Then perhaps the rude thing is to stare at other people's houses via street view?
I'm sorry, I don't buy the cultural argument here. If it's in view from the street it is in public view, no amount of cultural values alters that fact. If an entire culture has an issue with too little privacy in their front yards they need to ban things like street view altogether, or start building some fences.
What does this lady expect anyway? That google is going to pay people to look for every little possible thing that could offend a japanese OCD shutin? They already took down the photo when she complained about it, asking more than that from an internet company is asking too much.
Granted there are a couple clever ways to out cheaters on multiple choice exams too. I once had a class where the professor subtly altered about 1 in 3 questions so that students who cheated by glancing at each other's scantron sheets would miss these questions disproportionately by copying the wrong bubble from their neighbor, and used this as evidence for cheating. I only found out about this because the TA was one of my friends.
1) Use gps to determine average speed over the 30 seconds on either side of a text message being sent.
2) Record the speed, time, and location in a database for a week or two.
3) Require that cars record the time of airbag deployment.
4) Anyone who is in the driver's seat of a car during a reported accident has the database checked against the time of the accident as reported by car's airbags.
5) Anyone who sent a text while moving 20 mph or faster within 5 minutes of being in a car accident is publicly hanged in the city square for everyone to see.
I highly recommend the TI-30X series of calculators. The layout is second nature to anyone who has used the TI-83/84/89/90 series and intuitive for anyone else. It maintains the 2-line screen, where you can see the data you've entered on the same screen as the calculation and scroll through past entries. It does roots, trig functions, and logarithms without graphing or solving equations symbolically (like the 89). It has a very primitive memory, with A, B, C, D, and E that can be set to numerical values. This is handy for running the same formula at several values but could not be used to store notes anywhere (though perhaps a multiple choice letter string could get out in one; if you're doing multiple choice you should be doing several exam keys already to reduce over-the shoulder copying). You can also wipe their memory between tests easily by going 2nd >> Reset >> Yes(enter).
They're $12 at walmart (( http://www.walmart.com/ip/Texas-Instruments-TI-30X-IIS-Calculator-Morpho-Blue/14918006 )), and easily cheap enough to stick on your students' reading lists, or require any primitive no-memory calculator and carry backup enough calculators for 15% of the class. I had a professor that would rent calculators to students for $1/test. Seemed like kind of a dick move even though it isn't really, but I understand he makes $10-20 per test period off it, and could put that toward recouping his investment.
As far as digital translators, etc, I have to think you should not allow in devices that can store text or reach outside networks. I have some sympathy for second language students, but networked devices in testing areas is going too far. Particularly since you couldn't be expected to tell a realtime email/text correspondence in Korean from a set of harmless definitions. If you can come up with a reasonable middle ground, by all means do it, but do not allow networkable devices into classrooms.
On a side note, I do applaud the open book testing format. It's more applicable to the non-academic world, and it forces testing on processes rather than information regurgitation.
My grandparents had an alarm clock with rotating number wheels. The display read the time like a digital clock and it plugged into a wall for power. This seems about perfect, since it had no light pollution and isn't prone to lack of batteries or winding, and also does not force me to decode analog when I am partially awake. I've been looking for a clock like this for ages, but never seen one for sale online or in a store.
Does anyone know where I can get a clock like this, or what the name for this type of display is?
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