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Oregon Senate Candidate Steve Novick Answers Your Questions 393

Wow. More politicians (of all parties) need to be as open and thorough as Steve Novick is here. We selected 10 of the questions you submitted and sent them to him by email, and his responses... let's just say that if every candidate spoke out like Steve, we'd have a much clearer view of our choices and would be able to cast our votes a lot more rationally.

The Courts

Submission + - Busted Circuit City Shopper Gets Charges Dropped ( 1

vanillacokehead writes: "The Pittsburgh man who got stopped at a Cleveland-area Circuit City store, refused to be searched, then was arrested by a police officer when he refused to show his drivers license has had all criminal charges dropped against him. Michael Righi's story raised legal issues regarding the rights of merchants to stop and search shoppers and of police to request a drivers license from someone not using their car."

Submission + - Google throws mud at OOXML (

yogi writes: In a Blog post on Friday, Google welcomed the ISO decision not to fasttrack OOXML. From the article "Technical standards should be arrived at transparently, openly, and based on technical merit. Google is committed to helping the standards community remain true to this ideal and maintain their independence from any commercial pressure." while indicating their support for ODF.
The Media

Submission + - Incompetence, not hackers, dooms technology (

Technical Writing Geek writes: "Everybody knows hackers are the biggest threat to computer networks, except that it ain't necessarily so. Whether it's the Los Angeles customs fiasco or the unpredictable network cascade that brought the global Skype telephone service down for two days in August, problems arising from flawed systems, increasingly complex networks and even technology headaches from corporate mergers can make computer systems less reliable. "We don't need hackers to break the systems because they're falling apart by themselves," said Peter G. Neumann, an expert in computing risks and principal scientist at SRI International, a research institute in Menlo Park, Calif."

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