Tidbits on July 1, 2005
Bob Jensen
at Trinity University 

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Security threats and hoaxes --- http://www.trinity.edu/its/virus/

Music:  God Bless America --- http://www.dayspring.com/movies/view.asp?moviename=GBA2movie.swf

Train of Life (Willie Nelson and Patsy Cline) ---  

What is SpoofStick?
SpoofStick is a simple browser extension that helps users detect spoofed (fake) websites. A spoofed website is typically made to look like a well known, branded site (like ebay.com or citibank.com) with a slightly different or confusing URL. The attacker then tries to trick people into going to the spoofed site by sending out fake email messages or posting links in public places - hoping that some percentage of users won't notice the incorrect URL and give away important information. This practice is sometimes known as “phishing".
From CoreStreet --- http://www.corestreet.com/spoofstick/
This link to Spoof Stick was forwarded by Richard Campbell.

Bob Jensen's threads on phishing are at http://www.trinity.edu/rjensen/ecommerce/000start.htm#Phishing

I guess this is education's 50% solution
Students who do absolutely nothing on a test or assignment still get 50% in order to avoid failing course grades
Some teachers, aware of the devastating effects that one zero can have on a student's final grade and recognizing the string of perfect scores necessary to negate it, have simply stopped logging zeros. Instead, at some schools, the lowest score students can receive is as high as 50 or 60--even if they don't turn in assignments.
"Term paper about 'God' earns student failing grade 'He told me you might as well write about the Easter Bunny. He wanted to censor the word God.'," Victorville Daily Press, June 28, 2005 --- http://www.vvdailypress.com/2005/111996392756993.html

NCWC President’s Statement
Concerning Professor Christensen’s Website and Coursework at North Carolina Wesleyan College --- http://www.ncwc.edu/presidents%5Fstatement.htm

During the past few weeks, the web site of Dr. Jane Christensen, who teaches Political Science at NC Wesleyan, has attracted a great deal of attention. In response, the College makes the following statement:

North Carolina Wesleyan College seeks to foster freedom of expression and freedom of inquiry. The College believes that the students’ educational experience should include a balanced and open approach to learning. As a United Methodist institution, we value diversity of opinion. The College fosters just and fair treatment for all groups in our society and does not condone hatred or violence of any kind. We seek to foster Judeo-Christian values. We value First Amendment rights, and academic freedom for our faculty and students.

Wesleyan is among the many colleges that permit faculty and students to create personal web pages that can be accessed through the College’s homepage. These personal pages represent the views of the individuals who create them, not the views of the College.

Professor Christensen’s views are not those held by the overwhelming majority of Americans. She presents alternative views that many find repugnant. There is no question but that students in her classes hear views and opinions different from the mainstream. It should be noted that our students are intelligent and thoughtful. They can, and often do, disagree with Professor Christensen, without academic penalty. Many students find themselves upset at the opinion and commentary that they are uncritical, or can be brainwashed.

Continued in Ian D.C. Newbould's letter

You can read more about Professor Christensen at http://www.trinity.edu/rjensen/hypocrisyEvilEmpire.htm#Christensen

ITAA Diversity Study: Numbers of Women, Minorities in Tech Too Low
Women and most racial minorities remain significantly underrepresented in the U.S. information technology (IT) workforce, according to a new study released today by the Information Technology Association of America (ITAA). According to the report , Untapped Talent: Diversity, Competition and America's High Tech Future , the percentage of women in IT has actually declined by 18.5 percent since 1996, thanks largely to dropping employment in largely administrative IT job categories. Meanwhile some minorities are underrepresented in the industry's workforce by more than 50 percent. "America is competing in the global economy with one hand tied behind her back. With competitors like China, India and Western Europe on our heels, we can ill afford to miss out on anyone with the right aptitude, skills and motivation to succeed in technical fields. Leaders in industry, education and government must redouble their efforts to ensure that all Americans, particularly women and minorities, recognize the opportunities available in science, technology, engineering and math," ITAA President Harris N. Miller said.
"ITAA Diversity Study: Numbers of Women, Minorities in Tech Too Low ," ITAA, June 22, 2005 --- http://snipurl.com/ITAAsurvey

Trivia Question
Who is the first "baby boomer" to be born in the U.S.?

Answer --- http://snipurl.com/BabyBoomer
On June 30, 2005, Scott Bonacker wrote as follows:
And there actually is a first Baby Boomer-Kathleen Casey, born seconds after midnight on January 1, 1946. She was hunted down some years ago by an enterprising reporter at Money magazine. You can argue whether she was a "typical" Boomer or not: The daughter of a World War II veteran, she danced as a teenager on American Bandstand. By 20 she was married to a physician who was on his way to Vietnam. Unlike others of her generation, she says she never openly protested the war and she never took illegal drugs.

