Stilgherrian (@stilgherrian)

Wentworth Falls NSW AU

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May 2010

Crikey story filed. Now, to decide which interview to run in today’s “Patch Monday”…

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RT @latikambourke: Nick Xenophon ‘election day this year could well be ”Independents Day.”’ [Proof he’s an alien?]

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Ah yes @maungle @LiamT it would indeed be Neil Campbell. I’ve had beers with him, heard some of the stories from his side.

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@LiamT It hasn’t been 100% confirmed, but Assange is in all likelihood “Mendax” in that “Underground” book.

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@LiamT I’m fairly sure Ken Day was one of two AFP guys who formed the cybercrime unit. One of those two now works for Dimension Data IIRC.

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New Yorker: “No Secrets: [Wikileaks’] Julian Assange’s mission for total transparency” http://bit.ly/dzXPmt re the @LiamT conversation

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@LiamT Dreyfus’ book “Tales of hacking, madness and obsession on the electronic frontier” has it. http://bit.ly/cse3z6

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@LiamT All the Assange / Nortel / AFP stuff happened back before “the press” covered this stuff, pretty much.

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Tue plan: Write for Crikey; haircut; 1400 “TV” interview for UTS students; 1530 ABC Radio National interview; generally stay warm.

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@samotage @zephoria Given Facebook’s continual spin and persuasion style, I don’t trust them full stop, let alone to delete data.

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I mainly point to @zephoria’s excellent “Quitting Facebook is pointless; challenging them to do better is not” http://bit.ly/9sVycc

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My response to the comments on my Facebook piece is a big vague, but it’s early. http://bit.ly/cXuFhv

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Today’s earworm. Qantas is to blame, if only indirectly. http://youtu.be/IcsVPis1…

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Reading and soon responding to comments overnight on my “Why I’ve deleted my Facebook account” post http://bit.ly/dBGHAL

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Thank you @gabewong @daemonboi @Pattycam I’m hoping that staying warm this morning will help.

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Stratfor: “Flotillas and the Wars of Public Opinion” http://bit.ly/90ylem

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Emerges. Full of mucus and pain. I do not like having this cold. Someone will suffer for this.

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@sylmobile We’re talking jet lag and a really bad cold here, actually.

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Fading fast, and not really interacting because of that.

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You may like this story about the posture of a SCOTUS judge, @peterjblack http://bit.ly/ddWI12

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New blog post: “Why I’ve deleted my Facebook account” http://bit.ly/dBGHAL

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And… there’s my Facebook account queued for deletion.

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No @SnarkyPlatypus, “FB = Facebook” and “FB = fuck buddy” are two slightly different concepts. Slightly.

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Waiting for ABC Radio Statewide NSW to call and chat about some thing called “Facebook”, I think it is. Anyone heard of it?

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Mobile: Enmore Rd and back again, because simple errands require it.

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New “Patch Monday” podcast via @zdnetaustralia: Closing Adobe’s security chasm http://bit.ly/bEPU9a

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And… that’s “Patch Monday” filed.

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@sonieee Well, all @crikey_news pieces emerge from the paywall after 2 weeks, but perhaps if we ask nicely this one may emerge today.

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Me in Crikey: “Letter from Redmond, Washington: inside Microsoft HQ” http://bit.ly/bbnhM9 [Paywall’d for now.]

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@SnarkyPlatypus Je suis une oie. Les photographies ne mentent pas.

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@SnarkyPlatypus Bonjour. Je suis plein de douleur et de l’enthousiasme et non pas les cellules du foie très nombreux. Et vous.

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What would be Melbourne’s equivalent to North Ryde, or any new high-end office park like the Microsoft campus? http://bit.ly/a7H2bn

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Head down, attempting to write something amusing, or at least interesting, about my visit to Seattle.

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@LucasJamesAU I did think of deep vein thrombosis, yes, and “if pain persists I shall see my doctor”. Must earn some income first though.

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Mon plan: Write something for Crikey; do a “Patch Monday” podcast; quiet evening, because the gods know I need to get some rest.

