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In the wake of the PSN/SOE hack (antiquity of security noted), wouldn't this be a huge red flag for ANY business?
"In tonight's news, hackers managed to infiltrate Google's network and copied hundreds of databases. Some of these databases are already showing up on Wikileaks."
"Simmons, where's our payroll report?"
"Sorry sir, but the Google network is still down from the hacker attack."
"That was two weeks ago!"
"Yes sir, they're still rebuilding their security systems. No ETA yet on when the network will be back up."
The idea of morality seems to be lumped as something that society deems how we should act, even though morality was in-part brought about by people who stood outside of early societies. And obviously, if society wants us to act a certain way, we must rage and resist and rebel without thought of whether what we're doing is morally right. Because, "Morality? Psh. Keep your moralities to yourself."
You can point your finger and call someone gutless for their baseless and thin justifications, but the simple fact is they don't and won't care. They're not going to take a deep, hard look at themselves in the mirror and question what they're doing. They're not going to make changes to their lives tonight, tomorrow or anytime in any foreseeable future. They feel justified and will continue to do so until they are actually held accountable. Which is not going to happen in an online environment.
Having said that, if there was a data trail to Texas, I wouldn't put it past some nutjobs in Texas trying something like this and thinking they were being patriotic. But the folks I have in mind wouldn't be working hand in hand with Israel either.
I'm all for our internet freedoms. I don't think certain things on the internet should necessarily be illegal (God I miss acquiring old, hard-to-get singles via old Napster). I want our freedoms to remain intact. But I'm also aware of my responsibilities to keep it that way. And I think ISPs should hold some of that responsibility. If an ISP is willing to blindly allow their customers to use their services however they want, then that ISP should be willing to lose that customer if the service is used irresponsibly.
And every time it's been NAV, NAV has piped up AFTER Comodo found a virus, like it was saying "Oh yeah, I knew about that virus all along, I just didn't think you wanted to know about it."
And while this sounds rather inventive, if WoW quests (and those doing them) have shown me anything, this will only help to dumb down
"Travel along the road to the north tower and deliver this package the dwarf at the tower."
"Newb tells general, 'Where can I find the dwarf for this quest?'"
"Newb tells LocalDefense, 'Where can I find the dwarf for this quest?'"
"Newb whispers you, 'Do you know where I can find the dwarf for this quest?'"
"You whisper Newb, 'It's in the quest info, plain as day.'"
"Newb whispers you, 'Can you take me?'"
(The above hypothetical conversation was cleaned up for legibility. Actual conversations would require heavy deciphering.)
Putting this guy in prison will do nothing but punish a guy and his family who are already being punished. And _IF_ he was convicted, it wouldn't make any difference in our society. It would not prevent one single accidental shooting in the future. This case and the results will be largely forgotten in a month's time when our next celebrity is making headlines over some scandal or another. Cases like this are "Oh, it would never happen in MY house". And no matter how severe you make the punishment for what has happened here, people will still live their lives with that thought in the head. "Oh, it would never happen in my house. Never." Blaming this guy for the accidental shooting would be just as effective as blaming Nintendo for making guns seem appealing to little 3 yr olds.
That being said, I think there should be an investigation into this. My kids are 4 and 6 and I think either one of them would have a a difficult time squeezing a trigger. In fact, I know my 6 yr old would since she had to have help squeezing the trigger of an unloaded