Thursday, December 27, 2007
Monday, December 24, 2007
Although the Australian government attempted to paint the Access Card system as a "Human Services Access Card," there's little doubt that it would've doubled as an effective national ID system. Information printed on the card was to include one's name, photo, signature, card, and DVA entitlements. Those particular requirements aren't any more onerous than what the US requires for a driver's license, but the Access Card didn't stop there. Each card would have been tied to an individual user via a specific card number and a corresponding PIN required to access the card's more detailed information .
Encrypted information contained within the card's RFID chip would have included a person's legal name, date of birth, gender, address, signature, card number, card expiration date, and Medicare number. Provisions were also included that would allow additional information deemed to be necessary for either "the administration or purposes of the Act."
Complete with biometric data it would have spelt the dawn of a truly Orwellian era had the Howard Government held power for another term. It now seems to have been finally put to bed by the incoming Labor Government slashing 1.2 billion dollars off the budget!
This truly is cause for celebration during this most festive time of year. I hope it's just the start of good things to come under Rudd.
Thursday, December 06, 2007
Wednesday, December 05, 2007
Thursday, November 29, 2007
cops are tops
November 25, 2007 - 4:22PM Three people have been charged after riot police were called to an illegal dance party of 1000 people at a factory in inner Sydney early today.
After receiving a number of noise complaints, police shut down the rave, in McCauley St at Alexandria, about 12.30am (AEDT).
The public order and riot squad was called to assist Redfern Police in closing the factory's doors and directing partygoers to Redfern Railway Station.
Sunday, July 01, 2007
R. Buckminster Fuller died on this day 24 years ago but we still have a lot to learn from his work. Bucky is undoubtedly the undisputed Father of the Sustainability movement. Jerome pointed to an excellent essay Operating Manual for Spaceship Earth which highlights (back in 1963) the need for a sustainable future.
This vessel we call Earth contains a finite amount of resources... thankfully he left behind a few of his own resouces
He was a quirky cat from a quirky family notably creating neologims such as sunsight and sunclipse "replacing sunrise and sunset in order to overturn the geocentric bias of most pre-Copernican celestial mechanics" Bucky was well known for creating long run-on sentences and wrote a single unpuncuated sentence approximately 3000 words long titled "What I Am Trying to Do" He also used awesome and unusual compond words like omniwell-informed and intertransformative Other notable Bucky-isms include Livingry and Debunked.
His lesser known influences on Hip Hop cultures Bling-bling movement and Public Enemy's Flavor Flav included some fresh styles rocking three watches when travelling across time zones.
Bucky was also booted from Harvard (twice!) for his seeming lack of interest and crazy antics entertaining dance troupes. Wild.
more: stanford library collection, buckminster fuller institute