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“Now, I am become Cirrhosis, the destroyer of livers”, eh @jasonlangenauer ? HT J Robert Oppenheimer and others.

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Emerges. With a cold. With a mysterious pain in my left leg. Ah, what a glorious start to the week!

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OH: “The wrong pants, and the wrong camera angle.”

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Upstairs at Kelly’s on King, Newtown, where we will make a transition to SBS.

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@deconstructo @nigelwadsworth The film is only loosely related to the book tho. Plenty of goats but.

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Mobile: Enmore Rd; King St; Kelly’s on King; an eternal state of perfect health and vitality.

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I watched the film “The Men Who Stare At Goats” on the plane last night. It was amusing enough. Clooney is rather fine in it.

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Sadly I think the weather may put people off a night out too @DemonicVel @Illdrinn … we shall see.

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I’ll head to Kelly’s on King, Newtown, at 6pm to ensure things are set up to Watch Eurovision. Who else will be there?

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@DamianM “Homepage” gets syndicated across a few community stations. Not a big audience perhaps, but I’ll always support student projects.

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@sylmobile Yeah 2MCE is streamed from http://bit.ly/b0QR but this was a pre-record for Friday’s “Homepage” 3.30pm. ;)

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About to be interviewed by Radio 2MCE for a piece about Facebook etc and the employer-employee relationship.

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Ta for the welcome home @D_Keating @sylmobile @bob_bain @middleclassgirl @nanopunk I think it’ll take me a while to recover.

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Sun plan: Rest and reign in this cold; 1630 be interviewed by Radio 2MCE; 1800+ Eurovision at the Pub, Kelly’s on King, Newtown, in theory.

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@jasonlangenauer I’m reasonably sure that vodka solves many household problems. Or dissolves them. I always get them confused.

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Home and dealing with the clean sock situation. And the empty cat situation.

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Sydney International Airport is short of cabs and passengers with brain cells.

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Touchdown Sydney. Further facts to follow.

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Transmitters off. See you in Sydney at 6.30am.

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I should also re-plug Eurovision at the Pub, Kelly’s on King, Newtown, Sunday from 6pm. Show starts 7.30pm.

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Our Airbus A380-800 at LAX, right now, via Skycam. http://post.ly/hlu1

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@rod_benson If that was a pickup line, it ain’t gonna work. Airliners are not erotic IMHO.

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A Qantas steward tells me, before I board, “See you on the bus, buddy!” Welcome to an Australian airline, eh?

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Frightening TAS security staff. Possibly not a good strategy.

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Touchdown Los Angeles. We did not crash into the slow-flying C-5 ahead of us. Bonus.

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@itamer I’m on the other side of the other ditch at the moment, in Seattle. :)

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Emerges. With a cold. Whacko.

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It is midnight here. I need to fade away. Although my minders have organised a late checkout for me. I am so pwned. [exit]

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@drearyclocks And Fender Australia has been a client of mine for a decade, and I am embarrassed to misidentify a guitar.

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@drearyclocks Shit. So it is a Telecaster. I should know this. I do know this. Blame Seattle.

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@itamer Interestingly, a Goggle News search for “neil jenman” returns zero results. Not making ANY media, ‘cos it’s industry-specific?

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@drearyclocks Man, how DARE you poison a Stratocaster with that shit! ;) http://twitvid.com/UJZ0U

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Back at the hotel. What happens at the restaurant after they close, stays at the restaurant after they close.

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Of to dinner at Maggiano’s Restaurant, Bellevue, Washington.

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Microsoft’s own transit system http://post.ly/hcqv

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@itamer Sorry, I don’t even know who Neil Jenman is. I haven’t watched any TV.

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Yay, I have survived the interviews! Oh. Another dinner? Oh dear.

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Some folks don’t seem to understand the carry-on baggage limits. They cause delays. They must die.

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@sylmobile Oh yes, tinted windows, Russian driver with Bluetooth earpiece, cool jazz plays.

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In a giant black 6-litre V8 GMC SUV, being chauffeured to Seattle-Tacoma airport.

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Fri plan (at 1230 Seattle time): 1330 quick trip to Microsoft to take some photos; 1700 fly SEA-LAX; 2230 fly LAX-SYD.

