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New home on the web

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Submitted by Duncan Bayne on Wed, 2011-07-20 04:30

My personal website is now on GitHub: http://duncan-bayne.github.com/


Bye bye blogging (& Twitter ...)

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Submitted by Duncan Bayne on Thu, 2010-08-12 13:29

In an effort to spend more time focusing on what I enjoy, and less time writing about it, I'm no longer blogging or Tweeting. I now have a static website up at www.fluidscape.com, which I'll be updating on a highly infrequent basis (basically whenever I complete a project, or release new software).

It's been a long while since I participated here - mostly due to my developing a profound cynicism w.r.t. all things political, & deciding to spend my time in other areas, mostly offline - but I see most of the old regulars are still here & active (& that the AGW thread is still on the front page ... damn that's long-lived).

Have fun guys & gals ...

Recent Comments:
It's been a long while since — by Rick Giles on Thu, 2010-08-19 15:50
It's always sad ... — by Lindsay Perigo on Sat, 2010-08-14 11:59
Duncan! — by Kasper on Sat, 2010-08-14 11:41

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Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement - Government policy under NDA

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Submitted by Duncan Bayne on Fri, 2009-10-16 21:30

From this article:

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Knowledge Ecology International (KEI) found out in September that the US Trade Representative's office had actually been secretly canvassing opinions on the Internet section of the agreement from 42 people, all of whom had signed a nondisclosure agreement before being shown the ACTA draft text.

After filing a Freedom of Information Act request (the names of the 42 people were considered a matter of "national security" and were not released voluntarily), KEI yesterday revealed the list of people who have had access to the ACTA Internet provisions. Here are the first 32 names, all of them people outside of USTR:

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"We were told that everyone who needed to see the documents has seen them," he writes. "Outside of Public Knowledge and CDT, everyone who received the documents was representing a large corporate entity."

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What the hell is going on here? The US Government is negotiating a treaty with implications for everyone involved in I.T., and you have to sign an NDA to view it? And only a (very) select few are even given the opportunity.

I'm afraid I'm left feeling remarkably cynical towards ACTA; I fear it will be another poorly written loophole-ridden law like the DMCA (which was really intended to prevent criticism of photoshopping, don't you know).

Rant over.


Digital Signing

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Submitted by Duncan Bayne on Tue, 2009-06-02 04:31

Given the recent situation where Robert Campbell is having difficulty verifying that an email originated with Peikoff, I thought I'd write a tech blog post explaining the fundamentals of digital signing.

The Need for Digital Signing

Nowadays, the content you post on the Internet is a determinant of your reputation.

Most people are sufficiently net-savvy to realise that what they post under their own names online is easily searchable - a quick Google search for either me or Armin will show (amongst a bunch of results for different Duncans and Armins) what we've written about technology, politics, philosophy and religion back to the mid 90s - back when Usenet was a Big Thing and Windows 95 had just been released.

Given how important digital content is, it becomes important that people are able to know that something purporting to be written by you was really written by you, and that it if it was, that it hasn't been tampered by anyone since you wrote it.

This post is a classic example; someone is purporting to have forwarded an email from a public figure (Leonard Peikoff), but those receiving it can't be sure that it's genuine and unaltered. All they can do is ask him, and trust that he's telling the truth.

The solution to this problem is to digitally sign your posts and emails.

The full post is here. Please feel free to post comments, suggestions or requests for assistance in the comments (either at Fluidscape, or here).

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Actually, even in Drupal it — by Duncan Bayne on Wed, 2009-06-03 01:03
Signed Messages — by wngreen on Tue, 2009-06-02 23:06
Thanks — by Duncan Bayne on Tue, 2009-06-02 05:26

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First flouridation, then ... lithiumation?

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Submitted by Duncan Bayne on Sat, 2009-05-02 04:45

Researchers have found an inverse correlation between lithium levels and suicide rates, according to this article. From the linked BBC article:

In an accompanying editorial, Professor Allan Young of Vancouver's Institute for Mental Health said "this intriguing data should provoke further research.

