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SS-18 Russian ICBM on eBay
For the man who has everything -- except one of these. No home arsenal
wouldbe complete without one!
Nice Original Atomic Missile on eBay
Yet another weapon of war on eBay? Well maybe you could do a really good
Dr Strangelove act on this one.
Clippy, that cute little paper-clip creature that constantly annoys MS Office
users until they figure out how to turn him off, has been made redundant by
Microsoft so he's put up his own website in protest.
Yahoo's Big Secret Is?|
Yahoo's annual shareholders' meeting is set to take place
on Friday but you won't get any live reports from the
meeting venue itself -- why?
Well it seems that the iconic Internet company has
decided to bar the press from attending -- which leads us
to ask... What is Yahoo trying to hide?
Find out more at 7amNews/ShockHorrorProbe...
e-Government -- Now I'm Worried
More details on the government's proposed "e" strategy were released
yesterday with a figure of some $16 million being bandied about as the
The process will be performed in several stages which initially involve
things such as making all government forms available for download -- although
you'll still have to burn them to dead tree and make little inky marks
to fill them out.
Subsequent stages will involve the ability to fill out such forms online
and file them over the Net.
All of this is good sensible stuff -- congratulations government.
However, I heard Trevor Mallard interviewed about the e-government strategy
on the radio yesterday and he said some very worrying things...
When quizzed as to whether the government's previous appalling track record
in respect to large IT projects might make the e-Government initiative
more than a little risky he replied that lessons had been learnt from
the INCIS debacles. He added that "they [Microsoft] said it couldn't be done"
and seemed to give a really clear hint that Microsoft would be playing
a critical roll in e-Government roll-out by saying "we don't want
to be second-guessing Microsoft."
Another clue was the use of the phrase "seamless Front Office" -- hmmmm.
Which leads me to the ultimate stumbling block which, I believe, the
government has already identified as such -- that of providing iron-clad
security and totally accurate identification of the individual.
Mr Mallard was talking about issuing PINs and other archaic, potentially
weak authentication methods -- which I find rather strange because I already
offered the government access to the authentication system I devised with a
view to use in the online processing of credit-card transactions. No
PIN required and as close to 100% secure as it's possible to get.
I was told that the government was interested and would get back to me -- but
that was months ago and I've heard nothing.
So -- will I be a willing participant in using e-Government services?
Well certainly not if there are sensitive personal details involved and they're
relying on Microsoft to provide the software. I fear that if the government
relies on Microsoft for software which is supposed to provide a secure
system then this has the potential to become a disaster which will make INCIS
look like a brilliant success by comparison.
Oh yes... remember last time you forced a Microsoft-only solution on us? That
dumb-arsed IRD system that required owners of non-PC computers to go out and
buy a PC and Windows just so that they could comply with IRD regulations?
Come on government -- you don't have room to make another gigantic IT botch-up, let's
get it right first time -- please!
ps: Yes, I'm still prepared to offer the authentication system -- but hurry,
others are interested too and they want exclusive license.
The e-Government website is at
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