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Greg Black

gjb at gbch dot net
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If you’re not living life on the edge, you’re taking up too much space.

FQE30 at Qld Raceway 25 May 2003


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Worthy organisations

Amnesty International Australia — global defenders of human rights

global defenders of human rights

Médecins Sans Frontières — help us save lives around the world

Médecins Sans Frontières - help us save lives around the world

Electronic Frontiers Australia — protecting and promoting on-line civil liberties in Australia

Electronic Frontiers Australia


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Software resources

GNU Emacs


The FreeBSD Project

Thu, 22 Jul 2004

The law is an ass

The stupidity of our legal systems seems to know no bounds. There’s a story in The Register that states:

The UK High Court has judged that the sale, advertisement, possession for commercial purposes and use of PlayStation 2 modification chips is illegal […]

To balance that slightly, it seems that the relevant Italian court has gone the other way, recognising that it’s up to the owners of these things to determine how they will use them.

I’m not sure what it is that makes lawmakers think they deserve respect, either for themselves or their laws or those who enforce their laws, when the laws they create have such absurd interpretations—clearly, the task of the law is to protect the most wealthy and powerful while riding roughshod over the rest of us.