The last time I searched on my full name, I came up with over 160 people in the state of California with the same name and mine isn't even close to average. That doesn't count the whole US, nor Western Europe, or even the world. To expect other people to realize that names are no longer enough of an identifier is expecting too much. Our means of telling one individual from another has outstripped our social mechanisms. Short of (borrowing from ShadowRun) individual System Identification Numbers, bio-implanted of course, confusion will reign.
Do look on the bright side. Just think how screwed things are for the NSA, TSA, et. al. who rely on individual names as a matter of course. And that doesn't even begin to take into account transliteration from one alphabet to another.
Which throat should be choke over this? Are any of those people still around? And if they've moved on, with suitably stuffed pockets, how can we reach out and touch them? While treated as people, sometimes (hell, often!) Corporations have significant bouts with amnesia, especially after a buyout.
Thankfully never worked at such a place, 'less the US Navy counts.
That was why I thought of it in the first place. It reminds me of a certain Joe Isuzu advertisement where the potential other guys customers say "Lucky we ran into you" to which he replies, "I wouldn't call it luuuck." (tortured grammar there, sorry.)
Agreed. I used to wear the uniform and wherever I went, I was treated extremely well. I always treated everyone as well as I would treat 'my own' especially with an eye to the Constitution whose enumerated rights were natural rights, not something that only applied to 'Americans.'
Now? I'm not sure how I would be received, in uniform or out. And the way that we've treated fellow human beings speaks ill toward what treatment our fellow citizens can expect elsewhere. We were better than that.
I can just picture some comptroller for a school district coming up with a very unpalatable financial picture for these schools, their districts, and all the way up to the State Superintendent (for the federal money). Ooops!
Before Starbucks showed up on the scene, I was getting both dark and light roasts in the mail from Gevalia. I was the only guy on my destroyer who got coffee delivered, so I was real popular when the ship ran out of the regular stuff.
It isn't surprising to find that the interests of the media and the state are best served together. Media, and I'm speaking of the classical case not internet, requires access to those in the state and the coin of the realm there is publishing the views of those that serve the state. It doesn't hurt in the more modern (internet) sense that the threats to classic media do not usually have such access. BTW, the state understands the bargain quite well, snubbing "lesser channels" in favor of the established media.
The only way this can work, and apparently has worked in the past, is if the national security agencies are actually monitoring the people completely. Not just metadata, but full up interception of everything we do electronically. We've seen the tap-dancing before. Now we get the truth.
I'd have to see the email itself but I suspect that Garris forwarded the email with no introductory material explaining that he (just) received this threat via email. I always lead with a header paragraph just to make bloody sure that the sysadmin or officer on the other side of that pane of glass doesn't get the wrong impression. And I've been doing this since 1987. Yes, since before the web came about.
There's a reason that Singapore and a few other nations have invested in, and often lead the world in, the fields of biotechnology and cloning. This was actually addressed decades ago:
"Throughout history, poverty is the normal condition of man. Advances which permit this norm to be exceeded--here and there, now and then--are the work of an extremely small minority, frequently despised, often condemned, and almost always opposed by all right-thinking people. Whenever this tiny minority is kept from creating, or (as sometimes happens) is driven out of a society, the people then slip back into abject poverty. This is known as “'bad luck.'” Time Enough for Love -- Robert A. Heinlein
Tough call. If they actually do levy the recommended fine you can bet that PG&E won't be the one actually paying it. Somehow whenever a public utility is fined, a rate increase surely follows. Approved by whom? Why the CPUC!
Oh, I've got the clearance. There's no doubt about that. When the NSA's shit broke on them, I was one of two people that was allowed to go hands on to fix it if they couldn't. And I wasn't even trained on their stuff. [Frankly, rather idiotic stuff, in my not so humble opinion.] Ditto the Tomahawk cruise missiles, communication systems, disposing of crypto keys, etc. Hell, I was even called in as an analyst on several occasions.
Now "Need To Know" depends on your view-point with respect to the rights of a citizen. The standing rule at my commands was if I asked I had an automatic need to know. Shit, I wouldn't ask, otherwise. That crap was a distraction from my "special projects." Unfortunately, now, the right to petition for redress of grievances and the informed consent of the governed got lost somewhere in the gutting of the Constitution.
So, I have a few questions for my government. Anybody willing to step up and explain to me why you are doing what you are doing, realistically (not come media-grade BS). I've got a "real good" BS-detector here and it's edging towards 8.5 on a logarithmic scale. You really don't want to see a Yellowstone Caldera "event" happen.