Neighbour’s Easter Suicide


Scene from suicide on sheridan st. This image is licensed under a Creative Commond Attribution 3.0 License

One of my neighbours just (supposedly) attempted suicide. Around 3:30AM I heard screaming going on outside. Which isn’t strange in this neighbourhood, but I was risen from bed when I heard a siren. Which also isn’t strange because the road I live on is a short-cut to the north side of town where the hospital is. But the sirens were going the wrong way and the strobe lights weren’t moving. So I had a look out the window and saw a girl yelling at a boy. Which is another thing that isn’t strange, The police are called to a neighbour’s house on every holiday I can remember. but then I realized there were 5 police cars out there and an ambulance.

Then around 3:50 I heard the girl that had been screeming the whole time, yell “He shot himself in the head” at the boy that she had yelling at. To which he replied (03:50:58 EDT) “He’s ok… he was still breathing… he is ok” which sounded more like a hope than facts.

While I was watching their interactions another ambulance pulled up and had loaded up before I could see who was going in. (03:56:37 EDT) That ambulance pulled away after a few minutes of my noticing it.

Ambulance leaving with (attempted?) suicide victim. This image is licensed under a Creative Commond Attribution 3.0 License

This was all live blogged on Identica and Twitter as follows:

threethirty: @pi_news the crying girl said “He shot himself in the head” but I didn’t hear a gun shot.
04/04/2010 03:50 AM

threethirty: @pi_news people on the scene are claiming that the “He” in question was still breathing
04/04/2010 03:52 AM

threethirty: @pi_news a second ambulance has shown up
04/04/2010 03:56 AM

threethirty: @pi_news i dont think there is going to be much else for me to report on
04/04/2010 04:06 AM

threethirty: http://twitpic.com/1d4gu0 – scene from (attempted?) suicide on sheridan st. @pi_news *CC-BY
04/04/2010 04:10 AM

threethirty: http://twitpic.com/1d4han – ambulance leaving with (attempted?) suicide victum *CC-BY
04/04/2010 04:12 AM

There will be more on this as it happens, I figure any more info will come from the Palladium-Item (@pi_news)

EDIT: @pi_news got back to me and said they don’t cover suicides which I kinda understand. So I guess this is the end of the story.

Don’t Listen Alone the LUGRadio Story


Last year LugRadio wrapped up after five seasons, over 2million downloads and six live events. For over a year Tony Whitmore from the ubuntu-uk Podcast has been working on a documentary chronicling the history of the show, and packed with interviews, behind-the-scenes footage of how the show was planned, the studio, LugRadio Live USA and more. He premiered the hour-long documentary at LugRadio Live 2009 to resounding applause and acclaim, and it is now available online, and freely available under a Creative Commons License.

“Don’t Listen Alone: author: Tony Whitmore License: CC-BY-SA
http://ia341328.us.archive.org/2/items/Dont_Listen_Alone/dont_listen_alone.ogv

How to Free the High School kids of New South Wales


Author: threethirty Member 0 NumberedHumanIndustries
More info: http://numberedhumanindustries.com/members.html

License: Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License (CC-BY)
More Info: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

G’day kids, I recently found out that no one trusts you, not your teachers, not your principals, not your parents…
but hey I do. Before you start wondering “So who is this bloke?” I’m one of those pain in the butt hippie types your parents don’t want you talking to, and why am I doing this? Because I’m 24 years old, in one year no one should trust me (never trust anyone over the age of 25) so I had better get this in now.

Ok so Lenovo and the Department of Education and Training provided laptop “personal” computers to you guys and your teachers. I put personal in quotes because that’s crap. They are not personal computers they are personnel computers, as in someone else has control over them. They have installed some of the same type of software on there that if it was put there under any other circumstance it would be called “Spyware”. This is not good no matter what they tell
you.

Two examples of the “innovative technologies” introduced by Lenovo with the IdeaPad S10e (which you all received) include “advanced network security and remote manageability tools”. Advanced network security tools prevent users (that’s you kids) from accessing unauthorized internet content and control access to NSW DET networks. This means not only can they keep you off of Myspace and Facebook, but they can watch what sites you are allowed to go to.

Remote manageability tools allow NSW DET to remotely monitor and manage the devices on demand, wherever they are located, maximizing their efficiency and effectiveness. This means that even when you are at home the DET can spy on you, fun huh?

The Lenovo IdeaPad S10e features ground breaking theft protection features such as hardware level reporting, retrieval and remote disabling functions and RFID tagging. The Lenovo IdeaPad S10e presents a zero value theft proposition thereby removing any incentive for them to be stolen and protecting the students and teachers that use them. This is all marketing speak, what it really means is that they can break your new cool laptop and RFID is a tracking system created by the manufacturing industry to track pallets. Guess what kids you are not people, you are property. And these are not features that will keep you safe. Anyone can track you with $100USD (yeah I’m an American) worth the hardware that you can buy online. The only way I know of to kill a RFID is to microwave it… and that’s a bad idea, it will kill the laptop and get you in heaps of trouble. But I do know what you can do. If you are worried about someone tracking you on your way to and from school and stuff like that, wrap the whole laptop in Aluminium Foil it will block all of the signals going in or out.

There is this thing called Linux. It runs on cellphones, servers, computers, all kinds of stuff. It also doesn’t have to be installed on your laptop to be able to use it. You can install it on a USB “thumb” drive, which is pretty cool.

If you go to http://unetbootin.sourceforge.net/ it will tell you how to install it on your thumbdrive. Yeah it
looks a little hard but I promise it isn’t, just follow the instructions and it will work. Just make sure you
download the Windows version of unetbootin. In unetbootin there are several different kinds (also known as distributions) of Linux listed. I have had great success with Ubuntu and Fedora, but any of the ones listed should be good also.

What this will do is let you use the computer without letting the DET spy on you, and wont mess up the computer so while you are at school you can do all the stuff they want you too with out getting in trouble. This works because it uses the thumbdrive as a harddrive so the bigger the space on the thumbdrive the more stuff you can install and store on there!

If you want some more tips and ideas on how to be a pain in the butt with technology have a look at Cory Doctorow’s book Little Brother which you can get for free here http://craphound.com/littlebrother/

Creative Commons, some Vids and my project.


After the new year I have a project that is going live. This project is a video for Creative Commons. This video will be made so that children can understand what CC is all about. It is based on a slide show based on this slide show. I will be narrating myself and hope to have it out before the end of January. For those of you that have no idea what CC is just check out the vids below

I just had to defend the CC-BY-SA


I just sent a lengthy email into the Debian bug tracking system. I originally tried to send it directly to the developers through an already “closed” bug (which was returned undeliverable) so I sent it again to submit@bugs.debian.org. I sent it with the proper headings (I hope) so that it would get to the developers. the subject was “VRMS-Why is the Tango Icon theme listed as non-free”, and the project in question is vrms or (Virtual Richard M. Stallman) which is a program that will analyze the set of currently-installed packages on a Debian-based system, and report all of the packages from the non-free tree which are currently installed.

The entire email can be read here

And I have also sent an email to Cory Doctorow and have submitted it for consideration on BoingBoing