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Comment: Re:Common sense says... (Score 1) 417

by ChrisK87 (#34633220) Attached to: Woman Sues Google Over Street View Shots of Her Underwear

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.

Comment: Re:False positive (Score 1) 693

by ChrisK87 (#34277498) Attached to: 200 Students Admit Cheating After Professor's Online Rant
This was a midterm for a class of 600 that used a test bank. I imagine It was multiple choice.

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.

Comment: Way to stay relevent, UN (Score 1) 377

by ChrisK87 (#33941832) Attached to: UN May Ban Blotting Out the Sun
By all means, ban it now before we even have the ability to model solar shades accurately, and have no idea whether materials technology will make them economically viable in time to do anything. We need to preempt actual science from weighing in on our decision making. Sometimes the UN goes and does something that makes me wonder why we don't just use a paperclip to jam the "veto" button down and withdraw our diplomats.

Comment: Texting while driving detection idea: (Score 1) 709

by ChrisK87 (#33742464) Attached to: Could Anti-Texting Laws Make Roads More Dangerous?

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.

Any thoughts?

Comment: Re:for those of you who charge hypocrisy (Score 2, Interesting) 372

by ChrisK87 (#33616766) Attached to: US Couple Arrested For Transmitting Nuclear Secrets In Sting Operation
The theory behind making a working fission bomb was considered straightforward back in the late 30's. It's no accident we had a working nuke a decade after learning the structure of the atom and the nature of radiation. The only reason we beat Britain, France, Germany, and the USSR to the first nuclear weapon is because everyone else was putting their entire economy into winning WWII. More important than the design of a nuke, as Chill mentions, is the manufacturing process (and hiding it from the IAEA). Also, effective delivery devices are fairly well controlled. There's a big difference between a medium range ballistic missile MIRVs/SLBMs. I've read that it is uncertain whether Pakistan has small enough nukes and delivery systems to have significant second strike capability, which has some serious implications for stability in the region.

Comment: Re:Cheap calculators (Score 1) 870

by ChrisK87 (#33569184) Attached to: Preventing Networked Gizmo Use During Exams?

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 (( )), 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.

Comment: Mechanical clock with digital readout (Score 1) 480

by ChrisK87 (#33444050) Attached to: I can see X LEDs as I fall asleep. X = __
As long as we're on the topic, I have a stupid request from the community:

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?


Comment: Re:LED elements of my clock alone... (Score 1) 480

by ChrisK87 (#33443948) Attached to: I can see X LEDs as I fall asleep. X = __
Speaking as someone with a newly-disassembled alarm clock on my desk, I can confirm that the clocks with glowing numbers on a black background are indeed LEDs not some crazy color LCD screen. The watch-like ones with black numerals on a grey/green/clear/backlit background are definitely LCDs though, and both use the same numeral style. I can see how the descriptions above are ambiguous, but we're definitely talking about LEDs.

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