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.
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.
“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.”
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.
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.
Not sure how well this will work I hope it will work, until a plane hits one.
I was gonna clean my room until I got high
I was gonna get up and find the broom but then I got high
My room is still messed up and I know why
Because I got high, because I got high, because I got high
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.
FOOTBALL Federation Australia has reacted angrily to the release of findings by FIFA’s Ethics Committee claiming Australia broke bid and ethics rules, tried to buy votes and later attempted to cover-up its actions during the failed bid for the 2022 World Cup.
Miranda Kerr in tiny bikini. Nuff said!
“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.”
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”.
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.
Remember kids, you can easily bypass any government block with TOR and a VPN. Because fuck these inept idiots.
Researchers are warning that smart phones are turning people into zombies, leading to more accidents occurring.
Even though America’s inter-continental ballistic missile systems run off of impossibly old-seeming 8-inch floppy disks, the problems that led Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to order a review of America’s nukes weren’t technical as much as they were cultural and administrative.
A Melbourne grandmother was accidentally included in a picture billboard and online ads, sunbathing topless and in a g-string, when photos for her neighbour’s house were taken with a drone. This is a case when photoshop could have been used for good instead of evil
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.
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.”
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.”
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.