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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OMG BUTTHURT EVERYWHERE!

OMG BUTTHURT EVERYWHERE!

A female tech writer has received abuse and death threats on Twitter after criticising the sexist shirt worn by a scientist involved in this week’s Philae comet landing.

Matt Taylor – a scientist from the European Space Agency’s Rosetta Project, which successfully landed a space probe on the comet 67P on Wednesday morning, following a decade-long mission – drew online criticism after he was interviewed wearing a shirt with naked women on it.

“No no women are toooootally welcome in our community, just ask the dude in this shirt,” Rose Eveleth – a tech and science journalist for The Atlantic – wrote on Twitter, referencing the wide gender divide in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) industries.

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Putin to Abbott over MH17 – Garn git farked

Putin to Abbott over MH17 – Garn git farked

Russia has roundly rejected Tony Abbott’s demand that the Kremlin apologise for the downing of flight MH17 and offer compensation to the victims’ families.

A spokesman for the Russian Embassy in Canberra, citing the official position of Moscow, called on the Prime Minister to present any evidence in Australia’s possession that the flight was indeed shot down by Kremlin-backed Ukrainian rebels using Russian-supplied missiles.

“We totally refute the allegations and we want to commit to the full and impartial international investigation,” the spokesman, Alexander Odoevskiy, said.

“If the Prime Minister has, as he declares, any clear evidence, then he should bring it to the table. We haven’t seen it.”

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Boffins land a robot on a comet! And it’s sinking…

Boffins land a robot on a comet! And it’s sinking…

The signal broke a seven-hour wait of agonising intensity and sparked scenes of jubilation at the European Space Agency’s mission control in Darmstadt. The team in charge of the Rosetta mission achieved what at times seemed an impossible task by landing a robotic spacecraft on a comet for the first time in history.

The moment the tension broke came shortly after 1600 GMT when the Philae called home. “We are there. We are sitting on the surface. Philae is talking to us,” said a jubilant Stephan Ulamec, Philae lander manager at the DLR German space centre. “We are on the comet.”

Andrea Accomazzo, the Rosetta flight operations director, added: “We cannot be happier than we are now.”

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But wait! Something strange has happened!!

Early data started to come back from instruments, and one team could see that the lander, known as Philae, had sunk about 4cm (1.5 inches) into the surface, suggesting a relatively soft top layer.

But shortly after, engineers could see that the harpoons, designed to fasten the spacecraft to the 4km-wide (2.5 miles) ball of ice and dust, had not fired as planned.

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The TPP MUST be stopped

This video is US based but basically, we’d all be fucked by this. Australia plans to sign on. Abbott doesn’t give a fuck.

It’s nothing but corporations trying to take over the world. It utterly must be stopped. Spread the word.

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iFail’d

iFail’d

He got 99 iPhones but gettin’ hitched ain’t done.

With “Singles’ Day” looming in China (Nov. 11), one man thought the time was right to try to tie the knot with his girlfriend, preventing them both from having to participate in any future 11/11 festivities.

As a keystone of the young programmer’s marriage proposal were 99 iPhones 6’s placed on the ground and arranged in the form of a heart. The setup, as reported by The Nanfang, cost the love-bitten chap two years’ salary (about $82,000).

But that evidently wasn’t enough. She said no. Siri, how do you mend a broken heart?

 

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Arse End of the Internet Podcast Episode 1

Arse End of the Internet Podcast Episode 1

As a result of us still finding our feet, we’ve covered a few heavy issues a bit more in-depth than expected. We still think it’s an alright episode for our first though, so all is not lost. Topics covered include Australia Post’s new services in the US, killing yourself through self-love, improving your IVF chances with beer, and serious discussions on music, internet piracy and data retention laws.

We’d really like your feedback in this episode – whether there was too much serious talk, not enough sillyness, or anything else you might want to add.

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