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Comment These always seemed "gimmicky" to me? (Score 1) 91

Two things, if you "need" such a device to get you motivated, then you are approaching the whole exercise thing incorrectly, and I would give it 2-3 weeks before said device starts gathering dust in a drawer somewhere. Secondly if you are serious about exercising, then why not keep a physical exercise journal? The gym that I belong to gives them out for free--or even easier, buy a spiral notebook for a couple of bucks?

Comment Re:They earn that in 16 minutes (Score 1) 116

How they could really make this impactful: The FCC could place down a fine that was (a) Based off a percentage of a companies gross (not revenue) income, (b) Used the last 8 quarters to determine the fine (so they couldn't game things), and (c) Have the actual number for the fine based off the entire year, not just for a quarter (even 3% of the yearly gross) If this were to happen, and at a level in the billions (only in our dreams :( ), I bet they'd change their tune VERY quickly...

Comment Re:Brother laser printer $39 off Amazon (Score 1) 250

Ran into a fun scenario many moons ago when I was working for a Sylvan Learning Center. They would routinely print out hundreds (if not thousands) of student programs on an ink jet printer. Keep in mind that 90% of this stuff was black and white documentation. When I asked them about why they were wasting their money on cartridges for this, was told this is how they "did things?" Ultimately ended up researching what they were paying in ink per month combined with what they were paying to lease a standalone copy machine, and had the guy from the leasing company figure out what it would cost per month to upgrade the copy machine to a network copy machine/laser printer, and got them to buy off on the change. If memory serves, this ended up saving them like $500/month just on the price of ink cartridges....

Comment Developing an in house spam system? (Score 1) 569

I remember reading (way back) where a system engineer/developer was told to implement a system that would allow the company to partake in spam campaigns. His way around the dilemma (do it or get fired)? He went ahead and implemented it, but made sure that any of the traffic this thing generated was properly blacklisted in the majority of the spam filters (before turning it on).

Comment Re:Youtube (Score 1) 394

You have a way to block the youtube ads? What do you utilize to do this? (I've also noticed that more and more yt ads no longer allow you to skip after 5 seconds, and even worse: (at least the yt client on android), that there are some videos that inject ads in the MIDDLE of the video I'm watching...the only reason why I continued to watch, is the content was decently produced and interesting

Comment Re:Kentucky Man (Score 1) 1197

Paging Spiderman...

Trying to be funny, BUT since the actual charges levied against this guy was due to him discharging a firearm. What if instead he had something somewhat like Spiderman's web shooters---CO2 powered instead of gunpowder, and the payload is some sort of glue like "netting" with a tether attached to it. Idea being that you have something to gum up the flight systems (to bring it down), and then the tether would allow you to potentially recover the device itself. (Main thought on the tether--this would be an easy way to prove that the device was within a certain radius of your home when you took it down)....

Comment Should use "Guerrilla Teaching" (Score 5, Interesting) 355

He didn't approach this in the correct way--rather than announce what is going on, he should "adjust" his curriculum on the remaining tests, projects and labs. First make the students sign a (re)acknowledgement about the school's policy on cheating & plagiarism. Next adjust the projects/labs--make them "in class"---you can work with people (including seeking info from the instructor/teachers assistants), but no internet, only allowed to use the course material etc. (I had a teacher who did this--and was interesting approach as you actually learned more than straight lectures). This mitigates plagiarism. Next bring in half a dozen people for the exams to proctor it (if this is where the bulk of cheating was happening). If you are caught, then it's a dead to rights thing, and you are turned into the university. This mitigates cheating. Finally, from personal experience, in some cases if you get a "D" in a class, you have still technically "passed" but most of the time you have issues later on if you try to use it (most universities won't accept it if you transfer for instance). Change up the tests (and curve) enough that the class still passes, but with a VERY low mark--enough that the majority of the students have a "D"

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