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Comment: Re:Catching cheaters is missing the point (Score 1) 437

by Muggins the Mad (#34705000) Attached to: Cheaters Exposed Analyzing Statistical Anomalies

Stop spending money on anti-cheating technologies. Spend money on improving the methods of education.

One method of education is to get things to a point where the student realises
that actually learning the material is the best way to succeed.

With low risk of getting caught, many many students decide that cheating is
the best way to pass/get good grades/graduate for minimal effort. And it probably is
if you're not interested in learning and just want a good grade, to get a good job.

Raising the cost/risk of cheating and thus pushing more students to learn the
material is quite a valid education method.

- MugginsM

Comment: Re:Posting private info to a public website (Score 2, Interesting) 302

by Muggins the Mad (#32202660) Attached to: Facebook Calls All-Hands Meeting On Privacy

My opinion is that if you post personally identifiable information to a public website, and expect that information to be kept from all the world's eyeballs, you're being incredibly foolish.

The problem is you can't control what other people post.

I create an account with just my name and use it to keep in touch with my friends and family.

It doesn't take long before someone posts a photo from my birthday party and annotates my name. A quick grab of my friends list reveals some workmates, one of whom has a map of the office.

so without me doing anything but putting up my name and a list of friends, anyone can now work out where I live, work, when my birthday is, and what I look like.

I deleted my FB profile a while back and am glad I did.

- Muggins

Comment: If it has a web browser (Score 3, Insightful) 778

by Muggins the Mad (#17570388) Attached to: No Third-party Apps on iPhone Says Jobs

So how powerful is the inbuilt web browser?

If it can run java applets near full-screen then I don't see why you can't implement a whole
heap of stuff that way. Sure, no VoIP or offline games, but I can't see why you couldn't run
SSH clients or custom internet based apps that way.

Sure I'm not interested in a device costing that much that I can't write stuff that runs offline for (and in NZ
it'll cost $unfeasible to use our shitty mobile networks), but there looks like *some* ability there
to run custom apps.

- MugginsM

An inclined plane is a slope up. -- Willard Espy, "An Almanac of Words at Play"