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Digital News Bits [May. 7th, 2009|12:39 pm]
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  • When you hear talk about creating massive federal databases of citizen information (and "if you have nothing to hide" that's okay, right?), please bear in mind the news story about how hackers stole the Virginia Health Professions DB which included about 8 million patient prescription records (including things like address and SSN). FBI are investigating and everyone's tight-lipped about the incident. Will the state pay $10M ransom? Will millions of Virginians' records be sold on the black market? Both?

  • Duke Nukem Developer 3DRealms is Closing. Aw, man! They had the longest-lived non-product in the industry! And it was in pre-production beat pre-release near-gold, too. What will we make vaporware jokes about now?

    Edit: Check out this list of the history of DNF and a comparison of events and things accomplished in the same time. (The World Trade Center and Golden Gate Bridge were built in the time it took to fail to make DNF.)

  • If you missed it, check out the XKCD on Swine Flu and Twitter.
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[User Picture]From: twopiearr
2009-05-07 08:13 pm (UTC)
so DNF now means "Duke Nukem Fail"?
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2009-05-07 08:15 pm (UTC)
I suggest the racing abbreviation meaning: "Did Not Finish" :)
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[User Picture]From: twopiearr
2009-05-07 08:16 pm (UTC)
yea but duke nukem fail is geekier ;)
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[User Picture]From: wildfox34
2009-05-07 08:59 pm (UTC)
Dang! I was a fan of those Duke Nukem games! My personal favorite was Duke Nukem 64 and the Dukebots battle. I found it fun battling 3 AI controlled Duke Nukems through a level and having to kill them until I have a preset count of kills. Seems odd for me to like that, but I always got a kick out of them. ^.^
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[User Picture]From: orv
2009-05-07 09:48 pm (UTC)
A similar thing happened with a database held by a company University of Washington contracted with to provide prescription drug benefits. They still don't know how the data was leaked, or how much of it, but someone sent them some sample info and demanded a ransom to prevent the release of the rest.
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From: avon_deer
2009-05-07 10:58 pm (UTC)

Not wanting to preach to the converted but...

I live in the UK. Please take it from me, be very careful how far you allow any agency government or private to go in the name of "security." Once they start they seem to have a hard time stopping. Measures which seem reasonable at first have a habit of growing in remit. The DNA database is a perfect example. When the European Court told the UK government that keeping the DNA details of innocent people indefinitely was illegal, they wasted no time in seeking out ways to be as awkward as possible while still technically "complying" with the ruling."

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/8037042.stm

Security measures are all well and good, but be very aware of where to draw the line, and make sure you do not allow them to overstep it. Even an inch. Do not allow America to become an endemic surveillance state, like the UK has become. I am ashamed at what has happened recently.

http://www.privacyinternational.org/article.shtml?cmd[347]=x-347-559597
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[User Picture]From: collingslion
2009-05-07 11:40 pm (UTC)
In auto racing, DNF means "Did Not Finish". Doh.
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[User Picture]From: collingslion
2009-05-07 11:40 pm (UTC)
How did I not see this above? Forget I exist, please. :)
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2009-05-08 05:32 am (UTC)
Ah, no worries.

Forget you exist? No way! In fact, I'm going to viciously friend you back! How d'you like them apples? :)
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