (182 comments)

My theory has always been that training my employer pays for is to make me a better employee. Training I pay for is to get me a better job. Both you and your employer should ask what the training is really going to do for you. If it's going to get you a new job, yes, every penny should come out of your pocket. If it's for the employer's benefit (and you aren't leaving for a reasonable period), then every penny should come from theirs.

about 2 months ago
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Slashdot Asks: What's In Your Home Datacenter?

SecurityGuy Re:I can't be the only one (287 comments)

You're not the only one. I looked at this article and thought "You don't have a home datacenter. If you think you do, you don't know what a datacenter is."

about 2 months ago
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School Installs Biometric Fingerprint System For Cafeteria

SecurityGuy Re:What about hygiene? (231 comments)

This is stupid. If you're going to poke your finger to get a blood drop, disinfect the finger before you poke it, not every surface you're going to come in contact with.

about 2 months ago
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Laid Off From Job, Man Builds Tweeting Toilet

SecurityGuy There's no privacy issue (115 comments)

The guy made his very own toilet tweet. If you don't want to announce to the world when you're going to the bathroom (and therefore when you're home, etc), then don't make your toilet tweet.

about 2 months ago
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Text While Driving In Long Island and Have Your Phone Disabled

SecurityGuy Re:The Nanny State Strikes again! (364 comments)

I was stopped at a traffic light, waiting for a right-on-red opportunity. Lady behind me apparently thinks she's doing the same thing. Rather than waiting for me to go, she waits for the same right-on-red suitable opening in traffic, hits the gas, and runs right into me.

Luckily, I still had my nigh-indestructable car (it had been previously hit on 3 sides in an accident by a semi on a snowy road), and I couldn't find a scratch on it.

about 2 months ago
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Text While Driving In Long Island and Have Your Phone Disabled

SecurityGuy Re:The Nanny State Strikes again! (364 comments)

So, that's interesting. I pulled statistics for my state, and it bears out what you're saying. In 2010, there was about one reported accident per 478,873 miles. In 2000, 405,000. In 1990, 378,000. And way back in 1960, when I'm sure no one had a cell phone, one in every 313,000.

Is it possible that cell phone use is increasing accident rates but something else is lowering it? Sure, it's possible, but that's just guesswork. Somebody needs to dive deeper into the data to figure it out. Maybe people used to drink and drive more. My data source for alcohol involved crashes only goes back to the mid 2000s. Personally, I almost hit someone because I was messing around with my phone. I learned my lesson. I had some idiot 20something total my car with my kids in it because he was, by his own admission, fishing around on the floor for a CD. You're right, I don't care why you're distracted. Knock it off. Pay attention. My own experience tells me I'm a worse driver if I use my phone. I've heard of plenty of studies that report the same thing. It's also intuitive. If you're not actually looking at the road, it's hard to avoid hitting things.

about 2 months ago
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Text While Driving In Long Island and Have Your Phone Disabled

SecurityGuy Re:Has too many problems (364 comments)

It doesn't. That's why driving on a revoked license should land you in jail.

about 2 months ago
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Text While Driving In Long Island and Have Your Phone Disabled

SecurityGuy Re:The Nanny State Strikes again! (364 comments)

It's not a nanny state thing. Nanny state would be preventing you from harming yourself. The problem with texting and driving is you hitting other people. Just last week I had some moron on a 2 lane road drift fully into my lane. Luckily, leaning hard on my horn got him to pay attention again.

If you want to text and drive yourself into a tree, be my guest. It's only if you want to text and drive yourself into someone else that I have a problem with.

about 2 months ago
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Unpopular Programming Languages That Are Still Lucrative

SecurityGuy Re:Comparative advantage (387 comments)

You also see enough new things to realize the latest and greatest is sometimes simply the latest. Now and again you see someone re-engineer something that works, and make it into a god-awful monstrosity that may fit the way its creator wants to work very well, but doesn't solve the underlying problem any better than the original. Build toolchains, for example, have had tools come and go, and more times than I want to remember the new and improved versions have simply become one more thing I have to troubleshoot when it doesn't work.

I'm more than happy to learn something new, I just want some reason to believe it's better, not just new.

about 2 months ago
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How the Outdated TI-84 Plus Still Holds a Monopoly On Classrooms

SecurityGuy Re:In-class exams are the problem. (359 comments)

Humans are now distributed systems, there is no value in memorizing any fact when information is available 24/7 everywhere.

False. Speed. Everything I've been taught is in a book somewhere. You absolutely cannot take someone of equivalent intelligence, hand them a big stack of books, and expect them to perform anywhere near as well. You can't expect them to perform AT ALL. If you think this, you've never been in that situation. My workplace is filled with smart people with advanced degrees. It is laughable to think that the expert software developer can just switch seats with the expert CFD person. They're both intelligent, one just has a wealth of knowledge to draw on that isn't matched by a stack of books on advanced math and physics.

Basically, your method tests whether people are able to teach themselves physics on demand, not if they've actually learned physics.

about 3 months ago

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