It is essential that we determine exactly where the breakdown in protocol occurred and whether similar activities could be ongoing at other federal facilities.
Sounds like the "protocol" might be changed from "treat everyone as suspicious" to "treat everyone as guilty".
Chances of a "conversation" are nil.
Why? Even individuals had many productive conversations on this planet when it took weeks to get a reply via snail mail.
Of course individual humans today couldn't have a conversation with 1000 year latency (at least form Earth's side - the aliens might live a lot longer). The invention of cryogenics of some kind, extreme life expectancy increases, or relativistic time dilation could fix that though.
But as a civilisation, I don't see why we couldn't converse. Especially as civilisation ages - after 1 million years of technological growth, 1000 years mightn't seem that long.
(See also "Dragon's Egg" by Robert L. Forward for some great sci-fi in this vein)
Space is about the only place such clocks would be of any use.
Damn, that's only 99.99...% of the universe!
However, countermeasures exist in the form of specialized light sensors that can detect the light from the beam. Rippled glass can be used as a defense, as it provides a poor surface for a laser microphone.
You say "little different from a laser mic". Yes, innovation is incremental, this is an increment.
I propose that we boycott stories and only discuss the abomination that is Slashdot Beta until Dice abandons the project.
Easier and more effective: don't visit the site for a week. That will get their attention. I don't think any of the suits are actually reading the comments, do you?
A lot of people talk about leaving Slashdot for good, which they may or (more likely) may not do - why not leave it for a week?
That's what I'm doing... from... now!
"The pyramid is opening!" "Which one?" "The one with the ever-widening hole in it!" -- The Firesign Theatre