The Grue Café #3: Skype Falls, Everyone Dies

Doc Ezra flamingo

And now we bring you the post-DragonCon episode of The Grue Café, starring Kim, Rox of Spazhouse and special guest Dom. Also in attendance is Flamingo Doc Ezra. The panel discusses, when they are not being thrown about by Skype, post-DragonCon info, fun with RPGs and video games in America vs. video games in Germany. Dice addiction is briefly touched upon as well.

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Your Weekend Justice #40: hey.

Super Jesus

And we’re back. We skipped a week due to me being Baltimore plus various other bits of madness.

Please note: this podcast, if you haven’t figured it out, is profane and not safe for consumption by children or animals. Or sentient creatures of any sort.

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Agenda:

  • Plumbing issues
  • Trapped in the Hall of Weekend Justice
  • The Bindi Irishman
  • Allegations of multiple forms of misconduct
  • Who had Aaron? Or, who didn’t have Aaron?
  • Rox and her lunchtime excitement
  • TV’s Rox
  • Drugs worth beating the shit out of people for
  • Anvil
  • Leigh and her limits
  • Ken the Matchmaker
  • (more…)

The German Internet Freedom Charlie Foxtrot

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German minister of family affairs, Ursula von der Leyen

Quick note from Widge: One of the best things about having international contributors is we can get info from people who are “on the ground” where stuff is actually happening. So Dom decided to send us his take on the recent news about Germany and their bright idea of internet censorship.

I’d rather be fighting Zombies. Or windmills. Or even zombie windmills.

I should have known. Really. When–out of the fear of cyber-criminals and hackers–the German government passed a law that declared the development and usage of software that is aimed at testing the security of networks and computer systems, I should have known.

This law, if “interpreted” like some people read the Bible, makes it practically illegal to ping a network and makes it illegal for software companies in Germany to produce security testing software. Nice one. Can I still use “ping”? I have the feeling I can not.

As so many really silly laws though, this one never really was a problem because the police neither has the means nor the knowledge to hunt hackers or sysadmins. It would make for some great comedy though. “Put down the mouse! Don’t you dare start that brute force attack!” – “I have a port listener and I am going to use it!”

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