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February 17th, 2006

Weekend Reflections is on again. Please comment on any topic of interest (civilised discussion and no coarse language, please). Feel free to put in contributions more lengthy than for the Monday Message Board or standard comments.

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  1. Ros
    February 17th, 2006 at 15:31 | #1


    – A bill just announced in Congress would require every Web site operator to delete information about visitors, including e-mail addresses, if the data is no longer required for a “legitimate” business purpose.
    The proposal, introduced Wednesday by Rep. Ed Markey, seeks to import European-style privacy regulations by imposing a broad data-deletion requirement. It would apply to every U.S. Web site, even ones run by individuals, bloggers or nonprofit groups and charities.
    Declan McCullagh, politechbot.

    What does this mean. Very illiterate about such matters, but would this mean that a site such as this, which I assume is registered as a US address, be covered? If so what would it mean in practical terms? Would our comments have to be seperated from our email addresses, would comments have to be cleaned out on a regular basis. Or would it mean nothing much?

  2. February 17th, 2006 at 15:41 | #2

    IR info a costly call – 17feb06

    AN information hotline on the Government’s IR changes has cost taxpayers about $80 a call.

    The phone service, which also copped a barrage of complaints, cost nearly $4 million to November last year.

    It received 48,000 calls.

  3. February 18th, 2006 at 00:36 | #3

    The Tassie and South Aust elections are now scheduled for the same date. Should be interesting, if only to see how federal issue may or may not impact on the results. Probably shouldn’t be too big a deal.

    In Tassie in particular, we have a better handle on things, and feel the result will not be too bad of the Government – certainly not the result as forecast by some of the opinion polls.

  4. February 18th, 2006 at 08:22 | #4

    The real agenda behind the sabre-rattling behind Iran:


  5. Steve Edwards
    February 19th, 2006 at 01:06 | #5

    John Quiggin –

    I checked out Ryan Heath’s website (author of “Please Just F* Off…”) at http://ryanheath.com.au

    Under the “What others say about my writing” section he quotes a mysterious figure called “John Quiggan” from the hitherto unearthed website “www.johnquiggan.com.au”. Apparently, “John Quiggan’s” review included the following quote:

    “The ultimate generation game book”

    And that’s it. That’s all “John Quiggan” had to say, apparently.

  6. jquiggin
    February 19th, 2006 at 11:55 | #6

    I love it, Steve! I’m kinda shy, but maybe you could write to young Ryan explaining about this Interwebs thingy us boomers are “into”, and how you have to spell things right to make the “hyperlinks” work.

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