Friday, April 13, 2007

Stupidity in the News

Scanning through the web this morning a couple of things made me shake my head.

Gov. Corzine on New Jersey was seriously injured in a car accident. First, given his list of injuries it looks like he wasn't wearing his seatbelt. Even dumber, he was on his way to moderate a meeting between Don Imus and the Rutgers women's basketball team. This mess with Imus is beyond stupid. See the recent post by Bubba's Sis, which pretty much sums up my thoughts on the situation.

Next up, Sen. Patrick Leahy has suddenly become a computer expert. The White House admits the mistake that was made when emails possibly related to the U.S. attorney firings. According to the senator, "You can't erase e-mails, not today. They've gone through too many servers. They can't say they've been lost. That's like saying, 'The dog ate my homework.'" If that's the case senator, I know my research files have passed through several servers on campus and I'll just hop downstairs and unplug the dedicated backup server that my research group runs for our systems.

I worked at an ISP and got to deal with many a disgruntled customer after they would hastily close their account and then call back the next day to ask for all of their email. Sorry, given the volume of customer email and the sheer uselessness of 90% of it there were no backups. Web space was backed up, but not email. If you think it's impossible to loose email then go ask the folks at Google why they put up with a lot of bad press recently when a small group of users lost a lot of their email.

Given that we're talking about the government here I wouldn't be surprised if there isn't a backup device running somewhere that has the missing emails sitting on tape. But to assume that they are there because, "they passed through too many servers" is absurd.

Finally, close to home, we have a story in The Battalion about international students being kicked out of bars on Northgate and harrassed by bouncers because they're Indian. My problem with this is the story being reported is an account of an anonymous student who may have been intoxicated. If she feels that she and the other group of Indian students were discriminated against then they should be talking to the Better Business Bureau and a lawyer if they want to file a complaint. Whining to the Battalion accomplishes nothing. Also, if a uniformed police officer did in fact tell her that the bar could throw her out "because she was brown or Indian" then she also needs to be filing a complaint with CSPD. In the story it appears that there have been instances of racism and CSPD has responded appropriately with arrests when they've been informed. My issue with all of this is that this poor girl does feel victimized, but instead of doing something about it to make campus and Nothgate a better place for everyone she's enjoying her 30 seconds in the sun and whining to the campus rag about it. This is the last thing that she should have done.

Enough stupidity for one day. It's time to get to work.


Blogger Bubba's Sis said...

Maybe they threw her out because she was drunk! And maybe obnoxious!

5:42 PM  

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