Reader Comments on Aardvark Daily 31 Jan 2001
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From: Karl Mottram For : Right Of Reply (for publication) Subj: In reply... In reply to your article... Firstly, it is astounding that such a minor matter has made it to this austere publication, I can only assume Alan Brown has allies in the most unlikely places. His reputation is more that of an over-reacting buffoon, from the accounts I have received. With claims of "working for the Russian CIA" to his credit (made to a respected member of the Palmerston North business community), it is a great wonder how anyone can take him seriously. I do not doubt his technical skills, but his mental health is, and has been for many years, the question of some debate in PN. Secondly, after being informed that the newsgroup postings WERE classed as commercial, NO FURTHER COMMERCIAL POSTS WERE MADE. This is a point we wish to make VERY clear. My personal ignorance of NG charters is clear, but there was no deliberate attempt to subvert charters by being picky. As to my design skills, I don't claim to be a great web designer. I have some projects that work, and some that don't. Bifrost has been so successful with it's giveaways that I simply don't have time to 'clean it up' and the fast downloads seem to be a pleasing factor to most users, as the stacks of feedback show. Your claim that we "tout our skills" as web designers is a weak point, as the link you provide clearly states that we are... "...a Palmerston North based business with a primary focus on development and support of the PANORAMA MultiMedia Advertising Package..." and that web design is a secondary aspect. And to call me a 'cowboy' is of great humour indeed, as I have been one in the past, literally. Working with a stunt team and as a movie extra doing many cowboy- style stunts. However, in the context you use, I still cannot deny it, nor would I. In a day and age where you either need a high-paying speciality, or you collect whatever crumbs you can, I can proudly say I collect enough crumbs to maintain my family, and still have time and efforts left to enjoy life. If that means making use of my digital camera, then I shall, and I do. Your comment: Second Mistake: -- when he was flamed -- for doing so, he chose to incur the wrath of Alan Brown, a man not known for tolerating spammers, idiots or buffoons. highlights an interesting point of ethics within the inner circles of the internet community. What ever happened to telling ME I was making a mistake? Instead I find out that Alan has been doing his usual shit-stirring when a friendly member of the ISP community forwarded me an email copt of Alan's abusive attacks. Does Alan know, I wonder, just how many people consider him to be an over-reacting buffoon himself? I think not, for if he did I am sure he would curl up and wither in shame. Alan is a man known for his intolerance of human mistakes, despite falling victim to many of them himself, that is for sure. I sincerely hope you do publish this reply, uneditted, as I have had reports from other who have made comment, and yet see no feedback at all listed. I should also make note that we DO NOT, under any circumstances, sell or release mailing lists of address to ANY agency. ONE of the competition sponsors, 91zm, have the "ZM Experience", and require Name, Address and Contact Phone number. Te enter the ZM experience is OPTIONAL, and users have the choice NOT to, in which case all survey results are sent to ZM with ALL PERSONAL DETAILS REMOVED. Email lists are purely for internal use, and are used to send updates ONLY at this stage. Should that situation change, all users will be given the choice to be REMOVED from the lists BEFORE they are used for any other purpose. At the bottom of all batch-mails is a paragraph explaining this, and also explaining how to remove themselves from the list at any stage. We support the "No Spam Mail" effort. The NG incident is an unfortunate situation which does not change our standing on email's at all. Also to note, NG's had been removed from our marketing plan PRIOR to Mr Brown's complaints, and it was unfortunate he chose that time to kick up his stink. Had he waited a mere week longer, he would have seen we had withdrawn from that media, and would have had nothing to complain about. From: Andrew MacKay For : The Editor (for publication) Subj: Crap digital photography If he thinks that a few digital shots, showing pretty sunsets are going to get work then he realy needs to have a look at the work done by some of the more talented stills photographers out there. I have been selling shots via my website for a few years now and haven't need to spam the world to do so. It's kinda fun seeing the results of a lil cheap digital camera in the hands on a wally as upposed to still taken on film and then scanned at several million megapixels. If you get a chance have a rattle around my website, it's not much and is always "under construction" depending on my whims... www.earthlight.co.nz/users/ruthara/ From: Jamie Brook For : The Editor (for publication) Subj: Re: one4b I read with interest your article on the drug one4b that you disagree with it being taken off the market. You make a very valid point that it is no worse than alchohol - and i couldnt agree more with you, but i believe we do not need another drug freely available on the market that has the potential to kill with excessive use. I agree, it's double standards. But could you imagine the Health Dept. trying to ban or restrict the use of alcohol in New Zealand? There would be riots in the streets! No matter how much they'd love to, it would be practically impossible. Yes, it's the old story, a few minority losers wreck it for the rest of us (yes, that includes disordely drunk 18/19yr olds, as has been in the news in recent weeks..) It's not fair, but that's life. From: Don McKenzie For : The Editor (for publication) Subj: Today's Issue (31 Jan) Every week day your Aardvark is where I commence my web wanderings. But today you seem to have excelled yourself. The in depth research, substantiating your conclusions, is so profound