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Loonie Legislators and that Wacky Webernet Thingo

John Willoughby's Avatar Picture John Willoughby – December 31, 2007 10:13PM Reply Quote
The topic that just keeps on giving.

ARL (Moderator) – April 02, 2008 10:35PM Reply Quote
I whinge therefore I am!
I think it's a stretch to claim that even the more "organised" DVD pirates are "supporting terrorism". It's a bit like saying the banking system is "supporting terrorism" because some terrorists keep their money in banks.

But then, I dunno, maybe Osama Bin Laden makes bootleg porn and movies in between issuing jihads, but I kinda doubt it..



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 04/02/2008 10:36PM by Tony Leggett.

ARL (Moderator) – May 01, 2008 12:52AM Reply Quote
I whinge therefore I am!


ARL (Moderator) – October 26, 2008 06:16PM Reply Quote
I whinge therefore I am!
DPBD!

It really baffles me why they need to do the whole "iron curtain" internet thing (which apparently just makes the whole thing slow to a crawl) when they've got this govt website already setup for "concerned parents".

ARL (Moderator) – October 27, 2008 09:35PM Reply Quote
I whinge therefore I am!
http://www.smh.com.au/news/technology/biztech/kazaa-foes-join-up-to-fight-pirates-porn/2008/10/28/1224956013205.html

When an ISP's customers use a file sharing program such as LimeWire to, for example, search for a pirated music track, they are instead presented with a list of search results containing legitimate versions of the song and are given the opportunity to buy it instantly.

The legal version of the file is delivered by the ISP, which receives a cut of the revenue, and the charge is added to the customer's monthly internet bill.


This has no potential whatsoever for abuse. No sir, none at all...

Madaracs – October 28, 2008 05:40AM Reply Quote
Ooh! Scary! Scary! Don't we look mean? You can't see me! But I can see you!
Ahh yes... the team of Bermeister, Speck & Schlieben. Their slogan: I am the law! (though I am an advocate for methods of stopping child pornography)

johnny k – October 28, 2008 05:49AM Reply Quote
Looking at the URL, I was getting excited about pirate porn.

Madaracs – October 28, 2008 05:50AM Reply Quote
Ooh! Scary! Scary! Don't we look mean? You can't see me! But I can see you!
*snork* ARGH. I'm the randy PIRATE! ARRRRRRRRGH!

ddt – November 05, 2008 09:59AM Reply Quote
wow. my comcast cable tv and "high speed internet" bill went up about an additional 50% this month. called to ask about cheaper packages; the only option was over-the-air equivalent channel selection. was forwarded to the cancellation department and they offered a one-time, one-year discount. we'll see how that works out.

really, all i watch on tv is daily show/colbert, some craig ferguson, some pbs, BSG (whenever it drops), some travel channel.

ddt

John Willoughby – November 05, 2008 10:14AM Reply Quote
Save us, Lord, from the furries of the Norsemen!
iTunes subscriptions.

ARL (Moderator) – November 06, 2008 02:50AM Reply Quote
I whinge therefore I am!
I hate it when they try to fleece you with those "package deals".



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morganti – November 14, 2008 09:27AM Reply Quote
Before I trundled off to the middle of outer northern butt-F**k egypt, I had Comcast for iNet access. I got the "triple play" which was 100 for all three. The year ended and they went to "fleece" me with a rate hike. I called and said, screw it Im going to Verizon for phone and internet. They got me over to retention and extended my deal for 6 months. Then again and again.

It worked that way for nearly 4 years. They dont lose a PENNY until you leave. They will ALWAYS rather get 100bux (or whatever) from you, than to get 30 or even zero (FIOS for example). Just keep calling customer retention and you should be pretty good for a while.

Morg "Now I'm just a heapload of pain... Dialup for the next few months... Ugh" anti

Cloudscout – November 14, 2008 09:33AM Reply Quote
Det finnes ikke dårlig vær, bare dårlige klær!
I was really frustrated this morning. I had a deployment to do on Wednesday night. These things are pretty routine. I run a couple of quick scripts around midnight or so... takes 10 minutes. Except the server I connect to was having problems and the deployment ended up failing. Given how close it is to the holiday season, they're really nervous about any changes and so they wanted to be extra cautious about this morning's "do-over". I had to actually babysit the entire process last night. Everything went fine as expected until my Comcast Internet connection went down. I had to get in the car to drive to the office to finish up... which wasn't really necessary since everything went fine on its own. I just had to check on it to be sure.

The problem is, I don't have any alternatives here. The fastest DSL I can get is 1.5Mbit. That's too slow for the things I need to do. Ugh.

Cloudscout – November 14, 2008 12:16PM Reply Quote
Det finnes ikke dårlig vær, bare dårlige klær!
Shortly after I posted that, my Internet died again and has been down since then. I'm online via NetShare on my iPhone.

ARL (Moderator) – November 26, 2008 10:10PM Reply Quote
I whinge therefore I am!
If I can legally buy it on a mail-order DVD, I damn well want to be able to watch it on the internet...

To clarify what they mean by "hardcore" here:- Any content that shows actual penetration would be classified X18+. If it's edited or blurred out it will be R18+, basically like the softcore porn you get on some pay TV channels. And just to clarify things, I can legally mail order a DVD of Seymour Butts nastiest "initiations" or whatever, where pretty much every orifice is um, occupied. Providing the performers are over 18, nobody is harmed and it's consensual - I don't think they Govt should be in the business of deciding what's "appropriate" and what's not.

Aside from this the filtering technology is inaccurate and worse still, slows the entire internet to a crawl:

The Government's own laboratory trials have found that presently available filters are not capable of distinguishing adequately between legal and illegal content and can degrade internet speeds by up to 86 per cent.

The whole thing connotates flashbacks of that Goodies episode about "Gender education". I'll be doubly pissed off if, aside from no porn, the internet also gets slowed down to what's effectively dial-up speeds.

tliet – November 26, 2008 10:22PM Reply Quote
Tony, don't worry, once the trails start and the general public starts to see the implications of this, it will be over with in a split second.

They can't be seriously trying to implement this in a 'free' democracy.

John Willoughby – November 27, 2008 09:41AM Reply Quote
Save us, Lord, from the furries of the Norsemen!
People must be made safe from things that I find offensive.


ARL (Moderator) – November 27, 2008 10:17PM Reply Quote
I whinge therefore I am!
Very well laid out response.

I also signed up here http://www.getup.org.au/campaign/SaveTheNet/442 -- although I'm not a big fan of the GetUp! style in previous campaigns (David Hicks for eg.)

ARL (Moderator) – December 08, 2008 09:45PM Reply Quote
I whinge therefore I am!
Ain't it a damn shame when reality trumps ideology...



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 12/08/2008 09:45PM by Tony Leggett.

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