He (and the Labor party) are in the shit because of ONE senator (family first) and the need to coddle him to get his votes. Once Sen. Fielding is dumped at the next election, Rudd&Co can kill this.
Look, how long has this been going on? They are milking it until the election this year to keep his vote, that's all.
Yes, and most government places have rules against using usb sticks etc. When I worked for the "gov't" (gee I hate that Mike) there were rules about taking those sort of things to work and using them on your work computer.
Sometimes you need actual rules/laws to stop stupid people (speaking as a sysadmin here - users are *brainless*).
"that you can "leak" classified information, you can get viruses, you can lose sensitive information."
Well, you can. Once again, I say that using a government computer (or not your own) you shouldn't be using p2p software.
Without reading the whole thing, only your story, I can't see why a government employee on a government computer would actually need that sort of software.
Sort of like people losing their jobs for surfing porn - it's not their computer, the rules are there, so they only have themselves to blame.
Well, wasn't it Family First's plan - to get them to vote with Labor? Anyway, the government will probably dump it as 'unfeasable' before the election.
There are a lot more pressing issues in the electorate than this.
"will be able to stop people carrying non-sponsor items to sporting events"
Restriction of trade maybe? What about the missus with her Gucci (or Target) handbag?
Forget Big Brother, look out for Big Business. Lucky that the Olympics(TM) are becoming irrelevant then.
There is an argument about how to zero the EAX register. Some say 'xor eax,eax', some say 'sub eax,eax'.
Since that is how software is eventually written, surely Intel own ALL software patents?
Or should I quickly file a patent for 'Zeroing The EAX Register' and pick one?
If users are uploading "20 hours of video a minute" how can that be policed? For someone uploading to youtube it's personal, but to youtube you are just one of a deluge. Maybe that's why google seems so bad at PR.