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200 Students Admit Cheating After Professor's Online Rant Screenshot-sm 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."

Lizard Previously Unknown To Science Found On Vietnam Menu 133

eldavojohn writes "A lizard long served on the menu in the Mekong Delta has recently caught the attention of scientists when it was noted that all animals in the species appeared identical as well as female. The species appears to be a hybrid of two other species (like a mule or liger). But the curious thing is that this hybrid isn't sterile — it reproduces asexually. The species, known for some time in Vietnam, has now officially been named Leiolepis ngovantrii."

Submission + - Voting machines selecting default candidates (

overThruster writes: Some voters in Las Vegas have noticed Democrat, Harry Reid's name is checked by default on their electronic voting machines. By way of explanation???, the Clark County Registrar says that when voters choose English instead of Spanish, Reid's Republican opponent, Sharron Reid's name is checked by default. Since when should a voting machine check *any* candidates name by default?

Inventor Creates Flotation Device Bazooka Screenshot-sm 144

Australian inventor Sam Adeloju has won the £20,000 ($32,000) James Dyson Award for inventing the coolest piece of life-saving equipment ever. The Longreach is a modified bazooka which can fire an expanding flotation device up to 150m to a person in distress. From the article: "Mr Adeloju told that the Longreach was inspired by a grenade-launch training session with the Army Reserves. Weighing just 3.5kg, it shoots the rescue device 150m in a manner similar to the way the army uses a grenade launcher to deliver flares and aerial observation devices. Hitting the water activates an expanding foam unit in the Longreach rescue unit, which also incorporates LED illumination and a vortex air whistle."
GNU is Not Unix

Free Software Foundation Turns 25 183

An anonymous reader writes "On this day, 25 years ago, Richard Stallman created the Free Software Foundation. He had been the director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Artificial Intelligence Lab. Tired of seeing software that he and others had written appropriated (without acknowledgment or compensation) by disreputable software companies and then told to pay for software they had written, Stallman took action, creating the foundation. The original license was written by Stallman. Stallman had subsequently written a large number of GNU tools, but the license was his most important contribution."

Govt To Bomb Guam With Frozen Mice To Kill Snakes Screenshot-sm 229

rhettb writes "In a spectacularly creative effort to rid Guam of the brown tree snake, an invasive species which has ravaged local wildlife and angered local residents, the US Department of Agriculture is planning to 'bomb' the island's rainforests with dead frozen mice laced with acetaminophen. While it might not seem difficult to purge an island of snakes, the snake's habit of dwelling high in the rainforest canopy has so far thwarted efforts to rid the island of the pest. Eradicating the snake is a priority because it triggers more than 100 power outages a year at a cost of $1-4 million and has driven at least 6 local bird species to extinction."

Terry Pratchett's Self-Made Meteorite Sword Screenshot-sm 188

jamie writes "Fantasy author Sir Terry Pratchett says he was so excited after being knighted by the Queen that he decided to make his own sword to equip himself for his new status... the author dug up 81kg of ore and smelted it in the grounds of his house, using a makeshift kiln built from clay and hay and fueled with damp sheep manure."

Man Wants to Donate His Heart Before He Dies Screenshot-sm 456

Gary Phebus wants to donate his heart, lungs, and liver. The problem is he wants to donate them before he dies. Gary was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, better known as Lou Gehrig's disease, in 2008. Phebus says he'd like to be able to donate his organs before they deteriorate, and doesn't consider his request suicide because he's "dead anyway."

