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Boseman Montana is Insane

Want A Job? Hand Over Your E-Mail Login, Google Login, Facebook Log-in, Twitter Login, Oh, Heck, Hand Over All Your Log-ins.

(CBS) If you’re planning to apply for a job with the city of Bozeman, Montana, be prepared to hand over much more than your references and résumé.
The Rocky Mountain city instructs all job applicants to divulge their usernames and passwords for “any Internet-based chat rooms, social clubs or forums, to include, but not limited to: Facebook, Google, Yahoo, YouTube.com, MySpace, etc.”

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Why? Under the policy, which the city says has been in place for a few years, a police officer logs into and reviews the social networking sites of people applying for public safety (that is, police and fire) jobs. For other jobs, the city’s human resources department will perform the investigation.

Before we offer people employment in a public trust position we have a responsibility to do a thorough background check,” Chuck Winn, Bozeman’s assistant city manager, told CBSNews.com in an interview on Thursday. “This is just a component of a thorough background check. Shame on us if there was information out there available about a person who applied for a job who was a child molester or had some sort of information out there on the Internet that kind of showed those propensities and we didn’t look for it, we didn’t ask, and we hired that person,” Winn said. “In many ways we would have let the public down.”

Chuck almost sounds rational, doesn’t he?

And, yes, you can decline to provide the usernames + passwords. But who would? Let’s see, get a decent job so I can feed my kids, or stand on principle… Hmmm…

The CBS article (click “CBS” at top to read the whole item) was savvy-enough to point out, “One potential privacy concern is that accounts for Facebook and Google, among other sites, are used for more than just displaying photos, videos, and messages. They’re also used for e-mail, meaning that a Bozeman investigator could review years of personal messages.”
Yes, CBS, you’re absolutely right. Nobody but Google insiders knows just how much data Google collects. And my Google account gives access to my AdSense campaigns, my Blogger website…

Is it just me? Am I just getting “too old”? Or is the world really going insane?

Didn’t we, as a people, fight a few wars to make sure we had some 1st and 4th Amendment Rights?
They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.” — Benjamin Franklin.

Calm down, Paul. Calm down. Breathe.

Ah. Have a good Monday, folks. I’m going to go take a workout, and release some of my angst.

Today’s free link(s): Electronic Frontier Foundation. EFF is the leading civil liberties group defending your rights in the digital world.
And for more proof of insanity: Don’t stop believing in the RIAA’s capacity for evil

Today’s free download: Encrypt your stuff while you still can with TrueCrypt.

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June 22, 2009 Posted by | advice, News, passwords, tech | , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Crazy People

Have you ever noticed? Some people are just not right in the head.
snowflakes
* Catching Snowflakes, Photo courtesy of Corbis.com

Of course, by “not right in the head”, I mean they don’t view the world the same way I do.
And over the years I’ve discovered.. there’s a lot of those.

There is no doubt in my mind that the young lady in this picture is — at least temporarily– insane.
And probably.. not very bright.
She’s clearly completely out of touch with REALITY. (aka “nuts”/”bonkers”/”cuckoo”)

It is perfectly obvious that this person has chosen to ignore the FACTS.
* Snow is the cause of fatal highway accidents.
* Snow requires strenuous exertion to shovel (or plow, or blow) out of your way. Which can waste hours of your precious time.
* Snow cost us $ millions a year in salt and Highway Maintenance crews and specialized snow removal equipment. Not to mention the damage to our vehicle’s undercarriage that road salt does..
* Snow and ice interferes with commerce.
* Has she ever had to put chains on her tires???!!!???
* Snow buries people alive and kills them in sneak avalanche attacks.
* Snow is wet and it is dang cold! Frostbite cold.

Yes. In my view, snow should be outlawed. Banned. Or.. at least, Feared and Respected.
Look at that picture again, will you? You agree with me.. right? Nuts?

Tip of the day: Let’s “get right” today, people. Let’s not be like this young lady. Let’s all start becoming more in tune with the FACTS of this planet we live on.
Step 1: Watch the infotainment (oops! I meant “News”) religiously. I don’t mean just the Evening news.. or the “Top of the Hour” news headlines. I mean, start your day with the news; eat your lunch to the news; and eat your dinner to the evening news.
Then watch the World News. The 10 o’clock news, and the 11 o’clock news. You have a lot of catching up to do.
(In a pinch, such as a power outage, you can read a “newspaper”.. but choose one that has lots of gory pictures of catastrophe.)

Step 2: Reprogram your car’s radio preset buttons. Get rid of the music, and start listening to NPR, at least one All-News-All-The-Time station, and both a left, and a right-wing talk radio station (one for even numbered days, the other for odd).

Step 3: Frown and avoid eye contact everywhere you go. (If you do Step 1 properly, this will be easy to do..) This shows the world that you are a sane and responsible person. And it’s infectious. You can help others become sane and responsible with a really professional frown (ask any mom).

Today’s free download: CamStudio is able to record all screen and audio activity on your computer and create industry-standard AVI video files and using its built-in SWF Producer can turn those AVIs into lean, mean, bandwidth-friendly Streaming Flash videos (SWFs)

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