Computers

Time for Life Lock?

According to Texas State Comptroller Susan Combs, the data wasn’t exposed by a hacker or a group of vigilante scriptkiddies—it ended up on a state-controlled public server after having been passed around between various state agencies. The data came from the Teacher Retirement System of Texas, the Texas Workforce Commission, and the Employees Retirement System of Texas, all of whom transferred the unencrypted data (against state policy) between January and May of 2010. The information was only discovered on the public server on March 31, 2011, meaning it has been available for almost a year.

Really? A YEAR?

*Whew*

That was close. Glad they jumped right on it.

I thought the gubment storing all that personal data was supposed to be a good thing. I guess if your a malcontent and you know where to look, it is.

Stay secretive, my friends.

Careful what you copy or fax on public and private copy machines. You may want to encourage your employer to develop a memory cleaning policy prior to releasing used machines into the wild.

 

Thanks to Sharon for the email.

Imagine that.

My friend Teresa from Teresamerica reminded me of a story that the lefties at the NAACP refuse to admonish members of their side for the raaaaacist calls for violence against Supreme Court Judge Clarence Thomas at the ‘Quarantine the Koch Brothers’ rally. Isn’t the NAACP supposed to be an advocate for civil rights much like the most righteous ACLU?

Oh. Right.

Hat Tip to Michael Berry for finding the Daily Caller story.

On a side note, while I was looking for other stories to go along with this one, I did a little Bing search for “dems denounce racist threats at rally‘ which I was sure would return a bazillion hits pointing to their outrage and calls for civility but instead, returned this result:

Funny how it easily found calls from republicans calling out their own for veering out of the pasture, and dems calling the TEA Party raaaaacists. Never mind the fact that none of those accusations were ever proven. Then, I thought, why not try the ‘News’ tab:

Hmmm. That’s interesting. No news at all? No dems have ever been reported to have denounced racism at any rally? I thought they were against racism. Bing, maybe I need to spell it out for you:

Notice it included the Egyptian denouncement of something or other, and down lower right, it found an article on Rep. Moran accusing republicans of being racist.

Then, the search engine politely asked me:

Do you want results only for democrats denounce racist threats at rally?

Absolutely!

Apparently, it doesn’t happen.

To be fair, I changed ‘democrat’ to republican’ and it didn’t find anything for those search terms in the ‘news’ tab either, but when switched to the ‘Web’ tab both search sets returned a larger set of results:

I’m not trying to prove anything here. Just noticing an interesting find and tweaking the geeks who program the search engines. I mean, really? Not one ‘News’ item for those search terms? I hear it on radio and read articles on that very subject almost every day. Why does a search engine have trouble spotting them? Is there a blind spot in your ‘News’ algorithm? (Al-Gore-ithm?)

Maybe Al forgot to include that bit of code when he invented the interwebz.

We know it will happen one day. It’s inevitable that a hard drive will fail. I’ve been noticing the tell-tale signs lately. Slow performance, locked up browsers and programs, it all boils down to gremlins in the works.

Add to that a friend coming in for the weekend whom I haven’t seen in a while and the result is going to be erratic and sporadic posting this weekend. I’ll send you a picture every now and again of whatever adult beverage happens to be in my hand at the moment.

But all the revelry must wait, because now there is a chore to be tackled, a battle to be won, a hard drive must be mirrored and replaced and there’s a jungle of wires and bytes to be fought and overcome.

Cover me.

I’m going in…

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