Tuesday, October 11, 2005

This is a confusing world we live in

I wrote this in a note on my pda on the train from and too work this morning, so forgive it's bad grammar and rambling nature.
After reading a fairly ominous article linked from the front page of one of my favourite websites overclockers, I wanted to know more on the subject did a quick google, and surprise surprise its unsubstantiated clap trap. But that gets me to thinking how much do we hear straight from the source... Next-to-nothing it is all filtered through some third party.
For example who is to say that in China this post isn't changed to espouse the virtues of the communist government, or that in America the word Australia is replaced with U.S.A...heheh and if cnnnn is to be believed some Americans geography leaves a lot to be desired.
Even the independent media available on the net goes through proxies gateways and routers who is to say it is not changed...well I don't think it is. But the big media companies certainly put there own slant on things. For example I saw on the cover of MX (a free newspaper in Sydney owned by Murdoch) an article on the new employee privacy laws, when I used to pickup this paper it was very biased and one sided but this article did effect my job and my clients, so I almost picked it up, till I remembered this was not the source but some filtered, biased version of the truth, I decided there that I would instead go to the source; the Australian industrial relations website.
So what have we learnt today, well in newspapers take everything with a grain of salt, on the net take everything with a pound of salt unless it is corroborated by several reputable sources, which is why I like sites like google-watch and wiki-news, (news that you submit yourself.
Peace out all, even our more creative journos and controlling billionaires.

Monday, October 10, 2005

Yay ME

I love being a Dad, it has been over a month and I couldn't be happier. Geoffrey is such a good kid, and I thank the divine everyday for how lucky we are... 5 fingers, 5 toes, can obviously see, hear, touch and taste, and seems very alert and strong, what more could you ask for... except a smile, which he has done, and he has even laughed when Fiona and I laughed.
On another Yay for me note, I discovered a virus...sorta... One of our clients received an email they thought was dubious, our virus scanner on the server and on the clients pc hadn't picked it up. I got the client to email it to me so I could have a look at it. I was determined it was a virus, I scanned it with several free and our own corporate scanner, and several online scanners, to no avail. I submitted it to our corporate scanners research department. Then I scanned it with clamwin, an open source scanner based on the unix clamav, and it returned a result... I had found one of the first cases of Sober.R... our corporate virus scanner replied back that it was called sober.R and updated their definitions, w00t.
Below is a test I did, haven't done one of these in a while but this one looked fun, it is a what type of rpg character are you...

Smart Paladin

66% Combativeness, 40% Sneakiness, 82% Intellect, 66% Spirituality

Valorous! Noble! Or possibly just a self-righteous jerk (but with the
brains to keep you alive!)... You are a Smart Paladin!

Paladins are holy warriors. They are valorous defenders of the
light. Unfortunately, most of them are so ardent in their defense they
tend to meet sticky ends faster than you can say "rampaging red
dragon." Many people look up to Paladins, while others just consider
them stuck up, overbearing, or self-righteous.

Fortunately for you, unlike most Paladins, you're pretty smart.
Which means that you're more likely to fall into the "admired"
category, rather than the "obnoxious" or "dead" categories.

Much like the crusades, you manage to combine violence and
religion, though unlike the crusades, you add a healthy does of
intelligence. You may be a staunch defender of the faith, a valorous
champion of the weak, or the stuff that jihads are made of. Which ever
one you are, just be happy that you’ve got the smarts to back it up and
make it work.

My test tracked 4 variables How you compared to other people your age and gender:
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You scored higher than 72% on Combativeness
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You scored higher than 52% on Sneakiness
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You scored higher than 75% on Intellect
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You scored higher than 86% on Spirituality

Link: The RPG Class Test written by MFlowers on Ok Cupid, home of the 32-Type Dating Test

Peace out all, especially the Sober.R programmers who i thwarted...
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