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Devs Grapple With 100+ Versions of Android

ThinkingInBinary Re:Android Dev (386 comments)

How much work was it to work around the actual differences? Everyone loves to throw around the number of different platform variants, but how bad were the actual problems you found? (I realize that the great number of platform variants makes testing take longer, even if you don't find any bugs in that variant.)

more than 3 years ago
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Wikipedia To Unlock Frequently Vandalized Pages

ThinkingInBinary Re:Hypocrisy (244 comments)

For some topics, it's difficult to find an impartial-but-competent editor. Take politics: if the editor understands the topic, they will very likely have a personal position on it. If they don't understand it, they probably won't be able to figure out what's worth including, and how much coverage to give different points of view. (Articles that simply list every possible point of view -- like "Some people believe this; other people believe that..." -- are rather useless.) At some point, someone needs to make a judgement over which points of view are fringe and which are mainstream, if only to convey that to their readers, and that is a judgement that someone will always contest.

more than 3 years ago
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Porn Ban Being Considered In South Africa

ThinkingInBinary Re:The brakes model (240 comments)

The controversial .xxx domain, if it ever gets approved, would allow people and countries that do not want to see porn to have a way to ensure that they will never see it unless they intentionally go to those sites.

A "country" cannot decide for its people that it "doesn't want to see porn". I can assure you, at least some people (of legal age) in that country probably want to see it, and it's not (morally) up to the country to make that decision.

more than 3 years ago
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Mozilla Foundation Begins Redraft Process For MPL

ThinkingInBinary Re:Wouldn't it be better... (65 comments)

The whole point of the GPL is that it grants a certain set of rights to anyone who gets the software, and requires them to pass those rights on to anyone they redistribute it to. Making it modular would make it easier for people to remove rights from the GPL that they don't like (say, the anti-Tivoization provision in GPL3). The FSF would never agree to it. (You might be able to just reuse their license text, depending on how it's licensed, though :)

more than 4 years ago
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Things To Look For In a Web Hosting Company?

ThinkingInBinary Re:NearlyFreeSpeech.net (456 comments)

I'd like to second this. I'm only using them for my personal sites, but their service runs fairly well, and their pay-for-usage model is neat. Their web interface for members is also elegant -- simple, not bogged down with graphics, works great in text browsers or from a phone.

more than 4 years ago
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Fingerprint Requirement For a Work-Study Job?

ThinkingInBinary Re:No contradiction. (578 comments)

Most scanners of this type do not even record enough detail to qualify as evidence. Those that do must have their data shared with law enforcement,

Do they have to just volunteer all the data automatically, or only if law enforcement asks? (If the former, [citation needed].)

more than 4 years ago
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Fingerprint Requirement For a Work-Study Job?

ThinkingInBinary Re:What else should I do? (578 comments)

Forget it too many times and they started to take disciplinary action.

...put it in your wallet, or on a keyring (if you can hole punch it)?

more than 4 years ago
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Rogue PDFs Behind 80% of Exploits In Q4 '09

ThinkingInBinary Re:JavaScript just needs to go, wherever it is use (189 comments)

they should have used one that's sensible and not as easily exploitable.

Why is JavaScript so easily exploitable? It's probably the APIs available to the JavaScript, and not the language (or interpreter) itself that's exploitable.

more than 3 years ago
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How Easy Is It To Cheat In CS?

ThinkingInBinary Re:Very easy, and very easy to get caught (684 comments)

...just to clarify, our course policy said that student work was supposed to be done individually. If students need help, they are supposed to come to office hours or email the staff, not ask a friend.)

more than 4 years ago
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How Easy Is It To Cheat In CS?

ThinkingInBinary Re:Very easy, and very easy to get caught (684 comments)

True story 1: TA'ing at an institution with a mandatory-failure policy, I noticed two students copying each others' assignments. Thing was, they were mid-career professionals married to one another. What to do?

Absolutely fail them. Why does their marriage have anything to do with academic honesty?

True story 2: ...

I'm not sure what I'd do about this, although it sounds like the eventual outcome (new assignments) was good.

more than 4 years ago
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How Easy Is It To Cheat In CS?

ThinkingInBinary Re:Very easy, and very easy to get caught (684 comments)

We do encourage our students to work together on some projects, but we also need individual assignments to test students' understanding. When they're just learning how to program, we can't risk that one partner in a group won't really get it -- we need to make sure they all know how to do the assignments individually.

more than 4 years ago
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How Easy Is It To Cheat In CS?