Submission + - Paperless Tickets Flourish Despite Grandma Problem 1

Hugh Pickens writes: "Is a concert ticket a piece of property that its holder has the right to buy and sell as he sees fit, or is it merely a seat-rental contract subject to restrictions determined by its issuer? The Washington Post reports that in an effort to thwart scalpers and dampen ticket reselling on the so-called secondary market, musicians as diverse as Bruce Springsteen, Miley Cyrus, and Metallica have adopted "paperless ticketing" for some or all of the seats at their live shows as ticket issuers Ticketmaster and Veritix tout paperless tickets as a way to eliminate worries about lost, stolen or counterfeit tickets, and to banish long will-call lines. But paperless tickets aren't really tickets at all but essentially personal seat reservations, secured electronically like airline tickets where fans buy tickets with a credit card and must then go to the venue with the same credit card and a photo ID to gain admittance. The problem is that Ticketmaster's paperless tickets can't be transferred from a buyer to a second party and the inability to pass along a seat creates what's become known in the industry as the "grandma" problem because it's almost impossible for a grandma living at one end of the country to buy a paperless ticket as gift for a grandchild living at the other end. Without the ability to transfer virtual tickets, brokers and dealers fear being run out of business and consumers have a harder time selling unwanted tickets. "People should be free to give away or sell their tickets to whomever they want, whenever they want," says Gary Adler, a Washington attorney who represents the National Association of Ticket Brokers, a resellers' group that includes StubHub. "An open market is really best for consumers.""

Submission + - HSBC Bank Sends Activated Debit Cards Through Mail (

Knowzy writes: At least two divisions at HSBC Bank apparently failed card issuing 101 and are mailing out debit cards pre-activated. As debit cards, fraudulent transactions come directly out of a victim's checking account. A similar report from 2004 suggests this issue is longstanding and widespread. When confronted with the evidence, HSBC would not commit to fixing this issue, preferring instead to offer vague statements like, "Through our systems and analytics, we focus on the greatest and most active threats in an effort to avoid negatively impacting customer experience."

Knuth Plans 'Earthshaking Announcement' Wednesday 701

I Don't Believe in Imaginary Property writes "Donald Knuth is planning to make an 'earthshaking announcement' on Wednesday, at TeX's 32nd Anniversary Celebration, on the final day of the TUG 2010 Conference. Unfortunately, nobody seems to know what it is. So far speculation ranges from proving P!=NP, to a new volume of The Art of Computer Programming, to his retirement. Maybe Duke Nukem Forever has been ported to MMIX?" Let the speculation begin.

Submission + - Mozilla Releases Firefox 4.0 Beta 1 (

An anonymous reader writes: Mozilla has quietly posted the first Beta build of its Firefox 4 browser early this morning. The “chromified” browser leaves a solid first impression with a few minor hiccups, but no surprises. If you have been using a previous version of Firefox 3.7, which now officially becomes Firefox 4.0, you should feel already comfortable with this new version. Mozilla has not posted detailed release notes yet, but there seem to be no major changes from Firefox 3.7a6-pre, with the exception that the browser is running more smoothly and with fewer crashes.

Submission + - Michigan Wins 2010 American Solar Challenge (

An anonymous reader writes: The University of Michigan Solar Car Team just won the American Solar Challenge for the third consecutive time, making this the sixth time the team has come out ahead in the 1,100 mile race. This year’s winning vehicle, dubbed the Infinium, averaged 40 mph during the race, but reached 100 mph in testing, making it the fastest University of Michigan solar vehicle ever. The Infinium’s final time in the race was 28 hours, 14 minutes and 44 seconds–impressive considering that rain shorted out one of the car’s lighting boards during the race.

Submission + - Why Google, Bing, Yahoo should fear ACTA (

littlekorea writes: A top US intellectual property law expert has warned that Silicon Valley's search engines, hosting companies and e-commerce giants have much to fear from the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), negotiations for which continued in Switzerland today. The fear for search engines in particular is the erosion of 'fair use' protections and introduction of statutory damages, both of which could lead to more copyright claims from rights holders.

Submission + - Why Amazon drops their Kindle price ? ( 1

An anonymous reader writes: Amazon has dropped Kindle price to 189 USD from 250 USD regular price, Why ? There are some interesting theory here — Firstly theory – The Kindle’s price has dropped because of Kindle 3 coming preparation ! Maybe in a few months we’ll have a chance to experience a new Kindle 3 with color reading screen and maybe some add-on apps. Secondly, maybe Amazon cannot maintain their Kindle selling because of the coming of IPad – before Amazon drop Kindle price, they have lower their Kindle’s affiliate from 10 percent to 4 – 8.5 percent, depends on sale amount. maybe Amazon think that the only way for fights againts IPad is lower their price.

The trouble with a lot of self-made men is that they worship their creator.