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Teacher claims spyware mader her show porn to 7th grade class, facing jail

By Dr Dij ·
read this interesting article on computerworld. A 7th grade teacher claims spyware pulled up porn sites while she was showing a website to her class. She's facing 40 years.

There's some good arguments

for her: including judge falling asleep during trial, school has no filtering software, NO ONE checked the seized PC for spyware or adware;

against her: why didn't she simply shut off screen and PC and tell her IT dept?

http://www.computerworld.com/blogs/node/4346

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It's easy to imagine

by TonytheTiger In reply to Teacher claims spyware ma ...

the teacher, not being an IT person, not immediately turning off the computer.

What's the first thing you should do if a pan of food catches fire on the stove?

What's the first thing most people do?

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Think you're right

by Dr Dij In reply to It's easy to imagine

When the teacher told me of the link-rot on my page, I browsed to it to be sure. It wasn't someone stark naked, doing it; instead someone in a photo you'd see anywhere, middle aged, kind of cute gal, in normal setting of normal room with lots of normal stuff around except she was smiling and topless. Like maybe my gal friend will occasionally be, at home.

Ok, I admit, as a guy, my first impulse was to keep looking :)

Does seem odd that penalty is so harsh for seeing the natural human body. View porn (possibly by accident) and get 40 years. Kill someone and get 7, 5 after early release for overcrowding or good behavior.

And it does sound like the judge in this case had made up her mind. Tho it was likely a jury trial? The judge still has leeway to determine intent I'd think, and maybe figure out the person was startled... I'll bet this one gets appealed.

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I also agree with the poster

by TonytheTiger In reply to Think you're right

who said that with technical matters, the jury most often believes what they hear first.

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Porn vs. violence.

by CharlieSpencer In reply to Think you're right

I've often wondered why movies featuring people having sex are considered less acceptable than movies with people doing extreme physical harm to one another. I especially wonder about the hypocrisy of these attitudes in a supposedly Judeo-Christian country like the U.S. Would you rather your kid got caught having sex at the drive-in, or going from car to car with a chain saw?

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wow

by PC-guru In reply to Teacher claims spyware ma ...

its very possible that it was spyware or an AD popup but damn what website you would show a class would do that? unless the teacher was looking at porn another time
and got a spyware infection...

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Don't need spyware

by NickNielsen In reply to wow

This happened to me in my classroom. I clicked on a link on an auto electronics page (we were designing the ultimate car audio/video system as a senior project) and BAM. There she was in all her naked glory, and she was just so excited to be there, she wanted us to see all her friends, too. My all-male class's reaction, of course, was "Cool!"

My immediate reaction was not to kill the monitor, but to try to kill the process[es]. My second reaction was to disconnect the network cable. Then I thought to kill the monitor. To add insult to injury, the principal walked through the classroom door just as I clicked the link.

As I was able to reproduce the results on his PC after school, he was very understanding. I also don't think any kind of blocking or filtering would have stopped it. At the time, the school district was using full internet filtering, including domain blocking and heuristic filters.

As for the alleged computer crime investigator's claim that "You have to physically click on it to get to those sites," that's one truly ignorant investigator. I can probably write a script (or find one on the web) that will run on page load and visit any site you want without the user ever clicking on a single link. And I'm a hardware guy.

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Oops! I once ...

by The Ref In reply to Don't need spyware

I once wanted to search for either "code analyzers" or "code analysis". Being Australian we spell it "code analysers", so I thought about the search and typed in "code ****".

Gave myself a really unpleasant surprise!

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Lug nuts

by TonytheTiger In reply to Oops! I once ...

will get you a similar surprise.

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hairy hustler

by SlappyMcnasty In reply to Oops! I once ...

is the name of matchbox car from the early 70s that I collect.
One day while sitting at my desk working on a SQL Server install, I typed the search term into google on my desktop and clicked what I thought was a good link. While the site was coming up, I turned back to the server to do more stuff. 5 minutes maybe 10 minutes later I turn back to my PC to see the screen displaying a close up of a specific female orifice.
My knowledge from 15 years of using PCs flew from my head, I couldn't remember how to close a window with a mouse or a keyboard. in a panic I simply pulled the plug on the CPU.

At other times in my career I have mistyped URLs at work at went to politically incorrect places. marshallfieldS.com was an online store marshallfield.com was not. More recently at home I mistyped drudgereport.com and started getting slaughtered with pop ups (I had forgot to turn my firewall back on).

If I was on the jury, I would tell these stories.

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whitehouse.com

by NickNielsen In reply to hairy hustler

used to be a porn site. I've always wondered how many people wishing to visit the President's official web site (whitehouse.gov) typed in the wrong URL and got sidetracked...

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