* Posts by Ben Shurey

10 posts • joined 12 Feb 2007

Oz R18+ game rating goes live

Ben Shurey

Re: States' rights?


BigPond GameArena hacked, 35,000 passwords reset

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So Telstra caused the compromise to occur, rather than wait for it to happen? Sorry to be a pedant but it peeves me when people use the word proactive when they mean reactive but quicker. Actually it annoys me when people use the word at all.

Oz asks how much personal data should telcos keep?

Ben Shurey


Really? A typo in the subtitle?

Privacy? Forget it. Sell your brain and desires to the highest bidder

Ben Shurey

Big Google? Not likely

Ashlee I really enjoyed your article. I have serious concerns with data privacy but I don't fear Google collecting my buying habits. Mixing private and public use of behavioral data into the one category is a mistake.

Private use of data (google, amazon et al) is benign or laughable at worst and beneficial at best. It saves me time rummaging around for what I want to buy when I log into my amazon account (although it bums me to be reminded that I am in fact a stereotype).

The real danger is government use of this data. They're the ones with the coercive power to do nasty things with the data. All a company can do is beg me to buy something it sells. Only when the companies give their data over to the government does it become a real threat to our lives. Or of course when they lose a laptop with my bank details on it.

Rogue MP3 Trojan streaks across P2P networks

Ben Shurey

How does it work?

I haven't seen anyone mention how the redirect to download PLAY_MP3.exe is performed. The post you link to as well as the mcafee write up doesn't explain the mechanics. Anyone have any clues?

Secret mailing list rocks Wikipedia

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Obvious really


Danes 'prove' sudden iBook death syndrome

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Apple's recalcitrance on this subject is as ludicrous as the Danish police's heavy handed tactics in Christiania.

Dutch demand ban of virtual child porn in Second Life

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Dear Kamilion,

Any point you may have had in your post was lost in insults. Next time, why not try to make a point against the claims of the expert as opposed to just calling them retards?

Cow poo: the building material of the future?

Ben Shurey

Vegan cow dung use

Hey Tricia,

No Vegans wouldn't use it.

If whales can communicate by telepathy, why can't humans?

Ben Shurey

Spot on Mr. Barker

Comments pages are rife with spotty little anger merchants who seem to spend their spare time getting indignant.

Seems like if you open up a comment facility you are just asking for your site to be littered with screaming incoherence.

I was a little surprised by the lack of footnotes to support the premise that some are claiming ESP in Whales but I didn't immedietely feel that we needed to hang Dr Juan's head on the closest pike.

Grow up children.


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