"Large-scale trials involving the addition of lithium to drinking water supplies may then be feasible, although this would undoubtedly be subject to considerable debate. Following up on these findings will not be straightforward or inexpensive, but the eventual benefits for community mental health may be considerable."

So. How long do you give it before your Government is mandating mood-altering chemicals be added to public water supplies, "for the common good"? You just know that someone will claim that having the population doped out would reduce the frequency of road rage, school shootings, gang violence ...

Recent Comments:
Wonder if that was a — by Duncan Bayne on Thu, 2009-05-07 00:57
Interesting you should — by Duncan Bayne on Thu, 2009-05-07 00:56
Wynand — by Jmaurone on Thu, 2009-05-07 00:47

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US Navy finally doing something about Somali pirates

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Submitted by Duncan Bayne on Sun, 2009-04-12 00:20

According to this story ...

Recent Comments:
"Here's how it works: you — by sharon on Mon, 2009-04-20 16:56
Redux — by atlascott on Mon, 2009-04-20 16:36
"by means of violence and — by sharon on Mon, 2009-04-20 16:25

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Death To All (Zionist) Juice

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Submitted by Duncan Bayne on Fri, 2009-04-03 10:29

... it controls the world with its tangy citrus goodness and Zionist plots Eye

Recent Comments:
Juice from Jews — by Leonid on Sat, 2009-04-04 14:04
What if he compounded his error... — by Marcus on Sat, 2009-04-04 09:13
He may have a point — by Ross Elliot on Fri, 2009-04-03 21:54

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Letter to my local newspaper re. AGW

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Submitted by Duncan Bayne on Wed, 2009-03-25 23:35

Sent this to the local newspaper. They've printed my letters before so I have hopes for this one, strongly-written though it is ...

Recent Comments:
Congrats Duncan — by HWH on Thu, 2009-04-02 12:38
They printed it without — by Duncan Bayne on Thu, 2009-04-02 03:53
Letter to green peace — by Kasper on Fri, 2009-03-27 06:26

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National Guard practicing to confiscate guns?

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Submitted by Duncan Bayne on Thu, 2009-02-26 03:03

From this article:

Recent Comments:
Duncan - "Manufactured Crisis" — by Sandi on Sun, 2009-03-01 06:57
From what I can tell, the — by Duncan Bayne on Sun, 2009-03-01 02:27
Thank you for the links Laure — by Sandi on Sat, 2009-02-28 23:29

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NAB and Shariah Finance

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Submitted by Duncan Bayne on Sun, 2008-11-09 05:58

Sent the following to NAB after hearing they offer Shariah-compatible products:

To whom it may concern,

Recent Comments:
I'm getting closer to an — by Duncan Bayne on Mon, 2008-12-22 23:22
I received an (entirely — by Duncan Bayne on Sun, 2008-11-23 23:59
Sent them another email, — by Duncan Bayne on Wed, 2008-11-19 00:47

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Elijah Lineberry is promoting a 'governing class'

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Submitted by Duncan Bayne on Thu, 2008-10-30 07:28

The following is a transcript of a conversation on Elijah's blog; he has removed most of my comments, including two I made before asking him whether he was deleting them (I assumed the first was deleted accidentally, or due to a bug in the blogging software). 

I will be updating this post as the conversation continues so that nothing is lost for posterity.

Recent Comments:
I have honestly thought... — by mvardoulis on Mon, 2008-11-03 22:35
Yes... — by mvardoulis on Mon, 2008-11-03 22:34
How many are NOT taking this as humour? — by Scott Wilson on Mon, 2008-11-03 18:35

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Q&A

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Submitted by Duncan Bayne on Tue, 2008-10-14 23:19

I find that time and time again, certain topics come up in conversation.  So I thought I'd address them in a Q&A style and post them on my blog.  It's much easier to direct someone to some reading on an issue than to repeat myself time and time again.  I'll update this page as I come across new questions, and new answers.

