Saturday, May 10, 2008
DSLNet Australia SpeedTest
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which means you can download at 41.5 KB/sec. from our servers.
28.8 kbps dial-up
33.6 kbps dial-up
53.3 kbps dial-up
56 kbps ISDN
128 kbps ISDN
332 kbps YOU
384 kbps DSL
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[`[*Test Results from Oz Broadband Speed Test*]`]
Test run on [*11/05/2008*] @ [*12:34 PM*]
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Test Time: [*9.2 secs*]
Your line speed is [*531 kbps*] (0.53 Mbps).
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Wednesday, May 07, 2008
Depression Among Lawyers: Chicken or Egg?
Lawyer depression is one of those topics that seems to reappear on a regular basis here at Legal Blog Watch, and the latest sighting comes by way of an article this month in the California Bar Journal, "Depression Takes a Heavy Toll on Lawyers." Consider this excerpt:
According to a Johns Hopkins University study, lawyers suffer the highest rate of depression among workers in 104 occupations. A University of Washington study found that 19 percent of lawyers suffered depression compared to 3 percent to 9 percent in the general population. And a University of Arizona study of law students found that they suffer eight to 15 times the anxiety, hostility and depression of the general population.
Richard Carlton, deputy director of the State Bar of California's Lawyer Assistance Program, sees those numbers and says, "There's something about the practice of law that attracts a certain personality that is prone to experiencing these problems." But is it the chicken or the egg? Is it that law attracts people who are prone to depression or that those who choose law find themselves depressed by their work? As the California LAP's director, Janis Thibault, puts it, "I've never seen such a lonely profession -- the inability to connect with other people at a deep level because there's so much of an adversarial relationship." . . .
Sunday, May 04, 2008
How to Guard Your Laptop From a Suspicionless Search
Now that the Ninth Circuit has given border patrol agents the go-ahead to conduct suspicionless searches of travelers' laptops or other digital devices when they enter the country, lawyers need to figure out ways to safeguard confidential and privileged information from an agent's scrutiny. Jennifer Granick of the Electronic Freedom Foundation offers these tips to protect yourself (and your clients' data) from suspicionless searches while traveling.
First, Granick suggests that you encrypt your hard drive, which at the very least will make it "prohibitively expensive to access confidential information." But Granick adds that encryption is an imperfect solution, because border patrol agents may attempt to force travelers to enter their passwords so they can continue their search. And while Granick argues that agents cannot force you to decrypt your data or turn over a password, that won't stop them from detaining you or even preventing you from entering the country.
A second option that many law firms and corporations now implement is providing employees with a forensically clean laptop loaded only with the data necessary for a particular trip. However, this approach does not work where trade secrets or client information are the reason for the trip. Alternatively, lawyers can bring a clean laptop and access the information they need over the Internet once they've arrived at their destination. Of course, here, the Foreign Intelligence . . .