realsilly writes: "As documented from the Associated Press, according to a judge in FARIBAULT, Minnesota, encouraging suicide is not protected under Free Speech. A nurse performed a search on the internet for depressed people and engaged with 2 individual, a man and a woman and encouraged them to kill themselves. He's been found guilty of aiding their suicides. The defendant's lawyer argued that the two were already considering suicide before the defendant engaged with them.
This is certainly a moral dilemma for people who don't believe in suicide. I perceive this to be Free Speech in it's most basic form even if it is not nice dialog. What do other Slashdot readers think or feel about this trial's results."
realsilly writes: "The discussion of cheating took place this week with this article http://idle.slashdot.org/story/10/11/18/152256/200-Students-Admit-Cheating-After-Professors-Online-Rant about cheating students at UCF. I found that there were over 600+ posts about cheating. They included the range of feedback from the posters, from "the professor is an idiot", to "Cheating is wrong and hurts those who don't cheat", to "everybody does it" and "Fortune 100 companies hire cheaters". I'm rather curious as to why Cheating is acceptable. Are people that afraid to actually work / study for a class? Are professors so disenchanted that they just go through the motions to teach? Why is there not a greater penalty for cheating?
I've always understood that to be educated up to the 12th grade was mandatory for all states, no matter how that education is applied, Public School, Private school, or Home school. But I've always understood higher education to be a privilege. Not a right, but a privilege. That being the case, I would think that the educational system would look at cheating more closely, and remove cheaters from the education system and allow those students who really want to learn to have the opportunity to learn.
If the only reason you're in college is to score that 6-figure job and you don't know the material about your job because you managed to get your degree by cheating your way through college, then you're a fraud to the core. I certainly don't want to work for some business major who cheated his/her way through school and then tries to become my manager. But as many of you have noted, Cheating has gone on for ages, maybe that's the situation we're already facing in this country, and may help explain why this country is such a wreck.
As an educational system, I'd much rather take students that weren't top performers in high school, who want to get a higher education and improve themselves than cheaters who just beat the system."
realsilly writes: "I have on many occasions recently received emails with no subject matter except have an attachement that is a jpg. file.
When trying to get rid of these I have seen that the address consistently ends with @thieo121oincredible.com. When I try to perform a search on this I don't really get anything of that helps me understand where this is from.
So I'm reaching out to the/. community to for help in identification of this address and any knowledge about the intent of the emails. Worm, Trojan, virus, something else?"
Reading about this game puts an me at an ill feeling of disgust and curiosity. I realize it is just a video game, but its sole purpose is to rape. I'm bothered by the game because of what rape is. A rape victim is stripped of their humanity, they didn't ask to be raped and this game is a horrible reminder, even it they don't play it.
But then there are war games, men and women have been to war, and these well done war games may really have an impact on veterans, and still War games are generally accepted
I'm curious what slashdotters have to say in thea area of games and their social effect?"
realsilly writes: "I am a Business Systems Analyst. I am often asked to write documentation beyond requirements. These stem from Scope documents to How To guides and beyond. Now I'm fairly organized in taking capturing information, I tend to ask questions to get information correct and I'm fairly knowledgeable with many of the the MS Office tools so I see these as selling features of when I'm trying to look for employment. I am basically a Jack Of All Trades, except, I'm a girl. I recently took a new position a company where I'm a rare female among many male engineers and developers. The few females on my floor are engineers themselves and in a different department. So when I joined there was a department secretary who helped to support our team, but she moved to another building, and suddenly, I'm being asked to take notes in meetings where I have no business being. I'm receiving calls from strangers to check on availability of meeting rooms, I'm being asked to help with presentations that need quick easy to access (imo) information. I've was told in front of several male counterparts during a lunch session, "...since we don't have and Admin, I'm going to pull you to set up xyz...." where xyz is sometimes considered an Admin task.
Now all of these request could be because I'm quick organized and efficient and I'm only 300% booked by comparison to my fellow coworkers who are more booked than I, or some of these requests are what they appear to be, blatant sexism. I'm looking for some feedback from the Slashdot community, of both Women and Men."
realsilly writes: "I am a requirements analyst, and I often find myself in companies where they either have an extremely rigid naming convention and structure for storing documents or there is no structure in place at all. I find myself in the latter of the two situations, where I'm trying to come up with an easy to use and implement naming convention that will be followed by those who don't name things formally. I am avoiding using numbers and dates within document names and in many cases, I have much of my early documentation on internal wiki pages. I'm looking for some best practices ideas from the Slashdot community."
realsilly writes: "I recently heard about a CNN article that posted a flagrantly inflamatory headline just to draw the eye to their video clip. CNN article "3 kids taken away after naked bathtub pics".
It really made me wonder what the heck was going on. Well it turns out a couple gave their children a bath and a cute photo was taken, with all innocence behind it. Someone at Walmart, where the photos were developed called authorities and all mayhem ensued with PC's confiscated and all types of storage devices for digital photos. After about a month of foster care, the children were returned to the parents after a judge ruled there was nothing pornographic about the photos. I'm all for catching perverts who have child pornography, but this is insane. Here is what I see as ridiculous, these same parents have reared their children since birth, and have seen their children 1000's of times naked, but you snap one innocent photo and you're scrutinized by the law. And really doesn't this then open up doors to scrutinze every piece of art or TV commercial or advertisment that ever displayed naked children? What about all those "Funniest Home Videos" where parents film children naked? When is it going to far for photo developers to report what they see? At what point is it an invasion of privacy versus reporting a criminal act?"
realsilly writes: "I found this article linked to KETV 7 out of Omaha, Nebraska. The original link that took me to http://www.ketv.com/news/14133442/detail.html came from http://www.cnn.com/.
Basically, a senator from Nebraska wanted to prove how frivolous many lawsuits are. As if we didn't know already. This is not only funny, but quite sad, that this senator feels like he needs to prove this with further wasteful spending of taxpayer dollars."
realsilly writes: "In a CNN.com article reports that Prince is giving away his new album for Free. Although, it's not quite free, you still have to buy a tabloid. While I don't really like Prince's music, I am impressed by his bold step forward to provide a little Fan Appreciation.
LONDON, England (AP) — Prince has angered the music industry and stirred up trouble among British retailers by giving away his new album with a tabloid newspaper this weekend.
Prince's new album "Planet Earth" will be packaged with a British Sunday newspaper this weekend.
"Planet Earth" will be packaged with the Mail on Sunday at a price of $2.80.
The giveaway has been roundly criticized as a major blow for an industry already facing rapidly declining CD sales. It has led Sony BMG UK, Prince's local label, to pull the plug on its own sales release of the CD in Britain.
International sales launch for "Planet Earth" is July 16; the U.S. launch is July 24....
The full artile is here at CNN.com: http://www.cnn.com/2007/SHOWBIZ/Music/07/13/prince .newspaper.ap/index.html"