Confirmed by Councilman Peduto. Post-Gazette Early Returns now gleefully reports the news. Not sure who broke it, but no one's keeping score.
One question is whether this is good policy; we are torn. On the one hand blogs can be a waste of time, along with MySpace and Facebook.
On the flip side, some may appreciate the blogs' readiness for work-related research and analysis. Wonder what the decision-making process was.
City computer supercop Howard Stern said there was no conscious decision to block the blogs, and that the change in security settings came down, uninvited, from Websense.
Really. All of a sudden?
"They're untrusted Web sites," he told us. They can transmit viruses, he said, "and that could knock out the whole city."
My goodness. Can we get tested?
"If it's job-related, we'd be glad to open it up," Mr. Stern said. "There's no reason, otherwise, to expose my network to vulnerabilities and risks."
That's good to know. Meantime, everybody look in to Google Reader.
UPDATE: Mr. McIntire has an opus. An Opie opus.