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Journal Journal: A Monopoly on Monopoly 1

Apparently being a patent asshole isn't a new thing at all, nor twisting an innovative product to mercantile uses.

The gameâ(TM)s true origins, however, go unmentioned in the official literature. Three decades before Darrowâ(TM)s patent, in 1903, a Maryland actress named Lizzie Magie created a proto-Monopoly as a tool for teaching the philosophy of Henry George, a nineteenth-century writer who had popularized the notion that no single person could claim to âoeownâ land. In his book Progress and Poverty (1879), George called private land ownership an âoeerroneous and destructive principleâ and argued that land should be held in common, with members of society acting collectively as âoethe general landlord.â

"The players could, however, vote to do something not officially allowed in Monopoly: cooperate. Under this alternative rule set, they would pay land rent not to a propertyâ(TM)s title holder but into a common potâ"the rent effectively socialized so that, as Magie later wrote, âoeProsperity is achieved.â

For close to thirty years after Magie fashioned her first board on an old piece of pressed wood, The Landlordâ(TM)s Game was played in various forms and under different namesâ"âoeMonopoly,â âoeFinance,â âoeAuction.â It was especially popular among Quaker communities in Atlantic City and Philadelphia, as well as among economics professors and university students whoâ(TM)d taken an interest in socialism. Shared freely as an invention in the public domain, as much a part of the cultural commons as chess or checkers, The Landlordâ(TM)s Game was, in effect, the property of anyone who learned how to play it."

PS: I no longer have any idea on how to make a link work in a je entry
PPS: I am about 2 weeks behind in reading je's that aren't spam

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Journal Journal: David Brin How Democrats and Republicans Wage War 2
"Offered one day preceding the final Presidential debate, on foreign policy, in order to give you all some badly-needed perspective on the most important foreign policy matter of all... when and how to fight.

Last year finally saw the end of America's second-longest war. Dragging on a decade, that was the multi-trillion dollar quagmire of attrition and so-called "nation-building" in Iraq.

Our longest war, the continuing multi-trillion dollar, "nation-building" quagmire in Afghanistan, continues on and on"

I haven't finished reading it.

Undoubtedly many people may have differences of opinion on this.

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Journal Journal: Almost 8

Got a submission accepted and almost got first post on it.

Unemployment sucks btw.


Journal Journal: Revealed: US flew spy drone missions from Australia 7

Perhaps from the "No shit Sherlock dept".
'The United States flew highly classified Global Hawk spy drone missions from the Royal Australian Air Force base at Edinburgh in South Australia from late 2001 until at least 2006.

The operations were detected by a group of Adelaide aviation historians who had a member monitoring aircraft radio frequencies 20 hours a day. ...
While the Australian public and the South Australian Government were left in the dark, there were no restrictions on the international media.

In February 2006, an American journalist from industry publication Aviation Week and Space Technology was given access to report on a single Global Hawk reconnaissance mission from RAAF Edinburgh to southern Japan and back again. ...
Mr Aid says the US and Australia share much of the highly sensitive signals intelligence gathered by assets such as Global Hawk.

"Australia is a member of the so-called Five Eyes intelligence club that also includes the US, the United Kingdom, Canada and New Zealand," he said. ...
"The reality is that the Global Hawk system has proven not to be less expensive to operate than the U2," General Norton Schwartz said in January. ...
Tomorrow night on ABC1, Foreign Correspondent sounds the alarm on the swarms of private and government drones gathering in American skies and surely bound for the rest of the world.

Some of the drones have live streaming cameras and the ability to carry other payloads, and tens of thousands of them are expected to take to the sky.

But who's at the controls? Potentially anybody."

Will be checking if this item actually gets to air. Then iView :)


Journal Journal: Breaking news - digital multimedia rights holder gets a clue
" ABC TV is thrilled to announce that in true time-lord style, the first episode of Season 7 of Doctor Who, "Asylum of the Daleks", will now premiere on iview Sunday, 2 September from 5.10am EST immediately after its UK launch on 1 September.

The new series of Doctor Who, including "Asylum of the Daleks", then starts on ABC1 the following Saturday, 8 September at 7.30pm EST, and is also repeated on ABC2 from Tuesday, 11 September at 9.30pm EST"

This may not help those not in the UK or in Australia.
That's the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Our government funded channel.
Allowing access to the new series before it airs over the airwaves.


Journal Journal: Some things for you

Yes I have been mostly absent. This may continue. Actually flicking thru the je's in a feed reader (the only way to deal with the je spam) and occasional front page story.

Autism Spectrum Disorder - presented for reference. I haven't watched this yet, if you can't access it and need to watch it, let me know & I will snaffle a copy.
'Four Corners presents "The Autism Enigma". Filmed in the United States, the United Kingdom and Canada the program looks at a controversial theory examining the possible links between harmful bacteria in a child's gut and ASD."