that I have to ask myself how do you manage to do anything else within the 24 hour period. Excellently and lucidly presented, and a real pleasure to follow your links through. I really mean it - how DO you find the time? Aardvark Replies: Simple -- I don't sleep (much). From: Tripz! For : The Editor (for publication) Subj: Recreational Drug Use Ahh Aaardvark, you are one of the more intellegent respectable people in society. Although you may not partake in certain recreational drugs you can see the propaganda that surrounds these drugs. Alot of people agree that there is an air of hypocrisy when it comes to these illegal recreational drugs. I mean, we live in a country where Tobbacco is legal and Alcohol is too. Tobacco makes alot of money for the government. Has anyone wondered why they spend millions each year trying to stop people from smoking when it's a legal drug? Sure it's people's choice, but it's addictive and that takes away alot of self control and logical thought. Then theres the issue of Cannabis and Alcohol. You can't compare the two, but if you did, you'd see hypocrisy too. Once again we have one drug which kills hundreds each year, and another which does not. The health affects of cannabis are reduced to short term affects when consumed as food, and one study shows that those that got "high" 11 days out of 30, only 11% of those experienced the short term symptoms. We have a situation in this country where the government would rather MS sufferers take a $18,000 per year (subsidised) drug to treat their symptons (which causes numerous henious side effects) rather than one alternative, cannabis, which costs and causes significantly less problems, but is illegal. Alot of people will discount my views, will bring up the issue of children and drugs. But it's the same as alcohol and kids. It's the same for any drug. Hey anyone ever given thought to Tobacco and Kids? I'm going out on a limb here, but I've smoked cannabis for 6 years straight, pretty much every day or every second day. I'm have just completed my second degree at university. B.Com, B.Sci. My grade levels are B+ average. I do agree that there are affects associated with cannabis, I don't deny them... but I'd rather sit in a room of pot smokers and philosophise, than walk down the street watching the Friday hoons puking in rubbish bins, challenging the police.. and the worst of all.. watching a young man flop it out as he walks down the street... oblivious and absolutely out of it... leaving a trail that I only thought snails made.. Kudos to Nandor who has stood up, tarnished his reputation.. been ridiculed.. yet is one of a few in parliament that actually preaches what they believe.. From: Peter Palmer For : Right Of Reply (for publication) Subj: Re: Mr Mottram Mr Mottram writes: > With claims of "working for the Russian CIA" to his > credit Mr Brown is not an imbecile, as Mr Mottram would try to imply by having cliam to be employed by an organisation that doesn't exist. FYI, MR Brown has in the past worked with the FBI and DISA on matters pertaining to the security of the US Governmental mailservers and relay systems. Note the phrase "Worked with" rather than worked for. > (made to a respected member of the Palmerston North business community), Care to substantiate this with a name? What constitutes respected in this case? The lies that Mr Mottram has promulgated? > it is a great wonder how anyone can take him seriously. And we're supposed to take Mr Mottram's word on trust. A man whose criminal record for fraud is public domain? From: Jonathan Dodd For : The Editor (for publication) Subj: "Hits" Great to see some public exposure about how claims re: "hits" are so inaccurate and misleading. I always say, anyone who talks "hits" has immediately flagged some degree of ignorance. Even using server logs for website statistics is extremely inaccurate, misleading, and old- hat, when there are now infinitely more accurate traffic measurement systems available. From: Hank Pinney For : The Editor (for publication) Subj: one4b,cannabis,beer,etc. Always a good idea to research what you'll pay if you play! Sure, cold Heniken and a shot of Wild Turkey make a lazy Sunday afternoon. Personally, willing to pay the price (mostly tax!). Curious your article and accompnying comments didn't mention: SEX!! Probably the "new-age" version of Russian Roulette! Trouble is, really lousey ways to go, often come packaged beautifully. Used to be a word I haven't heard for years: judgement. All the aforementioned "bad" legal and illegal substances, addictive, or not, impair judgement. I attended U.C. Berkeley in the late sixties and early seventies and most likely ran accross every street drug available at the time. Still ammazed I never did acid! Pablo Escobar or Eli Lilly; not much difference. Guess much has to do with which politician you have have in your pocket at what time. Another plus for the NET: before I swallow it, inject it, or "deposit" it, I can check it out, and I do! We live in a world society that, for philisophical reasons I won't go into, seems to be losing the ability to practice moderation. Legistated "morality", despite admirable intentions, simply doesn't work. We (U.S.) proved this with Prohibition. Enjoy your Thursdays! Yeah, "Lighten Up!" Hope you continue this. From: Rob K For : The Editor (for publication) Subj: Gov't Anti-Trust... Relation between drugs and the Internet You said it: "...but I hate being told I can't be trusted to make sensible decisions by ..." The government needs to GET OUT OF OUR PERSONAL LIFE. It's funny, really. I can't buy a gun until I'm 21. I can chose the leader of my country at 18... And I can joint the Army and fight, kill and possibly die at 17 (in my case, 16 with parental permission). I do NOT need a government to tell me how to protect myself from myself. This reason you state about drugs... That's the same reason that they fear the Internet! They haven't figured out how to bring it under POLITICAL CONTROL and get MONEY out of it to line THEIR (pigs) troughs. Rob K Baton Rouge, LANow Have Your Say
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