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  • Mar 15th, 2012 @ 10:01pm

    Re: Re: Re: Cheats

    I wonder how much the record companies charge the artist for an audit?

    Probably a multiple of the amount of royalties owed to the artist, plus costs.

  • Feb 13th, 2011 @ 8:37pm

    Images are well out of date...

    According to the images Australia does not have 'free' internet.

    This is because of Conroy's proposed ISP level filter.

    A filter that is clearly NOT going to be implemtented under the current Australian parliment.

    The filter has not been mentioned since ALL political parties (apart from Conroy's Labor) declared they would NOT support a filter (and would vote against it) in the run up to the 2010 election.

  • Jan 8th, 2011 @ 8:24pm

    The pack can't be displayed in a shop so the logo won't be seen until after purchase....

    Read the first report, this is a tabbacco company suing the local distributor of their product for putting legally required stickers on packs (imported into Australia).

    Why don't they just reprint the pack so the logo is not covered? (they have had 5 years to do so)

    Is putting a label with the percentage of each ingredients and RDI on the pack also trademark infringement?

    What about labels for localised promotional competitions?

    How about warnings that the product may contain nuts, dairy or other ingredients you may be allergic too?

    What about a pharmacy/doctor that puts stickers (with dose, patient etc) over the brand on medicine bottles?

    Tabacco is a restricted product in Australia (selling tabacco to a under 18's is a very large fine) and can not even be diplayed in shops. So only after purchase will the logo be seen.

    For decades there has been no tabacco advertising allowed on TV.
    For 5 years the 100% of the back panel and 25% of the front of all tabacco products has been a graphic warning.
    For the last year tabacco products can not be displayed in shops (hidden inside cabinets).
    Recently cigarettes had to meet fire hazard standards (must self extinguish).
    Soon all the packs will have to be blank, except for the warning.

    Clearly the tabacco industry knows this will harm their business and are fighting back (by trying to set an obtuse legal precident).

    BTW a pack of 25 costs US$15 - US$20 in Australia, due to massive taxes.


    Because Australia has full public health care, paid for by the Australian tax-payers (and 1/4 of all Australian tabacco users need expensive health care at some point).

  • Nov 18th, 2010 @ 12:10am

    Re: Re: The Terrorists Win

    "Furthermore, as someone born to Indian parents, I also fear for this new rule because of the recent spate of violence against people of Indian descent in Australia that has often been willfully ignored by the officials; as a lot of Indian people probably look like "terrorists", this sort of harassment (often violent) will now effectively be officially condoned. Truly sickening."

    Much of this is an Indian media beat up (similar to the Australian media beat up of the Commonwealth Games).

    Did the Indian media mention these murders of Indian nationals?

    Did the Indian media report that all were later found to be committed by Indians nationals?

    Jyoti Mehta and Ujalla Dinesh murdered 5 March 2008 by Indian national.
    Ranjodh Singh murdered December 29 2009 by another 2 Indian nationals.
    Navdeep and Kawaldeep Singh murdered February 11 2010 by another Indian national.
    Gurshan Singh Channa murdered 3rd March 2010 by Indian national.

  • Nov 17th, 2010 @ 11:50pm

    (untitled comment)

    It always amuses me when Americans forget that the US was also a penal colony AND had slavery.

    Even though Australia had ~160,000 convicts in the 1860's (compared to the US's ~60,000), Australia had [b]zero slaves[/b] compared to the US's ~4,000,000.

  • Nov 17th, 2010 @ 11:44pm

    Australia has a written constitution.

    "As Australia has no written Constitution "

    What about the "Constitution of the Commonwealth of Australia" (1901)?

    And the protections provided by the ICCPR or UDHR?

  • Nov 13th, 2010 @ 11:23pm

    (untitled comment)

    I get fined Au$75 for doing up 8 Kmph (5 mi/hr) over the speed limit. 9 - 19 Kmph is Au$150.

    More than 40 Kmph (25 mi/hr) is Au$1,000 (plus some other serious charges probably resulting in confiscation of both vehicle and license for a considerable time period).

    Speed cameras are randomly hidden, numerous and often check for seat belts, registration (even if by manual viewing of the image).

    I may not be safer, but I am spending much more time checking I am not exceeding the speed limit (and checking the side of the road for cameras).

  • Oct 22nd, 2010 @ 12:19am

    (untitled comment)

    They have just added a box on the customs declaration arrival cards mentioning porn.

    I cant imagine a customs office viewing all your porn to ensure it is not 'offensive'.

    Australian Customs Web Page
    "Prohibited and restricted items
    It is illegal to carry drugs including marijuana, cannabis, heroin, cocaine and amphetamines in and out of Australia.

    Counterfeit goods and offensive types of pornography are also banned.

    Other items may be restricted. You will need a permit to carry these items in and out of Australia."

    I could not find the link to where you get a permit to carry porn...

  • Oct 11th, 2010 @ 11:56pm

    Re: Free with a catch

    That is the 'Pando Media Booster'. It is used to download the game faster using P2P.

