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Comment: Should use "Guerrilla Teaching" (Score 5, Interesting) 355

by Mahldcat (#49570481) Attached to: University Overrules Professor Who Failed Entire Management Class
He didn't approach this in the correct way--rather than announce what is going on, he should "adjust" his curriculum on the remaining tests, projects and labs. First make the students sign a (re)acknowledgement about the school's policy on cheating & plagiarism. Next adjust the projects/labs--make them "in class"---you can work with people (including seeking info from the instructor/teachers assistants), but no internet, only allowed to use the course material etc. (I had a teacher who did this--and was interesting approach as you actually learned more than straight lectures). This mitigates plagiarism. Next bring in half a dozen people for the exams to proctor it (if this is where the bulk of cheating was happening). If you are caught, then it's a dead to rights thing, and you are turned into the university. This mitigates cheating. Finally, from personal experience, in some cases if you get a "D" in a class, you have still technically "passed" but most of the time you have issues later on if you try to use it (most universities won't accept it if you transfer for instance). Change up the tests (and curve) enough that the class still passes, but with a VERY low mark--enough that the majority of the students have a "D"

Comment: Re:I like the open plan (Score 1) 314

by Mahldcat (#46046909) Attached to: Office Space: TV Documentary Looks At the Dreadful Open Office
They went over to this where I work (I call this the bullpen arrangement), and my biggest initial complaint was the managers were not in the bullpen with the rest of us. Thankfully at least some of the higher level execs had the wisdom to say "no that is not going to fly" and made them change it around...now the offices are "break out/mini conference rooms"....

Comment: Easier to spoof? (Score 1) 262

by Mahldcat (#44318713) Attached to: "Smart Plates" Could Betray California Drivers' Privacy
It strikes me...wouldn't enterprising people figure out ways to spoof/clone the signals sent out in some manner? What is scary is given the nature of how these systems get implemented + human nature...how soon before they also accuse somebody of something based entirely on the data collected by these "smart plates" versus actual eyeballs on target? Now the best thing in my book if this were to go through? Figure out how to spoof the plates, and target all of those folks who sponsored and approved the bill, make it look like they had a habit of visiting the most odious of places, and then leak that data to the press...

Comment: An appropriate punish...er consequence? (Score 1) 215

by Mahldcat (#43610889) Attached to: Alaskan Middle Schoolers Phish Their Teachers
Mentioned they haven't thought of how they will take action against the students? Article mentioned that the school had to collect the 300+ computers to be cleaned (and I'm guessing reimaged). I'd really love it if the school shows they were REALLY wise, and made the response action back an apology to both the teachers they phished along with the IT crew who are now goign to have to scan/clean the rigs. Further, make these kiddos come in on the weekend/after school to help on that scan/clean effort (BUT with a choice---N hours working with the IT dept to clean up the mess, or N*4 hours in standard "sit on your backside and do nothing detention). This way they see there is a tangible impact ("cripes...now I have to spend this time cleaning this mess up, when I'd rather be doing something else on a weekend/after school"), but at the same time in a way that they may actually learn something (working with IT), and in some cases perhaps spin their activities towards something more positive?

Comment: Re:Did this already, was asked to stop. (Score 1) 505

LOL...somewhat reminds me of what a friend mentioned her son did...he went on a field trip that had about a 3-4 hour bus trip. She gave him $20 for his meals. When he returned from the trip, he gave her the $20 back, and said that he turned on the tethering option on his phone and charged his fellow students $5 to access his wifi node.

Comment: Navy uses this as well... (Score 1) 67

by Mahldcat (#42625779) Attached to: Tiny Pill Relays Body Temperature of Firefighters In Real-time
Was watching Surviving the Cut, season 2 episode 1, and they mentioned that during some of the more arduous swims in open water, they have the service members swallow this pill that transmits core body temp, heart rate etc so that the medics can monitor them while they complete their mission.

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