Our current government, rumoured to be a world wide joke, is doing everything they can to screw us over at the moment. Not only have they de-funded almost all enviromental programs, they removed the position of Minister For Science from the portfolio of government.
They are claiming we are broke as a country (which is probably very true) but then commision a report, that cost millions, to try to find sollutions to the problem, but commission it from big business owners who conclude that the best thing to do is freeze the minimum wage and cut services to welfare, hospitals and schools whilst increasing taxes but not taxes on the rich, only on low and "middle" income earners.
Our federal budget will be out next Tuesday and you will hear Australia moaning collectively from wherever you live in this world as everything is being cut except government salaries and military spending.
This push for three strikes on internet or internet censorship is actually one of our least concerns at the moment and it is still a big concern. But in the grand scheme of things, it is actually quite low on the agenda for most Australians at the moment.
By the way, shortly before the election, it was announced that the government would filter the internet. The backlash was fast and servere. The policy was retracted within hours. But I don't think it was ever really retracted, it was just denied then they stopped talking about it publically.
Also, our prime minister is pushing the TPP like mad and has already signed trade agreements with Japan and China, claiming they will be good for Australia but then only releasing the details after signing, of course, leaving no room for discussion then ignoring any discussion anyway.
15 years ago, I had this idea to make a kiosk that was connected to a central server with every song ever recorded on it. And the idea was, custom CD's. You pick your songs, chuck in your money and return after several minutes to get your freshly burned CD-R. Then my idea went nowhere. Bandwidth in those days sucked. Hard drives weren't big enough. And, besides, the record companies probably wouldn't do it anyway. I mean, what if you only picked two songs from EMI, six from Sony, three from Universal and one from Warner: I bet they'd argue over who gets what? So idea good, execution non-existant, I got nothing, I don't care!
Otherwise known as the ACCC, has said, in regards to Australians being forced to pay unreasonably higher prices for software, including songs of iTunes, that if Australians know how to work around a geo-block, they should!
Dear Google Fiber, Please come to Australia and help rescue us from our incompetent government who thinks that a 0.025Gbps connection (delayed by two years) if an adequate connection speed! Our previous government offerd us between 0.1Gbps and 1Gbps connection starting to be rolled out two years ago but there was an election where (aparrently) 52% of the people voted to keep the government in so, you know, we had to change.... Help us, Google, you may be our only hope!
I was bullied heaps as a kid. I met the mother of my main bully in the third grade. I told her what he did. She said he didn't do it and that she didn't want to talk about it. I thought she was stupid. I was eight years old at the time.
Now when I think back on it, I think she was being a normal mother who, like most normal parents, think their kids are darling little angels who could never do anything wrong. I know she was wrong, but so what? She was being a normal mother!