unixan writes "In a report by the SEC Inspector General that smacks of fiddling while Rome burns, 33 recent ethics investigations all showed that the government employees responsible for keeping an eye on the economy were instead obsessed with surfing porn — while the economy was tipping over.
One cited example:
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A senior attorney at the SEC's Washington headquarters spent up to eight hours a day looking at and downloading pornography. When he ran out of hard drive space, he burned the files to CDs or DVDs, which he kept in boxes around his office.
unixan writes "What can you do with $4,200, and a lot of time on your hands? Why not brute force a written exam, the old fashion way?
The exam consisted of 50 multi-choice questions, and required a 60 percent score to pass. The would-be student, now a likely nominee for an Iggy, required 950 attempts to raise a score that started in the 30 percent range.
How about it, Slashdotters: assuming 50 questions with 5 choices each, could you program a brute force script (with learning capability based on final score) and beat the worlds worst test taker?"Link to Original Source
unixan writes "The Seattle Times reports that Washington State votes are being threatened with "uncomfortable conversations" for signing a petition that puts new same-sex laws to a vote. WhoSigned.Org, a newly created organization intended for this campaign, is aiming to organize mass-intimidation of voters into withdrawing their signatures.
The campaign may be backfiring, however. Many comments on the story's page indicate that previously-unaware readers intend to sign the petition in protest of the group's tactics."