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188 comments

Tsar or Tsaritsa? (5, Informative)

eldavojohn (898314) | more than 5 years ago | (#26791335)

President Obama has found the cyber tsar ...

Uh, shouldn't that be tsaritsa [wikipedia.org] ?

Or is there something you know about Melissa that we don't?

Re:Tsar or Tsaritsa? (0, Offtopic)

nicolas.kassis (875270) | more than 5 years ago | (#26791351)

sounds like starbucks. "Barista"

Re:Tsar or Tsaritsa? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26791399)

sounds like starbucks. "Barista"

if there is something that you won't never find at starbucks, it's a real barista.

Re:Tsar or Tsaritsa? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26791709)

Despite the hype, a retard could use an espresso machine successfully. It's not hard.

Re:Tsar or Tsaritsa? (2, Funny)

Captain Splendid (673276) | more than 5 years ago | (#26791807)

No, they can't. If I have to deal with one more idiot (in Starbucks or otherwise) who doesn't know how to foam milk properly, I'm going to get arrested.

Re:Tsar or Tsaritsa? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26792197)

Call me a troll, and as much as I hate to admit it, he is right. Foaming milk is nearly an art.......

Re:Tsar or Tsaritsa? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26792177)

sounds like starbucks. "Barista"

if there is something that you won't never find at starbucks, it's a real barista.

FYI, "won't never" = "will always". I think you were trying to say "won't ever".

Re:Tsar or Tsaritsa? (4, Informative)

sexconker (1179573) | more than 5 years ago | (#26792319)

FYI, "won't never" = "will, on at least one occasion", whereas "never won't" = "will always".

Re:Tsar or Tsaritsa? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26792241)

If there is something you won't never find on /., it's grammar.

Re:Tsar or Tsaritsa? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26792371)

You with I am total agree. Become what Slashdot will?

Re:Tsar or Tsaritsa? (0, Offtopic)

JorDan Clock (664877) | more than 5 years ago | (#26791421)

I'm a barista, but I don't work at Starbuck's, you insensitive clod!

Re:Tsar or Tsaritsa? (2, Funny)

nicolas.kassis (875270) | more than 5 years ago | (#26791879)

but but they invented the word

Re:Tsar or Tsaritsa? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26792183)

It actualy came from the italian word for barman.

and I'm an ex barista who cringes at the concept of Effing starbacks calling thier monkies baritas

Re:Tsar or Tsaritsa? (3, Funny)

QuantumG (50515) | more than 5 years ago | (#26791367)

Or is there something you know about Melissa that we don't?

Her parents were stranded on a tropical island you insensitive clod.

Re:Tsar or Tsaritsa? (1)

1+(smarterThanYou) (539258) | more than 5 years ago | (#26791395)

Tsarina is the english feminine form. I figure we'd use that instead of tsaritsa...

Re:Tsar or Tsaritsa? (5, Funny)

Samschnooks (1415697) | more than 5 years ago | (#26791467)

Neither. Cyber-Dominatrix.

She'll need to wear spiked heeled boots and a leather corset.

I think I have issues.

Re:Tsar or Tsaritsa? (5, Funny)

Apple Developer (670108) | more than 5 years ago | (#26791971)

Neither. Cyber-Dominatrix.

She'll need to wear spiked heeled boots and a leather corset.

I think I have issues.

Mod -1 Creepy?

Re:Tsar or Tsaritsa? (1)

Namlak (850746) | more than 5 years ago | (#26792405)

Mod -1 Creepy?

Mod -1 Competition

Re:Tsar or Tsaritsa? (1)

glwtta (532858) | more than 5 years ago | (#26792947)

Surely it's Mod +1 Creepy?

Re:Tsar or Tsaritsa? (1)

techno-vampire (666512) | more than 5 years ago | (#26792087)

Judging by this picture of her, [imageshack.us] she's got the figure for it, but I've no idea if she's interested in dressing that way. Enquiring minds want to know!

Re:Tsar or Tsaritsa? (4, Funny)

lysergic.acid (845423) | more than 5 years ago | (#26792817)

yea... that's not her. that's Faith Hill [exposay.com] . why the hell would the chairwoman of the National Cyber Study Group be in a publicity photo with Tim McGraw?

Re:Tsar or Tsaritsa? (4, Funny)

couchslug (175151) | more than 5 years ago | (#26792955)

"I think I have issues."

If she's hawt you do not have issues.

If she looks like Janet Reno you have issues.

