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DOS and the Occupy Movement

I haven’t written on this blog in a while (been busy, and not doing much gaming, so I haven’t had a lot of gaming material to write about).  I usually do not delve into politics here.  But after two months of the “Occupy Wall Street” movement, I’ve decided to discuss my thoughts on it.

Ever since OWS started, something about the movement has bothered me.  I knew that I did not agree with what the people participating in it were saying, nor what they were doing, but I couldn’t put my finger on it.  Although I absolutely believe in people’s right to protest or demonstrate, I have thought since day 1 that it is not acceptable for people to pitch tents in public parks that expressly do not allow camping, or to so crowd into a public area as to prevent the rest of the public from using it.  However, I could not really articulate the real reasons behind my dislike of the OWS movement, until today.  Watching the news stories of the Occupiers crowding into the area of the New York Stock Exchange and purposely blocking streets to cut off access, I finally realized that what they are doing is the physical equivalent of an old-school Denial of Service attack. (more…)

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