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Date Posted: 22:11:09 04/17/05 Sun
In reply to: TechnoAtheist 's message, "The worlds second most secure computer..." on 07:49:38 07/15/02 Mon
>So I was over at Mac
>Hall and spotted something about how their site
>was listed as a Racist/Hate site instead of Humor by
>the web blocking company rel=nofollow target=_blank >href="http://www.cerberian.com/">cerberian.
>Figuring that it might be nice to see how they
>classified various UnitedHeroes.net sites, I cruised
>over to their site.
>Of course, there's no way to search and see how your
>site is being listed (you have to pony up and get the
>product I guess), but going through the list of sites
>they block turned up a rather interesting one.
>They allow you to block web portals and search sites.
>Sure, blocking pr0n makes sense as does hate and a few
>other sites, but Google?
>This reminded me of a conference I went to a long time
>ago, where one of the vendors featured the worlds
>second most secure computer. It was a computer,
>wrapped in ferrite housing (steel mesh) and encased in
>concrete. The reason it was the second most secure
>computer was that the powerplug coming out of the
>concrete block had more than six inches long and
>therefore a potential antenna.
>There is a definite trade off between "secure" and
>"useful" as there is between having a workplace and a
>Honestly, the whole idea that companies need
>webblocking software bothers me no end. Do they record
>all telephone conversations and number the post-its so
>that they can be accounted for too? Do they bill by
>six minute increments (with appropriate billing codes
>for "Bathroom" and "Interbuilding Movement"?), or
>require GPS units in any vehicle used for corporate
>travel to ensure that there are no deviations in the
>planned travel route?
>Or are they more interested in getting X,Y and Z by T
>and trust that the employee will get it done by then?
>If bandwidth costs are a concern, Have they thought
>about putting their principle net presence on a
>seperate net or simply reducing the overall bandwidth
>they're getting (Pulling MPGs of movies becomes far
>less attractive, if suddenly it takes several days to
>Or, frankly, evaluating whether or not they need
>internet access at all.
>The wonders of technology are highlighted by how they
>can be used to restrict people.
>And I still have no idea if we're listed
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