If she looks like Janet Reno and dresses per your description, post pics because you are not alone.

Re:Tsar or Tsaritsa? (3, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26791551)

You may or may not be right. The wiki article you linked doesn't make clear if tsaritsa means only tsar's wife or a ruler on its own.

E.g. due to this distinction in Poland they crowned female ruler as king: Hedwig Rex Poloniae not Hedwig Regina Poloniae.

Re:Tsar or Tsaritsa? (2, Informative)

glwtta (532858) | more than 5 years ago | (#26792925)

You may or may not be right. The wiki article you linked doesn't make clear if tsaritsa means only tsar's wife or a ruler on its own.

The article actually says in the first sentence that it can mean both. It doesn't come up as much, though, because most of the famous female rulers of Russia were in the 18th century, when the official titles were Emperor/Empress (though Tsar kinda stuck around in foreign translations).

Well, it's a good bet... (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26791743)

that she has some kind of gray area in her past regarding her income taxes. If she's like most well-off liberals, then her attitude towards taxes has been to tell everyone else that paying the most taxes possible is their patriotic duty while she busies herself looking for every tax loophole she can possibly take advantage of.

Re:Well, it's a good bet... (1)

nicolas.kassis (875270) | more than 5 years ago | (#26791897)

Proof please. oh... you are just a troll. Good to know

Re:Well, it's a good bet... (2, Insightful)

EbeneezerSquid (1446685) | more than 5 years ago | (#26791969)

I think it's less trolling, and just a reasonable expectation taking into account past history (from the past 3 weeks) that she will either a) have a Tax issue or b) have lobbying (or lobby-like) ties to the industry she will be regulating. As Cyber-Security Czar is unlikely to regulate an industry, that leaves us with a).

why are we using the term in a democracy? (4, Informative)

SuperBanana (662181) | more than 5 years ago | (#26791791)

Why do we keep using a term that means, essentially, monarch or "supreme ruler"? Last I checked, these people aren't even members of the cabinet.

They're mid-level federal pencil-pushers, at best- and the only reason she got the job was because she was a consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton [wikipedia.org] , which is basically a government consulting group (aka glorified money sinkhole.)

If that's not a conflict of interest, I don't know what is.

Re:why are we using the term in a democracy? (1, Insightful)

sexconker (1179573) | more than 5 years ago | (#26792377)

And we're still under 3 weeks in folks!

Only 206 to go!

Obama and the democrats seem to be on the Peg Bundy economic plan. Just replace the cosmetics with whatever bailout, hand out, loan, stimulus, etc. bullshit they're pushing.

Al: You see, Pookie, since you're the only one buying your cosmetics, you're not making any money.

Peggy: Oh, yes I am. They send me checks.

Al: Ah yes, but you send them much bigger ones. And that's what we call in the world of business "sending your husband rocketing to the poor house!" Why didn't you sell any make-up, Peg?

Peggy: Well, like I told the girls, it's not very good.

Al: Then why did you keep buying it?

Peggy: Because that's how I make my money!

Re:why are we using the term in a democracy? (1)

DragonWriter (970822) | more than 5 years ago | (#26792475)

Why do we keep using a term that means, essentially, monarch or "supreme ruler"?

The whole "czar" thing in US government was coined to represent an official with overall coordinating responsibility over functions which are within the domains of several different executive branch departments (and usually, in each, within the domain of some obscure office within the department); it makes sense when you consider the common description of the problem "czars" are intended to address that the various offices with related responsibilities tend to operate as independent "fiefdoms" with no overall direction in addressing the larger policy problem. Within a particular narrow policy area, the "czar" is over all of the "fiefdoms".

Re:Tsar or Tsaritsa? (1)

PopeRatzo (965947) | more than 5 years ago | (#26791829)

Does she run Linux?

Is she related? (4, Funny)

neoform (551705) | more than 5 years ago | (#26791349)

If she's related to Ann Hathaway, she's got my support..

Re:Is she related? (1)

retech (1228598) | more than 5 years ago | (#26791413)

She's not. However, she is related to Jane Hathaway [wikipedia.org] . And she's got my vote!

But what if she's related to... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26791459)

... Jane Hathaway [wikipedia.org] ?

Melissa? Is that you? (3, Funny)

mangu (126918) | more than 5 years ago | (#26791885)

Melissa... Melissa... Cyber security... Now, where exactly [wikipedia.org] did I hear that name?

