The Norman Transcript

Business

February 3, 2013

Pablo Picasso: ‘Computers are useless’

(Continued)

NORMAN —

Regarding the use of DNA databases as an infallible crime-solving tool, Dr. Angell is equally outspoken on how easy it is to circumvent such “infallible” systems. We’ve all been taught the merits of such technology: you put a hair or body fluid sample into the great crime-solving machine and out comes a criminal’s name.

“Absolute nonsense,” states Dr. Angell, “because what’s going to happen is that the criminals will go to the local club where the criminals congregate. They will pick up the ashtrays and then, when they go out to do their dirty deeds, they will scatter samples everywhere, so when the CSI comes in, they will have a huge amount of work, masses of false trails. Of course you’re going to leave body samples when you commit a crime, but there are 100,000 other body samples, as well. The system gets overloaded, and fails.” As a result, we are left no better off than we were before the use of DNA databases: the innocent go to jail, and the guilty go free. This brings to mind what were, according to President Ronald Reagan, the nine most terrifying words in the English language: “I’m from the government and I’m here to help.”

Some people, especially computer security and database administrators, like to fault Dr. Angell for offering more questions than answers, calling him “The Angell of Doom and Gloom.” I rather like his approach, though, as my personal life is full of unanswered questions, as are the lives of most people with at least half a brain. The moment that a person stops asking questions is the moment a person has decided that they know all of the answers.

Dave Moore has been performing computer consulting, repairs, security and networking in Oklahoma since 1984. He also teaches computer safety workshops for public and private organizations. Contact him at 919-9901 or davemoorecomputers.com.

For local news and more, subscribe to The Norman Transcript Smart Edition, or our print edition.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Business
  • Candy Basket celebrates 25 years

    Perhaps it’s the chocolate covered blueberries whose deliciousness still lingers. Or maybe it’s the blood orange and wild honey white chocolate ganache that won’t soon be forgotten by your taste buds. At The Candy Basket there is decadence ...

    July 20, 2014

  • Bramlett & Associates adopts new name reflective of business

    Bramlett & Associates Multimedia LLC (Bramlett Multimedia), 215 W. Main St., announced this month that the company will change its name after 12 years in business and will do business as BOLD-Multimedia. The announcement, made first to ...

    July 20, 2014

  • Toothpick holders convention coming to Norman

    Lynne Ryan has been collecting toothpick holders her entire life. “My parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.L. ‘Bud’ Gibbs started our collection in 1936,” Ryan said. Ryan was born in 1940, and she grew up crawling around toothpick holders, as have ...

    July 20, 2014

  • Protect your online banking, shopping with encryption

    In my free, one-night class called “Fight the Internet Bad Guys and Win,” I teach everyday computer users how to stay out of trouble on the Internet. How to avoid virus infections, how to discern between the genuine and counterfeit, and ...

    July 20, 2014

  • Tourism in Okla. creates $17.2 M in economic benefit

    A new National Park Service report shows that the 1,108,103 visitors to Oklahoma’s national parks in 2013 spent $17.2 million and supported 176 jobs in the state. Oklahoma’s three national parks include: Washita Battlefield National ...

    July 20, 2014

  • Norman United Wayboard gets to work

    The United Way of Norman Board of Directors for 2014-15 has met for the first time. Leading the group as chair was Steve McDaniel of Oklahoma State Bank....

    July 20, 2014

  • Family tragedy opened one woman’s eyes to the need of the disabled

    Jean Bayles had a dream. The dream was to provide a fully accessible home for rent in Norman. Her brother, Terry Abbott, was injured when he was 15 and has been a quadriplegic since....

    July 13, 2014

  • HeyDay brings Boomerang back to Norman

    Boomerang Grille was a family-oriented, iconic restaurant for many Norman residents for many years. Few are the people who have not slid into those vinyl seated booths, picked up the red phone and ordered a Theta burger and onion rings or ...

    July 13, 2014

  • Residents serve Leadership board

    Four Norman residents are serving on the board of Leadership Oklahoma....

    July 6, 2014

  • Bellhops offer moving help to Norman

    Founders Cameron Doody and Stephen Vlahos launched Bellhops at Auburn University in 2011. “Our first year, we set a goal of 25 moves, and after three days we had moved 230 students during the college move in season.” Doody said. “That’s ...

    July 6, 2014