Monday, 07 August, 2006

A Funny Political Comment and Anonymous Surfing

One of the reasons I don't visit slashdot as often as I probably should is that I tend to get sidetracked reading the mostly irrelevant and uninformed comments that are posted by other users.  If I just read the headlines and viewed the few articles that were interesting to me, it'd be 15 minutes--tops--every day.  But flame wars are like train wrecks:  you know you shouldn't look, but you just can't take your eyes away.

Today, the posting PR Firm Behind Al Gore YouTube Spoof? spawned a huge political debate.  One poster, commenting on negative campaigning, said:

There is opportunity here to inform the cow-like public that they are being manipulated by assholes.

(The italics are his)

To which somebody responded:

If you're living in a "democracy" that has a "cow-like public", it's not the "assholes" that are the problem.

Amen, brother!  At some point the "cow-like public" has to figure out that they're not going to get decent candidates unless they demand it.  I suspect, though, that we'll skip that after our descent into even more corrupt and incompetent government, people will become so upset that they'll skip the civilized step of voting the bums out and move right into anarchy.  Hopefully that'll happen after I'm gone...

Last year I mentioned anonymous proxies as a possible means of surfing the Web anonymously.  I also pointed out some of the possible dangers of using a proxy that you don't fully trust.  Today I ran across an interesting article in which the author relates a story about an employee being fired for using Anonymizer at work.  How did he get caught?  Analysis of network log files showed that he had no activity.  The IT department went looking to see what was wrong with his machine.  Moral of the story:  if you're doing something dirty, don't be so clean that you attract attention.