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Comment: What should have happened? (Score 1) 355 355

Agreed, the professor overreacted at the end. It's obvious he reacted out of frustration.

When a student cheats one of two things should happen. If the school has an honor code, then there needs to be an ethical hearing by the school to determine the punishment. I think it would be a good idea if the student were also automatically be dis-enrolled from that course. The professor should have the option to fail that student immediately for the entire course or, at minimum, the professor should be authorized (maybe required?) to give that student a zero for the assignment with no opportunity to make it up.

I wouldn't find it too far out to allow the professor to lower a grade for disrespect either but that's a weaker argument. Part of being a professional is figuring out how to play well with others, even difficult teachers.

Comment: Really? (Score 1) 208 208

Interesting. I noticed just the other day than, when I dimmed the dash light intensity on my rental that the speedometer disappeared. So it appears that lots of cars "violate federal law." So I looked up the standards (not laws) you cited and couldn't find the reference to "at all times."

So, I see two scenarios are possible:
A. It appears this is a chronic problem across the industry and none of the engineers, regulators, or lawyers has caught it until slashdot anonymous coward saved the world with his post.
B. This particular AC is a egotistical blowhard who wants to sound authoritative.

Let me think for a moment... which is the more likely scenario?

Comment: Re:Can't resell it... what?! I hope CM is okay... (Score 2) 274 274

Well... of course you can sell it if you want. It would not be against the law to do so. You did buy the hardware. It will, however, stop working for the new owner at some point in the future.

Let's be clear. "You're not allowed" does not mean men from black helicopters coming through your skylight denying you your resale rights.

Comment: Re:A confession (Score 1) 297 297

Part of the condition was her carrying the badge around anyway (no battery) and never talking about or objecting to the program.

A lie.

The letter from the district, posted on Infowars no less, showed no such condition for stopping the disenrollment. She merely had to wear the [chipless] id.

The family's story has since changed, upon further questioning by real journalists, to that they believe carrying the [chipless] id would be the same as condoning the program.

Comment: Re:Well no duh they lost (Score 1) 412 412

Bullshit. That is what the father may have claimed initially. His story, after subsequent interviews by actual journalists who cared to ask the right questions, changed to [paraphrased] "carrying the non-chipped ID would be equivalent to our endorsement of the RFID program." He lied to the initial reporter to get media traction and is backtracking.

The letter from the district, posted on Infowars, whack-a-doodle site itself, made it quite clear how she could stop disenrollment and outlined the specific steps required. Stop objecting and publicly support the program were nowhere to be found in those conditions.

A memorandum is written not to inform the reader, but to protect the writer. -- Dean Acheson