Friday, April 13, 2007

McKinnon Should Stay in UK and Spill UFO Beans Say M-Net Readers

By Ken Lewis

Gary Mckinnon (Sml)     Our m-net poll this week was a little tongue-in-cheek, although no doubt our subject, Gary McKinnon, is less inclined to see the funny side.

We reported that McKinnon had lost his appeal against extradition to the US over charges he hacked into 97 US military and NASA computers between 2001 and 2002. He said he was searching for UFO secrets – something he claims to have achieved.

But last week the High Court in London refused to block his extradition meaning he faces trial in the US and a possible 70 years in prison. McKinnon’s only remaining option is a last-ditch appeal to the House of Lords.

We asked what you thought. Should the self-confessed "bumbling computer nerd": Face a UK court; Be let off, but made to reveal UFO secrets; be dragged kicking and screaming to the US; or Fry?

As we suspected, you’re mostly a forgiving lot with 38.5 per cent saying he should face a UK court. However, just over a quarter of you were little less understanding with 11.5 per cent saying he should dragged kicking and screaming to the Land of the Free to face the music, while a full 15.4 per cent said they should forget the music altogether just fry the hacker.

We think that’s a little rash. Surely you want to know about the aliens? Thankfully, 34.6 per cent of you agreed, saying McKinnon should be let off (perhaps with a stern telling off?), but that he should be made to reveal all those UFO secrets he says he discovered.

Yesterday, the Yellow Pages Group announced a major move into the online directories business. They say they want Kiwis to use the Yellow Pages’ suite of directory offerings every day, whether it be the trusty old book, the internet or even your mobile phone.

That got us thinking. When you want to find a restaurant or a tailor or a dentist, do you go first to the Yellow Pages or do you Google it? Take your pick in the m-net poll.

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