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200 Students Admit Cheating After Professor's Online Rant 693

Over 200 University of Central Florida students admitted to cheating on a midterm exam after their professor figured out at least a third of his class had cheated. In a lecture posted on YouTube, Professor Richard Quinn told the students that he had done a statistical analysis of the grades and was using other methods to identify the cheats, but instead of turning the list over to the university authorities he offered the following deal: "I don't want to have to explain to your parents why you didn't graduate, so I went to the Dean and I made a deal. The deal is you can either wait it out and hope that we don't identify you, or you can identify yourself to your lab instructor and you can complete the rest of the course and the grade you get in the course is the grade you earned in the course."

Comment Re:If past performance is a current indicator... (Score 1) 183

Time travel? Where on earth did you get that idea? Care to source that?

Death beams? He was just looking at an efficient weapon because he was under the idea (or delusion), like those physicists in the Manahattan Project, that a powerful weapon would end all war. His notion was that this could be done by harnessing electricity. Is this what you mean by a death beam?

Comment Re:Forum posting by Semantec employee re PIFTS (Score 1) 685

You know you're reading BS when he doesn't even address the issue of why the legitimate posts inquiring about PIFTS.exe were deleted from the forums. Apparently, all deleted posts were spam, according to the response.

But hey, if I don't believe Symantec, then I must be a so-called "conspiracy theorist", cos' everyone knows there are no such thing as conspiracies. Unless, of course, they're government approved.

IT Asset Tracking and Helpdesk Software? 82

MJanofsky asks: "I am the IT guy for a new, smallish non-profit organization. I won't always be able to be in my office to access information about our a users machine or to get the word that there is an issue somewhere. What I am looking for is something similar to the likes of Numara Track-It!, but it is very cost-prohibitive despite having all of the features needed. What it needs to include is integration of the HelpDesk and Asset Tracking parts (i.e. a user submits a ticket with equipment associated to it via a web interface and when I view it, I get the option to view the profile of the equipment), it has to be able to use bar-codes, be web-based, and ideally under $300. It would also be nice to have auditing via the network, and remote-control features but those are in the 'if it has it, great' category. Do Slashdot readers have any suggestions in their endless wisdom?"

"Necessity is the mother of invention" is a silly proverb. "Necessity is the mother of futile dodges" is much nearer the truth. -- Alfred North Whitehead