    Uninstall it using Windows 'Add and Remove Programs'.

  • Jul 4th, 2010 @ 10:25pm

    I am restricted by a NC

    I can not work in the rail industry for another 12 months, an industry in which I have a decade of experience with the specialised systems, locations and equipment (trackside and rollingstock).

    I know that the 2 year NC agreement would not stand up in court.

    BUT the companies in the local rail sphere all know each other and are not willing to risk annoying my previous boss (in case he then refuses to do all those 'extra' little customer service tasks for free).

    Most annoying is that I did most of those 'extras'....

  • May 13th, 2010 @ 11:32pm

    (untitled comment)

    I develop bespoke asset protection and safety systems for mining operations.

    No one sues if something goes wrong because the companies know these new systems save them money in the long run, even if the system makes the odd error.

    Companies that produce buggy systems quickly disappear as word travels very quickily.

    Any company knows if it sues one supplier (for bugs in one of these new systems) it will no longer be able to buy from any supplier or will pay much more for these systems (as the suppliers will factor in the cost of possible litigation with that company).

  • May 3rd, 2010 @ 9:32pm

    Re: The ALP

    One would think after two decades you would know it is 'Labor' (not Labour).....

  • Apr 19th, 2010 @ 11:28pm

    It was not 'easy' to avoid....

    Just viewing Turbine's 'Offer Wall' sent your username and email unencrypted to a third party, without your knowledge or consent.

    Note I said 'viewing' not 'actively participating / responding / clicking'.

  • Apr 18th, 2010 @ 10:29pm

    Got to read Telstra's fine print to see how bad it is

    Note that;

    Data is counted for both up and down.
    Extra data is Au$150/Gb! (capped at Au$300)
    Some accounts 'shape' once the cap is reached (slowing you to 64Kbit/sec or dial-up speed).
    Min term is 12 months and early exit is Au$360 pro rata.
    That you have to have voice services with Telstra to pay the lower prices (change check box above prices).

    Also note that there is no minimum speed requirement or legisltation/protection.
    I have had a fault on my line (8Km from a state capital's CBD) for the last 4 years that slows me to a max speed of 1500Kbs (Telstra has refused to repair the fault, even if I pay).
    Because I need to send data (faster than 256Kbit/s) I have to pay for a ADSL2+ connection (up to 20% extra).

    The funny part is that these are Telstra's recent NEW IMPROVED prices!

  • Mar 4th, 2010 @ 11:08pm

    (untitled comment)

    Atkinson appear not to allow the truth to get in the way if a good press release.

    This is the man who said;
    "I feel that my family and I are more at risk from gamers than we are from the outlaw motorcycle gangs who also hate me and are running a candidate against me,"

    In 2004 Atkinson was forced to retract a statement that bikies had BBQed a cat in a public park in his electorate (except it was not a cat, done by bikies or in his electorate....).

    He also does not like even the slightest criticism;

  • Feb 17th, 2010 @ 11:11pm

    Please don't give this idiot any more press...

    Atkinson was voted for by less than 13,000 Australians, yet is able to block all 23 million Australians from having a full rating systems for games.

    Problem is games that should be R 18+ are rated M 15+ (ie GTA) which makes it harder to use the parental controls on a console to restict access by children.

    All we can hope is that either he fails to be re-elected this March (not likely)
    or is not appointed AG again (not likely)
    or the federal government puts some pressure on the SA governement to change his stance (not holding my breath).

  • Feb 17th, 2010 @ 11:01pm

    Re: Everyone has their own opinions

    And then there's the fry cooks who bought into the notion that they could make $85,000/year if all they did was get certified via this IT boot camp that costs $10,000 without realizing that you actually need work experience.

    I am one of those 'fry cooks'.

    I now design asset protection and safety systems based on IPCs for mining corps (inc. parts used on the new robotic trains).

    I make much, much more than $85k.

    Good luck out there with that attitude...

  • Feb 12th, 2010 @ 9:32pm

    Two missing 'facts'...

    The Australian film industry got nearly Au$230 million in taxpayer funding last 2008/2009. [eg ~Au$10 per Australian man, woman and child.]

    Australian commercial TV is allowed 18 minutes of adverts / hour ( + promos, overlay ads, sponsor messages, etc).[Underbelly was a TV release only.]

  • Jan 12th, 2010 @ 9:32pm

    (untitled comment)

    All Australians have metered/limited broadband.

    There is no accurate way to check your use (unless you trust your ISP's counter). I have seen monthly internet bills over Au$10,000.

    The only solution is to use a 'shaped' account (slowed when limit is reached) rather than a 'metered' account (charged per Mb after limit is reached).

  • Dec 24th, 2009 @ 10:23pm

    Who pays?

    I develop asset protection systems.

    I gave one of the worlds largest mining companies two quotes for a system to monitor their fleet of heavy haul vehicles.

    The ISO 9001 certified version cost ~30% (or Au$1 mill) more.

    They went for the cheap 'possibly buggy' version.

    Better make sure consumers are willing pay the huge additional cost (in both time and money) this testing will incur.

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