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Comment Professor's Discretion (Score 1) 804

This really should be at the discretion of the Professors at the University/College.
1. If students are screwing around in class instead of paying attention, that's their prerogative. I see it little different from simply not paying attention (sleeping, doing homework for other classes, writing notes, etc etc) or even playing on their phones.
2. Distracting other students is nothing new, either, in regards to talking/snickering with nearby students.... hell, even someone with an obnoxious hat or hairdo that's hard to see over is enough to get on my nerves.
3. From an "honest" student's point of view, I find handwriting to be somewhat painful depending on the class/situation. I had one class (Statistical Thermodynamics) where I would *easily* fill 3 pages of notebook paper, front and back, with writing, sometimes spilling onto a 4th page or rarely a 5th. This was all in one hour-long (well, 50 minutes to be exact) class, and that was the 2nd class of 3 in a row. Needless to say, my hand HURT after that one. Then my 3rd class was programming, where the professor would typically type some sample code (with easy-to-make errors) and run them to show us where our bugs came from and how to spot them.
I found that approach very useful, but it was very tough to keep up with myself writing vs. him typing, and a lot of times, if I didn't get some exact pieces of code down, it'd be difficult for me to reproduce later, as it was never fresh in my head by the time I got to try it.
4. My father is a professor, and is no stranger to the laptops-in-class concept. Believe me, your professor can tell when you're not paying attention, laptop or not.

Basically, laptops can be a distraction or a big help, but for that matter, so can other students. Rather than call to spoil laptops in class for everyone, 'good' students can move away from the students that are a bother to themselves and others. I'm not exactly a "front row" kinda guy, but you shouldn't have to worry about someone's screen saver bothering you there. I typically only used my laptop for one or two classes per semester, but I found it to help out a lot in those.
One of my best professors held a little discussion/forum on the last day of class every semester, evaluating students' opinions on the usefulness or lack thereof in the class, and he used that to help his decision. That's a good enough system, so why would the decision need to come from four levels up at the Dean/Provost level of the College/University?
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Journal Journal: I lack a Halloween costume...

So, I dressed up my dog by covering her with Halloween-themed stickers. And tomorrow I'm going to a Dia de los muertos party, where I'll learn to make sugar skulls and get drunk on Tequila! Yeeeee!
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Journal Journal: pR0n!!!11!!

"...once you've seen one, you've pretty much seen them all. People get naked and do it, ho hum. Check out this other one where... Um... People get naked and do it, ho hum." taken from here: If porn were all the same there wouldn't be a history of cases with the Supreme Court trying to determine whether or not pornography and other obscenities are entitled to First Amendment protection. Just go to any of these links:
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Journal Journal: How the hell do I have bad karma?

I don't even have a full page of posts. And what's with this "offtopic" business? All of my posts have been in some way related to whatever topic was being discussed. It's not like I clicked on any given story or article and typed "I like cheese fries!" That would have been off topic. You people have some rigid standards. This could get entertaining.
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Journal Journal: My topic

I could have been more creative with the title...but I didn't feel like it.

Comment How Long Before... (Score 1) 1046

How long before the magic 16-hex-pairs number shows up in a comment here?

I think it till take approximately 09 F9 11 02 9D 74 E3 5B D8 41 56 C5 63 56 88 C0
seconds. Conversion from hex to decimal necessary.

Piracy Outstripping Legal Video Sales? 294

b.burl writes to tell us a recently released report by the NDP Group supports the horror stories being fed to us by studio execs, but not quite in the way those execs would have you believe. The study shows a continued rise in video piracy compared to legal video sales. The largest target continues to be adult oriented content and TV shows, with only an estimated 5 percent being mainstream movie content. From the article: "[A]mong U.S. households with members who regularly use the Internet, 8 percent (six million households) downloaded at least one digital video file (10MB or larger) from a P2P service for free in the third quarter of 2006. Nearly 60 percent of video files downloaded from P2P sites were adult-film content, while 20 percent was TV show content and 5 percent was mainstream movie content."

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