Kurt Greenbaum is a B-league commentator for a website you wouldn't have heard of unless you live in an somewhat bland city in America. He remained this entirely unexceptional human being until a week or so ago when someone placed a comment he didn't like on one of his articles. A website-you've-never-heard-of staffer sees the comment and deletes it - being what you should do. However, it gets posted again and our man decides to go postal - tracks down the commenter's IP (because reverse DNS was working so no rocket science there), rings his workplace and gets him fired.
Now, other than being a complete overreaction to gosh not being taken seriously as a blogger of only marginally greater relevance than (say) me, this is in violation of the legally binding ToS for the site and just about every piece of Internet ethics, ever.
So let's do our part. Let's ensure the words "Kurt Greenbaum" are forever associated with being the least competent "director of social media", ever and that the next words spoken to him in a place of employment are "Yes, I would like fries with that".
The National party came in on a platform of lower taxation. First thing they do that actually affects me is to treble my ACC levies. $500/yr extra, post tax so more like $800/yr pre. This takes my bike registration fees to around $900/yr - getting beyond what I can reasonably pay for such a wholly egotistical piece of transport. Realistically this means I need to sell the bike, wearing a huge loss because the market price of bikes over 600cc has just plummeted for a very "Adam Smith" reason, and buy a car. Another car. To make traffic worse, block up the road and prevent you from getting from A to B.
Bastards. No more bike. Thank you government. I won't be forgetting.
This report from Cenzic appears to be a well researched and generally speaking fine piece of work. Of note:
Of the Web vulnerabilities, Web Browser vulnerabilities comprised eight percent of the total vulnerabilities found, and Web servers comprised two percent. Vulnerabilities in the code of commercial Web applications was 90 percent of the total Web related vulnerabilities.
You said I'd get a tax cut. Instead my ACC levies trebled.
The thing is that this isn't about bikes, bikers or what's fair. It's about the ACC being founded on a principle of shared risk. It's not, and was never supposed to be an insurance company. Besides, this crap is the thin end of the wedge. They don't want bikers, it's just we're the easiest target (yeah, how's that going for you Mr Key?). They want the really expensive stuff - people that play netball or rugby and especially home DIY'ers. Yeah, completely unqualified people with circular saws - are we really surprised it costs $600M/yr?
Dammit. Labour are going to just walk in at the next election.
I am currently listening and inexcusably rocking out to "No Ordinary Thing" by Opshop. It's a piece of music I know because Zuni's been practicing playing it on the guitar. With any luck this is the first of hopefully many recommendations from her. I'm going to have a musical relationship with my daughter - this is going to be awesome.
Previous next big things include development of the capture and intermediate compression technology in iShowU-HD; design and implementation of a small advertising network; the refinancing, technical direction, and a lot of the donkey work for Virtual Katy; technical direction, project management and (again) donkey work for VoiceQ; creating code and intellectual property around load balancing that was acquired by Allied Telesis; and the research and an implementation of the h.264 video compression protocol.