October 16th, 2009

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The Cybersecurity Act of 2009

There's fear and consternation on the conservative side that this bill, introduced by Rockefeller, will give Obama the power to shut down the internet. On the other hand, the goal of the bill is to address security threats and provide all US internet users with a higher level of security for our data. So the question is, are there national borders in the internet, and do we want our country to protect them for us?
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Quote of the day: are children our greatest resource?

We are accustomed to repeating the cliché, and to believing,
that ‘our most precious resource is our children.’
But we have plenty of children to go around, God knows,
and as with Doritos, we can always make more.
The true scarcity we face is of practicing adults,
of people who know how marginal, how fragile,
how finite their lives and their stories and their ambitions really are
but who find value in this knowledge, even a sense of strange comfort,
because they know their condition is universal, is shared.


--Micheal Chabon
pp 236-237 Manhood for Amateurs