Microsoft to buy back your love

Microsoft to buy back your love

Windows 9 will be available as a free upgrade, according to Andreas Diantoro, president of Microsoft Indonesia.

Speaking to press at the Mulia Hotel in Jakarta, Diantoro said those who are already using Windows 8 will be able to get the free upgrade to Windows 9 simply by updating their device, website Detik@Net has reported.

Those who aren’t already using Windows 8 will still be obliged to buy the next version of Microsoft’s OS, however.

Microsoft; buying everyone’s love one upgrade at a time after the spectacular Windows 8.Vista fail.
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The war on free press in Australia continues

The war on free press in Australia continues

Australian spies will soon have the power to monitor the entire Australian internet with just one warrant, and journalists and whistleblowers will face up to 10 years’ jail for disclosing classified information.

The government’s first tranche of tougher anti-terrorism bills, which will beef up the powers of the domestic spy agency ASIO, passed the Senate by 44 votes to 12 on Thursday night with bipartisan support from Labor.

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First the ban on reporting about asylum seekers. His attempt at muzzling the ABC. The ban on reporting of corruption in the government and now this. All because Abbott is ramping up the terrorism bullshit and Australia is too fucking stupid to do anything about it.

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John Sunol… omfg.

John Sunol… omfg.

A FORMER taxi driver who was the subject of 17 complaints in seven years including allegations that he fell asleep at the wheel and defecated outside Newcastle Airport has failed to have his licence reinstated.

John Sunol told the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal that most of the complaints were false and were made by people out to get him including gay rights activist Garry Burns.

Mr Sunol drove taxis in Newcastle from 2003 until 2012 with periods of suspension in between.

During that time he was the subject of a number of investigations by Roads and Maritime Services including one where Sunol made a number of comments about gays and Muslims to two undercover agents who caught his cab.

The most serious allegations against Mr Sunol were that he fell asleep at the wheel at a set of lights, that he was in an ‘‘agitated’’ state outside Newcastle Airport one day after ‘‘appearing to have defecated himself’’ and making inflammatory comments about religions and homosexuals.

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I am literally stunned. Sitting here, mouth open. WTF. In case you don’t know, John Sunol has a long history of being annoying to ZG and even declared jihad on us because we dare think gay people are people. To see this, well. I don’t even.
I should also add that this really goes to show that John is mentally ill and needs treatment. We realised this years ago and that’s why we don’t engage with this guy any more. I hope you get the help you need Mr Sunol.

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Rupert Murdoch calls Google “anti-competitive”

Rupert Murdoch calls Google “anti-competitive”

Google has hit back against criticisms by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp, arguing the US internet giant has done more than “almost any other company to help tackle online piracy” and denying its online search power is anti-competitive.

Google published a blog titled ‘Dear Rupert’ on Thursday, laying out a detailed response to a public attack by News Corp, publisher of The AustralianWall Street Journal and other titles.

The chief executive of US-headquartered News Corp, Australian Robert Thomson, sent an open letter last week to the European Commission complaining about Google and demanding its “overwhelming” influence be reined in.

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Laws pass allowing Australian government to monitor the entire internet

Laws pass allowing Australian government to monitor the entire internet

Australian spies will soon have the power to monitor the entire Australian internet with just one warrant, and journalists and whistleblowers will face up to 10 years’ jail for disclosing classified information.

The government’s first tranche of tougher anti-terrorism laws, which beef up the domestic spy agency ASIO’s powers, passed the Senate 44 votes for and 12 against on Thursday night with bipartisan support from Labor.

The bill, the National Security Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 1) 2014, will now be sent to the House of Representatives, where passage is all but guaranteed on Tuesday at the earliest.

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Quick! Kill whitey! Allah Akbar, Tony Abbott, Space shuttle Challenger, Ron Paul for president! Yeah, take that ASIO.

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India gets to Mars

India gets to Mars

After a journey of 300 days and 420 million miles, an Indian satellite has arrived in orbit around Mars. To have done so on an economy ticket – at $74m “the cheapest interplanetary mission ever to be undertaken by the world”, according to the mission’s leader – only adds to the significance of the event.

India’s space agency – the Indian Space Research Organisation – is a late entrant to the space race, and the success of Mangalyaan (“Mars craft” in Hindi) makes the country an Asian leader in space exploration, if not yet a global one. The mission has been received with delight on India’s social media and across its political spectrum, where “national pride” is the watchword.

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Do we worry more about terrorists or the government now?

Do we worry more about terrorists or the government now?

Recently, Techdirt has been following the Australian government’s moves to bring in intrusive new surveillance powers. The “justification” for all this is, of course, “terrorism”, which has become the lazy politician’s excuse for everything, and has already led to episodes of ridiculous over-reaction in Australia. So it hardly comes as a surprise that the worsening situation in the Middle East has brought forth even more of the same, in the form of the “Counter-Terrorism Legislation Amendment (Foreign Fighters) Bill 2014″ (pdf).

