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So much to say, so much to do, as always.

If you read one post on DW this week, make it [personal profile] synecdochic's incendiary post on modesty. She is so, so, so right. [livejournal.com profile] karenhealey's post today is also relevant.

This morning I was listening to NPR's coverage of President Obama's visit to Louisiana this weekend; the president noted that Americans are "frustrated and upset." No, Mr. President; speaking for myself, we are enraged. We are enraged that it took the government and BP more than a week to respond to the scale of the spill; we are enraged that BP was allowed to drill that deep at all without knowing how to fucking turn the well off if necessary; we are enraged that BP had the gall to ask the government to help pay for cleaning up its fucking mess; and we are enraged that BP has teams of lawyers in Alabama trying to pressure people into waiving their right to sue for a measly $5000, proving once again that there's no cheapskate like a rich bastard. And speaking as someone whose state's coastal waters were opened to oil exploration last month, I can say, we need more offshore oil drilling like we need a matched set of holes in the head. Authorize some damn wind farms instead, Mr. President! 

I mentioned the Lower Merion webcam controversy before; the district is set to report the results of its $550,000 and counting investigation tonight, but I was intrigued by this article noting that in 2008 a district student sent the chief technology officer an email saying that the webcam software was a potentially serious violation of privacy. The CTO replied that the student should take a breath and relax; she was interviewed by The Inquirer this weekend and says that she "just didn't think about privacy" and that anyway her staff would never violate anyone's privacy, so why should she have worried? Lady, you're either grossly incompetent at your job or criminally negligent, and you should be on administrative leave along with your two techies. And that student ought to have your job instead, because I'm sure they could do better at it.

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Date: 2010-05-03 18:33 (UTC)
outou: (A despot whom the wise ridicule and obey)
From: [personal profile] outou
The post on modesty was useful--and pointed, considering that I'm one of those people who has a lot of trouble just saying "thank you" to compliments. I'm also one of those people who has deeply internalized impostor syndrome--but, you know, I think I should be talking about it over there. Thank you for the link!

I really wish both the federal and state governments would use some muscle in constructing wind farms. As of now, we have a grand total of one, which hasn't even been constructed yet! Another project that would have been near Long Island, and that was close to being approved, was actually scuttled by some wealthy landowners who didn't want their view spoiled. This is the kind of opposition the government is facing--there's no valid reason, beyond costs, for it to ignore or postpone green energy projects.

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Date: 2010-05-03 18:49 (UTC)
seekingferret: Word balloon says "So I said to the guy: you never read the book yet you go online and talk about it as if--" (Default)
From: [personal profile] seekingferret
WTF???

"It's easy now to say, 'Why the hell didn't I think about privacy?'"

WTF???

You're the CTO! It is your fucking job to think about privacy, not to watch a privacy violation happen and then ask why you didn't think about it? Even without the email from a student, what you allowed to happen is beyond the pale.

I had a friend who was expelled from college for pointing out a security flaw in his school's website that the Sysadmin refused to acknowledge. He was accused of hacking and kicked out... and then the security flaw was allowed to remain unfixed, because if you're not able to acknowledge that sometimes students know more than you about technology, security and privacy are clearly not your concerns. It seems like this CTO is cut from the same cloth.

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Date: 2010-05-03 21:04 (UTC)
ilyena_sylph: picture of Labyrinth!faerie with 'careful, i bite' as text (Default)
From: [personal profile] ilyena_sylph
Preach it.

This is so utterly true, and right.

I'm a long way from the Gulf, but my girl's family isn't, and I am so damn angry and scared for everyone down there.

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Date: 2010-05-05 01:12 (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] ravenholdt
Recced the post on my site (with creds): http://holdt.webs.com

Thanks so much!

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