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Comment: Re: It's still reacting carbon and oxygen... (Score 3, Insightful) 142

by JWW (#48432587) Attached to: Coal Plants Get New Lease On Life With Natural Gas

You say that and you are correct, but when the best solution we have right now, nuclear, is mentioned the greenies freak the hell out and star screaming and running around in circles. Until we actually embrace what is possible to do and stop wishing on new technology to catch up, we'll be stuck here for a while.

Comment: Re: Stupid, trucks cause the problem (Score 2, Interesting) 554

by JWW (#48391619) Attached to: The Downside to Low Gas Prices

Yeah, but the trains are all to busy hauling oil because Obama won't let the pipeline be built. There's no extra capacity on trains right now.

Oh and for all the greenies worrying about the pipeline causing environmental damage, the pipeline is orders of magnitude safer for the environment than train cars. It's not a matter of if but when there will a catastrophic fire from hauling all that oil by rail.

Comment: Re:type of assignment (Score 1) 320

by JWW (#48370369) Attached to: Duke: No Mercy For CS 201 Cheaters Who Don't Turn Selves In By Wednesday

The thing that gets me most is.

Don't these students have any idea how diff works??

If you modify variable names, the diff will gladly show me, line by line, how amazingly similar two programs are. The first step to being caught is using the copy command on the computer and then modifying the program. Unless you really, really mash up the structure of the program diff is going to be enough to bust you on small changes (even to every line in the program).

You are better off, if you are going to copy a classmates program, to print it out and then manually type it back in.

This way you can move functions around, modify indents and formatting, change the order of statements where the order isn't terribly important. If you do that, diff won't bust you.

And the real secret is: I have 29 programs to grade for each assignment, I will only ever really catch cheaters if their programs have identical operations when run (or the same bugs, having identical bugs is a big flashing red light) and when I run them through diff it show me you took no effort AT ALL to obfuscate your copying. If you do this you deserve to be caught and punished because you didn't do the assignment, you just edited some text.

Note that, yes, I am saying that if you at least read the code with enough understanding to type it back in, you'll still get credit for the assignment. But if you are an extremely lazy cheat, you get caught.

Comment: Re: Be the Change You Wish to See in the World (Score 1) 438

by JWW (#48356983) Attached to: The Students Who Feel They Have the Right To Cheat

Nice sentiment. But when diff shows me that 4 students all have exactly the same program with only a few variable names changed, how the hell do I know if three of them even know how to write code at all? Well, I don't know what they each know if they cheat. I'm not letting them through if they can't freaking code. There are too damn many people out there with degrees who have no idea whatsoever how to do what their degree says they should be able to do.

Comment: Hypocrites (Score 4, Informative) 224

by JWW (#48344787) Attached to: Mayday PAC Goes 2 For 8

I think the biggest thing Mayday PAC did wrong is that they were, in the end, massive hypocrites.

Their "competition" for the best video about the effect of big money was such an enormous debacle and a clear showing that their true goal was not to get money out of politics, but to get Conservative (and even libertarian) money out of politics. Their embracing and providing cover for Tom Steyer, who openly talked about influencing elections with large amounts of his money, makes Mayday PAC a bunch of liars.

If Mayday were true to its stated vision, they would have condemned Steyer's actions. That they did not condemn him like they constantly did the Koch brothers proves that they don't really want what they say they want.

On top of this, their support for a constitutional amendment that would allow congress to restrict speech, makes them a contemptable organization.

I really respect Lessig's views on copyrights and patents. His efforts with his Mayday PAC have made me lose great amounts of respect for him.

Those who do not understand Unix are condemned to reinvent it, poorly. - Henry Spencer, University of Toronto Unix hack