Hypothetically Speaking

Crime and Punishment

Two Indian roommates are studying for Masters’ in the Computer Science department of a university on the US. One guy has completed his assignment and the other wants to copy it. The first one doesn’t like the idea, but the second guy still persuades him to show it to him, just so he can get an idea of the solution, so he can wriet his own version of it. What ends up happening unbeknownst to the first guy is that the second one copies the entire assignment - changes variable names and submits it.

Results day, both guys got an “F” (for Failed) on their assignments and the course - that too, when the first guy was expecting an “A” for the work he did the entire year. Investigations are done, the second guy admits to plagiarism and changes his major just so he can graduate from the Masters’ program. The professors would have never allowed to pass easily after the one plagiarism incident. This is not a hypothetical situation - the first guy in the story was my husband. Should the professors have let the two guys go on with a slap on the wrist? It was only one assignment - nobody was physically or monetarily harmed because of this. What do you guys think? Guys studying in the US, what do you think?

p.s. This is for the ultra-touchy people - this post has absolutely nothing to do with Rohan. I was thinking of this after reading through a discussion on Gaurav’s blog and someone brought up similar points. As you can see from the last few lines, this is a true story and one of the people involved was my husband. So, please don’t discuss Rohan’s situation here.


Mavs have heart! Yeah! Take that, Houston! I know it took about two games for my boys to show it, but I am glad they did it. Of course, there are still two more games to be won, so I will refrain from counting my chickens before they are hatched. Hopefully, the German Pope will pray hard enough for Nowitzki to realize the play-offs have started.

Speaking of the German Pope, a former Hitler youth leading one of the world’s largest religion? In Dennis Miller’s words, anytime there is an adoring throng ardently and passionately in love with a German, it makes me nervous.

Via Prashant Kothari comes this story about a guy put to death in the Saud and they find out five-days later they find out he is innocent - turns out justice delayed was justice forever not served in this case. I am not surprised the Indian Government has not raised a stink over this - we are the kind of people who will put up crap just so others can tolerate us. We never believe we deserve respect like any other nationality. We will continue to be treated like crap until we decide we are as good as anyone else. It is one thing to be a squeaky wheel - it is another to go through impossibly great lengths to avoid confrontation of any kind.

Who woulda thunk it, but Laura Bush was genuinely fine in her well-scripted jokes about “Desperate Housewives” and “Chippendale’s”. Rock on, First Lady - a sense of humor only makes people more likeable - especially a self-deprecating one.

Thousands apparently marched for peace and against nuclear devices - I wonder how many flags were there denouncing North Korea or Iran who have nuclear ambitions…I am not exactly holding my breath trying to figure it out.