Woeful Spring

The first tidings of spring are upon us here in Melbourne, and I bemoan its untimely insurgance upon my cosy winter hideway. It encroaches slowly at first - a glimpse of sun or a day without frost - but then rapidly degenerates into a haze of allergies, heat, and overclocking worries.  Read more »

Unusual Lavatories

And now for something completely different: the Top Ten Urinals of the world (and its geostationary satellites).

My favourite is definitely #6 - the Hong Kong ‘Felix’. Relieving myself in one of those ornate marble pillars would feel far to sacriligious to be able to do so without feeling like I’m desicrating something grand; or maybe I just have a slave mentality.

Apologies to our female readers — not that you should feel excluded (check out #5!).

Buzz Words

Buzz words - is there any greater evil? Throughout the brief but turbulent period in which the IT industry has been subjected to mainstream marketing and its bold visions of compulsive spending, we've seen the rise and fall of a number of catchwords.  Read more »

Itsbay Andway Iecespay

I came across the following links in my weekend travels:

Free Market Assassination

From Kuro5hin, an amusing article about Distributed Denial of Existence (or DDoE) attacks. The premise is this: a collective fund is established in a Swiss bank account to which users who dislike another user may contribute. When the fund for a particular disliked user reaches a certain point, a contract assassin is hired through an escrow service to eliminate them.  Read more »

New Photos Added

I uploaded some more files to the Jaani.net gallery. The new album contains phtographs of the University of Melbourne grounds which I took on first day of semester.

More photos are yet to come. In the interim, I suggest you check out Decibel Dragon.com for some stunning photography and a most excellent site-design. That photographer sure gets around!

I think it's time to go to bed now.

Quae Vide

Each Friday, I'll try to collate a summary of interesting links, reviews, and articles upon which I have stumbled throughout the week. The links will be presented with minimum commentary, but are hand-picked for quality and categorised for convience. Here are the first Quae Vide picks. This week's theme is science and technology.
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Anti Anti-Spam?

The legal issues surrounding junk e-mail detection and removal continue to discourage internet service providers from employing pro-active filtering techniques. Many ISPs are concerned about being sued for filtering false-positive (incorrect) "junk" e-mail messages in compliance with the various anti-spam regulations currently under consideration in the United States.  Read more »

Court Rebukes Detention of Children

The Family Court today ruled that detaining children is unlawful. Affirming a previous decision, Justice Strickland said he had "determined prima facie that children are unlawfully in detention and there is a real issue to be tried about that." Counsel for the children applied for their immediate release pending a full trial which is due to begin on September 15.  Read more »

The RIAA's First Hurdle

Boston College and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology last week evinced the first signs of opposition to RIAA scaremongering. Over the past 3 months, the Recording Industry Association of America has issued 871 subpoenas demanding information from several major tertiary institutions about the use of file sharing P2P applications on their local area networks.  Read more »

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