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 ---
This link to Spoof Stick was forwarded by Richard Campbell.
Bob Jensen's threads on phishing are at
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 ---
NCWC President’s Statement
Concerning Professor Christensen’s Website and Coursework at North Carolina
Wesleyan College ---
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
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
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 ---
Who is the first "baby boomer" to be born in the U.S.?
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
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:
June 29, 2005 message from Lee S. Shulman, Carnegie President
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
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 ---
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
Bob Jensen's threads on cheating and plagiarism are at
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 ---
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 ---
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,
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Righteousness Comes Cheap ---
Jensen's threads on E-Commerce and E-Business are at
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 ---
Bob Jensen's threads on the saga of Ward Churchill are at
"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
Doug Mellgren, "Hacker Posts Crack for Google Software," The Washington
Post, June 29, 2005 ---
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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