Australians to pay extra fees for government spying

Australians to pay extra fees for government spying

Internet service provider iinet has warned of significant costs and privacy concerns with a mandatory data retention regime that is currently being considered by the federal government.

Speaking at a Senate hearing into telecoms law reform in Canberra on Tuesday, the company’s chief regulatory officer Steve Dalby warned that consumers could face a hike in charges of more than $100 a year per person.

The projection was based on a particular model that Dalby said was the company’s interpretation of a confidential briefing from the attorney general’s department.

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A Chinese family that shits together…

A Chinese family that shits together…

Passengers kicked up a stink on a flight from Beijing to Detroit this week after a family allowed their toddler to defecate on his seat, according to reports.

Travellers on board the Delta Airlines flight allegedly watched in horror as the young Chinese boy’s parents laid down newspaper on his chair and encouraged him to relieve himself there and then.

Despite pleas from passengers and crew to take him to the cabin toilet, the boy’s grandfather and grandmother – who were also on the plane – insisted on letting the boy settle there, it was claimed.

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Couple mad with grief over daughters death threaten to sue anyone who says she’s not alive

Couple mad with grief over daughters death threaten to sue anyone who says she’s not alive

George and Angela Dyczynski saw much at the MH17 crash site but nothing that diminished their belief their daughter, Fatima, somehow survived.

The Perth-based parents arrived back in the Netherlands on Tuesday after a five-day trip during which they reached the crash site in rebel-controlled eastern Ukraine.

At Amsterdam Airport they clasped a flyer for the upcoming International Astronautical Congress in Canada and told AAP: “Fatima is a speaker at the conference.”

There was no suggestion the couple’s brilliant 25-year-old daughter might not be able to make it to Toronto in late September.

Indeed, Ms Dyczynski later threatened to sue anyone who suggested – without evidence – that Fatima was dead.

The  couple want Fatima’s colleagues from the space science community to become involved in the crash investigation. They want the best of the best on the case.

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To be fair, these people just had their child murdered by Russia and are probably mad with grief. And for legal reasons I am not saying she is dead. I certainly hope she is alive because she seems like a super-smart babe.

Fatima Dyczynski

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Wikileaks breaks suppression to expose Australian government corruption

Wikileaks breaks suppression to expose Australian government corruption

WikiLeaks has struck again, releasing the text of a secret court order that cannot be published in Australia.

The anti-secrecy group has this morning published a Victorian Supreme Court suppression order that WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange describes as “unprecedented” in scope.

The suppression order is itself suppressed. No Australian media organisation can legally publish the document or its contents.

In a statement provided to Fairfax Media, Assange said it was “completely egregious to block the public’s right to know and suppress the media in any instance, and especially in cases of international corruption involving politicians and subsidiaries of a public organisation”.

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Today, 29th July 2014 WikiLeaks releases an unprecedented suppression order by the Australian Supreme Court in Melbourne, Victoria, made on June 19th 2014, with regards to a multi-country, multi-million dollar corruption case. The supression order forbids any discloures, by publication or otherwise, of any information relating to the court case by anyone, including the Australian media, ensuring complete secrecy around the largest corruption case in Australia. The order also forbids any disclosures about the order itself, and specifically commands no mention be made of the affirmed affidavit submitted to the court by Gillian Bird, a career diplomat, currently appointed as a deputy Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). Bird is one of Australia’s most senior and experienced diplomats and is responsible for relations with South East Asia which is why her affidavit, currently held sealed by the court, is so important.

Edit: I think UAN has a point, link removed, TB.

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Putin’s mom goes to Siberia twice more

Putin’s mom goes to Siberia twice more

In a chaotic world of downed planes, ethnic unrest and missile strikes, international observers settled their attention elsewhere earlier this month. They looked north to Siberia, a land covered in snow and layered in permafrost, where a strange and giant crater had just ripped open the earth. At the time, no one knew where exactly the crater had come from, what was at its bottom, or how it had come to be.

There are sure to be even more questions now.

Two new craters have emerged in Siberia, deepening the giant hole saga. Though not as big as the first crater, which extended hundreds of feet in diameter, these new craters are just as strange.

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Diamonds, you’re doing it wrong

Diamonds, you’re doing it wrong

“Diamond is the king of gemstones.” Less well known is that it could also be an outstanding semiconductor material, superior in many ways to silicon, which is currently the most widely used electronic material. Diamond devices could operate at higher temperatures (more than 400 °C) and higher power than those of silicon, as well as being faster, denser and more resistant to radiation. But practical diamond electronics will need large-area, single-crystal diamond wafers to be fabricated, analogous to the 6–12-inch silicon wafers commonly used in the semiconductor industry. Two papers from Golding and colleagues, in Applied Physics Letters and Diamond and Related Materials, now show that this may be possible if sapphire wafers are used as substrates on which to grow the diamond.

Ask any electronics engineer “what is the ultimate semiconductor material?”, and the majority will say “diamond”. Take a look at any comparative table of properties and the reason is obvious (strangely exponents of gallium nitride and silicon carbide always omit the diamond column from their presentations!).

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How I got around Microsoft’s $20 “Aussie tax” on XBox Live Gold

How I got around Microsoft’s $20 “Aussie tax” on XBox Live Gold

A few days ago I received an email from Microsoft informing me that my XBox Live member ship had expired. I had turned off the auto-renew because I liked to be wined and dined before I get laid. (Gnome sayn).

