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DOTS Invasion of Privacy Much?

The Department of Transportation at Univ. of Maryland has decided that instead of walking around and giving everyone tickets for illegally parking, they wil do so electronically. Since everyone who buys a parking permit is assigned to a certain lot, the parking officials have to drive around, get out of their cars and literally check to see if the correct tag is hanging in the window.

HOWEVER, there’s a new technology allowing a camera to be placed on top of a DOTS track and just scan the license plates. As soon as it finds a car that isn’t registered to that lot, they can give it a ticket. But the thing is, what about people who borrow their friends’ parking permits?

They SAY it will help track stolen vehicles but….I seriously doubt it. It’s just a way for them to be lazy and get more money. There are MANY potential kinks in the system and the our school is already plenty expensive. Do we REALLY need this?

No.

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Wonder Woman: The Female Computer Science Major

She is Wonder Woman…the female computer science major..because she is a rare species in her environment.

Researchers from the University of Washington believe that women are not computer science majors because in their mind they have images of the stereotypical omputer science major in their head – guy with glasses whose a star wars fan and wear plaid shirts with suspenders. And the female species cannot identify with such an image.

However for me, not once did such a stereotypical image deter me from being a computer science major. Just because other people may exemplify such stereotypes doesn’t mean I have to. Frankly, speaking with other women or other people in general, they always have the same response when I tell them I major in computer science – WOW! that’s too hard for me!

It’s just a matter of difficulty. Some people choose easier majors than others. I think that more people are male because women go on to interdisciplinary fields while men stay programmers/coders. Then this tradition gets passed on to their children and the cycle continues.

What do you think?

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