 

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The Bill introduces the concept of a “delayed notification search warrant” — often referred to in the United States as a ‘no-knock warrant’ — which would allow Australian Federal Police to search premises without prior warning and “without having to produce the warrant at the time of entry and search”.

 

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On Wednesday afternoon, [Australian Attorney-General] Senator Brandis confirmed that under the legislation, ASIO [Australia's spy agency] would be able to use just one warrant to access numerous devices on a network.

The warrant would be issued by the director-general of ASIO or his deputy.

“There is no arbitrary or artificial limit on the number of devices,” Senator Brandis told the senate.

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All these because of a few threats, one raid and one nutter with knife. Worth it?

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iPhone 6’s are bending in peoples pockets

iPhone 6’s are bending in peoples pockets

Dubbed “bend-gate”, some iPhone 6 Plus owners have discovered their new phone’s aluminium body literally bending in their pockets.

Unlike LG’s bendy G FLEX and numerous other bendy phones that came out earlier this year, the iPhone 6 was not made to bend.

MacRumors, which first reported on the issue, said “a small but growing number” of iPhone 6 Plus owners had reported in their forums that their phone had been bent after carrying the device in their pockets. In one example, a new 6 Plus was bent during a day of “dancing, dining, and driving to a wedding”.

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Make up your minds you fucking numpties…

Make up your minds you fucking numpties…

So this should be interesting…

Yesterday, a Government-appointed panel on Competition Law just told everyone it was OK to use their VPNs to circumvent international geoblocks in order to dodge the Australia Tax. So what does this mean for a government desperate to get people to stop using VPNs to access overseas services like Netflix?

Buried inside one of the driest documents I’ve ever read courtesy of the government-appointed panel analysing Australia’s competition law, is a very curious piece of analysis on the so-called “Australia Tax”.

The Australia Tax is the idea that we pay more for exactly the same goods and services, especially gadgets and online content from the likes of iTunes and Google Play, simply because we’re located outside the US when we purchase.

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Freya Newman, you are a hero. Stay strong.

Freya Newman, you are a hero. Stay strong.

Last week Freya Newman pleaded guilty to accessing restricted records at Whitehouse School of Design in Sydney.

As is now well known, Frances Abbott, a daughter of Australia’s prime minister Tony Abbott, received a $60,000 “chairman’s scholarship” to the School. She had studied there between 2011 and 2013.

Newman was a part-time librarian at Whitehouse. She accessed records on the school’s computer system which revealed that Frances Abbott had received the scholarship and blew the whistle. She was later prosecuted for accessing the records and will be sentenced on 23 October.

There are several aspects of the matter which should concern the public. They can be boiled down to these: protection, privacy and political influence.

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That fucken cunt Abbott is declaring war on Australia. He is pushing budget cuts for ABC news as they don’t put up with his shit and report on his fuck ups. Not like the Rupert networks which is will suck his dick. He is also passing laws to stop whistle blowers (like Freya) and protest under the guise of stopping terrorism. Personally I think Abbott is more of threat to Australia than anything. This guy is starting to act like a dictator.

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If drugs were cheaper would criminal go away?

If drugs were cheaper would criminal go away?

The Mexican gangs, which traditionally ran cocaine but have diversified into heroin and ice, are now forming “crime co-operatives” with local bikie gangs.

Mexican drug kingpins can get $50 by selling a dose of ­heroin in Australia that would sell for $4.50 in the US.

Mr Dawson said he was concerned about the threat of the Mexican heroin trade spreading here.

“The US authorities have provided warnings to me from the DEA to say the Mexicans are now producing heroin,” he said. “Heroin has increased greatly in the US.

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Tony Abbott’s hysteria over terrorism is about to fuck all Australians

Tony Abbott’s hysteria over terrorism is about to fuck all Australians

This week, parliament will debate changes to national security laws intended to keep Australians safe. But parliament shouldn’t rush to adopt laws that infringe on basic rights and that risk criminalising the legitimate actions of whistle-blowers, journalists and human rights activists.

Under proposed amendments to national security laws, anyone who discloses information related to a “special intelligence operation” could face up to five years in prison. The penalty increases to 10 years if the information endangers lives. The legislation is vague as to what exactly could be considered a “special intelligence operation.” But in a post-Snowden and Wikileaks world, we know that simply cloaking something as “special” or “classified” doesn’t mean it should automatically be free from scrutiny.

Punishing those who leak security information or publish it can be problematic because it suppresses information that may be vital for the exercise and protection of human rights, accountability and democratic governance. Some of the most significant revelations of human rights violations come from disclosures of once-secret information relating to the misconduct of security agencies. If this amendment passes, lawyers, journalists and activists could be prosecuted simply for doing their jobs of holding the government to account.

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NBN is no longer providing information about projected rollouts

NBN is no longer providing information about projected rollouts

Thought I would check to see if I could get the NBN yet (not likely, we are not in a marginal western Sydney electorate) and could not find any map that indicates the projected rollout. Found this but there is no indication of areas that may be projected to get NBN in the future past the current builds. I’m pissed off because the Telstra service is poor in our area and drops out in the evenings and when it rains.

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