Monday Music Duel
I am enjoying this series of blog posts
Faith No More vs Bowie

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Journal Journal: I can hope this isn't just an election strategy

Wayne Swan Deputy PM and currently acting leader while Julia is on holidays, continues his attack on what he sees as looming inequality and social distortion. How far would he get in USA arguing for higher taxes and more spending on the disadvantaged?
Sorry to criticise the USA but I think your politics and economy is pretty screwed up and I don't see how you are going to get out of it.
Of course given the governments current polling it could just be a Hail Mary pass, but they have been acting like they care (goodle Australia NDIS)

"Or from My Hometown on the Born in the USA album:

        Now main street's whitewashed windows and vacant stores

        Seems like there ain't nobody wants to come down here no more

        They're closing down the textile mill across the railroad tracks

        Foreman says these jobs are going boys and they ain't coming back to

        Your hometownâ¦

And how about this, from the song Badlands on the Darkness on the Edge of Town album:

        Poor man wanna be rich

        Rich man wanna be king

        And a king ain't satisfied

        Till he rules everything.

When I listened again to that song recently it struck me that Springsteen could have been talking expressly about a few people that I've written about lately. Since my controversial essay was published in The Monthly in March I've been asked often whether I now regret having criticised some of Australia's wealthiest and most outspoken mining tycoons.

My answer is simple: no, I don't regret a word of it. Not for a second. In fact, my only regret is not going in hard enough, because every criticism I made has been played out almost to the letter on our national stage.

You will recall my original charge: that the rising influence of vested interests is threatening Australia's egalitarian social contract. I argued that a handful of powerful people not only think they have the right to a disproportionate share of the nation's economic success, they think they have the right to manipulate our democracy and our national conversation to gain an even bigger slice of the pie."

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Journal Journal: War, what is it good for? 2
"But by the time Stanley McChrystal arrived to bring his very special talents to bear on the problem of the âforgotten warâ(TM), his best estimates of the number of surviving Al Qaeda fighters in Afghanistan was somewhere a little north of one hundred men. As recently released documents show, even bin Laden despaired of how far his creation had fallen. But by then, of course, there were other enemies to fight, pretty much all of our own making."

This is essentially a book review of Frank Ledwidgeâ(TM)s 'Losing Small Wars', Karen Middletonâ(TM)s 'An Unwinnable War' and Michael Hastingâ(TM)s 'The Operators'

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Journal Journal: No conspiracy theory here, just the facts
"Google Ideas, the think tank of the technology giant, has been quietly working with the Council on Foreign Relations and other relevant organizations over the past several months. The aim? To combat drug cartels, money launderers and human traffickers who run their operations through digital networks."

"Stewart Patrick, a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations said:

        "It might sound like a different path for Google, but technology companies today have a lot of powerful tools for bringing transparency to these illicit networks, to fight back against corruption and empower those who are trying to combat transnational crime.""

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Journal Journal: Lizzy Stardust (? & the spiders from Mars) 1

(? & the spiders from Mars)
Should that be Lizards from Mars?

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Journal Journal: Close but not quite - TV card update

/dev/dvb/ is now created - what changed?
I installed virtualbox a week or 2 back and that wanted dkms as well - so a possibility
Perhaps more importantly, I did not just restart the machine today, but I shut it down and left it overnight - power off at wall. I suspect that the motherboard then reset everything and whatever flags, semi non-volatile memory & whatever had changed enough that the os looked again for the firmware and is now doing most stuff right.


ian@tqft:~/.tzap$ more /etc/modprobe.d/modprobe.conf
options cx88xx card=64
#options cx88-dvb card=64
#options cx88-blackbird card=64
note the return to an earlier version

Unfortunately it looks like there is no signal.. At least it is not finding any.

ian@tqft:~/.tzap$ scan /usr/share/dvb/dvb-t/au-Brisbane > channels.conf
scanning /usr/share/dvb/dvb-t/au-Brisbane
using '/dev/dvb/adapter0/frontend0' and '/dev/dvb/adapter0/demux0'
initial transponder 226500000 1 3 9 3 1 1 0
initial transponder 177500000 1 3 9 3 1 1 0
initial transponder 191625000 1 3 9 3 1 1 0
initial transponder 219500000 1 3 9 3 1 1 0
initial transponder 585625000 1 2 9 3 1 2 0
initial transponder 599500000 1 2 9 3 1 2 0
WARNING: >>> tuning failed!!!
WARNING: >>> tuning failed!!!
WARNING: >>> tuning failed!!!
WARNING: >>> tuning failed!!!
WARNING: >>> tuning failed!!!
WARNING: >>> tuning failed!!!
WARNING: >>> tuning failed!!!
WARNING: >>> tuning failed!!!
WARNING: >>> tuning failed!!!
WARNING: >>> tuning failed!!!
WARNING: >>> tuning failed!!!
WARNING: >>> tuning failed!!!
ERROR: initial tuning failed
dumping lists (0 services)

The signal is split at the wall and was 2 weeks ago when mother-in-law was using tv in next room which gets its antenna feed from here. And this setup has worked well in the past. Too late Friday to worry about that now.

