Homework 2: Web Searching

CS 102

60 points, due Mar. 12, 1999

Choose any three of the following topics to research:

  1. It will soon be possible to file for divorce on the Internet.

  2. A US Nazi web publisher was taken into custody in Germany.

  3. A man was charged $250.00 for a Neiman Marcus cookie recipe.

  4. If you open a piece of e-mail with the subject ``Good Times,'' your PC will be infected with the so-called Good Times virus.

  5. A man was jailed because of a computer glitch.

  6. Flaws in Microsoft Internet Explorer allow hackers to steal user's private encryption keys.

  7. Someone got 2,500 parking tickets because his license plate says ``NOPLATE''.

  8. The Y2K problem caused IRS computers to declare 1,000 taxpayers to be in default.

  9. Convicted prisoners are used by an airline to take reservations.

  10. A vandal broke into Yahoo and posted a ransom note demanding the release of Kevin Mitnick.

Using the web search engine(s) and/or web site(s) of your choice, determine whether or not each of your three topics is true or false. In some cases you may have to sort-out conflicting reports.

Write your results up as an MS Word document. For each topic, provide the following information:

In evaluating your work, what will separate an ``A'' from a ``B'' will be the justification behind your findings. The web holds contradictory information regarding several of these topics. Given that, you need to justify why you selected the particular web sites you cited.

Send your Word document to me (to the address kelliher or Send mail to kelliher AT DOMAIN goucher.edu) as an e-mail attachment. Your results are due 6:00pm on the 12th. (Remember that the campus phone system will be down for about three days commencing at 6:00pm on the 12th.)

Thomas P. Kelliher
Fri Mar 5 10:11:36 EST 1999
Tom Kelliher