My Pictures (morgan_greywolf) (0, Redundant)

morgan_greywolf (835522) | more than 5 years ago | (#26792133)

Uh oh.

Re:Is she related? (1)

owlnation (858981) | more than 5 years ago | (#26792059)

I misread the title as Anne Hathaway (wishful thinking). Agent 99 as head of cyber-security -- he could do much worse.

Can't keep 'em straight (3, Funny)

RockMFR (1022315) | more than 5 years ago | (#26791393)

How many cyber/cyborg tsars/chiefs/secretaries do we have now?

Re:Can't keep 'em straight (2, Funny)

internerdj (1319281) | more than 5 years ago | (#26791491)

Apparently not enough to bring up Skynet...Yet.

Headline should be... (4, Funny)

Legion_SB (1300215) | more than 5 years ago | (#26791849)

Obama names another cyber post... despite poor economy. [slashdot.org]

Re:Headline should be... (1)

blueg3 (192743) | more than 5 years ago | (#26792965)

I almost gave you a hard time for unnecessarily relating something to the poor economy.

Joke's on me. :-)

Re:Can't keep 'em straight (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26792887)

The plan is to give everyone a job in the government; then we all have full employment with benefits. The name of this new economic system escapes me since it fell out of fashion about 20 years ago.

Uh oh... Beveryly Hillbillies flashback! (3, Funny)

erroneus (253617) | more than 5 years ago | (#26791397)

"Miss Hathaway, can you come into my office for a moment...?"

Anyone have a picture of her? (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26791405)

I'm trying to remember if I met her or not. If she's the person I'm thinking of then I don't think she is a good choice.

No picture, but more details (4, Informative)

spun (1352) | more than 5 years ago | (#26791999)

Here's her bio, from the announcement for an event, 'Cyber Security Breakfast with Melissa Hathaway' held last month.

Melissa E. Hathaway is Senior Advisor to the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) and Cyber Coordination Executive. She chairs the National Cyber Study Group (NCSG), a senior-level interagency body that was instrumental in developing the Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative (CNCI) aimed at substantially improving the ability of the United States to secure and defend its critical cyber national infrastructure. In January 2008, Ms. Hathaway was appointed the Director of the Joint Interagency Cyber Task Force (JIACTF), which coordinates and monitors the implementation of the broad portfolio of activities and programs that comprise the CNCI. In discussions at the highest levels of the U.S. Government, Ms. Hathaway has articulated a holistic, integrated vision to bridge offensive and defensive missions and capabilities to provide a full situational awareness of the Federal network environment and the global cyberspace environment. Her management of the CNCI ensures that this vision takes into account all of the U.S. Government mission areas, including law enforcement, intelligence, military, diplomatic, and homeland security.

Prior to her appointment as Senior Advisor, Ms. Hathaway was a Principal with the consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton, where her responsibilities focused on leading two primary business units: information operations and long range strategy and policy support. Her consulting efforts supported key offices within the Department of Defense and Intelligence Community, including United States Strategic Command, United States Pacific Command, the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence, the Office of the Secretary of Defense for Net Assessment, the Central Intelligence Agency, the Defense Intelligence Agency and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. Her work included the design and development of novel techniques for mapping social, business process, and infrastructure relationships. She also led the design and development of a methodology for evaluating new force options across the electromagnetic spectrum. Some of the more significant long range strategy and policy studies on which Ms. Hathaway worked focused on biotechnology, power projection, Asia, and other national security issues.

Earlier in her career, Ms. Hathaway was employed with the consulting firm Evidence Based Research, where she performed research and developed databases to track economic and political issues in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union, developed a model to detect the routes and modes and to estimate the quantities of cocaine movement into the United States, and studied other key issues in support of the Intelligence Community.

Ms. Hathaway has a B.A. degree from The American University in Washington, D.C. She has completed graduate studies in international economics and technology transfer policy, and is a graduate of the US Armed Forces Staff College, with a special certificate in Information Operations.

Re:No picture, but more details (1)

blool (798681) | more than 5 years ago | (#26792871)

Ms. Hathaway was employed with the consulting firm Evidence Based Research

I guess that's better than working for Lies Based Research?

What's the difference between a "cybersecurity... (0)

EWAdams (953502) | more than 5 years ago | (#26791407)

... chief" and any other overworked, underpaid IT schmoe?

Gurlz iz rare in IT. The work/life balance sucks hard. I hope she knows that.

