Friday, June 23, 2006

Christian video game--kill the infidels....

The Register is reporting on a video game based on Tim LaHayes' "Left Behind" series of Christian books about the end of times. The video game, according to The Register's report, involves the faithful Christians either converting the unbelievers or killing them-violently.

All in all, this just seems very UN-Christian to me. Jesus preached patience, kindness, tolerance, and love. Blowing the unbelievers up doesn't really fit into that, now does it? Then again, the ultra conservative right wing Christians aren't known for their tolerance or such values. Just look at Pat Robertson and his calls for world leaders to be assasinated.

On top of the violence, the game has spyware! Come on people, do something right.

What's the world coming to?

More laptops???

A statement from the FTC was released yesterday. Yet another government laptop was stolen that contains "personally identifiable information". From a car--the laptop was stolen from a car! Of course the statement mentions that it was a locked car, but I really wonder if the genious left the laptop in plain view.

Once again, when are people going to learn to make use of available solutions that keep private information off of the local hard drive. A simple VPN with a file server or some such application would fix this problem.

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Stephen Colbert is my hero

Quit losing laptops!

This and this--namely laptops with lots of people's personal data (SSN, name, address, etc) being stolen--is getting old.

Who thought is was a good idea for these people to be carrying around laptops with that much private data all the time? Why weren't those programs/files/etc at least protected, at the very minimum, with passwords. Let me rephrase... good passwords. I really hope that the people who had their laptops stolen are punished. I can't think of a good reason that the data would be stored on the laptops. Laptops are often stolen. That's a fact. So, why not use a VPN to connect to your office and keep the personal data there!

Equifax, I'm sure, is going to feel the hurt. At least they're a public company (not the government), so their stock can go down. What do we do when the government loses the data? we can't just not use the government. We can't make it go out of business.

I'm of the opinion that government needs to be run like a business. Don't meet your goals? You lose x percentage of your cut of the tax-payers dollars. I think we could fire 80% of government workers, and we'd never know the difference.

Lawsuit happy - or how did we let this happen?

On ArsTechnica There's a post about a teenager and her mother suing because the girl met the guy who sexually assaulted her through MySpace. Their reasoning for the suit: "[MySpace] fails to protect minors from adult sexual predators".

Another thing to add, the guy that is accused of sexually assaulting her is 19. So he's a teenager too. I realize he's not a minor, but is it possible that this girl was also presenting herself as older than she really is?

Now, maybe I'm a little slow on this one, but it seems to me that the parents need to keep an eye on what their kids are doing online - that's their job, not's job. Ultimately, the girl made a bad decision. Everyone makes bad decisions--some are worse than others, but it's not MySpace's fault that she made that decision to meet the guy in real life.

It's unfortunate that she was assaulted, but I really don't think MySpace should be held liable for her decision.

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

hopping on the bandwagon

I've finally decided to hop on the blogging bandwagon. I don't expect to keep it up too much, but this should give me some small creative outlet.

Expect tech news, women's news, and random thoughts. Yippee for randomness.