Speedtest Time

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From time to time I like to do a speed test on my internet connection, I’m proud to say mine is pretty nice right now.

Speedtest.net Result 7th October 2010

This is the result on my connection, it is on a Telstra Wholesale ADSL2+ port through Internode, in regional Northern New South Wales. (Zone 3 Exchange)

ACMA Blacklist Leaked

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ACMA’s (Australian Communications and Media Authority) list of banned web pages has been leak onto wikileaks.org. The list which is meant to contain links to supposed banned content such as child pornography, also lists large online poker sites, YouTube pages and even some Wikipedia links.

But what the list also contains is the website of a Queensland dentist (http://dentaldistinction.com.au/) which appears to be on their for no good reason. Someone must really hate the dentist, or the government is trying to protect kids from the dentist.

In Ur Internet Blockin Ur Dentist

Update 1

Conroy now claims in a statement that the list is not actually the ACMA list.

Update 2

ACMA has made a media release.

ACMA, The New Tool to Silence You

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ACMA has issued Whirlpool’s web host Bulletproof Networks with a notice to remove a link to this anti-abortion web page, blacklisted by the regulator in January. At risk of their host being hit with $11,000 fines per day….
[More @ Somebody Think Of The Children]

I find this both shocking an appalling. While I may not necessarily agree with the content, it is an opinion and that is no reason for it to be silenced. This in no way to protect children Conroy, the children are already dead at the site in question, and adults should be able to form their own option of the content in question not have you tell them what to think. This is the kind of nonsense that should have been stamped out long ago.

Heil Conroy

Stephen Conroy The Bully

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First I must say Senator Stephen Conroy shame on you, you need to learn about bullying, and the consequences of it. We have seen in the last few years an active push to stop bullying in schools (http://www.bullyingnoway.com.au/), but that seams to have slipped past the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy.

So what am I harping on about, well there has been some debate on implementing a national internet filter in Australia. Well ok maybe that’s not really true, it’s more an argument about what to block, as it appears the decision has already been made and now it’s up to the special interest groups to get as much stuff blocked as possible.

Here is the part that really pisses me off, Conroy tried to shut this information down. When Mark Newton from Internode raised these concerns and criticisms, minister Conroys department (Belinda Dennett) fired off a letter to the Internet Industry Association (IIA) board member Carolyn Dalton in an attempt to pressure Newton into reining in his dissent.

“In your capacity as a board member of the IIA I would like to express my serious concern that a IIA member would be sending out this sort of message. I have also advised [IIA chief executive] Peter Coroneos of my disappointment in this sort of irresponsible behaviour”

The worst part of this is that a phone call demanding that the message be passed on to senior Internode management was made. What?! Sound like they were trying to get Mark fired to me.

Any way I’ll leave it for you to decide, below you will find links to coverage on it but most importantly an interview with Mark conducted by NetQOS’ s Performance daily.

Coverage:

Oh yes I’ve also set up a redirect on my site that grabs people coming from gov.au internet addresses and gives them a wonderful message that you are all free to view.

The code in the htaccess file is as follows:

RewriteCond %{REMOTE_HOST} .gov.au$ [NC]
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} !^/conroy_403.html [NC]
RewriteRule .* http://www.webwhitenoise.com/conroy_403.html [R=302,L]

Yes, not perfect but the aim is to annoy, anyway it’s inspired by the “the gov.au blockade” back in 1999.