I got a late start tonight. It’s been a heck of a week already, and it’s already Tuesday. I’m preparing for a big conference, where I’ll be giving part of a presentation, and its a lot of work. I’m drooling a little over the thought of purchasing one of the new minimac’s (I know, it’s Mac Mini, but I prefer minimac) even though my wife’s thrown some cold water over the thought of getting one. I can still dream about recording my next podcast in Garageband though, can’t I?
Tonight’s music was Complicated by retrograde
Network Security Podcast, Episode 16, February 28, 2006
Duration: 30:53 minutes
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I was wandering through my RSS feeds when I found this site, Family Watchdog (thanks to Xeni). This creeps me out on so many levels. First of all, when I put in my own address, I was horrified to find three convicted offenders within half a mile of my home. I have two young boys, ages four and six. I don’t want anyone who’s been previously convicted of a crime against children anywhere near them. Second of all, the amount of information available with just one or two more clicks is amazing. Pictures, address, type of offense, distance from my house, it’s all there. And I think I find this violation of privacy nearly as hard to handle as the proximity of the sexual offenders.
One of the categories on the page is ‘Other Offense’. I don’t know what that is, but it worries me. As a society, we’re becoming more and more okay with the idea of tracking people, especially criminals. But I see this as another of those slippery slopes where we may not no when to stop. I can easily imagine a day when a speeding ticket in your youth could mean having a tracking tag put in your car for the next five years, since your obviously a danger to traffic. That’s a exaggeration to the absurd, isn’t it? Or maybe not. Look at a different way: we already have rental companies placing tracking systems in their cars. If your insurance agency offered you a discount if you’d allow them to put a similar device in your car, would you consider it?
I’m glad someone’s gone through th effort to create the Family Watchdog site. I’m just afraid that the Traffic Watchdog or the Littering Watchdog are going to come next. It’s wonderful to be able to find out about those bad people in your neighborhood, I just don’t want it to go too far.
(I’m sick, so excuse me if this rambles a little more than usual.)
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