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Comment Don't give it to them (Score 1) 505

I realize that this is of no help now, but this could have been avoided by simply not giving your SSN to people and companies that don't need it. I have found that when someone asks for my SSN, I can simply say that they can't have it with only minimal problems. Sometimes it means that I have to pay some sort of deposit because they can't do a credit check, but that is certainly worth my piece of mind.

Comment Re:You can shoot people, son, but don't blog! (Score 1) 202

I was in the Marine Corps until about a year and a half ago. The network that the article talks about is the official network that military computers are connected to. (Classified stuff is on a totally separate system.) My personal machine was in my barracks room connected to the local cable broadband service. It's no different than the connection you get anywhere else.

Real computer scientists like having a computer on their desk, else how could they read their mail?