The Bombs in Our Basements
What insurance coverage do you actually have? Are you sure?Whenever Im out of the loop for a week or more, I wonder what kind of time warp Ill experience when I return. When I began this month by taking five Boy Scouts on a 30-mile backpack trip through Donohue Pass, on the east edge of Yosemite, we came down from the mountaintops to find ourselves in a world that might have been lifted from cyber-punk fiction. In the Middle East, Explosive Pumped Flux Generator "lightning bombs" are apparently in the arsenal for potential use in Iraq, ready to take out command-and-control systems. Do not try this at home, please. I dont want to see these things at the next science fair that I judge.
In my own Southern California environs, two area residents had been indicted for allegedly cracking the computer of one suspects former employer and deleting a $2.6 million proj- ect. One has to wonder if this is like a drug bust, where reports describe the street value of confiscated waresrather than the actual cost of the raw goods to the would-be sellers, only a tiny fraction of that amount. What was the actual damage?