Twitter Updates for 2011-06-26

  • I'm at Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) (8000 Essington Ave, Philadelphia) w/ 43 others http://4sq.com/kKiHIw #
  • I'm at Burlington International Airport (BTV) (1200 Airport Dr, Airport Cir, South Burlington) w/ 2 others http://4sq.com/ihNuB5 #
  • Loads of college kids, middle aged women w/o make up & canadians. Must be flight to BTV #fb #

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Twitter Updates for 2011-06-25

  • All packed and ready to finish up another PCE class then head home. #fb #
  • Last lunch in Dayton. (@ The Pub) http://4sq.com/m0NV4V #
  • At my gate waiting to board. Requested a wheelchair in PHL. Show me some love US Air. http://4sq.com/k0lALe #
  • Way to NOT support the troops @US_Air. Made an injured serviceman crutch thru PHL for a flight that already left. #fb #
  • You promised me a wheel chair and said I'd make my connection @US_Air. Lied twice in one night. Hope you're proud of yourself #fb #
  • Spending the night in Philly. Got a 0930 tomorrow home. Legs really throbbing after my crutch sprint #fb #
  • Tonight's on US Air. 🙂 (@ Ramada Inn) http://4sq.com/mF2Uo6 #

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Twitter Updates for 2011-06-24

  • Back from WPMC again, they called and wanted to see me early. Still doing okay. #fb #
  • As I train another group of cyber operators, my inner hippie weeps. #fb #
  • I'm at Penn Station (3800 Colonel Glenn Hwy, Beavercreek) http://4sq.com/lBQFZd #

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Twitter Updates for 2011-06-23

  • There is nothing more satisfying than eating the cold brains of you dead enemies. #fb #
  • 2 tweets about eating brains. Maybe I need to take a break from #Zombiedice Nah. It's too fun #fb #

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Twitter Updates for 2011-06-22

  • I'm at Wright Patterson Medical Center (4881 Sugar Maple Drive, btw Estabrook & Schlatter Roads, Wright-Patterson AFB) http://4sq.com/kCMHRJ #
  • Alas no steam powered robot knees today. Just compression wrap, rest, elevation & drugs. #fb #
  • "man brains ain't got much fir taste, u mix it in your whiskey for power" -joad crestbeckler #fb #

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Twitter Updates for 2011-06-21

  • Officially tired of crutches and looking forward to appointment tomorrow for get well plan. I hope it's steam powered robot knees. #fb #
  • I'm at Milano's Atlantic City Subs (2260 North Fairfield Rd, Beavercreek) http://4sq.com/lReymz #

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Twitter Updates for 2011-06-20

  • I'm at Osaka Japanese Restaurant (2476 Commons Blvd., at N. Fairfield Rd., Beavercreek) http://4sq.com/irKt0m #

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Twitter Updates for 2011-06-19

  • Knee fluid drained in calf. Calf swelled and stiff. Too bad I haven't figured out how to get it to drain into my biceps. #fb #
  • Hooray @ponceman is doing retarded policeman again! Ep20 rules. "U whipped cream cover wh…." there isn't a word in that line I don't like #
  • Wow my French is horribly rusty. #fb #
  • I'm at Bookery Fantasy (16 W. Main, Fairborn) http://4sq.com/jsmofd #

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Twitter Updates for 2011-06-18

  • I'm at Cheesecake Factory (56 Greene Boulevard, The Greene, Beavercreek) http://4sq.com/mSfbgL #
  • Oh no. Hotel staff moved Lewis' things again. He reserves the right to fling poo should it happen again. U have been warned Hope hotel #fb #

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Targeting gaming sites to combat political apathy

I saw a tweet last night suggesting that some of the cyber attacks on game systems (Eve, WoW, Sony’s SOE, etc.) may be an effort to combat political apathy. While this is an interesting theory and I can see that members of the hacktivist groups might think that if they turn off games that users might stop playing games and pay attention to the political landscape.

I think this strategy is likely to backfire. Most gamers aren’t going to say, “Oh I can’t get to my realm on raid night, so I think I’ll flip on FoxNews/CNN/MSNBC and see what’s going on in the world.” Just ask a parent how well it goes when you turn off the PS3/XBox/Computer and tell your child to go outside and play. Most kids go grumbling under their breath and sit outside as directed. They don’t rush off into the sunshine happy to be outside and freed from their electronic master.

Many of the gamers may be sympathetic the hacktivists ideals. Most gamers don’t care about the Senate, or banks, or big companies being hacked. I’ve heard students of mine say things like, “yeah hack those fat cats” –or– “those places can afford security so it serves them right”
When the PSN attack went public the comments changed dramatically. People were upset that their entertainment services were being interrupted.

I think continued attacks on games will only serve to fuel the public outcry to stop the groups. Many people who may be sympathetic to hacktivist ideals will be turned into proponents of the system.

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