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Comment: Re:Umm (Score 1) 483

by ImNotAtWork (#33706832) Attached to: Why Warriors, Not Geeks, Run US Cyber Command Posts
Here is the difference I've found, a geek likes to sit and contemplate all the variables and think about the consequences. I've met very few geeks that make snap decisions unless they have been in a field for a long time and know it backwards and forwards... even then the snap decision will be on a basic item not a complex one.

On the other hand a soldier is use to making snap decisions carrying forward and locking stuff down and analyzing it later with an After Action Report so if it was the wrong decision why, if it was a good decision what can be done better or more efficiently.

Comment: Re:Progress (Score 3, Insightful) 468

by ImNotAtWork (#33634104) Attached to: Texting On the Rise In the US

1. You can read faster than a good portion of people can speak.

2. No one gets to know what you are conversing over. (teens especially love this)

3. No one has to hear about what you are discussing. (I'm talking to you Mr. really loud cell phone talker guy)

4. If you have a crappy memory it is there for retrieval instead of trying to recall what was discussed.

I hate texting but I ask my significant other to text me the grocery list so other people at work/bus/train don't have to hear/know that I need to pick up some rich chocolaty ovaltine.

Comment: Re:Weve seen that argument before (Score 1) 1066

by ImNotAtWork (#33609056) Attached to: HDCP Master Key Is Legitimate; Blu-ray Is Cracked
Really? at University in the United States, Desktops - both Macs and PCs have regions set. This means the international students can't watch the movies they brought with them from home. It also means that a DVD loaned to a student from a visiting professor on Irish literature from across the pond to a student can't be played.

It also means the President's failure of a gift to Gordon Brown, a DVD can't even play on Euro DVDs for an extra dash of failure.

Comment: Re:threat (Score 2, Interesting) 114

by ImNotAtWork (#33597908) Attached to: Public Clearinghouse Proposed For Evoting Failures
No it doesn't Electronic Voting with out a paper trail does. In my district we have electronic voting machines that spit out a paper ballet you then verify your vote and then walk over to the ballot box and place your paper trail ballet box. If it fails you contact one of the people that assist and start the process of finding out what is wrong.

Comment: Re:Open Notes & Well-Designed Exams (Score 1) 870

by ImNotAtWork (#33570636) Attached to: Preventing Networked Gizmo Use During Exams?
One problem - How many Korean to English paper dictionaries have physics terms in them.

The best bet would be to get his test translated in Korean by a upper level class man/woman or graduate student. There should be an international student affairs liaison on campus that can get this done. Utilize your on campus resources (usually you tell your students this but staff/faculty need to be told of this as well apparently).

note: Answers to the test by the target student need to be in western Arabic/European numerals /scientific notation and readable by an English speaking/reading grader.

... though his invention worked superbly -- his theory was a crock of sewage from beginning to end. -- Vernor Vinge, "The Peace War"