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David Janes -

Nothing in society can't be made better by adding lawyers!

Alan -

Imagine the world without them!

sean liddle -

I was more covert in my opression of my firstborn. I installed keyloggers on the computer, let him run free until I had passwords to all of his MSN and email accounts, then covertly read all he wrote and said to others, only stepping in, with what was in his eyes a form of bizarre omnipotence, to lay down the law and tell him I knew what he was up to etc etc.

Enevtually he realized that I was infinitely more technically able than he, and that he couldn't hide anything from me, he straightened out.

Paul of Kingston -

I think that this judgement has more to do about the relative parenting rights between natural father and mother within a broken family than it has to do with a parent's general ability to make parenting decisions - or at least I really hope this is the case.

I suppose it was all the twelve year old girl's idea to go to court - yeah right.

What a shame the court's time is wasted on acting as a mediator between squabbling exes on matters that are so trivial.

Chris Taylor -

I have thought about this a bit, and due to my particular corporate-like home network setup, I am probably going to be more laissez-faire in some areas (i.e. no keylogging) and less in others (heavily restricted account/site permissions).

I would probably restrict their logon permissions to certain hours (0700-0830, 1700-2130 with a 3-hour total daily max). The domain controllers would handle all that so there is no hands-on management (except in special cases where the kid is home sick all day and you might wish to override the schedule restrictions).

Would probably configure the firewall to restrict IM traffic from their IP except during the logon hours window as well. I don't think I would bother keylogging anything as I spent my entire adolescence doing nefarious deeds (talking with girls, downloading warez + pr0n) at literally all hours with extremely slow modems, entirely free of adult supervision, and I seem to have survived.

Would definitely review the firewall logs periodically so if anything particularly stupid shows up on a routine basis, then it's time for a talk and adjusting protocol/site/account permissions as appropriate.

Alan -

Me, I just leave the computer in the main family room and no one but me spends much time on it. When anyone seeks access, I send them out to pick rocks out of the fields.

sean liddle -

Ah the days of BBS chat and d'loading pr0n over a 300 baud pocket modem...(I met my wife on a BBS.. I am uber nerd)

Paul is right though, all in all a waste of court time. Reminds me of a news article recently about a fellow and his ex-wife, spending over $600,000 in legal fees to fight over a few dozen K of support payments for their daughter. Uncaring parents out to stick it to their ex. Idjits.

Alan -

Not at all. Family Court is one of the great civilizing factors in our society. Practical solutions quickly and cheaply provided when they are good. I spent my first five years in a wonderful one that solved issues far before they got to the point that the criminal courts got involved.

Alan -

The new system arrived by transport truck over the night. I have no idea how to get into the admin yet so you'll have to fend for yourself today.

sean liddle -

Funky looking. Very journalistic, very, oh, fine-texty.

Heading out camping at Charleston with the two youngest of the brood, everyone have a nice weekend.
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David Janes -

Where's our Friday Bullets? _What the frack are we supposed to do with our Friday time now?_

Chris Taylor -

Yeah. What do you think this is, a hobby or pastime? Where do I file my grievance with the union?

Alan -

I am trying to get into the admin. Patience.

David Janes -

No comment RSS feed? Baby Gaia is crying.

Alan -

It may be in here. I feel like I have just having a 1978 Lada for an admin back end to a a jet fighter cockpit. There may be comment RSS around here somewhere.

ry -

I'm perplexed. I get this rather 'I'm not on the fence, yet I am' vibe from you on this one, Al. What is it you want chuckleheads like me to take away from this?

Alan -

I would think it's this - don't go all nutty over a decontextualized story about family court.