Re:What's the difference between a "cybersecurity. (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Brave Guy (457657) | more than 5 years ago | (#26791857)

Gurlz iz rare in IT. The work/life balance sucks hard. I hope she knows that.

Yes, because obviously being female and having only made it to a senior position appointed by the most powerful man in the world, she must be a clueless newbie in need of advice on work-life balance from Slashdot...

Re:What's the difference between a "cybersecurity. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26792413)

Yeah, I mean she obvious knows how to both give head to get ahead, AND keep from getting a belt buckle imprint that would be oh so un-photogenic.

Hah: Captcha was Satisfy.
Anyone else get the feeling they do some context checking on these captcha words?

Re:What's the difference between a "cybersecurity. (1)

celle (906675) | more than 5 years ago | (#26792489)

As opposed to the political hacks from past administrations that compose the rest of Obama's appointees. So much for change. Industry leaders don't necessarily know the industry, they just won the back-stabbing contest.

President Obama. How about posting questions straight to slashdot, you might just get some true, no kiss-ass, answers for once from people who aren't trying to make points and kissing up to ambitions.

Re:What's the difference between a "cybersecurity. (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Brave Guy (457657) | more than 5 years ago | (#26792595)

How about posting questions straight to slashdot, you might just get some true, no kiss-ass, answers for once from people who aren't trying to make points and kissing up to ambitions.

Of course, the advice from Slashdot would be completely neutral and have no bias at all... except where anything to do with software or databases was concerned, but I can't imagine how this role would be affected by that sort of contraint!

Re:What's the difference between a "cybersecurity. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26792677)

Sucking cock is usually enough to get the position. Or would that be "taking the position is what it takes to get the cock" Damn it, I can never remember how it goes... Oh well.

Re:What's the difference between a "cybersecurity. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26792775)

Yeah, but does she have a MS Security Cert?

I, for one... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26791461)

...welcome our new American cyber-overlords!

Is she hot or not? (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26791477)

It would really make a difference if she were....

CYBER (4, Interesting)

Tibor the Hun (143056) | more than 5 years ago | (#26791505)

Am I the only one who *hates* the word cyber?
Is it a generational thing? Does it have something to do with Lawnmower Man?

Re:CYBER (2, Funny)

AliasMarlowe (1042386) | more than 5 years ago | (#26791609)

Using Windows is like walking through Middle-earth. There's a freaking wizard lurking around every corner.

and most of them are up to no good...

Re:CYBER (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26791961)

Yeah, especially that evil twin brother, Gandalf the Blue

Re:CYBER (1)

pwizard2 (920421) | more than 5 years ago | (#26792809)

Using Windows is like walking through Middle-earth. There's a freaking wizard lurking around every corner.

If Windows is Middle-earth, then Linux must be the blessed realm of Valinor.

Re:CYBER (2, Insightful)

Protoslo (752870) | more than 5 years ago | (#26791721)

No, I was groaning all through the summary. The term utterly lacks dignity, in my opinion. It is hard to imagine a "Cyber-Czar" doing anything worthwhile. "Cyber-" invariably summons up images of bad 90's movies (though I never saw Lawnmower Man), and William Gibson's earlier novels, the technology in which seems even more quaint and anachronistic today. Creating an office of Cybersecurity just makes Obama seem foolish and out of touch (even if the system of nomenclature originated elsewhere, he's the president); there is no reason that it couldn't be called "Information Security," "Network Security," or something equally mundane and relatively dignified.

From TFA:

Hathaway chairs the National Cyber Study Group (NCSG), a senior-level inter-agency body and is recognised as being instrumental in developing the Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative (CNCI).

It takes a more serious person than I to read a sentence like that without giggling. Please. I'm sure thousands of bureaucrats have wet dreams about being "instrumental" in developing a "Cybersecurity Initiative." I hope that put that in her epitaph some day.

Re:CYBER (2, Informative)

QuantumG (50515) | more than 5 years ago | (#26791825)

Cybersecurity is a military term. All military terms are honky, it's the style.

Re:CYBER (1)

Nimey (114278) | more than 5 years ago | (#26793011)

Are you racist against rednecks?

Re:CYBER (2, Funny)

Chris Burke (6130) | more than 5 years ago | (#26791775)

Is it a generational thing? Does it have something to do with Lawnmower Man?

There are a lot of issues that have to do with Lawnmower Man.

Fear of the word "cyber" is just one. :P

Re:CYBER (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26791865)

I hate the use of tsar it refered to rulers originally ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tsar ) and now it's used more like executive or manager for these new departments in government.... why don't we have the King of Homeland Security or the Emperor of Central Intelligence or is there a Dictator of Finance? Geez people!!!

