postcards from the internets

by twit

Banksy! Perhaps his identity has been revealed? The twit’s not convinced, but this:

Banksy's painting on Israel's security barrier

Asked by the paper whether Gunningham was Banksy, he replied: “Well, he wasn’t then”.

Gunningham’s father Peter said he did not recognise the person in the photograph, while his mother Pamela maintained she had never even had a son.

does seem like something that a mother of an artist would say…

They are the experts: Just because it’s a stone thrown in a glass house doesn’t mean it’s not true:

Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Mohammad Ali Hosseini said: “McCain’s crude remark on the indiscriminate killing of the Iranian nation not only testifies to his disturbed state of mind, but also to his warmongering approach to foreign policy.”

The Ron Paul Army: Laugh if you must, but these folks may swing the election away from McCain and the Hillary Avengers:

Three and counting: How many people from the McCain campaign are required to get McCain to understand the internet? To hear McCain talk about it (with vocal assistance from his wife, his travelling press secretary and his top adviser), three internet-savvy members of the campaign have not been enough to prevent McCain from saying ridiculous things like this:

Q: But do you go on line for yourself?

Mr. McCain: They go on for me. I am learning to get online myself, and I will have that down fairly soon, getting on myself. I don’t expect to be a great communicator, I don’t expect to set up my own blog, but I am becoming computer literate to the point where I can get the information that I need — including going to my daughter’s blog first, before anything else.

and this:

Q: Do you use a Blackberry or e-mail?

Mr. McCain: No.

Mark Salter: He uses a BlackBerry, just ours.

and this:

Mr. McCain: I use the Blackberry, but I don’t e-mail, I’ve never felt the particular need to e-mail.

Wait, the Internet has rules?! ah, a translation, via Wired:

little less than a year after Comcast was caught faking internet traffic to limit its customers’ peer-to-peer file sharing, government regulators are looking to censure the company for violating government open internet principles, according to Kevin Martin, the head of the Federal Communications Commission.

For its part, Comcast says its policies are already changing and that the FCC doesn’t have the authority to tell it how to manage its broadband network, which has 14 million subscribers.

well, the title of this article does say “FCC Chief says Comcast violated Internet rules

WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the Federal Communications Commission said Thursday he will recommend that the nation’s largest cable company be punished for violating agency principles that guarantee customers open access to the Internet.

The potentially precedent-setting move stems from a complaint against Comcast Corp. that the company had blocked Internet traffic among users of a certain type of “file sharing” software that allows them to exchange large amounts of data.

Biofuel pirates?!: oh, it’s just that smelly hippies are getting even smellier

Nationwide, many states are seeing grease piracy as higher gasoline prices drive up the value of the oil that restaurants cast off. James Eddy, an owner of the Popeyes in Mission, says the public reads about grease thieves and thinks that dirty people skulking to steal the stuff is funny. But it’s not.

yes it is. Especially because it is for a good cause, man:

Companies now contract with restaurants to buy the grease, which sells for about $2.50 a gallon.

… All grease collection work goes on at night because of the smell and mess. It is so unpleasant that Jaworski forces clients to clean up before entering his office. “It’s a dirty business — they can leave tracks as they come in; they stink,” he said.

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