Chinese millionaire returns to home village and bull dozes it…

Chinese millionaire returns to home village and bull dozes it…

A millionaire Chinese businessman has bulldozed the wooden huts and muddy roads where he grew up – and built luxury homes for the people who lived there.

Xiong Shuihua was born in Xiongkeng village in the city of Xinyu, southern China and said that his family had always been well looked after and supported by residents in his childhood.

So when the 54-year-old ended up making millions in the steel industry he decided to repay the favour – for free.

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HBO Lawyering up to blow the lid on Scientology

HBO Lawyering up to blow the lid on Scientology

An HBO documentary that digs deep into Scientology is in the works. It promises to look inside the controversial religion, its deep-rooted Hollywood connections and celebrity followers like Tom Cruise and John Travolta.

And the network will be prepared for the litigious onslaught they’ll most likely face from the Church of Scientology. HBO Documentary Films president Sheila Nevins told The Hollywood Reporter, “We have probably 160 lawyers [looking at the film].”

 

Should have hired 666 shiny suited lawyers.

 

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Australian government to block all torrents sites by christmas

Australian government to block all torrents sites by christmas

Rumours are flying that the government will introduce legislation before Christmas aimed at blocking certain websites, such as The Pirate Bay and Kickass Torrents, as part of a range of efforts to reduce copyright infringement in Australia.

Although the details are unclear at this stage, it looks like the law will allow copyright owners such as movie distributors and record labels to seek a court order to block sites that facilitate peer-to-peer file sharing, providing access to copied content.

This looks like a good idea, and it’s certainly a less intrusive approach than “extended authorisation liability”, the last copyright reform which the government proposed in July and then hurriedly dropped in the face of almost universal condemnation.

The problem is that website blocking always fails.

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Don’t worry kids. If they do, I will be posting up a guide on how to get around the blocks.

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Tony Abbott caught out buying Facebook likes from India

Tony Abbott caught out buying Facebook likes from India

Well, this is just embarrassing. A screenshot of Tony Abbott’s Facebook page currently circulating on social media seems to suggest that our honourable Prime Minister is raking in the Likes with something other than his killer smile. While we’re sure that Tony Abbott is adored by the good people of India, the fact that a large number of his Facebook followers are comprised of young people from New Delhi has prompted many to question whether the administrators of his page — much like an insecure step-parent buying the love of their new kid with Razor scooters, Killer Pythons, and skate shoes — are boosting his public profile with purchased Facebook likes.

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Anonymous Pwns the KKK

Anonymous Pwns the KKK

Always makes me laugh when dumb F*cks like the KKK get pwned by Anonymous.

The internet activist group Anonymous has responded to Twitter taunts from the Ku Klux Klan by taking over its US Twitter account.

The Twitter spat began after the KKK allegedly threatened protesters in Ferguson, Missouri, as the area awaits an imminent court decision over the killing of Michael Brown, an unarmed black 18-year-old, by a white police officer.

The KKK began a war of intimidation by threatening to use lethal force against Ferguson protesters and handing out flyers in the St Louis area.

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Nestle is developing smart food that can recreate the effect of exercise

Nestle is developing smart food that can recreate the effect of exercise

The world’s biggest food company, Nestle is better known for KitKat candy bars and Nespresso capsules,

Scientists at the firm’s Geneva HQ say they have identified how an enzyme in charge of regulating metabolism can be stimulated by a compound called C13.

The findings were published in the science journal Chemistry & Biology, and are a potential first step in developing a way to mimic the fat-burning effect of exercise.

The goal is to recreate the effect of exercise in a pill or drink.

It will initially be aimed at people with limited mobility due to old age, diabetes or obesity, Kei Sakamoto, the scientist who oversees research on diabetes and circadian rhythms at Nestle, said.

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The axe swings at the ABC

The axe swings at the ABC

Some of the ABC’s top TV news programs, including Four Corners, Lateline, Australian Story and Landline, will have their budgets slashed as the news division loses 100 jobs after the Coalition’s $254m budget cut.

While cuts to Four Corners, Australian Story and Landline will be relatively modest, Lateline will take the biggest hit with all its staff put on a redundancy list pending a skills audit. Foreign Correspondent has lost 10% of its budget.

The big changes in the news division include cutting all radio news bulletins except 7am and 7.45am from 10 to five minutes, and reducing the size of the fact-checking unit.

 

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US: Kim Dotcom ‘fugitive of justice’ for refusing to extradite himself

US: Kim Dotcom ‘fugitive of justice’ for refusing to extradite himself

The Department of Justice has now branded Kim Dotcom and his former colleagues at the defunct file-sharing site Megaupload “fugitive[s] of justice” for refusing to travel to the United States where they face charges related to the website.

In paperwork filed this week, federal prosecutors for the DOJ’s Eastern District of Virginia division argue that Dotcom and his co-defendants do not have standing to challenge a complaint calling for them to forfeit their assets because their unwillingness to voluntarily enter the US has, according to government attorneys, rendered them unable to benefit from the resources of the court.

