Updated: 12/12/2002; 3:47:53 PM.
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A certified genius, Crusty Dusty Rhodes brings his unique point of view, biting wit and incediary prose style to any number of issues of the day ranging from the mundane to the spectacular. Read, react or throw a brick at your monitor, Dusty is impossible to ignore.
        

Wednesday, December 11, 2002

 

Today only you can buy a little piece of the company that destroyed any chance of a Net music industry in the foreseeable future. Couldnít happen to a more deserving bunch of idiots.

 

Cheers,

 

Dusty

Napster leftovers up for auction [IDG InfoWorld]


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You thought we were kidding about Big Brother, eh? I wish. The plain fact is Boy George and his corporate toadies want to spy on every aspect of your life. Thatís right, they want YOU.

 

Read down a few articles for info on how you can avoid Big Brotherís ever roving eye, at least on the Net.

 

Cheers,

 

Dusty

US eyes Big Brother plan. The Pentagon is looking into ways of monitoring everything everyone does, as part of its war against terror. [BBC News | Technology | UK Edition]


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So, sue me, you beer besotted misogynist, kangaroo munching descendents of convict trash. Oz, my azz.

 

Cheers,

 

Dusty

Australia makes landmark net ruling. A high court rules that the US-based Dow Jones website can be sued in Melbourne over an article, in a case with global implications. [BBC News | Technology | UK Edition]


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Now that the Bush administration is preparing to release the final rules for the secret military tribunals so dear to the heart of Boy George, itís a good time to look at the sad recent history of military justice. Records show a conviction rate of better than 97% over the last 6 months, FAR higher than any civilian court anywhere in the world.

 

Cheers,

 

Dusty

All The Convictions You Could Ever Wish For. Plastic::Politics::Law: A six-month review of 1000 court-martial cases in the US military indicates a legal system more suited to some steamy tropical dictatorship. [Plastic: Most Recent]


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Boy howdy, now THIS is a god idea, eh? Since people are running in droves for software that blocks those annoying pop-up and banner ads, marketing geniuses have decided the answer is to make the BIGGER. Yet another RBMI (really bad marketing idea) in an industry seemingly made up of nothing else.

 

Cheers,

 

Dusty

Bigger Web ads endorsed by industry. Seeking to raise online advertising's profile, an industry trade group that includes AOL, MSN and Yahoo endorses a new set of ad sizes that are larger than standard banners. [CNET News.com]


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Dell site hit by outage. A slowdown prevented some visitors from reaching Dell Computer's Web site Wednesday, potentially costing the PC maker sales during the holiday shopping season. [CNET News.com]


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Hereís a nice little primer from our friends at Kuro5hin on how to maintain anonymity online. Itís hardly complete, but itís a good start.

If you really want to dive into the intricacies of maintaining a truly anonymous Net presence, I advise you start reading the Usenet groups alt.privacy.anon-server and alt.security.pgp. There you will find all you need to know to throw off Big Brother.

 

Cheers,

 

Dusty

How To Post Absolutely Anonymously?. The year is 2007. The "war on terrorism" has gone on for years and there is no end in sight. FBI investigations of "suspicious persons" at American companies and the media frenzy about Middle Eastern terrorists has gotten to the point that many Muslim Americans have lost their jobs because they are considered "security liabilities." Word leaks out that the all-seeing eye of the Information Awareness Office, headed by Bush's crony John Poindexter (the Reaganite of Iran-Contra fame), is using its powers to spy on "leftist radicals," which in actuality is just about anyone criticizing Bush, Israel, American foreign policy in the Middle East, reading Chomsky, or sympathizing with the plight of Muslims. It is the new McCarthyism, and you do not want to be its next victim. What do you do? [kuro5hin.org]


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Marcel Proust. "The one thing more difficult than following a regimen is not imposing it on others." [Motivational Quotes of the Day]


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ukase: Dictionary.com Word of the Day. ukase [Dictionary.com Word of the Day]


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Cyril Connolly. "Always be nice to those younger than you, because they are the ones who will be writing about you." [Quotes of the Day]


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Ronald Reagan. "Facts are stupid things." [Quotes of the Day]


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Stephen Jay Gould. "In science, 'fact' can only mean 'confirmed to such a degree that it would be perverse to withhold provisional assent.' I suppose that apples might start to rise tomorrow, but the possibility does not merit equal time in physics classrooms." [Quotes of the Day]
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Hermann Hesse. "Eternity is a mere moment, just long enough for a joke." [Quotes of the Day]


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