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September 1st, 2009
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The Wired Campus - 'The Computer Ate My Homework': How to Detect Fake Techno-Excuses - The Chronicle
'The Computer Ate My Homework': How to Detect Fake Techno-Excuses (from The Chronicle of Higher Education)

Summary: You're supposed to turn in an assignment tomorrow via email.  You're behind.  So, you go to this website, and for $4, you can buy a file which looks like a completed version of the assignment, but is horribly corrupted.  A couple of days later, when the instructor opens the file --- or, rather, tries to, and fails, the instructor contacts the student and asks for a clean copy.  Voila: you just bought yourself a few days extra on the assignment.

Of course, there are ways to detect this sort of dishonesty ... timestamps, hidden information in the documents, and so on.  Regardless, having to look at this sort of thing makes life even more annoying for instructors.

When did professors become the enemy?  

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Date:September 1st, 2009 05:23 pm (UTC)
I think it is when the mentality of students (and their parents) changed from "I'm paying for an education, so teach me", to "I'm paying for a degree, now pass me".
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Date:September 2nd, 2009 12:39 am (UTC)
I have a friend with a nifty little script that will print something out to look as though the printer ran out of ink or otherwise messed up. He says he used it with the excuse that he printed it right before going to class, showed the "failed" printing, and was thus given another day (or until the next class period) to turn it in.
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Date:September 2nd, 2009 03:58 pm (UTC)
Because the phrase "bust out a hex editor" is probably beyond the capabilities of most outside of the computing disciplines (and some within it) ...
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