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@brettw Ah, Adobe’s head of product security was a presenter at the 3-day Trustworthy Computing Tour. It all connects up.

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@grum I think you accidentally typed an extra “c” in your last tweet?

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@brettw Hah! Well yeah look for an Alaska Airlines Boeing 737-800 at around 6.45pm, I guess. Hope all’s well with you.

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@brettw I’ll wave as I fly past. I’ve been in Seattle with Microsoft, but I fly to LAX then Sydney this evening. Alas, no SFO this trip.

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I can recommend Seattle Town Car, excellent service http://bit.ly/c3ihit but they don’t have my book.

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Since I can’t find the book in my hotel room, I left it either in the town car on Monday or on the plane. Oh well, it’s only a book.

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@JackyAV It’s appalling that your friends are stealing my books. It’s the thin end of the wedge, you know, a complete breakdown of society.

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Bother. If anyone found a copy of Hunter S Thompson’s “The Gonzo Papers Anthology” http://amzn.to/ad8ANq it’s mine.

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Room service is far, far too cheerful for this hour. It’s not even 9am yet. Just. But breakfast looks good.

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Firefox plug-in erases Justin Beiber from the web http://bit.ly/9EKYXU HT @JNY2

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“His wife away on business, he pleasured himself with house porn.” http://bit.ly/c4C7Cz

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@jayrosen_nyu Even with their generous sugar-daddy. Still, their managing editor @rod3000 may have insights there.

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@jayrosen_nyu I think Newmatilda.com’s demise is really just about Australia’s small market, harder to get advertising dollars.

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Three 1-on-1 interviews to record. Fascinating topics, but my brain is fading. I wonder whether I’ll cope.

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Four minutes until the Full Moon. All is explained.

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Yes, listen to The @SnarkyPlatypus. Eurovision at the Pub, Kelly’s on King, Newtown, this Sunday from 6pm. Tell him if you’re coming.

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@SnarkyPlatypus Ici, c’est seulement jeudi. Mais demain, j’ai besoin de Microsoft robots mort tueur.

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@SnarkyPlatypus Bonjour. Je suis débordant de connaissances. Il fuites sur le sol. Et vous?

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@grum Oh no, I get the “I don’t understand what you’re talking about” quite a lot. I blame other people. It’s easier that way.

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@grum Don’t you have some sort of special appendage for opening bread bags? I swear that…

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RT @tomsanders: Microsoft cloud services hosted in “10-100 datacenters”, says Microsoft. No clear answer because Osama is listening

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Some seriously tricky questions are being asked about international compliance and certification issues in the cloud. Woof.

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Here is us absorbing stuff about cloud security at 0930. We are a bit slow today. http://tweetphoto.com/24… HT @ruudj

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Mobile: Downstairs to the foyer again; another shuttle bus to Redmond; breakfast and Day 3 of The Microsoft Experience…

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Yes actually @ireckon this is all an excellent briefing on what Microsoft is doing with security. Day 3 of 3 about to start.

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RT @SnarkyPlatypus: We may get some sort of meal deal at Kelly’s if we have numbers. Pls @ or DM me if you’re def coming to Eurovision.

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@ireckon Oh by all means call me Supertramp. My toilet bowl is called Toto. True story.

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I am ignoring suggestions that I should have vodka for breakfast.

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Yes @johnhalton … People should keep their food allergies to themselves. Eat what they’re given, then die. Quietly.

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As a gay man, I find the sachet labelled “non-dairy creamer” to be a little more disturbing than necessary.

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Yes, Facebook is evil, @SnarkyPlatypus … but we need some way to remind people to go to the pub on Sunday. I can’t prod them from here.

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@SnarkyPlatypus Bonsoir. Je n’ai pas eu plus d’été que d’habitude. Ah, le manque de sommeil! Je vais survivre. http://youtu.be/ZBR2G-iI…

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I’d better be better by Sunday, ‘cos that’s Eurovision at the Pub at Kelly’s on King, Newtown, from 6pm-ish. Anyone make a Facebook event?

