Zack Parsons, author and Something Awful moderator, writes,
Sean Smith was one of the four men tragically killed in the consulate
attack in Benghazi, Libya on September 11^th . He was a foreign
services officer for the State Department. He leaves behind a wife and
two young children. I knew him as “Vilerat” on the SA forums. He has
been a moderator there since 2008 and he has posted there since 2002.
He was also well-known in the EVE online gaming community.
I am trying to honor him and all of his contributions to our community
and to the world by giving his family a helping hand with their
expenses. I have started a fundraiser with the assistance of his
friend on EVE and the SA forums, and the input of his wife, Heather,
and I am trying to get the word out about it.
Frontier is the bottom-rung of the top-tier of US ISPs, serving customers in 29 states. Despite enjoying monopoly control over its customers' online lives, and despite massive government handouts and a lackadaisical approach to maintenance, and despite out-and-out theft from customers, the company is filing for bankruptcy, having accumulated $16.3b in debt through mismanagement.
Bruce Schneier's Foreign Policy essay in 5G security argues that we're unduly focused on the possibility of Chinese manufacturers inserting backdoors or killswitches in 5G equipment, and not focused enough on intrinsic weakness in a badly defined, badly developed standard wherein "near-term corporate profits prevailed against broader social good."
Long before 4chan and other anything-goes forums existed, every major online community had a similar community: the Well had its "weird" forum, Usenet had alt.syntax.tactical (among others), and Something Awful had the "Fuck You and Die" forum, where people were funny, mean, obscene, and gross, sometimes all at once.
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