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+ - Chinese nationals accused of taking SATs for others

Vadim Makarov writes: The US Department of Justice has charged 15 Chinese nationals with developing a scheme to have imposters take university entrance exams. Prosecutors said suspects used fake passports to trick administrators into allowing people other than legitimate test takers to sit the SAT, GRE and TOEFL exams. The defendants, both male and female, range in age from 19 to 26, and are currently living in several cities — including Blacksburg, Virginia, and Boston, Massachusetts — where major universities are located. For each count, they could face up to 20 years in prison and a fine of $250,000, plus additional 5 years for the conspiracy charges.

Comment: Re:And how, exactly, are they going to do that? (Score 1) 296 296

USA also checks if the product is still where it was declared to be at the time of sale. I'm at a university in Canada. Last year my university had a visit by two men from the US Embassy in Ottawa, visiting various labs to see if the products sold under export control agreements were still there. I mocked the men a little bit.

Comment: Re:Ikea Karlstad couches designed by idiots! (Score 1) 95 95

I dunno. I had a home stocked with IKEA, and now have a lab full of cabinets (several types, over 50 units in total). This has survived one said lab relocation between buildings, in a truck. No breakages. The only problem was with one (out of 100+) drawer cabinet's bottom that fell through when we loaded it with HEAVY metal parts, but I fully understand these cabinets were not designed to handle this load. I have fixed it in half an hour usung a bracket from another IKEA drawer, anyway.

I don't know what you folks do with furniture. In normal use, IKEA is durable enough and well-designed. It looks flimsy but in my experience is more durable than many other heavier-looking pieces of furniture.

In any case, if something breaks in normal use, email IKEA. They have a customer service that works. At the very least they can mail you broken parts.

Comment: Re:Had a similar problem many years ago (Score 1) 192 192

We had a single-photon detector whose electronics contained a little glass-encapsulated Zener diode. That diode was emitting a small quantity of infrared light. When an experiment used more than one detector, they were counting lots of photons from each other's electronics. We have since replaced this Zener diode with a black plastic-encapsulated version, and the problem went away.

Comment: Finally, the proper distribution model (Score 2) 148 148

Finally, there is an easy way to pay for a major release directly to the studio! I'm downloading the torrent. If I end up actually watching it past 1/3 of the movie length, I will go and pay the rental fee on seetheinterview.com, after watching.

Every movie should have a voluntary payment option like this, directly to the studio. I will use it every time I watch a copyrighted movie past its 1/3 length.

Thanks the North Korea!

Comment: Re:Camera killed it (Score 1) 154 154

P.S. It must fit over my prescription glasses, though. Over the right eye please. And it must have 2 hours full HD video time on full charge. And it must go on wi-fi... we don't have reliable mobile reception at the workplace. But I don't care if the device is wired, or wirable, to an external battery that I could keep in my pocket or on my belt, and pass the power cable under my shirt. That would actually be okay.

Comment: Re:Camera killed it (Score 1) 154 154

I would really love to try skype videoconferencing with that. We do lots of calls at work to remotely troubleshot some piece of hardware, discuss an experiment in progress, etc. It may be practical if the remote party sees what the wearer sees, while his hands are free to do things. I would have already bought GG for my lab if it were freely available for purchase. And, I don't really care about the price. One of my students applied for GG developer version last year, but did not get one.

Just have one application, skype (or google hangout) working on it with good HD video on wi-fi, and I am a customer.

By the way are there any usable alternatives available today?

+ - Man sentenced for webcam sex with a "teen" computer avatar->

An anonymous reader writes: A man in Australia is believed to be the first to have been convicted as the result of an undercover sting in which charity workers posed online as a 10-year-old Filipina, using a computer avatar to produce an image of the fictional girl.

Details of other 1000 men who contacted the fictional child were sent to police around the world.

For now, the avatar was animated and the chat conducted by an undercover human operative. How long will it be till we have fully automatic computer programs fishing for sex offenders online?

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