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Emerges. With a sore throat. Botheration.

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I think I’d better go to bed while I can. It’s after 11pm now. [exit]

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“Twisted Wire” podcast includes Senator @KateLundy on Senate’s draft report to abandon NBN http://bit.ly/bd9M7R

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@wolfcat I am always out of context. Always.

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Back at the hotel. What happens at the pool hall stays at the pool hall.

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Those with real jobs at Microsoft have gone home. Media and PR remain, a strange symbiotic coupling. Get a cloth.

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I just saw that my last tweet got auto-corrected to include the word “fanny”, which is wrong. In several ways.

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@wolfcat No, for some reason I’m getting free booze even in places without free booze. It’s the fanny Illuminati, I swear.

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A private pool room, with free booze. http://post.ly/hVTR

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Oh. Too many tweets to reply to. Apparently I have to do play pool and drink beer now. I have to.

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“Maga [Sucker] No Need Pay”: Nigerian song to help stop advance-fee fraud, a Microsoft initiative http://youtu.be/EGCnl6O6…

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Curious linguistic tic: so many presenters, when asked a question, always start their answer with “So…”

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The indoctrination continues. We are filling with knowledge. http://tweetphoto.com/24… HT @ruudj

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Mobile: Down to the hotel foyer again; bus to Redmond; breakfast at Microsoft conference centre.

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@ApostrophePong Thaksin plays the “It’s complex, you don’t understand” card a few times, against Tony Jones and even the Red Shirts.

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Thaksin Shinawatra speaks to ABC TV’s Lateline (video of phone interview) http://bit.ly/cmbtUG Ping @ApostrophePong

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The theme for Day 2 of Microsoft Trustworthy Computing Tour is security response and fighting cybercrime, starts in 75 mins or so

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@iain_chalmers Yeah I have kinda noticed the high-calorie aspect to US food, even though Microsoft’s catering has lots of fruit too.

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RT @Lyall: America is a dangerous place @stilgherrian and I intend to eat it http://bit.ly/9wZJup [This is truly scary.]

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@daev Hmmm… There may be satellite radio on the hotel entertainment system. But I don’t want any sound at the moment. Will explore later.

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@Serrels “At this hour”? It’s just clocked 0645 here in Seattle… That seems quite reasonable to me. ;)

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@daev Yeah this time zone thing is annoying. Sleep well!

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OK, bedtime for me. Another long day ahead tomorrow. Please try to control yourselves.

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@dobes I am exhausted, so even half-scary is scary.

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@jdub If I look up “walla walla onion rings” I’m not going to discover some bizarre new sexual technique, am I?

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Back at the hotel, full of cow and chocolate and only the gods know what else. America is a dangerous place.

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@bck Joey’s is on the ground floor. Or at least this one is. Great sirloin.

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According to the TV above the urinal, LAL vs PHX tied on 83 in the 3rd quarter.

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“Blue cheese fries”? Sure. Also, this Sonoma County cab sav is most acceptable.

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Nah @bck @rorybaust not the Hyatt’s. Joey’s Restaurant, Bellevue, across the road. Apparently. Anyway I’m off.

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Hmmm… Out of pre-paid credit on the thanks to roaming data yesterday. I shall tweet from my N96, but not be tweeted at.

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Oh. That link to Bing Maps didn’t retain the selected restaurant. Fail. And I tried especially. Sulking. And going to dinner.

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Apparently this is where we’re having dinner, in just a few minutes. http://bit.ly/aYYVqX

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Wow @dizzystuff they are SERIOUSLY heavy-duty butt plugs! http://twitpic.com/1r3a3q

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How I travelled to America http://post.ly/hMxv

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The Seattle Times has a headline, “Microsoft chills on China”

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@bigjsl Huh? I left you in LA yesterday. How did you lose 24 hours?

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@damonism Um, that story says the AFP has people in Washington DC, the other end of the country. ;) http://bit.ly/aI190c

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The Microsoft Company Store has Microsoft-branded Snuggies! We’re through the looking-glass here, people!

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Off to visit the Microsoft House of the Future. I hope it has personal helicopters.

