2 posts • joined Monday 8th February 2010 22:36 GMT
have a laugh- but don't take it seriously
I run machinegunkeyboard.com and I'm the one who called bullshit on 27b/6 being suspended. When the site appeared to be suspended, http://www.27bslash6.com/images/briefcase.jpg was still available, putting the lie to anyone's claim that the site was suspended. If the host had suspended the site, nothing would have been available.
I don't mind a good story, nor even a good prank. I found Thorne's bits really quite funny, and rather successful as humour. Where I object is when Thorne tried to convey that an actual threat existed from police to shut down his website over a his pisstake 'Investment Opportunity' where Thorne claimed to want to buy unspecified "drugs" for resale. The threat from SA Police simply didn't happen. There's no "e-crime act 2006" in SA as Thorne claimed he was threatened with, nor any officer in the South Australia Police named "Michael Harding."
As with any good hoax, there's got to be some plausibility. The Australian Federal government and the South Australia state government both have given good cause to have the piss taken out of them of late, with the Feds planning mandatory ISP level censorship of all Australian internet feeds and an ill-conceived SA law which, had it not been VERY hurriedly repealed after a massive public backlash, would have criminalised anonymous political commentary in assorted online fora. Governments in Aus have absolutely invited hoaxes like Thorne's with such absurd, unenforcible and reprehensible actions against online content.
With that said, by all means, read 27b/6 and laugh- Thorne writes some uproarious satire- but don't ever make the mistake that there's anything factual on his site.
No filtering- yet
As far as I'm aware, there's no government censorship of web feeds in Australia as yet. The legislation enacting it has yet to be tabled in Parliament and even then (if passed) is not scheduled to come online until 2011.
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