Blog on the Run: Reloaded

Tuesday, November 9, 2010 5:49 am

Epic litigation ahead

Filed under: Fun,Housekeeping — Lex @ 5:49 am

I attempted to do a little financial maintenance last night and ran into a perfect storm: display-driver problems, bank website problems AND Quicken problems. God, I finally had to conclude, did not want me paying bills.

Considering the case law, such as it is, I eagerly await the litigation between the Almighty and my creditors.

Friday, March 19, 2010 8:40 pm

“‘I don’t do Windows’: Pretty funny in hindsight, eh?”

Filed under: Fun,Geek-related issues — Lex @ 8:40 pm
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Some 30-year-old computer manuals remain both timely and amusing.

Thursday, February 25, 2010 11:49 pm

Webcams, school computers and the tangled webs school officials weave

Filed under: Hold! Them! Accountable! — Lex @ 11:49 pm
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With the exception of the fact that he seems to think we prosecute people in this country for illegal electronic surveillance (Silly! That’s only if you DON’T work for a Republican White House!), my friend David Allen does an excellent job of enumerating the many laws that may have been broken by the Pennsylvania school system that apparently used webcams on school-issued computers to spy on students in their homes:

Let me throw some words out here:

  • 15 year-old
  • web camera
  • bedroom

OK, with that mix, what can possibly go wrong? Add to this a creepy IT guy who revels in secretly spying on people and you have a new episode of Family Guy.

Somehow, I don’t think people will be laughing much in the near future. We are talking about some serious criminal charges like illegal wiretaps, conspiracy, and criminal invasion of privacy. Should pictures turn up of naked teens, the child porn laws come in, and they are pretty Draconian (and rightly so). Of course, should the school be erasing logs, pictures, and other files relevant to this case, you can add obstruction of justice and conspiracy to obstruct justice. Of course, if someone were sitting on any pix of naked teens, I think they’d be happy to cop to an obstruction charge after they destroyed the evidence.

To say that I do not know what school officials were thinking would be to fall victim to the fallacy of supposing they were thinking at all.

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