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UC Roundup: Football Arrests, Voting Machines and Obesity

Posted By Gerald Nicdao On Aug 1, 2007 @ 9:42 pm In Sandbox | Comments Disabled

*First Up … UCLA Assistant Arrested*
If you haven’t heard yet, UCLA wide receivers coach Eric Scott
has been arrested [1] under the suspicion of burglary.

We didn’t know that coaches for a school squished in between Bel Air and Beverly Hills needed to go out and steal things.

Of course, this has started a whole storm of inquiries about whether or not UCLA did a good enough job doing a background check on Scott—whether or not Scott, who has been sentenced for three other crimes according to the LA Times, is guilty or not.

And who did the background checking? UCLA police [2] And it was actually AOL Fanhouse that made this joke:

bq. When they aren’t tasering students, it seems that the UCLA campus police are not brushing up on their background check skills.

Ah yes. The taser incident. We remember that [3].

*Voting Machines Faulty*
Remember a few weeks ago when we told you about that UC Davis professor trying to see if the voting machines California would use in its next election were hacker-proof [4]?

Well, according Matt Bishop’s findings, they’re not hacker-proof [5].

That’s riled up the computer companies, of course. [6]

bq. Allowing a team of University of California computer experts unlimited access to the voting systems, along with any needed passwords, source code and manuals “is not a real world scenario,” said Steven Bennett, a spokesman for Sequoia Voting Systems, whose equipment is used in Alameda, Napa and Santa Clara counties.

Yes, it’s not a real world scenario because hackers are dumber than professors. Shouldn’t we have the right to know even the smallest little kink in our voting machines?

*Obesity Gets Its Day in Research*
We have two stories to tell you about.

First, UC San Diego researchers say that obesity may be socially contagious [7]. According to the study, the chance’s of becoming obese go up to 57 percent if one of your friends is obese, 40 percent if a sibling is obese and 37 percent if your spouse is obese.

bq. “We were stunned to find that friends who are hundreds of miles away have just as much impact on a person’s weight status as friends who are right next door,” said co-author James Fowler of the UC San Diego.

UC Merced will get its hands dirty with this obesity thing. For the next 10 years, UC Merced researcher Rudy Ortiz will inspect what makes kids in the Central Valley obese [8].

First, it’s great that the newest UC school in the system gets to do some sort of research. Second, there are people living in the Central Valley? We just thought it was void of any form of life other than in Fresno and in Merced.

Image Source: Salgu Wissmath, Daily Cal
Bruins football assistant arrested [ LA Times [9]]
Voting Machine Companies Attack Review [Forbes [5]]
Makers of voting machines battle critics over UC study [SF Gate [6]]
UC San Diego researchers find obesity can spread in social circles [North County Times [7]]
UC Merced study eyes obese kids [Modesto Bee [8]]

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[1] has been arrested: http://clog.dailycal.org/wp-admin/

[2] UCLA police: http://sports.aol.com/fanhouse/2007/07/31/ucla-police-missed-scott-arrests

[3] We remember that: http://clog.dailycal.org/2006/11/16/in-need-of-a-copwatch-decal-ucla/

[4] next election were hacker-proof: http://clog.dailycal.org/2007/07/10/uc-roundup-muscles-hackers-and-development-snafus/

[5] they’re not hacker-proof: http://www.forbes.com/feeds/ap/2007/07/31/ap3971277.html

[6] of course.: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2007/07/31/BACIR9U792.DTL

[7] obesity may be socially contagious: http://www.nctimes.com/articles/2007/07/26/health/11_28_547_25_07.txt

[8] kids in the Central Valley obese: http://www.modbee.com/local/story/28680.html

[9] LA Times : http://www.latimes.com/sports/la-sp-uclacoach26jul26,1,2523741.story?coll=la-headlines-sports&ctrack=5&cset=true

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