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Comment: Designing Interfaces (Score 1) 173

by martinve (#37631738) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Good, Relevant Usability Book?
Designing Interfaces by Jennifer Tidwell http://www.amazon.com/Designing-Interfaces-Patterns-Effective-Interaction/dp/0596008031 Actually you could be better of if you hired UX expert who makes the decisions regarding usability - the developers may not be the best people making usability related decisions.

Comment: On cheating and plagiarizing (Score 1) 684

by martinve (#31117446) Attached to: How Easy Is It To Cheat In CS?

At Tallinn Technical University where I do my postgraduate in CS, the policy on cheating and plagiarizing is quite strict. The minimal punishment is zero for grade and the student has to take the course again next year. The maximum punishment is expulsion from university.

A good rule on plagiarizing was written down by one of my professors. Quote: "Using diagrams, source code or text in unchanged or changed but recognizably similar format without citing to the original source is plagiarism. Presenting plagiarized work means automatically grade zero". When citing the sources, it must me clearly stated, what part originates from original source and what is the contribution of the presenter. External but quoted are considered not done" or partially done", depending on author's own contribution." Sorry for bad translation, it sounds almost as bad in its original language (Estonian).

In my opinion, when you cheat at university, the place is definitely not for you.


Microsoft Facing Class-Action Suit Over Xbox Live Points 107

Posted by Soulskill
from the demo-suit-is-free dept.
An anonymous reader tips news that a lawyer in Pennsylvania has filed a class-action lawsuit against Microsoft, alleging that the company's handling of Xbox Live transactions is, in some cases, fraudulent. "Samuel Lassoff, of Horsham, PA, said an invoice he received earlier this month from Microsoft included charges for purchases he couldn't complete due to a balky download system — and he claimed it wasn't an accident. Microsoft 'engaged in a scheme to unjustly enrich itself through their fraudulent handling' of his account, Lassoff charged in papers filed earlier this week in US District Court for Eastern Pennsylvania. ... 'Microsoft breached that contract by collecting revenues for digital goods and services which were not provided,' Lassoff said in his lawsuit."

The reason that every major university maintains a department of mathematics is that it's cheaper than institutionalizing all those people.