I was talking with my dad tonight, and he said that this weekend, he was reading his copy of Maximum PC.They had an article, “73 Websites You Need to Know About.” Sounds harmless right? Wrong.
Here, they reported File Destructor 2.0 (www.xnet.se/fd) is all the rage right now with students. Why? For an “unofficial extension” on your homework. Their blurb:
We’re not ones to subvert to the higher education system, but we recognize that every once in a while you get behind on an assignment and need an extra day. That’s what the File Destructor is for — use it to generate a broken file, turn it in, then finish your assignment in the time it takes your professor [or teacher] to email you that something went wrong.
I’m outraged. Firstly, I’ve read Maximum PC quite a bit before. I’m no computer wiz, but I can follow along. They seem to be a pretty reputable source. I’m astonished that they are presenting this “tool” in such a positive light. They are literally helping students everywhere cheat and get away with it.
Teachers beware — if you seem to be getting a lot of corrupted files, this might be the source. I’m not sure the solution (how can you justify that they purposely corrupted a file), but we need to look into insuring that students are honest! What do you think?