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Comment Re:My god. (Score 2, Insightful) 806

So yes, Americans are paranoid. But just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they're not after you. This wasn't a generic comment like "oh I just hate him so much I could kill him." This was very specific: day, time, place, weapon of choice, target. I'd be a little concerned too. We do this all the time. There's a threat, no one takes action, people die, people kick themselves for not heeding the warning. But kicking yourself can't undo the tragedy. Preventative action can make sure it doesn't happen. And I find most people are a little too moronic to use Facebook. I mean seriously, you post your business all over the internet. That's pretty dangerous.

Comment Oldies but Goodies (Score 1) 799

Stephen Hawking is still around. In fact, he has written two children's books George's Secret Key to the Universe and George and the Cosmic Treasure Hunt. I think that's the type of things that would hook kids on science pretty young. Other than that I would say maybe Richard Dawkins if we're talking about current living scientists and to a lesser extent and on a different level (maybe controversially) Ray Kurzweil. As far as all time heroes who are still influential to this day, of course Albert Einstein, and I personally like Oppenheimer and Feynman.

Comment Re:OK, Since this is a non-event... (Score 2, Interesting) 671

Windows 7 is going to be the "reassuring" Windows. I believe this is Microsoft's business plan: release something good, hook the people. Release something crappy, the hooked people will buy it, then pay for the tons of tech support they will need. Release something good to remind the people why they got hooked in the first place. Release something crappy to make money off tech support, etc, etc, etc. I just don't think Windows users will ever catch the dragon.

Comment Re:Release it anyway (Score 2, Insightful) 229

That's right. IMHO, the reason some companies, such as in this case, suddenly decide to fix something after 8 months is because they are about to lose face. I think it must be a vulnerability that allows the hacker to obtain sensitive information about innocent people, as opposed to the company losing money directly. If the company was losing money, it would've been fixed 8 months ago. However, once it comes out that the company knew about it for 8 months and hasn't fixed it, the company will lose face and lose contracts because of that. That would explain the company's lackadaisical attitude in all of this. I miss the old days. This would've been posted on a BBS 7 months and 29 days ago.

Comment Re:What happened to education? (Score 1) 690

I agree. I would make the basic computer security as a part of the school curriculum. We teach children about penguins in Arctics, but not about what will be an essential part of their daily life (not that I am against penguins).

Certain penguins and computer security should be taught in the same class.

Comment What happened to education? (Score 1) 690

I think a better answer to this is education. In grade school computer classes children should be learning about the dangers of the internet, not playing Oregon Trail. Computers have become such a big part of everyday life, yet parents and teachers neglect to teach kids about them. Kids have myspace accounts and buy stuff off ebay but aren't taught about privacy and security. You wouldn't send your kid to the store alone and forget to tell them not to talk to strangers, look both ways before crossing the street, and not to walk around flashing their money. The reason behind this may be that adults are just as ignorant. Which is why schools are just as much to blame. They should hire computer teachers that are a bit more than babysitters.

Comment People like to hear themselves talk... me too (Score 1) 753

The economic downturn certainly won't kill open source. Like everyone else here has said, some people just don't do it for the money. If anything, I could see an economic downturn to boost open source. Supposedly more businesses are being turned on to the idea of open source, which is going to increase IT professionals' interest in it. In addition, we may see an increase in donations from businesses into open source projects.
Aside from all that, the article cites unemployment as a reason for the downturn. I could see these unemployed people spending more time on open source projects. Plus layoffs = unemployment = gov't paycheck.

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