Monthly Archives: September 2012

Date Created: September 26, 2012  Date Modified: October 6, 2012

Yesturday the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security released the Hansard form the Potential reforms of national security legislation hearing. Im still reading thru it but I still feel the need to share as these potential reforms will change our information landscape.

There are many ways to classify things but there are perhaps three ways of classifying here. There is content such as telephone calls, which is at the top level, that requires the most privacy and the highest degree of scrutiny and a warrant before interception occurs. Then there is content such as short message services—text messages—which are short things, which of technological necessity will be retained for a short time and perhaps often will not be as private as spoken phone calls, although that may reflect my age. Then there is the metadata of which you speak, which, if I may draw an analogy, is a bit like a phone bill. I would think that many citizens would want far more privacy protections for the content of what they actually say on the telephone than for the contents of their phone bill. Privacy applies to both, but perhaps there is a need for a graded set of regulations that recognises the difference. I am certainly not arguing that telephone calls—people’s spoken words—and analogous things should be recorded at all. There is room for a short period of retaining some content data like SMSs—that would be the highest and there may be some lower forms of data. Metadata is in a different category altogether, one would think, when trying to strike the balance.;fileType=application%2Fpdf

[VIDEO] Assange speech at UN
Date Created: September 26, 2012  Date Modified: September 26, 2012

Just came across this today, I have linked both the Wired article and the RT article if you are intersted in further analysis.

From Wired:

Assange was speaking as part of a panel that was supposed to focus on the legal and ethical issues around diplomatic asylum, but instead veered off for a lengthy discussion about U.S. President Barack Obama’s speech at the U.N. this week, which he called “fine words” that needed to be followed up with “fine deeds.”

“It is time for Obama to do the right thing and join the forces of change, not in fine words, but in fine deeds,” he said.

Watch the speech below:

Game Design Doc
Date Created: September 21, 2012  Date Modified: October 7, 2012

I was on Scribd earlier for an unrelated reason and thought I would have a look at the stats on my acount; the document that recived the most hits winning its own post:

Game Design Document iCricket

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[VIDEO] How Many Dangerous Ideas Can One Person Have?
Date Created: September 14, 2012  Date Modified: September 25, 2012

I wouldn’t call Former Chief Justice Kirby’s progressive ideals as dangerous, but progressive ideas are dangerous to those who oppose them, and we know too well the corporate media’s agenda to uphold the status quo. I am still currently viewing this (its about an hour), so I may return to provide some commentary if necessary. For now I would like to re-iterate 3 points CJ Kirby raised in regards to public education; Points I fully agree with:

“Its Free, Its Compulsory and its Secular”


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[LINK] It’s complicated: copyright law and chaos theory
Date Created: September 12, 2012  Date Modified: September 12, 2012

Journal of Intellectual Property Law & Practice – Advance Access

via It's complicated: copyright law and chaos theory.

Crop Circle Map
Date Created: September 10, 2012  Date Modified: October 7, 2012

I was on ATS the other day and a user posted the coordinates for a crop circle they found on Google Maps somewhere in the UK. I went to the location and did not find the circle in question; But in the nearby vicinity I found a number of other interesting crop markings. Some are clearly man made…

Man Made Crop Circle, tho there others in the area that are probably not...

This area seems to be a hot-spot for this type of activity–however you wish to explain it, so feel free to hunt around as Google updates all the time and the landscape changes seasonally…

View Crop Circle Map in a larger map

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Chrome Timeline
Date Created: September 9, 2012  Date Modified: September 10, 2012

Before Chrome came out we all loved the functionality firebug bought to firefox, and being that I have been using FF recently I had forgotten how much better Chrome’s debugging toolset is. One of the tools I missed was the timeline, being able to see a visulization of your scripts and their load is really something that does pleasth. I noticed as you can see in the pic below, what scripts were resource hungry, and also which image element I could optimise to save that bit of bandwidth.
To activate the timeline, just right click your page > inspect element > Click the Timeline tab, then hit the record button in the bottom left toolbar, 4th button along (black circle will turn red when recording).

Click this and refresh your page and watch the fun. Hit the record button again to stop recording once the page has stopped loading all its elements.
Looks like I have some site maintenance to do…

NOTE: The information used in the Chrome tool shows speeds of the Chrome browser, it is still worth checking this against other tools, as IE and Mozilla may load at different rates depending on a number of variables.

[VIDEO] Television, Drug of a Nation
Date Created: September 9, 2012  Date Modified: September 9, 2012

This came across in discourse today and it reminded me of a time when it was still cool to dissent

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Fully Sic Subbie Mayte!
Date Created: September 6, 2012  Date Modified: October 4, 2012

My neighbor kindly gave me his Fully Sic Sub-Woffer and amp, from his old r31 which went to Skyline heaven (or more likely hell) a year or so ago. It was covered in spiders; Now I am covered in spiders. Which is making it awkward to type, or do anything…

The amp on its back board as I obtained; I have removed this amp to mount under the drivers seat

close up of the amp

and the Sub and amp (thie amp is the same Alpine as the above)

More pics relating to the audio modding will be added as they happen. I need to clean these up before I can install them and that’s not going to happen now until the weekend. I have asked an old friend around to give me a hand and feeding cables is best done with 4 hands (three and a hook can work too but that is just educing flashbacks of my childhood…)

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Google Reading Level
Date Created: September 3, 2012  Date Modified: September 3, 2012

As the internet expands its user base and more and more people take on the role of content creators the more likely you are to find less relevant information using a standard Google search. There are countless ways to filter results from a standard search; this post only addresses one–Reading Level. But before we get to this, lets look at some other tools used in the research arena…

Having worked in higherEd, I know the contention regarding Google Scholar, as often as I hear “Its the best, you should use it”, I also hear “Never, EVER use Google Scholar”. The reasons vary depending on what the field of study is, so ask you lecturer or tutor their thoughts on Google Scholar before you start using it for assignments. In the study of Laws, the use of tools like LexusNexus and WestLaw are far better resources than Google Scholar, as these advance searches are tailored for legal research, (they are also paid services).

Google Reading Level is not a standalone application, its just an advance search tool that can filter the results by the language used. This is great for sorting out links on the basis of the language level used. Advanced returns links more of the academic and legal reading level, the screen cap below shows WA State Parliament Hansard as the first result for the search string “Rayney Trial” (a high profile case that has exploded across the local media), where without the Advanced filter, the Hansard would be returned much further down the results (if at all).

In situations such as the above where there is a great deal of news articles, most of which rehash content from a handful of original sources (Court Journalists in this example), the ability to exclude results written for consumption by the general populace does speed up the research process.

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