Due to the comments on my blog post about Divisive Behavior  I’ve been considering the issue of terms of abuse of minority groups – a topic of which racial abuse is only one aspect.
It seems that there are many discussions about which terms are offensive and when they are offensive, most of which [...]
Sam Varghese wrote an article about Matthew Garrett’s LCA talk “The Linux community: what is it and how to be a part of it” . In page 2 Sam quotes Martin Krafft as asking about how Matthew’s behavior had changed between 2004 and the present, Sam cites some references for Matthew’s actions in [...]
Martin Krafft advocates a model of Internet access where advertisers pay for the Internet connection . The first problem with this idea is the base cost of providing net access – which in most cases is wires to the premises. Every service that involves a cable to someone’s house (Cable TV, Cable/DSL net access, or [...]
I previously wrote about how the National Broadband Network (NBN) seems more suited to porn delivery than regular Internet use . It doesn’t seem to be of much use really. In a particularly insightful comment John Hughes suggested that the real purpose would be TV delivery.
The ABC is currently delivering 640*360 resolution MPEG4 files [...]
For some time the film industry has been running an anti-piracy campaign with slogans such as “you wouldn’t steal a car”  in an attempt to draw a false analogy between downloading a movie and stealing a significant and valuable object – the modern equivalent to being a “horse thief“. One of the many ways [...]
Currently we have a new “National Broadband Network” under construction in Australia . It is going to cost $43,000,000,000 which is $5,000 per household. It is designed to deliver 100Mb/s speeds to most homes – that is the homes that can currently get more than 8Mb/s through ADSL2+ or cable connections.
The question is, what [...]
The South Australian government wanted to force bloggers to disclose their name and post-code when commenting on an election . According to Adelaide Now this included posts on Twitter and Facebook .
As expected there was a strong public reaction to this and Michael Atkinson (state Attorney General) stated that the law was not going [...]
Andrew Dowdell and Michael McGuire have an interesting article in the Adelaide Now about censorship in the South Australian election . The South Australian government wants to force everyone who comments on the upcoming SA election to provide their name and postcode. Attorney-General Michael Atkinson said the law was “all about honesty“. However a law [...]
The following was written by Stefano Cosentino in regard to the ongoing efforts of the Australian government to censor the Internet with “protecting the children” as an excuse.
All these Internet filtering ideas that have been in the news lately has made me voice my own opinion on the matter as a non-expert. I’m an [...]
John Robb wrote an interesting post about running web sites to target corporations such as Goldman Sachs  (such as tracking where it’s employees live).
Naked Capitalism has an interesting post about US investment banks getting preferential access to vaccines . In the comments section some people state an intention to deliberately infect Goldman employees [...]