Recent Comments:
Denomination was the best — by Duncan Bayne on Mon, 2009-05-25 05:41
Are you arguing that Sufism — by jeffrey smith on Mon, 2009-05-25 04:34
Are you arguing that Sufism — by Duncan Bayne on Mon, 2009-05-25 03:18

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Wahhabi Islam Is a Criminal Organisation

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Submitted by Duncan Bayne on Tue, 2008-09-16 05:35

According to the Crimes Act 1961:

Recent Comments:
The were committed by Muslim — by Robert on Thu, 2008-09-25 22:03
Manhattan, Bali, London, and Karachi — by Luke H on Thu, 2008-09-25 19:49
Ban on Muslims... — by Robert on Thu, 2008-09-25 18:40

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The Libertarianz, SOLO, & Saddamy

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Submitted by Duncan Bayne on Sun, 2008-03-09 13:49

I admit that I was wrong & unfair about the Libz - having gone back and reread your latest press releases, it is clear that the party has definitely taken a new & fresh direction over the past year.

Recent Comments:
Boo hoo... — by Robert on Tue, 2008-03-11 05:40
Duncan — by Lindsay Perigo on Sun, 2008-03-09 20:30

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Flying again

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Submitted by Duncan Bayne on Sat, 2008-03-01 12:07

After a two-month break, I am flying again. I went up on Thursday morning with the Chief Flying Instructor for some remedial landing lessons, to ensure I don't bend another club aircraft.


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Disgusting - Senate votes to protect telcos against lawsuits

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Submitted by Duncan Bayne on Tue, 2008-02-12 21:18

This is utterly disgusting. Telecommunications companies assisted the Federal Government by providing assistance with illegal wiretaps - and so the Senate scratches their back by protecting them against lawsuits:

Recent Comments:
"I do not say a President — by Aaron on Mon, 2008-02-18 14:36
Ah! — by Lindsay Perigo on Mon, 2008-02-18 07:46
Actually, it seems the — by Duncan Bayne on Mon, 2008-02-18 06:48

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To Our Great Detriment

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Submitted by Duncan Bayne on Mon, 2008-02-04 21:34

Everyone - and I mean everyone - should read To Our Great Detriment: Ignoring What Extremists Say About Jihad by Stephen Coughlin.

Recent Comments:
"Pentagon Wakes Up & Retains Expert on Islamic Law" — by Sandi on Wed, 2008-02-06 20:17

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Nearly three weeks with Team Ruthless

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Submitted by Duncan Bayne on Sun, 2008-02-03 00:25

I'm nearing the end of my third week with Team Ruthless.

Recent Comments:
*laugh* You are undoubtedly — by Aaron on Fri, 2008-02-08 05:29
Improving rapidly but not there yet — by Duncan Bayne on Wed, 2008-02-06 23:38
After being intrigued by — by Aaron on Wed, 2008-02-06 21:55

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"Famous amphetamine addict" - thanks, Barbara

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Submitted by Duncan Bayne on Tue, 2008-01-29 22:10

Now, I wonder why the statist in charge of UNITYblog would choose this particular ad-hominem to smear Rand (my emphasis)?

Yes, followers of the famous amphetamine addict Ayn Rand are opposed to theft.

Recent Comments:
Yes, it would be the right thing to do — by Chris Cathcart on Wed, 2008-02-06 03:38
No Mere "Aside" — by James S. Valliant on Tue, 2008-02-05 17:38
an aside — by Erik on Tue, 2008-02-05 17:15

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Bill Clinton quotes juxtaposed

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Submitted by Duncan Bayne on Tue, 2008-01-29 00:12

"The road to tyranny, we must never forget, begins with the destruction of the truth" - Bill Clinton

"That depends on what your definition of ‘is’ is" - Bill Clinton!?!?!

I'm sure there must be some more quotes that work this well when juxtaposed ... anyone care to contribute some more?

Recent Comments:
Always the bible — by Landon Erp on Tue, 2008-01-29 00:51

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Letter to Walk the Walk

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Submitted by Duncan Bayne on Fri, 2008-01-18 22:30

When I saw this website, I just couldn't help myself ...


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Starting out with Team Ruthless

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Submitted by Duncan Bayne on Wed, 2008-01-16 09:37

So, I'm now doing a workout programme from Team Ruthless; specifically RCAT (Ruthless Combatives Attribute Training).

