Government agencies would be required to put up “stop pages” alerting the public to websites blocked under Section 313 of the Telecommunications Act under proposals put forward by the Department of Communications.
In April 2013, following a bungle by ASIC that resulted in accidentally blocking customer access to 250,000 websites for at least two ISPs — when the agency was just seeking to block websites associated with investment fraud — it was revealed that three commonwealth government agencies had been using Section 313 of the Telecommunications Act to compel ISPs to block customer access to websites on their behalf.
For the second time, Internet service provider iiNet has been dragged to court over the alleged copyright infringement of some of its customers.
Dallas Buyers Club, LLC on 14 October initiated legal action in the Federal Court aimed at obtaining the details of a number of iiNet customers.
The company is seeking as part of a process of preliminary discovery the details of customers linked to IP addresses that it alleges were involved in downloading the 2013 movie Dallas Buyers Club using BitTorrent or other peer-to-peer software.
It’s impossible to talk about hoverboards without invoking a particular movie title, so we’re not even going to try: Remember that awesome scene from Back to the Future Part II? It’s one step closer to reality: A California startup just built a real, working hoverboard. Arx Pax is attempting to crowdfund the Hendo Hoverboard as a proof of concept for its hover engine technology — it’s not quite the floating skateboard Marty McFly rode through Hill Valley (and the Wild West), but it’s an obvious precursor to the imagined ridable: a self-powered, levitating platform with enough power to lift a fully grown adult.
“Boganella, the talking Shotgun” makes reference to one of the most glorious/awful aspects of Aussie culture.
Most Australians will instantly be familiar with the term “Bogan,” a term used to describe the most unsophisticated, racist slobs in our country. The closest equivalent in “American” would probably be “Redneck,” although Bogans, with their high-pitched annoying voices and tendency to end every sentence with the phrase “c**t”, are truly unique to Australia
Sick of waiting an hour for your phone to charge before you leave the house? Researchers at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore have come up with the best solution yet – a lithium ion battery that charges to 70 percent in just two minutes.
Even better, it also lasts for 20 years, and will reportedly be available to the public within two years.
Australia’s Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security (AIGIS) has found that the nation’s Australian Security and Intelligence Agency (ASIO) spied on itself in contravention of local laws.
The Inspector-General’s Annual Report [PDF] lists breaches of Australia’s Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Act (TIA). The most comical breach played out as follows:
“ASIO intercepted, without warrant, calls made from one of its own regional offices due to a technical error. The data was deleted and processes put in place to ensure it does not happen again.”
On the weekend I went for a walk with some friends to check out a mental asylum near Sydney. Unfortunately the main bulk of the Asylum was demolished for aparments, but there is still some stuff to see in this now semi-abandoned complex. Continue reading
Hawaii: Drinking too much coffee can radically reduce a man’s ability to father children, a study has found.
Men who drank two or more cups of strong coffee a day had just a one in five chance of becoming fathers through IVF. However, for those who drank less than a cup, the chance of having a child rose to nearly 52 per cent.
The study also showed that men who drink around a pint and a half of beer a night could improve their fertility.
Bad news for those caffiene drinkers. But things seem to be looking ‘up’ for those beer drinkers.
Internet trolls could face up to two years in jail under new laws, Justice Secretary Chris Grayling has said.
He told the Mail on Sunday quadrupling the current maximum six-month term showed his determination to “take a stand against a baying cyber-mob”.
Mr Grayling was speaking days after TV presenter Chloe Madeley suffered online abuse, which Mr Grayling described as “crude and degrading”.
She has welcomed the proposed laws but said social media should be regulated.
An advertisement in Moscow has caused 500 crashes in 24 hours. And what a nice pair they are
Australia’s third-largest telco, iiNet, has revealed that the fibre-to-the-node (FttN) trial is slower for some of its customers than the figures that NBN Co has reported to the public.
As part of the company’s shift away from fibre to the premises to the so-called multi-technology mix, NBN Co commenced trials of fibre to the node in the New South Wales central coast town of Umina several months ago, and in August reported average speeds of around 98Mbps down for some customers.
The announcement was heralded by Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull as a good indication that the government could deliver the NBN sooner and at less cost to the taxpayer, although the cost of the trial was not disclosed at the time.
Since then, NBN Co has added more active services on the trial in Umina, including eight with iiNet.
She’s carved out a career as one of Hollywood’s most wholesome stars.
But Emma Stone is set to get theatregoers hot under the collar in her sexiest role to date after confirming she’ll make her Broadway debut in Cabaret.
The first picture of the actress in guise as Sally Bowles has been released and is bound to shock the actress’ legion of fans.
They are often the subject of ridicule and laughter among females – the whinging, whining men who are forever complaining about having a cold.
But new research has shown that man flu is not a myth, as a lack of female sex hormones actually leaves males with weaker immune systems.
Scientists from Harvard University believe that a lack of oestrogen makes men more likely to succumb to pneumonia and other respiratory diseases.
Boobs and Mozart come together for a mesmerising performance.
Over on Kickstarter, there’s a project that aims to provide consumers with a way to access the Internet anonymously. Called the Anonabox, this device was created by August Germar and includes two Ethernet ports and one USB port (for power) – and that’s it. The campaign is looking to drum up a mere $7,500, which has been surpassed by 5,224 backers pledging a huge $331,465 so far.
The Anonabox is based on the open source software Tor, which encrypts all data flowing in and out of the user’s computer. This box will hide the user’s location and will also provide better performance than when using the Tor browser on the desktop.
According to a new research, male brains are wired to ignore food and instead search for a mate, the Telegraph reports.
The University of Rochester Medical Centre research examines how small differences in the brain’s circuitry can explain the behavioral differences between males and females.
PALO ALTO — You own your data. And the government needs to start respecting that.
This was the assertion made today by Microsoft General Counsel Brad Smith at a Silicon Valley panel discussion on NSA surveillance. Until the US recognizes and restores the fundamental right of ownership you have in your data, he continued, the U.S. cannot hope to rebuild trust lost through the NSA’s widespread surveillance programs.
This stance flies in the face of what we expect from internet companies these days, many of whom tend to act as if they own the content we create.
Apple has unveiled a thinner iPad with a faster processor and better camera as it tries to drive excitement for tablets amid slowing demand.