A different way to think about ... educational change
For many years, Lloyd Bond has been a national leader in educational measurement and evaluation. As such, he has witnessed a number of school reform efforts, some of which promise something "new," while others offer a return to an older, more "basic" state of affairs. Indeed, Lloyd has served as an advisor to many school improvement efforts, from the school district level to the world of national educational policy. Confronting both the proposals and the realities of educational reform, my colleague reminds us that the polemics of reform frequently portray the realm of teaching and learning in far more extreme terms than is really necessary. Underlying the needed improvements in education is an increasingly clear consensus about the basic principles of learning and the conditions needed to foster skill and understanding. If we who educate and are educated were a good deal less susceptible to the radical rhetoric of reform on all sides of most educational questions, we might have a far better chance to achieve reasoned, cumulative educational progress. In this month’s Carnegie Perspectives, I invite you to join Lloyd Bond in his examination of the babies and bath water of educational change.  In our Carnegie Conversations, you can engage publicly with Lloyd and read and respond to what others have to say. Carnegie Conversations is on the Web at: perspectives.carnegiefoundation.org.
June 29, 2005 message from Lee S. Shulman, Carnegie President [carnegiepresident@carnegiefoundation.org]

What states previously allowed versus disallowed seizing of private property for private developers?
Last week's Supreme Court ruling that local governments have more or less unlimited authority to seize private property has had us thinking of an old Joni Mitchell lyric: "They paved paradise and put up a parking lot/With a pink hotel, a boutique and a swingin' hot spot."  . . . At least 10 states -- Arkansas, Florida, Illinois, Kentucky, Maine, Michigan, Montana, South Carolina, Utah and Washington -- already forbid the use of eminent domain for economic development (while permitting it for legitimate "public use," such as building a highway). Six states -- Connecticut, Kansas, Maryland, Minnesota, New York and North Dakota -- expressly allow private property to be taken for private economic purposes. The rest haven't spoken on the issue.
"They Paved Paradise," The Wall Street Journal, June 30, 2005; Page A12  --- http://online.wsj.com/article/0,,SB112008935423373523,00.html?mod=todays_us_opinion

Another Cheating Scandal at the University of Virginia
An “alarmingly large fraction” of the first-year class of economics graduate students at the University of Virginia were involved in a cheating incident that came to light this month, according to the department chair. Department officials said that some problem sets from textbooks used in introductory graduate economics courses have answer keys online. At least one student found answers for a course taken by all first-year students, and apparently shared the information with classmates. Though the solutions were apparently available, David Mills, chair of the economics department, said students should have “known it was off-limits,” but that they instead “used it without the professor being aware.” The extent of the involvement of individual students is not clear yet, but Mills said that it appears that “a good number of students, large enough that it was alarming” used the online cheat-sheets. He did not know the exact figure, but said it was a “large fraction of the [first-year] class,” which consists of just over 30 students. Some of the students may now face investigations by the institution’s honor committee.
David Epstein, "Cheating Scandal at Virginia," Inside Higher Ed, June 30, 2005 --- http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2005/06/30/uva
Jensen Comment:  Since solutions manuals for most popular textbooks are being sold on eBay, it is naive for instructors in this era to assume that some of their students will not have access to solutions manuals.  Recall that the University of Virginia is where 148 students were accused of copying term papers in Professor Lou Bloomfield's introductory physics course in 2001 --- http://www.trinity.edu/rjensen/plagiarism.htm#UVA

Bob Jensen's threads on cheating and plagiarism are at http://www.trinity.edu/rjensen/plagiarism.htm

When Disabled Children Get Too Old for Public Education
Across America this month, about 90,000 families have faced this same bittersweet moment, as their disabled children "age out" of state education systems. Most states provide education and care until age 21 -- Michigan is an exception. After that, families are on their own to find services and meaningful activities for their children. That's why these commencement ceremonies feel different from most others. Parents wonder: What kind of life are their children commencing? Often, they go to programs far inferior to what they had in school, or they sit in their parents' homes (or group homes) and stare at TV.
Jeff Zazlow, "'Aging Out': When Disabled Children Get Too Old for Public Education," The Wall Street Journal, June 30, 2005; Page D1 --- http://online.wsj.com/article/0,,SB112008448968273385,00.html?mod=todays_us_personal_journal

Native Americans Want Either the Hamptons or a new casino
Just in time for summer in the Hamptons, a small, poor Indian tribe of uncertain legal status has this fabled beach resort in a tizzy. The 500-member Shinnecock tribe recently claimed 3,600 acres of Southampton, including the local college and the exclusive Shinnecock Hills Golf Club, site of last year's U.S. Open. And if the Shinnecock don't get what they want, they've threatened to sue for every single hedge row, pool and tennis court in this rich man's town! What, you may ask, is the ultimate goal of the land claim besides pissing off the neighbors? The Shinnecock hope the lawsuit will persuade the State of New York to permit them to build a giant casino on the narrow South Fork of Long Island and thereby become Hamptons-wealthy.
Brett Duval, "Hamptonites on the Warpath," The Wall Street Journal, June 30, 2005; Page A13 --- http://online.wsj.com/article/0,,SB112009518570673726,00.html?mod=todays_us_opinion