Oh I got it Cyber-lord of Internet Content Purification and Control.... perfect!

Re:CYBER (2, Interesting)

hey! (33014) | more than 5 years ago | (#26791983)

Well, cybernetics came into widespread use meaning the study of feedback and control systems.

Computers obviously have considerable applications to many modern control applications. However, it was premature in the 80's and 90's to refer to anything computer related as "cyber-". The case may somewhat different today, particularly in regard to security.

A system's property of "security" is not inherent in the security of its parts, it is not in any way shape or form the sum of the security of its parts. A secure system may include some insecure components, and an insecure system may contain nothing but secure components. Therefore it is possible to argue that security is truly a cybernetic phenomenon, in which we try to keep the system in some kind of defined state (including defined states of knowledge and ignorance on the part of its participants).

That' said, people who use the prefix "cyber-" to refer to anything related to computers are morons.

Re:CYBER (1)

Shaitan Apistos (1104613) | more than 5 years ago | (#26792007)

Am I the only one who *hates* the word cyber?

That depends... are we talking about the verb?

Re:CYBER (1)

sexconker (1179573) | more than 5 years ago | (#26792417)

Yup, it's a horrible "word", prefix, and term in general.

Cyber to me means only one thing - cyber sex (from text conversations to full blown VR).

Re:CYBER (1)

Adambomb (118938) | more than 5 years ago | (#26792769)

Really, i find its more a problem involving the instant it left gibsons pen and was read by someone in the media.

Change (4, Interesting)

cats2ndlife (995125) | more than 5 years ago | (#26791537)

If she can somehow become the poster girl for geeky women and bring more of those into our line of work to lighten up the workplace, that'll be awesome. Now that's progress my friends.

Re:Change (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26791625)

If she can somehow become the poster girl for geeky women and bring more of those into our line of work to lighten up the workplace, that'll be awesome. Now that's progress my friends.

Would you call it ... "Change you can incessantly masturbate to"?

Re:Change (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26791929)

I've seen her.

Not really.

Re:Change (1)

cats2ndlife (995125) | more than 5 years ago | (#26792335)

I somehow have a hard time finding her pic on the net. Care for a link?

Re:Change (1)

JWSmythe (446288) | more than 5 years ago | (#26792933)

    You know, I've been curious too. I went crawling around for pictures or more biography. Pretty much the same ol' stuff everywhere. She's either done a good job sanitizing her public history, or she's never done anything. I'll opt for #1.

Re:Change (2, Insightful)

Scrameustache (459504) | more than 5 years ago | (#26793007)

If she can somehow become the poster girl for geeky women and bring more of those into our line of work to lighten up the workplace, that'll be awesome. Now that's progress my friends.

We'd have to start wearing pants ;-(

tsubject (0)

Eil (82413) | more than 5 years ago | (#26791671)

President Obama has found the cyber tsar

I tsee what you did tsere.

Re:tsubject (1)

spun (1352) | more than 5 years ago | (#26791783)

What did he do? AFAIK, 'tsar' and 'czar' are different spellings of the same word.

Re:tsubject (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26791945)

Yes Caesar

Re:tsubject (1)

spun (1352) | more than 5 years ago | (#26792147)

I asked the Spanish sergeant to seize her and he said "Si, sir.'

Re:tsubject (1)

sexconker (1179573) | more than 5 years ago | (#26792457)

I asked the Spanish sergeant to seize her and he said "Si, sir.'

spun (1352)
s pun
S, PUN

WHOAMG low UIDs really are better.

I would have gone with... (4, Interesting)

GPLDAN (732269) | more than 5 years ago | (#26791719)

Marcus Ranum myself.

This woman helped politic the CNCI into existence.

This editorial says more about the uselessness of that than I ever could:
http://duvet-dayz.com/archives/2008/07/21/805/ [duvet-dayz.com]


One of Obama's weakest appointments, and yes - I voted for him.

Re:I would have gone with... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26792683)

One of Obama's weakest appointments, and yes - I voted for him.

Fool!!!!!!

Re:I would have gone with... (1)

DigiShaman (671371) | more than 5 years ago | (#26792883)

What are you talking about? Almost (if not all) of his appointments have been weak and/or corrupt.

Say what you will about GWB, but within a span of a few weeks, Obama already shatter his record in the most unsavory manor.

