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Twittered

The recent hoohar in Australia over the Logie night Tweets of Catherine Deveney brings into sharp focus the challenges that lay ahead in attempts at so-called “filtering” the web.

The elephant in the room is web censorship. For so long it’s been obvious that as each day and minute passes more and more material is posted. How can it be filtered? Posters and hosters will just keep moving the content around to defy URL tracking and blacklisting. It will be a “war” that will not be won.

Where does the so-called censorship stop? How many steps will we be from a dictatorial state that says what we can see and read?

The breadth of the challenge in getting “filtering” to find general acceptance is broader than the Internet itself!

What if reports of the Dodo’s demise were a tad hasty?

The Dodo - perhaps it lives on...somewhere

The Dodo - perhaps it lives on...somewhere

What if the famous Dodo bird were found not to be extinct? Thousands may one day may be found to still survive on some hitherto unknown island near Mauritius? What would we do then? “Dead as a Dodo” or “to go the way of the Dodo” will be no more.

Raphus cucullatus will be thumbing their seriously huge bills at us – nah nah nah nah!

We will then have to find another seriously unlucky ex-species to use as a euphemism for “being gone for all money” – or dead.

Dead as a democracy perhaps?

Men getting it in the face…

Bill Gates takes a pie in the gob

Bill Gates takes a pie in the gob

Mike Rann, Tiger Woods and now Silvio Berlusconii. These men have taken one in the gob from some crossed and/or digruntled soul in recent weeks and months. What have they done to deserve that sort of treatment? Mike, over in South Australia, might feel a tad aggrieved in being a target of some public ridicule, and to be thrown in the pot with Tiger and Silvio.

We need to have more pies in faces – like the good ol’ days. Drop the assassination and pick up pies – or the number 3 iron, a fist or a miniature replica of Milan’s Gothic cathedral. The world would be a better place.

3 Dozen things about life

1. Never, under any circumstances, take a sleeping pill and a laxative on the same night.
2. Don’t worry about what people think, they don’t do it very often.
3. Going to church doesn’t make you a Christian anymore than standing in a garage makes you a car.
4. Artificial intelligence is no match for natural stupidity.
5. If you must choose between two evils, pick the one you’ve never tried before.
6. My idea of housework is to sweep the room with a glance.
7. Not one shred of evidence supports the notion that life is serious.
8. A person who is nice to you but rude to the waiter, is not a nice person.
9. For every action, there is an equal and opposite government program.
10. If you look like your passport picture, you probably need the trip.
11. Bills travel through the mail at twice the speed of cheques.
12. A conscience is what hurts when all of your other parts feel so good.
13. You should never say anything to a woman that even remotely suggests that you think she’s pregnant unless you can see the baby’s head emerging.
1 4. Men are from earth. Women are from earth. Deal with it.
15. No man has ever been shot while doing the dishes.
16. A balanced diet is a beer and burger in each hand.
17. Middle age is when the broadness of your mind and the narrowness of the waist swap.
18. Opportunities always look bigger going than coming.
19. Junk is something you’ve kept for years and throw away three weeks before you need it.
20. There is always one more imbecile than you counted on.
21. Experience is a wonderful thing. It enables you to recognize a mistake when you make it again.
22. By the time you can make ends meet, they move the ends.
23. Thou shalt not weigh more than thy refrigerator.
24. Someone who thinks logically provides nice contrast to the real world.
25. It ain’t the jeans that make your arse look big.
26. If you had to identify in one word the reason why the human race has not achieved it’s full potential, that word would be ‘meetings’.
27. There is a very fine line between ‘hobby’ and ‘mental illness.’
28. People who want to share their religious views with you almost never want you to share yours with them.
29. You should not confuse your career with your life.
30. Nobody cares if you can’t dance well. Just get up and dance.
31. Never lick a steak knife.
32. The most destructive force in the universe is gossip.
33. Cashing in your daylight savings will not get you a longer life.
34. Eat well, stay fit, die anyway.
35. The one thing that unites all human beings, regardless of age, gender, religion, economic status or ethnic background, is that deep down inside we ALL believe we are good drivers.
36. Your real friends will still love you – no matter what.