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@renailemay What’s the world coming to, man? Australia full of Australians? And I tell you what, America is full of Americans!

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Microsoft PhotoDNA: fingerprinting & identifying child abuse images even when modified along the way http://youtu.be/y2MeyoUS… class=”hashtag” rel=”search” href=”http://twitter.com/search?q=%23twctour”>#twctourtour

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@jdub We were shuttled direct to the conference centre, so I haven’t see the Wandering Zombies of Redmond yet.

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This is the Microsoft Trustworthy Computing Campus Tour

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@shammie1 Yes, the full catered breakfast at Microsoft has Starbucks coffee. With compostable everything.

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I think the auto-correct in my last tweet was a tad ambitious.

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Finding the Microsoft group is easy. Løk for the confluence of middle-aged geeks.

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Mobile: Hyatt Regency Bellevue foyer; some form of transport to Redmond; breakfast at Microsoft.

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@ireckon You’ve missed the press. :) My Seattle visit is the Microsoft Trustworthy Computing Campus Tour. http://bit.ly/cI9pSv

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@ireckon As long as it’s completely clichéd then that’s OK. [nods] Also, the forecast is for showers but it’s just cloudy atm @duncanriley

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Isn’t mentoning the rain a bit clichéd? @ireckon @duncanriley ;)

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@SnarkyPlatypus Bonsoir. Il est un peu moins de deux heures avant que je sois enlevé les mines de sel. Je suis prêt.

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@middleclassgirl “Bizarre”? No, I am up in Seattle. A little early, perhaps, it’s 0615, but we’re being collected at 0800.

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Going off-grid I think. Rather tired.

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@jmacmullin You don’t have any other Safari plug-ins, by any chance?

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@jmacmullin Even download and play-in-Safari works fine for me. Odd. Very odd.

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@rudolfwag The flights were good, thanks. Still stuffed tho. :) I think I’ll be having an early one.

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@jmacmullin It works just fine in Safari for me. Hmmm. Safari 4.0.5, Shockwave Flash 10.0 r45, QuickTime Plug-in 7.6.6 … weird.

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Freshening up. Sadly, not a euphemism.

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@ncb This tour is all about security, so questions about the future of Flash are kinda off-topic. Won’t be answered. ;)

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Flash auto-update will be turned on when they’re happy it’ll work and dialog turning it on won’t scare people @daveoflynn

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RT @daveoflynn: Ask him when Flash is going to auto-update for security fixes.

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RT @bondles9: One point for every time you can get the Adobe guy to say “open” [Hah! That’s not a security question. Good but.]

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Afternoon coffee. After which I have 1-on-1 interviews with Mr Adobe [many questions!] and one of Microsoft’s SDL guys

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@SnarkyPlatypus Il ya beaucoup, beaucoup de gens chez Microsoft. Les parties seront très faibles.

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@SnarkyPlatypus Je suis rempli de la connaissance. Aussi, les choses faites de poulet, bacon, du fromage et de pommes de terre. Et vous?

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Mr Arkin is spending quite a lot of words stressing how important security is at Adobe, “From the CEO down”. Well, yes.

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Now speaking, Brad Arkin, Dir Product Security & Privacy, Adobe. I think we have questions, Sir…tour

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Starvation is not an option http://post.ly/hLgG

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BTW, SDL is Microsoft’s own methodology for incorporating security processes into software development.

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Dave Ladd confirms SDL methodology is platform-independent, but may be harder to find tools for Linux or OS X

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I find it quite bizarre that I’m tweeting about Visual Studio development stuff, but I live in a strange, strange world. And so do you.

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If you use Visual Studio 2010 and MSF-Agile, here’s a new template http://bit.ly/cfyhqc

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17-page guide on using Microsoft’s Security Development Lifecycle in any dev team. http://bit.ly/cxSp1D

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Here’s @ruudj’s pic of the room we’re in, with us actually looking interested http://tweetphoto.com/23…

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Continually astounded by the scale of Microsoft’s engineering teams. 3000 people in the Office division, f’rinstance.

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Every organisation needs to consider secure programming, as xkcd reminds us http://xkcd.com/327/

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