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Colleges Stepping Up Anti-Cheating Technology 439

Bruce Schneier's blog highlights a New York Times piece on high-tech methods for detecting student cheating. Schneier notes, "The measures used to prevent cheating during tests remind me of casino security measures." "No gum is allowed during an exam: chewing could disguise a student's speaking into a hands-free cellphone to an accomplice outside. The 228 computers that students use are recessed into desk tops so that anyone trying to photograph the screen — using, say, a pen with a hidden camera, in order to help a friend who will take the test later — is easy to spot. Scratch paper is allowed — but it is stamped with the date and must be turned in later. When a proctor sees something suspicious, he records the student's real-time work at the computer and directs an overhead camera to zoom in, and both sets of images are burned onto a CD for evidence." The Times article quotes from research published a few months back suggesting that the more you copy homework, the lower your grades.

Comment Re:Owned (Score 1) 540

It's a different scenario with movies though, because there are so many more people and so much more money invested and involved. An indie band can be just a handful of people with their instruments recording in somebody's house, but with a movie, there's casting, cameras, crew, and so much more. I agree with you though- I enjoy buying CDs right from the band at their merch table at a show. There just isn't a comparable equivalent for movies.

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