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Comment: This just shows that hacking should be legal (Score 1) 220

by rtconner (#48635407) Attached to: Hackers' Shutdown of 'The Interview' Confirms Coding Is a Superpower

This whole episode is evidence that computer hacking should be completely legalized. If hacking was legal, some white-hat script kiddie from Nebraska would have found the security flaws in Sony's system a long time ago. The flaws would have been reported and fixed and would have been a whole lot less damaging to the country as a whole. Probably it barely would have made the news.

Instead we have to wait around for some country who has no regard for out legal system to hack our systems and find our flaws. Now North Korea looks smart, while we all know that there are hundreds of 16 year old hackers out there who probably could have done the same thing --- if it was legal.

Way to go lawmakers.

The Internet

Rushkoff Proposes We Fork the Internet 487

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the left-or-right dept.
Shareable writes "Douglas Rushkoff: 'The moment the "net neutrality" debate began was the moment the net neutrality debate was lost. For once the fate of a network — its fairness, its rule set, its capacity for social or economic reformation — is in the hands of policymakers and the corporations funding them — that network loses its power to effect change. The mere fact that lawmakers and lobbyists now control the future of the net should be enough to turn us elsewhere.' And he goes on to suggest citizens fork the Internet & makes a call for ideas how to do that."
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The Push For Colbert's "Restoring Truthiness" Rally 703 Screenshot-sm

Posted by samzenpus
from the giving-truth-the-bump dept.
jamie writes "A grassroots campaign has begun to get Stephen Colbert to hold a rally on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial to counter Glenn Beck's recent 'Restoring Honor' event. The would-be rally has been dubbed 'Restoring Truthiness' and was inspired by a recent post on Reddit, where a young woman wondered if the only way to point out the absurdity of the Tea Party's rally would be if Colbert mirrored it with his own Colbert Nation.'"
Crime

Geologists Might Be Charged For Not Predicting Quake 375

Posted by timothy
from the google-will-no-doubt-be-found-at-fault dept.
mmmscience writes "In 2009, a series of small earthquakes shook the region of L'Aquila, Italy. Seismologists investigated the tremors, but concluded that there was no direct indication of a big quake on the horizon. Less than a month later, a magnitude 6.3 earthquake killed more than 300 people. Now, the chief prosecutor of L'Aquila is looking to charge the scientists with gross negligent manslaughter for not predicting the quake."
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Google Street View Shoots the Same Woman 43 Times 106 Screenshot-sm

Posted by samzenpus
from the get-your-face-out-there dept.
Geoffrey.landis writes "Terry Southgate discovered that his wife Wendy appears on the Google Street View of his neighborhood not once or twice but a whopping 43 times. From the article: 'It seems as if the Street View car simply followed the same route as Wendy and Trixie. However, Wendy was a little suspicious that the car was doing something on the "tricksie" side. Several of the Street View shots show Wendy looking with some concern towards the car that was, well, to put it politely, crawling along the curb. "I didn't know what it was doing. It was just driving round very, very slowly," Wendy told the Sun.' The next best thing to being a movie star — a Street View star!"

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