During this episode of TROLOV — that’s TR Out Loud on Video — you’ll find out what discussions and members were most active on the boards. This is a great way to keep up on the weekly happenings at TechRepublic. If you’re not a fan of video (sorry about the Flash, Jaqui), you can choose to just listen to the audio file.

Top discussion threads:

  1. Proposed legislation would require Internet traffic logging
  2. Get it right: Windows 7 does not have roots in Windows 3.1
  3. SSL: Broken even more
  4. Sanity Check: State of the IT professional 2009
  5. 1 Way That Linux is an Epic Fail

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Most “Thumbs Up” in the TR Questions arena over the past week

  1. Jacky Howe
  2. ThumbsUp2 and BFilmFan (7 thumbs)
  3. willcomp (6 thumbs)
  4. seanferd and Old Mycroft (4 thumbs)
  5. OH Smeg, Nimmo, and Churdoo (3 thumbs)

Most Comments in the TR Forums this week

  1. jdclyde (183 posts)
  2. seanferd (145 posts)
  3. Palmetto (111 posts)
  4. jck (106 posts)
  5. Neon Samurai (104 posts)

TR Member participation

Thanks to TR members Jellimonsta, CG iT, BFilmFan, Hal 9000, and jls1313 for participating in this episode of TROLOV.

The Question of the Week, submitted by TR member betageek52 was: “Shouldn’t malware writers get real jobs?” I’d also added, “Would you hire/trust a malware writer?” Here are two of the responses we received:

BFilmFan: “Malware writers do have a real job. A number of them work for criminal enterprises or governments that use the data to either enrich themselves with criminal activity or cause damage to an infrastructure of people they don’t like — or both at the same time. Just because it’s illegal doesn’t make it not real employment.”

Hal 9000: “Unfortunately, some malware writers have real jobs — they work for Organized Crime. As for whether I would employ one of these people, it depends on the person. I’ve employed a hacker previously… and I would consider doing the same thing again…”

This week’s Question of the Week is “What legitimate (and legal) ways have you found to earn some extra money during these tough economic times?” Please send your suggestions to trol at techrepublic.com.

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