Getting Google to stop looking up your driveway…

A couple in Pennslyvania have tried to stop Google showing the Streetview of their street – but to no avail. The couple are Boring…that’s their surname..how unfortunate – I wonder if they have many friends?

From PCMag.com:

The Borings sued Google in April 2008 for privacy, trespassing, negligence, and unjust enrichment after photographs of their home showed up on Street View, a mapping program that displays street-level, 360-degree photographs of areas traversed by specially equipped Google vehicles.

The photographs in questions were taken at the foot of the Boring’s Pittsburgh area driveway and showed the couple’s house, a pool area, and detached garage. Street View photos of their home are no longer accessible, though the photos live on in the blogosphere and on various Web sites.

Judge Hay said that the Borings failed to prove that the publication of these images caused them to suffer shame or humiliation. She was also unconvinced that Google was guilty of trespassing, as the photographer had caused no harm to the Boring property.

I can sort of understand where they are coming from. When we looked at our house on Street View – you can quite clearly see our son standing at our backdoor – in his boxers! It looks like the Google camera went down the road early one morning, about 18 months ago.

You can see for yourself below:


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An interesting judicial outcome…their house was removed from the view. But that wasnt really the issue – the Borings were after some settlement dosh – how very American!

The amusing thing is that not that many places in Tasmania have been “Googled” in Streetview – the centre of Hobart isnt there – but our little old road in out of the way Woodbridge is there…curious.

Getting a better broadband deal…

I shouldn’t complain I am very happy with Netspace and the broadband plan I have chosen. $49.95 for 512Kbps @ 30 gb download…for those who live on my side of the black stump – that’s not bad…

But surely we must start to get a better ADSL internet access service, together with competitive pricing in Australia…

While the U.S. isn’t the best comparison for Australia in broadband provision options – many locations in Europe have even better infrastructure and hence better plans and pricing – its a good place to start…

I pay $39.95…

– in the U.S with Verizon you pay US$29.99 ($33.60AUD based on 1 AUD = 0.892499 USD)

But they get unlimited downloads, 3Mbps down and 768 Kbps up….

http://www22.verizon.com/content/consumerdsl/plans/all+plans/all+plans.htm

In Europe with BT will give you unlimited downloads at 8Mbps for EUR24.99 ($41.37AUD) (and that plan includes the cost of a wireless hub and phone and you can get free phonecalls……arrrrrgggggghhhh! – and then there’s Telstra’s service and pricing!! ;-(

http://www.productsandservices.bt.com/consumerProducts/displayTopic.do?topicId=15764

Why not Australia….??

Telstra on broadband fees: shape – not shaft

Breaking News: Telstra are going to shape, rather than shaft you on broadband excess usage fees.

“Customers who reach the 25GB monthly usage allowance on the Liberty 25GB plan will have their connection slowed to 64kbps for the remainder of their billing period – rather than pay additional usage charges.”

It’s like they just invented it…shape – not shaft.

Why has it taken so long? Has Bogpond finally found that there is a limit to the number of customers who will tolerate their egregious broadband pricing policies? Is revenue falling as more join other ISPs – I have had 30gb for some time – with shaping.

Hello? Telstra? Hello? Is anyone in there?

ACCC Goes Google

I was struck by both humour and incredulity when I heard that the ACCC was to take action against Google for “misleading and deceptive conduct” by “failing to adequately distinguish sponsored links from “organic” search results”.

If this is the type of action the ACCC is pursuing with our tax dollars, one can only assume that in coming weeks we will see the ACCC take so called News and Current Affairs programs to task for their badly disguised advertorials. While they are at it, they can add in a few newspapers, magazines, radio programs and other forms of media that all too often pass off adverts for news and current affairs.

Get real ACCC – Australians want you to pursue actions that really matter – like the appalling grocery and petrol pricing regimes in this country.