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Journal Journal: For those who haven't seen it - /. for sale 10
"Geeknet Announces Plans to Conduct Review of Strategic Alternatives for Online Media Business

FAIRFAX, Va., May 11, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Geeknet, Inc. (Nasdaq:GKNT), the online network for the global geek community, today announced that its Board of Directors has authorized the Company and its advisors to explore strategic alternatives with respect to its online media business, including the SourceForge, Slashdot and Freecode websites. The Company and its advisors will evaluate a range of options to maximize shareholder value, including, but not limited to, a potential sale of the Company's online media business, investing additional capital to expand the online media business, or other possible transactions involving the online media business. '


Journal Journal: Apparently I was not pessimistic enough yesterday 6

No need to visit the USA, at this rate we will soon be part of it

ASIO & the AFP don't think e-intercept warrants are easy enough to get
"The Attorney-General, Nicola Roxon, will ask the parliamentary joint committee on intelligence and security to consider reforms through public hearings. Included in reforms the government is pursuing is to ''streamline'' ASIO's warrants, allowing them to be varied by the Attorney-General, making renewing of warrants easier and extending the duration of search warrants from 90 days to six months. ...

The committee is also charged with considering creating a single warrant with multiple telecommunications intercept powers for phones and computers among others, and creating a single warrant for a person covering multiple existing powers, removing the need for separate warrants against a single target.

The number of agencies allowed to lawfully access communications would be reduced under the government's proposals but simplifying information sharing between groups will be pushed.

Ms Roxon said lawful access to telecommunications would be reviewed to ensure investigative tools were not lost as telco providers changed business practices and began to delete data more regularly.

The government wants feedback on making it an offence to fail to help in data decryption and legislating telecommunication companies to keep data for up to two years"

with bonus
"While in Canberra and Brisbane, Secretary Napolitano will deliver remarks on security, privacy, and strong international partnerships at the Australian National University, and meet with Australian counterparts to discuss the ongoing partnerships to combat transnational crime, counter violent extremism, enhance information sharing, and work to ensure a more safe, secure, and resilient global supply chain"

More! You wanted more. Here are the steak knives
"An authorised intelligence operations scheme for ASIO officers will be examined, under which agents are afforded the same protection from criminal and civil liability that Australian Federal Police receive. The committee will also consult on measures to address security risks posed to the telecommunications sector and whether the government needs to institute obligations on the industry to protect their networks from unauthorised interference.

The review comes as visiting US Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano last night announced agreements between Washington and Canberra firming co-operation in tackling transnational crime and terrorism. They cover improvements to information sharing across a range of areas including terrorism, transnational crime, terrorism, violent extremism and trade."

BTW our internal secuirty agency reports to our Attorney-General (ie Roxon). Napolitano you know and love already.

Sorry, looks like links don't want to work. They may or not when the je is published


Journal Journal: Fun things about Australia 2

While people in the USA are arguing about warantless wiretaps, we have them already

'The number was down on the 280,000+ the previous year due to a big fall in NSW Police intercepts, but the Federal Police obtained nearly 23,000 intercepts, up from 20,869 the year before. The data does not cover interceptions by intelligence and security agencies like ASIO.

The four warrants cover historical telephone subscriber information, SEEK data for a telephone number, user data (including credit card details and internet activity data such as log-on times and sites visited) for an IP address and call charge recordsâ â"âthe details of telephone calls, including locational dataââ"âfor identified phone numbers. Each of the intercept requests is simply authorisable by a Federal Police officer."

And that is before we get the
Cybercrime Legislation Amendment Bill passed (went thru the lower house, not thru the Senate as one of those pesky minor parties wanted changes :) ),intercept-laws-hamper-local-user-privacy.aspx

And here comes the NBN
"In some cases, the technologies have been delayed to ensure interception is possible.

A similar issue was raised recently surrounding the introduction of Internet Protocol version 6.

In addition, industry talks around how such interception will occur under the National Broadband Network have turned to whether authorities will bother with end-user service providers for fixed-line access and move straight to intercepting traffic at NBN Co's points of interconnect."

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Journal Journal: This was me
Discovered I wasn't logged in and couldn't be bothered to ass about. To log in and find where I was.

In other news - about 25 calendar days until I am ranked amongst the unemployed again.

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