Recent Comments:
Update — by Duncan Bayne on Tue, 2008-01-22 14:20
Duncan, you live in Star — by Duncan Bayne on Thu, 2008-01-17 21:54
  ... actually, I've — by Mark Hubbard on Wed, 2008-01-16 09:48

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Continued dialogue with the ICV

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Submitted by Duncan Bayne on Sat, 2008-01-05 10:16

Hi Sherene,

Thanks for responding in detail to my original email.

> I would be more than happy to invite you to attend one of my upcoming talks. I have one scheduled

Recent Comments:
The Rand Centre for Middle East Public Policy — by Sandi on Tue, 2008-01-08 20:43
I'm afraid ... — by Lindsay Perigo on Sun, 2008-01-06 02:19
Interesting reading, Duncan — by Sandi on Sat, 2008-01-05 23:07

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Another one (nearly) bites the dust

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Submitted by Duncan Bayne on Wed, 2007-12-19 09:45

So I was riding back to work from lunch on the Bollwell scooter I'm getting about on while my motorcycle is in the workshop. I turned left onto the motorway and crunch - the bike swerved and weaved as though I'd hit something.


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Helicopters are amazing

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Submitted by Duncan Bayne on Thu, 2007-12-06 11:26

My wife Ande will soon be starting the low-level flight part of her commercial helicopter license. She sent me this YouTube clip of someone demoing (advanced) low-level flight in a Schweizer 300CBi.

Recent Comments:
Ande has in fact almost — by Duncan Bayne on Sun, 2008-02-24 02:23
Robbie Williams dosent do it — by michael fasher on Sat, 2007-12-08 04:28

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Two scooters, a car, a motorcycle and a light aircraft

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Submitted by Duncan Bayne on Tue, 2007-12-04 10:54

I have been having a very bad time with vehicles of late.

Recent Comments:
Unfuckingbelievable — by Duncan Bayne on Wed, 2007-12-05 06:21
Trains, planes and Automobiles — by dinther on Tue, 2007-12-04 17:52

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Reply from the Islamic Council of Victoria

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Submitted by Duncan Bayne on Tue, 2007-12-04 04:40

Clear, unequivocal and direct. It seems that supporters of Western values have a friend in the ICV.

Recent Comments:
Checking Out Their Website — by Sandi on Thu, 2007-12-06 00:41
Duncan — by Mitch on Wed, 2007-12-05 06:24
Actually I just received a — by Duncan Bayne on Wed, 2007-12-05 05:19

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Lesson for today - don't try to get the nosewheel down with the elevator

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Submitted by Duncan Bayne on Sun, 2007-12-02 07:24

So I learned another important point about flying today. I flared too early (and too slowly) in a strong headwing (variable between 20 to 30kts), and landed hard on the mainwheels (not hard hard, just too-firmly). The nose then came down, and bounced up, again nothing worse than I've done in the past.

Recent Comments:
All go! — by Duncan Bayne on Wed, 2007-12-05 07:12
Duncan ... — by Lindsay Perigo on Wed, 2007-12-05 04:16
Did your landing — by Jameson on Wed, 2007-12-05 04:09

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Ron Paul on the Separation of Church and State

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Submitted by Duncan Bayne on Thu, 2007-11-29 07:39

"The notion of a rigid separation between church and state has no basis in either the text of the Constitution or the writings of our Founding Fathers. On the contrary, our Founders’ political views were strongly informed by their religious beliefs." - Ron Paul

Recent Comments:
Both. — by Aaron on Fri, 2007-11-30 15:44
Oh! — by Elijah Lineberry on Thu, 2007-11-29 18:34
Well... — by James S. Valliant on Thu, 2007-11-29 18:13

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An Open Letter to Ron Paul

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Submitted by Duncan Bayne on Fri, 2007-11-23 08:33

Dear Dr. Paul,

Recent Comments:
The excuse that American — by michael fasher on Sat, 2007-12-08 03:25
Aaron — by Lindsay Perigo on Fri, 2007-12-07 03:09
There's a difference between — by Aaron on Fri, 2007-12-07 00:38

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