Change alright...for the worst.

Guide to Ninnle Posts (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26791755)

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Misread.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26791765)

I read that to say "Obama to Change Name to Melissa Hathaway"...

I think that's so funny (5, Insightful)

Dunbal (464142) | more than 5 years ago | (#26791793)

The US government appointing delegates with huge powers to regulate and oversee entire swaths of industry with very little personal accountability (heaven forbid!), and the irony in calling them tsars.

      Well when the "Land of the Free" finally stops being free, you won't be able to argue that you didn't see it coming.

Re:I think that's so funny (1)

brentonboy (1067468) | more than 5 years ago | (#26792055)

Well when the "Land of the Free" finally stops being free, you won't be able to argue that you didn't see it coming.

Because it will be illegal?

Re:I think that's so funny (1)

mangu (126918) | more than 5 years ago | (#26792393)

Well when the "Land of the Free" finally stops being free, you won't be able to argue that you didn't see it coming.

Free as in speech or free as in beer? The speech part seems to be less and less free each day, now the beer thing, could anybody please tell me exactly *where* do they give away this free beer?

Re:I think that's so funny (1)

_Sprocket_ (42527) | more than 5 years ago | (#26792407)

The US government appointing delegates with huge powers to regulate and oversee entire swaths of industry with very little personal accountability (heaven forbid!), and the irony in calling them tsars.

Wait a sec. Oversee and regulate entire swatch of industry? Really? How?

Seems to me the post is more about going "say guys - this would be a really Good Idea if we all did it this way." To which some will agree and adjust accordingly. Others will go "a mighty fine idea you got there" and continue trudging along in the same direction as always. And most won't even be aware that any of this is going on.

And that's just in Government IT.

Re:I think that's so funny (1)

John Hasler (414242) | more than 5 years ago | (#26792691)

This person will have no power to regulate or oversee any part of any industry.

ASL (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26791805)

15/F/FL...
Honestly Cyber is charged word

Re:ASL (1)

Barny (103770) | more than 5 years ago | (#26792353)

No, DSL....

ha good choice (1, Interesting)

afxgrin (208686) | more than 5 years ago | (#26791867)

Come on - a woman as head of cybersecurity? This is like trolling the entire male IT world. If there's any single woman who's computer is going to be the focus of internet attacks - it's going to be hers. :-)

It's not that I have anything with women in positions of authority, but this is different - I think Obama is underestimating the collective power of the patriarchal IT industry.

Rule 34 if she looks anything like that actress named Anne.

In a related artcile.... (1)

mitso6989 (1070498) | more than 5 years ago | (#26791889)

Some of the things the Cyber Tsar will be responsible for are, worrying about intrusion at the manufacturing level. To quote: "What if malicious code were secretly installed during the manufacture or shipping of computer equipment, to be activated at some future date? How would we even know what threats we face?" -Microsoft and Intel have been doing this for years now. It's about time we catch them.

Anne Hathaway is Hot! This will be great! (0, Redundant)

AssTard (684911) | more than 5 years ago | (#26791911)

I can't hardly wait, for the hotty administration to start rolling up there sleeves and kicking some butt. Yay hotties!

every many and woman is a tsar (1)

adavies42 (746183) | more than 5 years ago | (#26792291)

be your own tsar [maybelogic.com]

Cybersecurity Chief? (1)

Austin Milbarge (723855) | more than 5 years ago | (#26792307)

Cyber? Seriously, anyone who names a person place or thing containing the word "cyber" is a fruit cake and probably knows horse crap about how to secure a computer to start with.

Re:Cybersecurity Chief? (1)

jasonmanley (921037) | more than 5 years ago | (#26792687)

I agree - I too will prejudge a person based solely on their use of colloquialisms etc. I once had a friend who said that anyone who used the term "sequel" as opposed to spelling out the letters "S-Q-L" knew nothing about databases!!!!!!!

Is She a Ph.D.? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26792603)

Because it'd be fan-freaking-tastic if the geekiest guy in the office asked her, "Dr.Hathaway? Are you wearing makeup?" [imdb.com] every freaking morning. Just sayin'.

i just got off the toilet (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26792915)

i shit out an obama

plop!

Do all these "Tsars" piss anyone else off? (2, Interesting)

mahsah (1340539) | more than 5 years ago | (#26793013)

I thought we didn't have titles of nobility or royalty in America. FYI "Tsar/Czar" comes from "Caesar".

Or maybe it is appropriate these days...

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