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Comment Re:Why was this "difficult"? (Score 4, Interesting) 982

The law that he broke was a section CA Penal Code 502, specifically that he disrupted or denied computer service to an authorized user and he did so without permission.

Refusing to provide a password is absolutely not a denial of service. That's like claiming losing keys to a rack in a data center is a denial of service.

However, he made one of the biggest mistakes then that he could have. While under police surveillance, he decided then to leave the state and make cash withdrawals of over $10,000. He was arrested, and that's where it became a criminal matter instead of simply an employment matter.

How this is a criminal act? Was he under court order to stay within the state of California and not touch his money? This whole case was never a criminal matter.

Comment Re:Perspective from a Juror on this Case (Score 1) 982

Can you confirm the order of events:
1. Terry Childs employment was terminated.
2. As an ex-employee he refused to provide any passwords.
3. He was arrested.

The precedent set here is that network administrators are required to produce passwords for ex-employers. So the only way as a network administrator to protect yourself against imprisonment from a former employer is to have difficulty remembering, AKA the Alberto Gonzales defense.

Comment Re: Current Stafford Loan Rate is 6.8%/5.6% fixed (Score 1) 1259

For all unsubsidized Stafford loans first disbursed on or after July 1, 2006, the interest rate is fixed at 6.8 percent. The interest rate for subsidized Stafford loans first disbursed on or after July 1, 2009 is fixed at 5.6 percent.

PLUS loans? Parents should have been saving since the child was born.

Comment Re:Tough Shit. (Score 1) 1259

I've never seen a scholarship or grant which required you to take a loan.

There is at least one alternative. You work full-time and go to school. In fact, that's how I ended up a Network Admin rather than an Advertising Executive, by working 2nd shift at the Internet Service Providers.

I think it's wonderful that you believe you are entitled to a college education; there's no such entitlement, nor should there be. If we're going to make the system of higher-education based on entitlements then we'll have to go to a competitive system where only the top X number of students of some federal test are allowed to go to apply for university.


Submission + - Jail for hentai raises 1st amendment issues (

Death Metal writes: "In the case of Dwight Whorley, it's impossible to argue that his interest in the allegedly obscene hentai was purely artistic or cultural. In addition to the obscenity charges, he was also convicted of possessing actual child pornography. As such, his punishment is deserved. The problem, however, is that the separate obscenity convictions set a dubious precedent that could have a chilling effect on freedom of speech and be used against artists or manga collectors who are not pedophiles."

Comment Re:Create your own but TEST the cables... (Score 4, Interesting) 837

If you're testing to certify cat5, cat5e, or cat6 you need a cable tester. If you cannot certify the cable to a category you cannot guarantee the cable will work. So the cable is always suspect when you have connectivity issues.

Keep the OSI model in mind, errors at the physical layer cause the whole stack to collapse.

The advantage of cabling over wireless is that you can guarantee that the cable will work where there's no such promise with unlicensed RF spectrum.

Comment Electronic Banking is Regulated: COMPLAIN (Score 2, Informative) 322

Electronic banking is heavily regulated. If you feel your concerns are being taken seriously by the bank you need to head on over to the federal reserves website and file a complaint. The Federal Reserve will forward the complaint to the correct regulating facility and banks will respond or be fined.

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