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Comment From TFA (Score 3, Informative) 138

"Kohannes Caspar said his Hamburg data protection office had initiated legal steps that could result in Facebook being fined tens of thousands of euros for saving private information of individuals who don't use the site and haven't granted it access to their details."

I bet this is less than their monthly coffee expenses.

Comment When industry polices itself... (Score 1) 341

This is why government needs to step in and make industry take actions which affect the bottom line adversely but are in the public interest. Will the industry suffer and lose profits from added safety regulation and oversight? Of course. But those profits are unfairly being funded by the damage and suffering resulting from this kind of reckless corperate activity.

Comment This is not a black to white hat situation (Score 5, Interesting) 92

RTFA this isn't a situtation of some reformed skilled hacker seek a job. These are a bunch of script kiddies trying to weasle their way into a job by pretending to be like Kevin Mitnick. After being turned away several times (justifiably) they then decided to threaten to expose a security vunerability they claimed to have discovered in the companies software. They are black hats through and through.

Comment Article needs a course in experimental design (Score 3, Interesting) 96

Each little personal anecdote in the article makes my inner statistician scream.

Barooah wasn’t about to try to answer a question like this with guesswork. He had a good data set that showed how many minutes he spent each day in focused work. With this, he could do an objective analysis. Barooah made a chart with dates on the bottom and his work time along the side. Running down the middle was a big black line labeled “Stopped drinking coffee.” On the left side of the line, low spikes and narrow columns. On the right side, high spikes and thick columns. The data had delivered their verdict, and coffee lost.

Lookie! I made a graph and it shows something! It MUST be causation, there is no other explanation.

Comment I will not donate to any biased position (Score -1, Troll) 973

I agree and support the idea of wikileaks very strongly. But making a website called collateralmurder immediately makes me cringe. I would be more far inclined to support them if they adhered to policy of being unbiased. Present the story to me and let me form my own opinion. By donating to any biased site, I am using my money to support their opinion as well as their actions. That I do not want to do, for ANY opinion on the left, right, up, or down. I believe that a lack of bias is essential for journalistic integrity.

No matter what the story or what the source is, I will always wonder what filter it passed through before being posted. Sensationalist names weaken the persuasiveness of their postings to those of us that believe in real journalism. It seems that all forms of journalism feel the need to be more and more biased these days. I guess the public gets what they want. Not searching for truth, searching for someone to tell us what we already believe. I mourn the death of real journalism everyday.

Now before people start flaming me for being some conservative nutjob, let me say that in no way do I condone the actions of the soldiers, the subsequent attempt at a coverup, or the intimidate tactics used against the wikileaks staff.

Comment Good (Score 4, Insightful) 973

They need it. They should get attention and money for trying to investigate and report much needed transparency in government. As opposed to most news outlets which have turned into spineless shadows of journalism. I hope this sparks demand for the rebirth of investigatory journalism.

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