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Just joking around.

Posted by Gimwinkle on Wednesday, February 06 2019 at 08:15:20AM
In reply to impressed posted by Eeyore on Wednesday, February 06 2019 at 02:42:42AM

Yep, he pointed it out. I know he wasn't totally sure, but he did catch me. Yeah, my syntax and grammar was stretched a bit.

I can't remember if I wrote about the following in a post here or what.

When I was in college (many years ago when the IBM 360 was king), I was taking some math courses. Unfortunately, to appease the "intellectual powers that be", I had to take a course in U.S. History and a course in Psychology. I hated both.

Since the math consumed much of my study time, I... well, yeah, I procrastinated on a large number of lengthy history papers that had to be turned in to get any kind of grade. (I think there were thirty 5,000 word papers to do.)The prof. finally asked if I was going to turn them all in as one final submission. So... I said yes, that I was almost done. (Ah, what a tangled web we weave when we practice to deceive!)

Because I was, at the time, a systems analyst working in the burgeoning AI field, I wrote a program that followed English grammar rules and produced gibberish such as I donated to JD420. It took me a day to perfect the program and about a half hour to run the print job. I should point out that at no time were there any intelligent things said in any of the papers. If, for example, a paper was to discuss Sherman's Scenic Tour from Atlanta to Savannah, it had key words involving the march all discussing various intricate details.

Finally, I submitted them all and waited the prescribed week for results. Was it ethical? No. Was it successful? Yes. What did that say about academia years ago? The same as today?

Thankfully, it was not illegal.

(And you thought I might have been a cool dude! No, I'm a bad guy, alright.)

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