QotD: Words of Wisdom

Where do you go for advice?

I seek advice by researching it using Google to collect results. Through refinement in approximation, I can find a solution for many a problem.

Should this make me more confused, I seek out an expert or even knowledgeable person from my internal memory store for this purpose. In fact, if I never needed to do this, then I would never make an effort to get to know people. Online tools like social networks just makes it easy to keep up with people.

Failing this, I probably would go to Amy, Michelle, George 1, George 2, Mom, Dad, William, Angie, Steve, Jeff, or Paul. By the time it gets to them, I have already been thinking about it for some time. So they might get a nuance of the problem rather than the whole problem.

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I’m not a fan of Tumblr. At the moment I use it for a partial life stream (a chronological aggregated view of your life activities both online and offline – thanks Krynsky). It is just publishing a feed of several of my blogs. It a very limited public view.

The one main thing I dislike about Tumblr is the lack of comments. While my blog doesn’t have a lot of comments, I like that it offers the opportunity. Tumblr not having the opportunity means publishing in a vacuum. Which I think defeats the purpose. So I’d never use Tumblr to replace this or any other blog unless comments appear or comments become less important to me.

A confusing aspect of their service is the “Re-blog”. It wasn’t clear to me for some time items re-blogged were not created by the person doing so. Unlike most other services making life streams, there is not an indicator an item did not originate from another site other than in many cases they are abbreviated and have a link to the source.

I probably will continue to use it for some time to come. It just is not something I use. Stuff just flows there from the places I do use.

Our First Arrest From Student Cheating

We have investigated over a dozen incidents of possible user abuse of our systems in the past couple years. This is the first time I seen someone arrested based on our investigation. This is especially true because saying definitively what someone did is so shaky. I would be surprised for it to hold up in court. Thankfully I didn’t investigate this one. Maybe this is why the bigwigs were coming around yesterday afternoon asking about the incident?

It does point to the need for the faculty to protect themselves from identity theft from their students.

Student hacker at Ga. Highlands College arrested
Police say he sought to steal passwords and change his grades

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Published on: 07/25/08

Police are saying a Georgia college student took the pursuit of good grades a step too far.

Christopher Fowler, 19, was arrested Thursday for hacking into Georgia Highlands College’s computer system to alter his grades and steal passwords from other users.

He was charged with computer trespassing and unlawful eavesdropping. Officials say more charges are possible, related to identity theft.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation was called onto the case after the Kennesaw State University Police Department began to suspect that Fowler had gained entry to the Highland College’s computer system using the identity of a math professor.

Four computers were confiscated at Fowler’s home in Cartersville, and he was sent to Bartow County Jail.

GBI spokesperson John Bankhead said Fowler had access to the private information of those connected to the college’s computer network, but it’s unclear what, if anything, Fowler did with the data.

Student hacker at Ga. Highlands College arrested | ajc.com