everything you’re being told about internet piracy is wrong

Yesterday’s Online Copyright Infringement Forum was a joke. It can be argued that the unauthorised reproduction of digital goods cannot be considered theft in the physical sense according to existing laws. Australian consumers are being exploited by content owners, who charge unreasonable amounts for content with no justification for the price differences between other countries and Australia.…

the Australian Federal Police says threatening to make a denial of service attack is not a crime

Three weeks ago I wrote about an implied denial of service threat I received from a belligerent moron who failed to convince me that taggers are not morons. I followed the advice I received and reported the threat to CERT, who responded the next day and advised me to report the threat to the AFP.…

hyperlocal is over

Almost three years ago I started publishing hyperlocal news sites that aggregate content from multiple blogs that contain information about inner city Melbourne suburbs, such as restaurant reviews and art exhibition details. I eventually built ten of these sites and they have continued to grow, which is threatening to overwhelm the disk space available in my web hosting package.…

recruitment agencies and their moronic behaviour

One of the reasons I’m pleased to be starting a new job this year is that I will not have to deal with the morons employed by recruitment agencies again for the foreseeable future. Doing short-term contract work is fine but having to negotiate with the leotards in agencies to get to promote yourself to a potential employer is a painful waste of time.…