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ICQ users slammed in priest child porn case

An English Catholic priest has been convicted for downloading child pornography from an ICQ chat-room, used by "dozens of paedophiles".
Drew Cullen, 15 Aug 1999
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Team Register, 15 Aug 1999

Email ‘cheating’ students face mass expulsion

Edinburgh University last month launched the UK's biggest enquiry into cheating after uncovering "startling similarities" in coursework submitted by students on its computer science course. A group of students accused of sharing "programming solutions" by email now face fines or expulsion. But academic sleuths unmasked the plagiarists through their own examinations -- of internal email records. As final proof, they ran student coursework through sentence analysing, plagiarism-detecting software. Following the investigation, Edinburgh University ordered more than half of its 117 first year maths students to resit an exam. Some of these students face further sanctions. Initially, the University thought students were sharing ideas through an Internet bulletin board, which it considers acceptable. "Internet sources played no role in the incidents of copying," University principal Sir Stewart Sutherland told The Guardian. ® See also Oxford University Student Union President 'cheats' by PC
Drew Cullen, 15 Aug 1999

Bill Gates to serve burgers if feds win

Our good friend Q and DEC watcher Terry Shannon took time out last week to explore some of the mountains in the US -- of which there are many. He went to the Adirondacks, a fine old Indian place. And what should he happen across but what Bill Gates might do if he ever gets fed up of Frank Lloyd Wright, et al? Here then, are the official photographs of Bill Gates Diner, catering to the folks sick of roadkill at lesser altitudes. Here's the detail... And here's the bigger picture... The pictures are courtesy of the owners of the cabin in the Adirondack Mount Museum in Blue Mountain Lake, New York state. Photograph credits to Robert G. Maxon of Greene, NY... ®
Mike Magee, 15 Aug 1999

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