Insights into MBA recruiting
Jan Woodcock is a principal in Strategy & Operations in the Technology, Media & Telecommunications department at Deloitte Consulting in New York, one of the top consulting firms in the U.S. Woodcock arrived at Deloitte 13 years ago and is part of a team that recruits at the S.C. Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y.
A Broader Perspective at Deloitte:  The consulting outfit makes it a point to look at candidates' "entire portfolio" of skills, aptitudes, and interests, says recruiter Jan Woodcock," Business Week, June 27, 2005 --- http://snipurl.com/DeloitteMBA

Reducing and eliminating errors when using Excel
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The Applix home page is at http://www.applix.com/index.asp 

Righteousness Comes Cheap --- http://www.jewishworldreview.com/0605/tobin_2005_06_30.php3?printer_friendly

E-Commerce Growing Pains
Walker talked to more than 30 high-volume eBay merchants about why they increasingly are testing other Web retail locations besides eBay. Many of these "power sellers" shared details about how their online sales operations are doing . . .
Read her Thursday column about the lifestyle and career ambitions of eBay sellers, and her weekend piece about the heated competition eBay is facing from other Web retailers.
"E-Commerce Growing Pains," The Washington Post, June 30, 2005 ---

Bob Jensen's threads on E-Commerce and E-Business are at http://www.trinity.edu/rjensen/ecommerce.htm

Ward Churchill Condones Attacks on Military Officers
University of Colorado professor Ward Churchill's latest toxic remarks, this time condoning - if not encouraging - attacks on military officers, are beyond outrageous. "Conscientious objection removes a given piece of cannon fodder from the fray," Churchill said at an anti-military forum last week in Portland, Ore. "Fragging an officer has a much more impactful effect." Fragging is the killing or injuring of a military officer by a subordinate.
Editorial, "Escort Churchill to the door," The Denver Post, July 1, 2005 --- http://www.denverpost.com/opinion/ci_2833936

Bob Jensen's threads on the saga of Ward Churchill are at http://www.trinity.edu/rjensen/hypocrisyChurchill.htm

"So Sue Me" Web Site
The Norwegian who became a hacker hero for developing software to unlock copy-protection codes on DVD movies said he needed only one day to crack Google Inc.'s new video viewer. Jon Lech Johansen, also known as DVD Jon, posted software on his "So Sue Me" Web site that he says modifies the viewer so that it plays videos hosted on any server. The company's Google Video Viewer, in turn, was modified from the free VLC media player to restrict it to playing video hosted on Google's own servers.
Doug Mellgren, "Hacker Posts Crack for Google Software," The Washington Post, June 29, 2005 --- http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/06/29/AR2005062900763.html?referrer=email

Gay marriage legalised in Spain
SPAIN yesterday became the world's fourth country to allow gay couples the right to marry, despite strong opposition from the Catholic church. The bill, which passed through congress after being rejected by the upper house last week, will come into law in 30 days, giving gay and lesbian couples the same rights to marry, adopt and divorce as heterosexuals. The legislation is among a host of social reforms being pushed through parliament by Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero's socialist PSOE government. On Wednesday night, Spain's 25-year-old divorce law was overhauled to allow for "quickie" divorces. Mr Zapatero also plans changes to the law on abortion, as well as vowing to tackle domestic violence. Speaking before the vote yesterday, the prime minister said the new law was another step "on the road to liberty and tolerance" which began with the transition to democracy following the death of dictator Francisco Franco in 1975. Under General Franco, homosexuality, divorce and abortion were illegal in Spain. However, subsequent legislation has turned the country into one of the most liberal in Europe.
Elizabeth Carr-Ellis, "Gay marriage legalised in Spain, The Scotsman,  July 1, 2005 ---

Ole gets mixed up

Ole goes into the bar after Lena had been out of town for a long while. He was in a bad mood and getting meaner by the drink. He finally ran out of money. The bartender says to Ole, "Ya ain't gettin nothin free around here unless you can do three things. First, throw that big burly guy at the end of the bar out of here. He is the toughest son-of-a-gun that I know. Then, after you get rid of him, go out back and pull that bad tooth out from my snarly old dog. You’ll hear him out there growling. Last, there is my 80 year old grandma upstairs who hasn’t had any 'loving' in twenty years- go make her happy."

Ole, knowing that he is over a barrel, says, "Oh cripes!" and keeps drinkin his last drink. He finishes it, stands up, and says, "Okay, I’m ready for dat big mean son-of-a-bitch". He rushes over to the giant and all of a sudden chairs are crashing, bottles are breaking and there are lots of fists, teeth, and boots flying.

Ole finally heaves him through the front window, staggers back to the bar, and says, "As soon as I catch my breath I'll take care of dat old dog of yours".

After a minute or two, Ole heads out back and all you can hear is growling and hollering and it sounds like the dog is winning. This goes on for 10-15 minutes and finally the old dog starts whimpering. Ole comes staggerin' back in and says to the bartender, "Vell, dat vasn't as bad as I thought it vould be. Now, vhere is your old granny vith da bad tooth?".

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Professor Robert E. Jensen (Bob) http://www.trinity.edu/rjensen
Jesse H. Jones Distinguished Professor of Business Administration
Trinity University, San Antonio, TX 78212-7200
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