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Comment: Re:On The Other Hand (Score 1) 684

by melted keyboard (#31113928) Attached to: How Easy Is It To Cheat In CS?
Just to give some perspective on a harsh university response to cheating, the policy at my alma mater was as follows:
First offense in your academic career: -100% on the assignment you cheated on. (e.g. if an assignment was worth 5% of your final grade, in addition to not getting that 5%, you would lose an additional 5% making the maximum grade possible in that course a 90%).
Second offense in your academic career: expulsion.

Comment: Re:In my own apartment! (Score 1) 920

by melted keyboard (#30476528) Attached to: The best pizza I have ever had, I found ...

For crust, try some recipes online - generally 1-3 cups flour(buy in bulk), 1/4 teaspoon salt, tablespoon yeast (buy in bulk and freeze), and a tablespoon sugar - plus whatever spices you want to flavor the crust, I like oregano on my thin crusts.

One of my favorite alterations to the ingredients above is to use Honey to activate the yeast instead of sugar.


NYT's "Games To Avoid" an Ironic, Perfect Gamer Wish List 189

Posted by Soulskill
from the more-or-less dept.
MojoKid writes "From October to December, the advertising departments of a thousand companies exhort children to beg, cajole, and guilt-trip their parents for all manner of inappropriate digital entertainment. As supposedly informed gatekeepers, we sadly earthbound Santas are reduced to scouring the back pages of gaming review sites and magazines, trying to evaluate whether the tot at home is ready for Big Bird's Egg Hunt or Bayonetta. Luckily, The New York Times is here to help. In a recent article provokingly titled 'Ten Games to Cross off Your Child's Gift List,' the NYT names its list of big bads — the video games so foul, so gruesome, so perverse that we'd recommend you buy them immediately — for yourself. Alternatively, if you need gift ideas for the surly, pale teenager in your home whose body contains more plastic then your average d20, this is the newspaper clipping to stuff in your pocket. In other words, if you need a list like this to understand what games to not stuff little Johnny's stocking with this holiday season, you've got larger issues you should concern yourself with. We'd suggest picking up an auto-shotty and taking a few rounds against the horde — it's a wonderful stress relief and you're probably going to need it."

RIAA About to Transform? 217

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the and-i'll-form-the-head dept.
It has been reported for a while that the RIAA was suffering some cutbacks and dwindling support, but techdirt is reporting that the cuts may be even deeper than most originally suspected. Who knew suing potential customers would ruin your business? "I'm sure some will somehow 'blame piracy' for this turn of events, but it's hard to see how that's even remotely the issue. The real issue is that the RIAA has basically managed to run one of the dumbest, most self-defeating strategies over the last decade. Rather than helping major record labels adjust to the changing market, it continually, repeatedly and publicly destroyed its own reputation and the reputation of the labels — each time shrinking their potential market by blaming the very people they should have been working to turn into customers."

Countdown To NASA's Kepler Mission 27

Posted by Soulskill
from the strange-new-worlds dept.
Adam Korbitz writes "NASA's planet-hunting Kepler mission is set to launch late on the evening of March 6th. A few days ago, the space telescope arrived in Florida for final launch preparations. According to the NASA/JPL Planet Quest website: 'Kepler will hunt for planets using a specialized one-meter diameter telescope called a photometer to measure the small changes in brightness caused by the transits. Over a four-year period, Kepler will continuously view an amount of sky about equal to the size of a human hand held at arm's length or about equal in area to two "scoops" of the sky made with the Big Dipper constellation.' A map of the area Kepler will search is shown superimposed on a picture of the constellation Cygnus, The Swan. NASA has posted a countdown clock for Kepler, as well as animations of the spacecraft mission and the science objectives."

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from a rigged demo.