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27 December 2013    Technology

Hacking Government: An Ineffective Digital Militia

Guns, geeks and secret trade treaties: Why gun owners are so much better at standing up to politicians trying to take away their freedoms than geeks.

The lack of serious gun control in the US is a testament to how effective the NRA and gun lobbyists are at stopping the government from encroaching on their gun rights. By contrast, things like a fundamentally broken patent system and legislation like the DMCA are a testament to how useless geeks are at stopping the government from encroaching on their digital rights.

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19 December 2013    Technology

Quantitative Geek Screwing

Geeks vs economists: Why us geeks will lose.

Occasionally, I like to ponder the tough (and possibly nonsensical) questions in life, like why do politicians pay no attention when knowledgeable people within technology industries make logical and well thought arguments on issues that directly affect their industries, yet thoroughly discredited economists, who have been proven wrong many times before, still wield so much power that they can influence politicians to implement illogical policies that would have once been considered completely crazy?

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02 December 2013    Technology

National Broadband Cyber-Futility

Digitally Pissing in the Wind (Part 1)

With the Liberal Party winning the election as expected, they now get to make good on their election promise/threat to take everything that was good and holy in Labor’s FTTP National Broadband Network and replace it with a hellishly cheap and nasty FTTN abomination. Because here in Australia, we can’t have nice things, apparently. Like decent broadband. Or a technology industry. Or science. Or women cabinet ministers. At least not …

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06 September 2013    Technology

Mandatory Internet Censorship to the Node

So that was weird.

Yesterday, without fanfare, the Coalition released it’s “Policy to Enhance Online Safety for Children”. Because the the Liberal Party really, really cares about children. I’m sure it keeps them up at night. So much so they’re willing dedicate $10 million to keeping children safe online. Because if the government won’t keep children safe online then who will? Their parents? Or course not! Parenting is far too important a task to be left …

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01 September 2013    Technology

The Australian Broadband Hustle

ADSL dropouts and overcharging: The confidence trickery of broadband in Australia.

It got to the point I just had no choice. Had to do it. I’d had enough.

I’d had enough of the increasingly frequent ADSL dropouts on my increasingly less reliable TPG broadband service.

I’d had enough of a Telstra phone line with so much noise, static and crackling sounds that it was almost impossible to hear the person on the other end.

I’d had enough of both my phone and internet going to hell every …

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25 July 2013    Python

Extract emails from Gmail with Python via IMAP

Using Python to get email from a Gmail account via IMAP: The Least You Need To Know.

I have a filter setup in a Gmail account to automatically collect what are essentially automatically generated emails from a particular source, and file them neatly away into a label, leaving the inbox relatively uncluttered with their consistently formatted regularness. Thing is, those particular emails are not achieving their potential for maximum usefulness to me by just sitting there in my Gmail account. And with their predictable content, they are ripe candidates for parsing and extracting the useful data, and …

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