24 February 2010

The tech behind the Pennsylvania school laptop spying case

This provides some new details to the story from last week on how the Lower Merion School District/Harriton High School used compulsory school laptops to monitor students at home. Some network admin named Mike Perbix is the evil fucktard responsible for maintaining the school district sanctioned installation of LANRev/Absolute Manage, a very comprehensive (but insecurely built) software package used for monitoring the school provided Macbooks.

The story was uncovered after a student was suspended for “using drugs” at home, based on a photo taken with the laptop’s built in webcam. The student was eating candy.

[via:Waxy]

25 October 2009

Japanese futurism from 1969: The Rise of the Computerized School, illustrated by Shigeru Komatsuzaki - future classroom with watchful robots that rap students on the head if they lose focus or act up

Japanese 60’s futurism: visions of high tech schools and homes

Notice the cute whacker robots designed to beat children over the head if any rebellious acts occur in the computerized and unmanned classroom. Mmyeah, overgrown flyswatters on wheels will surely convince those fuckers to behave.

[via:Thomas N.]

23 October 2009

1. A 3-kg object is released from rest at a height of 5m on a curved, frictionless ramp. At the foot of the ram is a spring of force constant k = 100 N/m. The object slides down the ramp and into the spring, compressing it a distance x before coming to rest. (a) Find x (b) Does the object continue to move after it comes to rest? If yes, how high will it go up the slope before it comes to rest U =  3(9,21)(5)=147,15 U5 = 1/2(100x^2 = 50x^2 ...? NO. There is an elephant in the way
Not only is there an elephant, but it’s levitating.

[via:rands]

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