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Comment Re:I can see it now... (Score 5, Insightful) 130

America runs on a series of checks and balances: congress can create a law and the president can sign it or override it with a veto; if the president vetoes it, then an overwhelming vote in congress can override the veto; if a bill is passed in congress and the president signs it into law then the supreme court can still strike it down if it isn't constitutional; and if all of these things fail, Americans can vote people into office whose ideas are more closely aligned with their own.

However, if the American people are denied the very knowledge that their government is acting in a way anathema to the interests of a free society, we cannot make a knowledgeable decision when we vote. The penultimate check and balance Americans have at their disposal will be based on opinions created with misinformation or no knowledge at all of what their chosen representative's are actually doing.

The American public cannot be left in the dark and still make informed decisions when we choose the people to represent us in government.

Comment Buisness Experts of the Internet...LOL (Score 1) 1313

I always love reading Slashdot opinions on business topics. They're hilarious--people with more opinions than experience lamenting that some evil one-percenter is just screwing the poor hard working folks to get that extra nickle on their bonus. How, if they were in charge of a business, they would give lavish pay and benefits, be a champion of the little man and show those fat cats up.

But they aren't in charge of a business and never have been. The closest most people here get to owning a business is claiming the room they keep their computer in as a home office on their taxes. They have never had to hire or fire people working for them, not as some department manager firing one of his staff, but as an executive of a company having to make an existential business decision to fire an employee or jeopardize a department, layoff an entire department or risk shutting down an entire building, or close an entire plant or risk losing the company.

Having to make decisions based not on fanciful ideals they once had a really good gut feeling about, but actual deadlines, cash flow statements, unpaid client bills, rent and mortgage changes, supplier price fluctuations, insurance costs, tax liabilities, regulation compliance and fickle state and federal legislatures who love to pass feel-good laws, changes one's ideas of business. The chief executive of Titan made a decision based on over two-decades of executive business experience. He was an engineer before that, so he can't be too stupid. I wager he knows his industry better than anyone on Slashdot and his company better than everyone on Slashdot combined. And yet, as always, Mountain Dew slurping, mouse jocky experts come out of the woodwork to criticize him because he's a successful businessman making successful business decisions.

Yes, you may never have run so much as a lemonade stand, but I'm sure you can run circles around a guy with 23 years of experience running a $1.2 billion company.

Comment Re:Are you a human being? (Score 1) 527

On 9/11 I lived in suburb of Denver,CO. I had no ties to New York or Washington DC. However, I did have a good friend and co-worker from my department visiting New York. She went to a training seminar and was on the 106th floor of Tower 1 when the plane hit. My boss, who used to live in New York said she lost 7 close friends that she knew of; her husband lost a lot more. My aunt lived through the LA riots with nothing more than a broken windshield and shaken nerves. I had several friends from high school living in New Orleans when Katrina hit, though luckily none of them were hurt. I've lived in the Denver area for 15 years and I had dozens of coworkers with children in Columbine High School the day that place became famous and I currently live 5 miles from the theater in Aurora, CO where a recent mass murder took place. Believing you cannot be affected simply because you are not currently an obvious target always seemed childishly naive to me. The Boy Scout motto is "Be Prepared". I cannot think of any way one's life could be bettered by doing otherwise. nip

Submission + - Order of the Stick closing in on $1M Kickstarter Drive (

An anonymous reader writes: Web comic author Rich Burlew went to Kickstarter to try to collect enough funds to reprint out-of-stock books from his award winning RPG satire, The Order of the Stick. Burlew needed $57,750 to begin printing, but with 2 days left he is rapidly approaching $1,000,000.

Submission + - List of Switch Maker's Hard Coded Backdoors Leaked (

Trailrunner7 writes: An internal document listing the backdoor accounts for switches manufactured by networking equipment vendor Allied Telesis was circulating online Friday, a day after an internal support page providing instructions on accessing hard coded back door accounts in the company's products was found to be publicly accessible.

The Excel spreadsheet, "Password_List" was apparently downloaded from Allied's support Web site and posted to a public, file sharing Web site on Thursday. It contains instructions for accessing around 20 models of network switching equipment manufactured by Allied Telesis, including default administrative user name and password information and special key combinations and passwords that can be used to enable back doors in the switches.

Comment Re:shame game (Score 1) 575

Sony was entrusted with something they needed to keep secure. They failed. If I give money to a bank and some guy is able to take that money by kicking in the back door, then yes, the robber should go to jail, but the bank deserves blame too for not sufficiently securing what they were entrusted with. nip

Comment Re:Should that be millisoccer ? (Score 1) 89

A regulation soccer field is 100x70 yards or 91440x64008mm. That's a total of 5852891520mm^2. The soccer fields FTA are 4.65mm^2 (including the goals, they aren't rectangular). They are 1/1,258,686,348 the size of a regular soccer field. Nano ( means 1 billionth. These soccer fields are slightly less than 1 billionth the size of a normal soccer field and are therefore "Nano-Soccer Fields".

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