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On the surface this looks like a horrible idea, and it probably is.
But it's worth remembering that the next generation of terrorism isn't going to be some idiot with a bomb on his chest, it's going to be 100 million of us waking up one day to find our bank accounts empty, or our social security numbers changed, or that our credit cards won't work, or all the airplane flight routes running into each other.
And our government isn't ready for any of it. Despite what they claim, in my opinion, neither are the private network systems in the US. Does this bill solve that or even give us an emergency response of some sort? I have no idea, probably not. But it does highlight the fact that our whole country could be crippled by a few kids in a room packed with computers a lot faster than it could be crippled by some guy with a suitcase bomb.
Unrelated but important. Wireless security is anything but. WPA is a joke, and the latest incarnation has been cracked too. It can be broken in less than a minute. If you use wireless for your laptop or iPod around the house or office, add MAC filtering to your security setup and use AES security encryption.
"When we build let us think we build forever. Let it not be for present delight nor for present use alone. Let it be such work that our descendants will thank us for, and let us think, as we lay stone upon stone, that a time is to come when these stones will be held sacred because our hands have touched them, and that men will say, as they look upon the labor and wrought substance of them, "See! This our fathers did for us."
John Ruskin (1819 - 1900)
What about all the people that work online for any company that uses the internet?
If, like on Wednesday some stray backhoe or other piece of construction equipment knocks out your office buildings network for 24 hours and you can't even make phone calls you feel pretty useless and restless.
if, like on wednesday some stray backhoe or other piece of construction equipment knocks out your office buildings network for 24 hours and you can't even make phone calls you feel pretty useless and restless.