So on reviewing my choices, I decided to “Fuck it. I’m out.” of the XBox world. Just kidding.

I figure Microsoft is straight-up ripping off gamers with XBox live, charging for voip and game matching is pretty shit considering it is free on most other platforms. Plus charging Australians an extra $20 per year simply because they can get away with it. Well, it pisses me off.

Need proof? Here are two screenshots from the xbox portal. The first with my region set as Australia. The other as USA. For the record, today’s exchange rate (as of the day I wrote this) is $1 AUD = $0.94 USD which equals $63.82.

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Religion kills again

Religion kills again

The blasphemy accusation was brought against Aqib Saleem, an 18-year-old Ahmadi man who was alleged to have uploaded a picture of the Kaaba, the sacred shrine in Mecca toward which Muslims turn when they pray, with a semi-nude white woman sitting on top.

Officials said that a Muslim friend of Mr Saleem’s, Saddam Hussein, 18, noticed the Facebook post and alerted others in the neighbourhood. Soon, a crowd of about 400, including some Muslim clerics, reached a nearby police station and urged the police to register a blasphemy case. Meanwhile, the larger mob began rampaging around Ahmadi houses in the Arfat neighbourhood of Gujranwala, an industrial city in Punjab Province.

Ahmadi community leaders accuse the police of looking the other way while the violent mob ransacked property, obstructed a fire brigade truck and threw stones at ambulances on their way to the scene. At least eight houses were set on fire.

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I am sure their god is sooooooo proud of them. Stupid ignorant fuckers.

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Robot hitchhiking across canada – thiumbs up :)

Robot hitchhiking across canada – thiumbs up :)

Everyone knows you’re not supposed to pick up hitchhikers.

But can those thumbing a ride trust drivers who stop to help out?

That’s one question two Ontario researchers are putting to the test with a social media-savvy robot that’s on a 6,000-km hitchhiking trek across Canada.

Called hitchBot, the machine bummed its first ride Sunday as it set out on its marathon trip between Halifax and Victoria, B.C. A couple bound for a national park were the first to pick up the child-sized traveller.

With a face and computer brain protected by a see-through cake saver, a solar panel-covered torso made from a beer pail and arms and legs from pool noodles, Hitchbot is a roadside standout.

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Hamas, also a pack of fuckwits

Hamas, also a pack of fuckwits

Palestinian militant group Hamas has rejected Israel’s offer to extend a humanitarian truce in Gaza by a further 24 hours. After the ceasefire began early on Saturday (local time), Gazans took advantage of the lull in fighting to retrieve their dead and stock up on supplies. At the end of the initial 12-hour halt to fighting, Hamas militants ignored an Israeli announcement that it would extend the truce by four hours and resumed firing rockets into Israel from Gaza.

Source Seriously, all those supporting both sides of this conflict. Hurry up and fucking die. You’ll make the world a better place. This conflict is utterly stupid and both sides seem to be staffed by fuckwits

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Angry fatty unleashes on four year old boy

Angry fatty unleashes on four year old boy

MONROE , Conn., July 23 (UPI) –A Connecticut doughnut shop has banned a 4-year-old boy for asking a simple question that left a sour taste in another customer’s mouth.

Justin was at a Doughnut Inn in Monroe with his mom when he inquired if another woman at the shop had a “baby in her belly.”

When the woman replied in the negative, Otero’s mother, Rebecca Denham, was embarrassed and she apologized.

“My response was, ‘Oh my goodness, I’m so embarrassed, I’m so sorry,’” Denhamtold WFSB.

The woman told her it was no big deal, but Doughnut Inn managers took the issue much more seriously, and the next time Otero and Denham went to the shop, they were asked to leave.

“She said, ‘He’s not allowed in here,’ and I looked around, and said, ‘Him?’ She said, ‘Yeah, he’s rude,’” Denham said.

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Terrorists underpants bomb didn’t go off because he was GROSS

Terrorists underpants bomb didn’t go off because he was GROSS

United States-based MailOnline quoted the Head of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), John Pistole, as saying the bomb failed to detonate because of how long Abdulmutallab had been wearing the underwear.

Abdulmutallab was on a suicide mission when he attempted to detonate a bomb in his underpants as the plane, enroute from Amsterdam, approached Detroit, United States.

The explosives became “degraded” after he wore the same pair of underpants for two weeks, according to a U.S. official. But the bomb caused a brief fire that burned his groin.

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Stabbed man walks in to McDonald’s

Stabbed man walks in to McDonald’s

Far from being the start of a joke this really happened.

A stabbing victim walked into a New York City McDonald’s restaurant with a knife stuck in his back, before collapsing and receiving medical care.

The man was speaking on his mobile phone, apparently to family members, as he entered the restaurant, eyewitnesses told media. The incident was filmed by other restaurant goers.

“He was on the phone, I’m pretty sure he was on the phone talking to somebody in his family or a loved one or something, he was talking to them and telling them it might be the last time he’s speaking to them,” witness Tromaine Yancey told news channel CBS 2 local affiliate.

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Guy Complains after being hit by a car

1:00pm, Sunday 2nd February 2014A dramatic video has emerged of a remote controlled car crashing into a man at 100 miles per hour.

Leaman Griffin and Gentry Palmer were testing the electric racing car on a road in Birmingham, Alabama when Griffin suddenly lost control of the vehicle which veered off the road and hit Palmer’s leg, knocking him right off his feet.

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