Saturday, March 23, 2013

Move Over Big Brother, Here Comes Little Sister

"There has been much talk lately, as well there should, about what standards should govern the use of drones as the government's eyes and ears domestically," writes Susan Estrich, "[b]ut the threats and challenges of dealing with privacy extend well beyond the government, even if the Fourth Amendment itself is so limited" — Is Nothing Private?

Here's the story — A Joke About Dongles Led To Two People Losing Their Jobs And A Huge Mess For The Tech World. Here's the post that ignited it all — Forking and Dongle Jokes Don’t Belong At Tech Conferences. And here's the happy ending that restored my faith in truth, justice, and the American way — Techie Adria Richards fired after tweeting about men's comments.

This began as a private joke, shared by two individuals in public, directed at no one. Ms. Richards, rather than confronting the two men about using a sexual innuendo that could be overheard in public (they later apologized), chose, as modern Americans are wont to do, to take great personal offense and to make the matter public. She was rightly fired.

I hear North Korea is hiring, now that Massachusetts has moved on a bit from the 1640's.

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