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Comment Re:Very easy, and very easy to get caught (Score 1) 684

I realize that you wouldn't expect to see it every time, but if every student is writing a program that should do exactly the same thing, it has to be pretty likely that 2 or more of them will come up with very similar structure. How can you really tell that it's cheating? Especially if the professors are anything like mine where they tell you exactly how many variables, functions, arguments, etc you're supposed to have. The more specific the assignment, the more likely that students will independently write very similar code.

How many different ways can you write a C++ program that takes an integer between 0 and 255 and outputs it as 8 bits of binary, writing 3 functions: pow(int x, int y), validate(int x), and convert(int x)?
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Submission + - iPhone Now Hacks Itself ( 2

hackshack writes: "Unlocking an iPhone to add third party apps and themes used to be a tedious, risky process. A team of hackers have released a utility called AppSnapp, which makes it simple enough for Grandma to use. Simply visit the AppSnapp homepage on your iPhone- the software automatically "jailbreaks" the phone and installs the package manager, in about a minute. It even patches the iPhone TIFF vulnerability while it's at it."

Carmack's Armadillo Aerospace Rocket Crashes and Burns 353

mcgrew (sm62704) writes "New Scientist is reporting that John Carmack's 'Armadillo Aerospace' has suffered a large setback in the Northrop Grumman Lunar Lander Challenge after one of its two main rockets crashed and burned. 'During the test, Texel lifted off and hovered without incident, then descended again and touched the ground. But it then rose again unexpectedly and began accelerating upward. "Crap, it's going to fly into the crane, I need to kill it," Carmack recalls thinking. He hit the manual shutdown switch, turning off the vehicle's engine in mid-flight. Texel was about 6 metres above the ground and fell like a stone. One of its fuel tanks broke open when it hit the ground, spewing fuel that ignited and engulfed the vehicle in flames. "It made a fireball that would make any Hollywood movie proud," Carmack says.' No one was hurt in the crash, but the vehicle was destroyed."

Feed DARPA developing threat sensing binoculars (

Filed under: Wearables

The night-vision thing has definitely been done a time or two before, but DARPA's latest initiative is looking beyond the darkness as it hopes to create a set of binoculars that can actually detect threats and warn soldiers of impending death. Taking a note from Star Wars, the jokingly dubbed "Luke's Devices" is actually considered a "cognitive technology threat warning system," and utilizes brain monitoring to bring attention to spikes in activity before the person can actually realize he / she has noticed something awry. Among the gizmos that'll bring this all together are "neurally-based target detection signatures, ultra-low power analog / digital hybrid signal processing electronics, wide-angle optics, large pixel-count digital imagers, and cognitive visual processing algorithms." Yeah, sounds pretty complicated to us too, but unlike snazzy concepts we've seen before, the gurus behind these goggles reportedly hope to have prototypes ready for battle in just a few years.

[Via Wired]

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Submission + - Kurt Vonnegut dies

smcleish writes: Satirical author Kurt Vonnegut is reported dead following a fall ( stm). Author of many classic books, generally pigeonholed in the science fiction genre though of wider appeal. Famous novels include Slaughterhouse Five, The Sirens of Titan, Cats Cradle and Galapagos, and were acclaimed for their anti-establishment view (as well as being hilarious).

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