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Comment: Can we stop with the cutesy usage of "Condi"? (Score 1) 445

by musth (#46741679) Attached to: Commenters To Dropbox CEO: Houston, We Have a Problem

Slashdot would like to be taken seriously, I assume. But "Condi" isn't our friend; we don't know Rice on a first-name basis, much less on a nickname basis. Serious journalism/reporting/blogging doesn't refer to public figures by their first names.

The same goes for all the Google billionaires and other tech luminaries, whom tech outlets like Slashdot routinely refer to as, e.g., "Sergey" or "Larry".

They are not our friends. We're not all part of some big club together - the concerns of tech CEOs are vastly different from those of most working tech people. Tech blogging doesn't serve the tech community well by employing these kinds of linguistic devices, which help to disarm the critical thinking of readers.

Comment: Sobering to realized that Cerf cashed in too (Score 1) 149

by musth (#46674431) Attached to: TCP/IP Might Have Been Secure From the Start If Not For the NSA

The crypto tools were part of a classified NSA project he was working on at Stanford in the mid 1970s to build a secure, classified Internet. 'At the time I couldn't share that with my friends,' Cerf said."

Another one drops into my asshole category for working for intelligence/military/military contracting. And they probably almost all think they were "serving America".

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