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Being Me

Being Me

“There are any number of self help books that will tell you how to find yourself.
But what if truly being yourself involved changing your gender? Would you have the courage to do it?
Eleven-year-old Isabelle does. To the world she looked like a young boy. But she knew that she was really a girl, and a year ago she told her parents the way she felt.”

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Isabelle’s father is my mate that I’ve known through high school, uni, homemate, and was even a groom at my wedding. I was even the only non-relative at his own wedding. I knew Isabelle in the early years, so my mind has been pretty blown on her strength and her parents support shown in this report. Definitely worth a watch even for those that do not know them.

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Google will test its Wi-Fi-beaming balloons in Australia

Google will test its Wi-Fi-beaming balloons in Australia

When it comes to telecommunications, Australia is generally pretty behind the eight ball – sometimes so much so that we can’t even see the ball anymore.

But in a surprisingly innovative move, the country’s largest telecommunications company Telstra has now partnered with Google to begin trials of the search engine giant’s ambitious Project Loon in western Queensland in December.

As part of Project Loon, Google plans to launch a network of high-altitude balloons into the sky, each capable of beaming a wireless signal to the ground below.

The ultimate goal is to provide internet to the two-thirds of the world that currently isn’t connected, and also help bring Wi-Fi to the poorest and most remote regions, as well as those areas struck by natural disasters.

 

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Not sure how well this will work I hope it will work, until a plane hits one.

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Murdoch already trying to murder Netflix

Murdoch already trying to murder Netflix

So a cut down version of Netflix is being launched in Australian next year. Huzzah! Of course Murdoch, the owner of foxtel is pissed that his monoploy is ending and has started using his soapbox to mouth it off.

FOR the past 12 months, Aussies have been begging for US TV and movie streaming service Netflix to launch in Australia. The company finally announced yesterday that it will be in March, but prepare to be disappointed.

Netflix in Australia will have a lacklustre library of titles, as shown by the fact that yesterday’s launch titles were mediocre at best and did not include any of the big exclusives that have garnered Netflix popularity, including House of Cards and Orange is the New Black.

The rest of the article is more waah waah about how bad this is for Australia and how it will lead to the death of children and the elderly. My favorite part…

If you think that you can simply continue to use your US Netflix account just as you are now once it launches here, think again. It’s no secret that Netflix makes it easy for international users to use a work-around to access the service. Once it launches locally, however, the company will want local users to access the Australian content, rather than US, and will most likely make it more difficult to access the US library.

Uhuh. So they are saying that us who already subscribe will be locked down. Yet Netflix doesn’t really enforce this in the UK or any other country, you can still change your regions and watch whatever you want using a service like getflix or a vpn. So just goes to show you how full of shit this publication is. Eat shit Murdoch, your time has come.

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Australia to get a ‘Surveillance Tax’

Australia to get a ‘Surveillance Tax’

“It’s not our role to just fold when someone says ‘national security’. The balance that most industrial democracies have arrived at is that if the state wants to surveil your life, make maps of your social networks, or dig into your life and find out what you’re up to, they draw up an affidavit, and they go to a judge. It’s targeted and discriminate, to named people and devices. They have to be chasing really serious offences, and then they get a warrant. And that’s the point of balance. There’s that due process. There are reporters, and there are public interest monitors who can say ‘Hey, you don’t need that warrant.’ There are checks and balances in the system.”

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The Australian government has completely fucked the NBN

The Australian government has completely fucked the NBN

With NBN Co’s recent release of their “NBN Multi-Technology Deployment Principles“, it has become clear that the number of premises serviced by Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) will be far lower than promised by Turnbull prior to and post-election.

The main technology being pushed by NBN Co now will be Fibre-to-the-Node (FTTN), utilising the copper network currently servicing premises. Add to this, 3 million premises will be serviced by the dilapidated Hybrid Fibre-Coax (HFC or Cable) network, leaving many with no option for real high-speed broadband.

The promised outcomes from Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull have been all but forgotten, with $2 million of reviews backing up this shameless display of neo-luddism. There is no possibility this technology will be capable of keeping up with the demands of users within the next 5 years, let alone the next 15 years as the Strategic Review pushed upgrades out to.

Even with the promising outcomes from the laughable 5 premises trial of FTTN, it’s clear that users will be left by the wayside when their service does not deliver the speeds they require. Even the propaganda videos on how “awesome” FTTN is clearly state that users will have to deal with any problems past the “node”.

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Australian government moves to censor the Internet

Australian government moves to censor the Internet

Websites that host or link to copyright infringing movies and TV shows could soon be blocked if cabinet approves a government submission to tackle online copyright infringement.

Sources tell Fairfax Media Attorney-General George Brandis and Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull are canvassing a range of options put forward in response to their online copyright infringement discussion paper released in late July and intend to present cabinet with their own submission before Christmas.

The ministers will likely recommend government put a requirement on internet service providers to forward letters about alleged copyright infringement from movie and TV studios to their customers. It’s also likely they will recommend making it possible for rights holders to seek an injunction in court to require multiple internet providers block websites hosting infringing content.

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Remember kids, you can easily bypass any government block with TOR and a VPN. Because fuck these inept idiots.

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