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Kungpaoshizi (1660615) writes "A new petition has surfaced to address our (the USA) rediculous spending habits concerning the money we don't have. And as much as anyone would like to help other people, perhaps we should focus on our own problems before attempting to save the world." Link to Original Source top
Kungpaoshizi (1660615) writes "I recently received a phone call from a friend who's significant other has been detained by police and various government agencies, under the accusation that he had downloaded kiddy porn. I don't know the guy too well, but as I discussed the possible scenarios of her question "how does downloading stuff work", I came to find out several things that I found quite disturbing.
It all had to do with some cooperation of multiple agencies in some sort of sting operation for 'anti kiddy porn', which I completely agree, is a noble cause, and that kinda stuff should be searched for, by the government, to eliminate threats to our children of this nation.
But her story made me really think...
Supposedly her b/f somehow downloaded something, that qualified as KP, and one day abunch of cops show up, throw him in the paddywagon, took the PC in the house, and the couple Blackberry's they had...
All she really knew is what they had told her, which was, '3 of 5 hits were present on the computer'. She really didn't know anything else than that, as she's not computer literate, nor did she even get to speak with her b/f by the time she called me seeking advice/clarification.. But the more I spoke with her, trying to find out exactly what happened, the more it became clear, that he went to a website, and some of the porn that was there, was indeed illegal. 2 points came to mind instantly: Either there was stuff on the net, the gov was aware about, and they monitored visitors to the site or It was posted by the gov as a dummy site, and mixed in, there was illegal stuff
Which brings the next question of, has anyone else heard of this since it was a nationwide thing, and she had heard that 40~ something people out of 100+ people were arrested so far in this 'sting operaiton'?
Ultimately though, it makes me think, if the government knew about this, why the hell did they not take the site down, whereas leaving it up even for a period of time, could allow the unknowing Joe Schmoe to end up next to my friends b/f in lockup or If the site was put on the net by the feds, even though the cause was just, how could it be anything other than entrapment, unless the site said specifically "KIDDY PORN HERE!", in which case, it would bring me back to my first point.
I find the entire thing a little shady, I asked her to find out the source of this information but still have yet to hear back, she's in the process of having to sell abunch of stuff to get a lawyer, and currently the guy is being held with a quarter million dollar bail set...
All I gotta say is, if the gov is willingly allowing or posting this information on the net, I'm am shocked, and fear the situation with our country in which this is allowable." top
Kungpaoshizi (1660615) writes "I work for a rather large international corporation that does insurance... Just recently I discovered that the higher-ups are trying to strip the on-site IT support staff in every location, of their admin privelages... As of right now we do not have local admin privelages on machines, which is a hinderance, but not entirely crippling, but to remove our admin rights all together?! Has anyone else ever experienced this in their company? Personally I think it's one of the biggest soon-to-be blunders I've ever heard of, but it definately shows that managers don't know jack about the real work that goes on in an IT job... Thanks~"