ThinkingInBinary Re:Very easy, and very easy to get caught (684 comments)

Teamwork only works if all the team members can contribute. These labs are where they individually learn the skills they need. If we let them work together, some of them won't end up actually learning the material because their partner helped them through it, and then they'll pass the class when they don't know the material.

more than 4 years ago
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How Easy Is It To Cheat In CS?

ThinkingInBinary Re:Very easy, and very easy to get caught (684 comments)

This is only beneficial if both partners in the pair know what they're doing. In a classroom environment, it's quite possible that one of them will know entirely how to do the lab, and simply walk the other through it.

more than 4 years ago
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How Easy Is It To Cheat In CS?

ThinkingInBinary Very easy, and very easy to get caught (684 comments)

I've been TAing every semester since I got to college, and every semester we tell people that we run their submissions through MOSS (the canonical code plagiarism detector, hosted at [and perhaps developed at?] Stanford). We exhort that it's really not worth their trouble to try to get their code past it, and that they really ought to just contact the course staff if they're in a bind, as there's really nothing worse for them than getting caught cheating. And every semester, we find several pairs of students who have copied each others' code. Sometimes it's a literal, word-for-word copy (comments too) with the name changed (or occasionally without!); sometimes it's the same structure with different comments, suggesting they just sat side by side and wrote the lab together.

I'd really like to see the penalty for cheating to be an immediate failure in the course, if not expulsion. The idea that honest students spend hours working on an assignment, and then someone who didn't plan their time well, or doesn't get things as well, or is too lazy to ask for help thinks they can just not do the work and get the same grade is offensive, and cheaters should be punished accordingly.

more than 4 years ago
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How Easy Is It To Cheat In CS?

ThinkingInBinary Re:Cheating is laziness... (684 comments)

Cheating is very easy to avoid but it does require educators to be willing to create assignments that they themselves didn't download or buy from a teaching website.

I would also like to add, that cheating is far worse in the US since the teachers grade the students instead of third party independent testing organisations who are contracted to create unique material for each test.

...huh?! If we're talking about university classes, the idea that anything other than perhaps the intro courses would use materials provided by some company (say, the textbook publisher) is absurd. Also, what kind of a professor would outsource their tests to an independent organization? How can they possibly know the course material well enough, and adjust for what's been covered during the semester, and such?

more than 4 years ago
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Facebook Master Password Was "Chuck Norris"

ThinkingInBinary Re:There's funny... (319 comments)

It's pretty normal for support personnel to have access to production systems in order to provide support.

Yes, but this is a childishly simple and unaccountable way to provide said access. Their current system (described in the article) where you hit "Switch login", you have to justify your action, and it is logged, is much better, although I hope it is restricted only to employees who have an active need to switch to other users' profiles, and approved beforehand for anyone else who needs to use it.

more than 4 years ago
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Could Fake Phishing Emails Help Fight Spam?

ThinkingInBinary Re:Forbidden in Austria (296 comments)

The employer could have been able to discriminate people for falling for the scam and thus it is illegal for my company to do such a thing.

I don't understand... are idiots protected from "discrimination" in Austria? Or is it that they entered "personal information" (their login) on the fake site and you're misusing it?

more than 5 years ago
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Best IT Solution For a Brand-New School?

ThinkingInBinary Re:Portable == stolen (411 comments)

Link, please? I know a professor who's setting up a laptop "computer lab", and would be interested in this. (He'd build or buy a regular cabinet, but is worried about ventilation, since power supplies and laptops can get hot.)

more than 5 years ago

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Facebook blocks users from mentioning BugMeNot.com

ThinkingInBinary ThinkingInBinary writes  |  more than 5 years ago

ThinkingInBinary writes "The other day, I was trying to mention bugmenot.com in my Facebook status, and I discovered to my horror that Facebook blocks the phrase "bugmenot.com" as "abusive" in status updates, messages, and presumably any other communications on the site. Facebook isn't even listed on BugMeNot, as they requested that logins for Facebook be blocked. This is pretty ridiculous, as I can't even send my friends a message mentioning bugmenot.com!"
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Carnegie Mellon wins Urban Challenge

ThinkingInBinary ThinkingInBinary writes  |  more than 6 years ago

ThinkingInBinary writes "The results from the Urban Challenge are in! Carnegie Mellon's Tartan Racing team came in first (earning a $2 million prize), followed by Stanford's Stanford Racing team in second (earning $1 mil) and Virginia Tech's Victor Tango in third (earning $500k). Cornell's Team Cornell, University of Pennsylvania and Lehigh University's Ben Franklin Racing Team, and MIT, also finished the race in that order."
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