Every week, Computerworld collates all the things our readers have been saying about the news both in the forums and in the comments. This week, here's what you had to say about:
Mobile phone location information for emergency services
"The ACMA proposal to mandate MoLI (mobile location information) is a good one and it should be applied as soon as possible. MoLI is the best system available now, though It's likely that eventually most mobiles will use more accurate GPS for this purpose. Some in the privacy industry may raise objections, but the benefit of a properly administered emergency location system is obvious."
The AFACT vs iiNet lawsuit
"Pretty sure this is a means by which AFACT can still punish iiNet. AFACT is in a position to squander millions of dollars in litigation, iiNet doesn't have anywhere near the same resources. Am fairly sure this was the intention in the first place - AFACT didn't initially go for a tier one provider. Hopefully the judge will award iiNet not only costs but also additional damages."
The Four'n'Twenty meat pie locator
"I would pay for this app if I had to."
"This calls for a real time demo of 4D technology - you know, a meat pie like that instantly teleported to each subscriber. Our devotion (?) to tech issues demands nothing less."
The National Broadband Network implementation study
"Abbott is sounding more and more like Minchin's love child every day. I say that those who say it can't be done should get out of the way of those who are doing it. The NBN can't come fast enough. "
"Once the NBN is within 1-2 years I'll be looking for short term contracts, rather than locking in for longer terms. It's called planning. Telstra have been rotting the system for years. We should never have sold the network in the first place, so at least now we'll get some cover."
"A cheaper broadband plan offset by higher taxes and government deficits. No thanks."
"I can't help but think that the people against the NBN are the type of people who would have decried the building of the original power networks. "Most people don't need electricity at home. What's wrong with just using candles? It's easier and cheaper! We should be helping poor people get cheaper and better candles instead of wasting all the import duties!"
ATO digital certificates
"Unfortunately this is not a solution digital certificates do not protect against compromised client computers. The solution must be server based. We wrote to the ATO about this, we wrote to Signals about this, we wrote to Defence about this, we wrote to the Prime Minister about this, result no assessment, no consideration of an alternative provided by an Australian Company instead they are implementing old technology from a foreign multi national. Result ineffective authentication security and a further hit to widening balance of payments problem and no job creation for Australia. The ATO paid $25,000 in marketing fees for Auskey, I wonder what Micro Beef who's trade mark this is are going to think of an Australian Government Department using their brand name?"
The World's response to the internet filter
"Rudd has only recently stated that a vote for Labour in the Federal Election means that Australians want filtering. How presumptuous can a man be. Do these politicians honestly believe that their views represent the people's views. It is about time that the Government actually ask the people what they want in all decisions to be made."
"What a joke! Filtering simply doesn't work! Sure, chase and prosecute the suppliers of illegal material but I for one don't want my content screened by 'ethical' politicians, 'trustworthy' catholic groups or 'idiot' intellectuals. Educate not regulate kids usage of the internet."
"While a majority of the populace has been brainwashed to believe otherwise, it is not the government's role to decide 'that some material is so extreme that you wouldn't want to access it...'. Giving government the power to decide what is "extreme material" and what isn't is a very dangerous assignment. Liberty is far better served by the occasional breach of that "extreme material" by the public than the perpetual inevitable breach of accumulated power by government. Have people not learned by observing even the short past of government which has accumulated too much power over every detail of civilian life? Look at the Fabian socialist UK for heaven's sake not to mention communist repression elsewhere. Considering what history has demonstrated by the extreme's of the abuse of power by government I prefer to take my chances with the occasional isolated abuse within the civilian sector. There are existing laws to enforce, not create new laws and strap the public sector with ineffective costly measures."
So, that's what you've had to say this week. Keep the discussions alive at the Computerworld Forums.