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John Willoughby's Avatar Picture John Willoughby – January 01, 2008 03:13AM Reply Quote
The topic that just keeps on giving.


ddt – May 20, 2010 05:16PM Reply Quote
australian-customs-officials-will-search-your-laptop-for-porn

...right after they confiscate your 3oz tube of hand lotion...

ddt

ARL (Moderator) – May 20, 2010 07:07PM Reply Quote
I whinge therefore I am!
It's turned into bizarro-land down here, I swear...

Ron Burns – May 21, 2010 04:44PM Reply Quote
"We look to Scotland for all our ideas of civilisation." Voltaire
Well if you will live upside down it's inevitable that you'll get a rush of blood to the head..

El Jeffe – May 21, 2010 07:25PM Reply Quote
What a journey.
It's very peaceful after about 20 minutes. Then your hearing goes. Long-term, your vision fades.

ARL (Moderator) – May 26, 2010 02:42AM Reply Quote
I whinge therefore I am!

ARL (Moderator) – June 03, 2010 08:35PM Reply Quote
I whinge therefore I am!
Fair enough if it's kiddie porn but if it's just some plain old "vanilla" porn don't customs officials have better things to do?

http://www.smh.com.au/travel/travel-news/life-ruined-by-customs-porn-confiscation-20100602-wymn.html

tliet – June 04, 2010 04:36PM Reply Quote
Such as deregulating import restrictions? (for businesses of course, people are a strange species that must be avoided at all cost...)

ARL (Moderator) – June 17, 2010 11:41PM Reply Quote
I whinge therefore I am!

ARL (Moderator) – June 17, 2010 11:52PM Reply Quote
I whinge therefore I am!
DPBD!

Some temporary good news downunder...

The Govt is dumping any contentious policy before the election (sadly this included things like an emission trading scheme...)

ARL (Moderator) – June 22, 2010 02:06AM Reply Quote
I whinge therefore I am!

tliet – June 23, 2010 03:29PM Reply Quote
Microsoft has actually a very competent and non intrusive do-it-all anti-malware package for Windows. Works like a charm.

edit; and it's free.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 06/23/2010 03:29PM by tliet.

ARL (Moderator) – June 25, 2010 02:31AM Reply Quote
I whinge therefore I am!

El Jeffe – June 25, 2010 04:35AM Reply Quote
What a journey.

ddt – June 25, 2010 09:54AM Reply Quote
whaaaa? what's with the "zionists" and the burning Bill of Rights? the whacko right usually paints all of those people as anti-israel... .

ddt

John Willoughby – June 25, 2010 11:33AM Reply Quote
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Tony Leggett
WTF? The "kill switch" was approved???

Well, they saw how much Iran needed one during their recent internal strife, and they see how much benefit China and North Korea get from theirs on a daily basis, and they just had to have one for their very own.

Seriously, I can see the need for something to use in a major cyber struggle... during an actual state conflict. It's just not realistic to expect all of our systems at power plants, dams, any kind of domestic IT to be hardened to military standards. But I want an actual procedure and set of criteria under which these protocols can be employed. Something like a declared state of war. Or maybe allow the president to implement at will, but give him 24 hours to convince a 2/3 majority of Congress that it needs to stay in place. I get very perturbed at these open-ended powers to be implemented as chosen, when chosen, by people with a strong interest in the political situation.

johnny k – June 25, 2010 06:31PM Reply Quote
Jesus. Calm down. There's been a kill switch since 1934 - this bill is meant to reduce the broad authority given to the president as well as make sure everyone's got a plan for cyberattacks. Don't take at face value anything described as glibly as "kill switch" or "death panels". Good breakdown: http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2010/06/joe-lieberman-and-the-myth-of-the-internet-kill-switch.php

John Willoughby – June 25, 2010 07:19PM Reply Quote
Cyberdyne Systems Customer Support
Ah, the Communications Act of 1934. I learned about it when quizzing my ex-wife for her MBA exams. Years later, during a semi-serious argument, in an attempt to challenge me with a field about which I truly knew nothing, she demanded to know what authorized the the government to create the FCC and when. (Yes, this is the kind of arguing we did. Intellectual one-upsmanship, I guess.) I was lucky enough to recall the study session and replied immediately, "The Communications Act of 1934." She went ballistic, since she knew that I was almost wholly ignorant on the subject. She kept shrieking, "How did you know that?! How did you know?!" It was the greatest moment of my life.

ARL (Moderator) – June 25, 2010 07:34PM Reply Quote
I whinge therefore I am!
Wait, I thought Obama was a terr er, muslim...

Thanks for that link, JK. I'll stop jerking my knee now...

johnny k – June 25, 2010 07:56PM Reply Quote
LOL, JW.
Tony, I'm surprised that Talking Points Memo had the most lucid explanation I could find. Oh, the speed at which the Internet spreads the memes without verification - this is a problem. <rant> Journalists used to check before they figured out a question mark and "some say" absolved them of that responsibility. What? That's the whole value in reporting! I can get half-assed opinions filtered through quotes anywhere. The internet is becoming unreadable.</rant>

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