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www.skepticalscience.com
Yes, it can be done. And if they can do it, why can't Australia? Well, because open cut coal mines are beautiful while wind farms are noisy and ugly plus other solar power is never going to cut it. /sarcasm
Posted: August 24, 2015 @ 09:26
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news.slashdot.org
And when they try to do avoid oversight deliberately, bad things happen.
Posted: June 20, 2015 @ 14:05
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firstlook.org
When anonymous officials are quoted verbatim and there isn't any real journalistic attempt to dig further you should be highly suspicious.
Posted: June 15, 2015 @ 10:14
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www.bostonglobe.com
It is very interesting to see how the US military/political scene views the rest of the world threat-wise. There is such a culture of fear within the US and looking out from inside - they are afraid of everything even though this is the safest they have ever been.
Posted: June 15, 2015 @ 09:58
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junkee.com
Haven't really got much to add to this except that we have a government who are a bunch of idiots and an opposition party who couldn't organise themselves to provide an intelligent alternative if their lives depended on it. Sad.
Posted: June 11, 2015 @ 17:59
Tags: Politics
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theaimn.com
We live on a planet with finite resources. How long (as a species) can we keep growing and consuming resources?
Posted: June 2, 2015 @ 15:03
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codehire.com
Despite the fact that just about everything on the planet requires some sort of programming. Clown.
Posted: May 28, 2015 @ 10:25
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independentaustralia.net
Pretty much everyone except the politicians and big business think so. And it isn't about trade - it's about business extending their power over governments. So you'd think the politicians wouldn't like that.
Posted: May 27, 2015 @ 08:34
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torrentfreak.com
Geo-blocking sucks. But it is there because licenses have been given out for geographical regions to distribute content - physical or electronic. But it needs to go. Boo-hoo to the businesses that depend on it - everything is global now; this has been a trend for a decade or more (even before region code enforcement on DVD players was outlawed in Australia) so get with the program already.
Posted: May 8, 2015 @ 12:43
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www.thestranger.com
While there has to be a bit of balance towards the privacy side of the spectrum, current governments are overwhelmingly obstructionist when it comes to releasing data the should be public.

This is a great example of community involvement and exposing issues with not only police actions but everything publicly provided.
Posted: May 8, 2015 @ 12:39
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www.politico.com
If there are complaints about the secrecy behind the creation of the TPP both here (in Oz) and in the US - why are we doing this? Why does it have to be secret? This is a bad deal in the making.

We already know that the previous free-trade deal has meant jack for us so why are we bothering?
Posted: May 8, 2015 @ 12:30
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www.theregister.co.uk
That being said - in this case they don't understand technology. They're asking for encryption that everyone can use and trust that can't be broken by the "bad guys" but can be unlocked by properly authorised law enforcement when they need it.

Can't be done. If you have something that can unlock it then it will quickly become completely unlocked. And then no-one will use it.
Posted: April 29, 2015 @ 09:39
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medium.com
This is very interesting - how to use Twitter (but it could apply to just about anything) to build a functioning, agile town.
Posted: April 20, 2015 @ 21:37
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www.projectcensored.org
It turns out that "trickle-down" economics may not actually work. Latest research shows that the rich get richer with economic growth while the poor don't see that much benefit.
Posted: April 7, 2015 @ 09:10
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yro.slashdot.org
If you relate this to Australia's relentless march towards metadata retention it is reasonably easy to see that simple data can be turned into significant conclusions.
Posted: March 25, 2015 @ 08:43
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www.theguardian.com
Most probably, yes. Greater transparency leads to more people looking at problems with fresh eyes and more potential fixes. But existing powerbrokers will then have a problem.
Posted: March 23, 2015 @ 11:46
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www.jqpublicblog.com
There have been so many things written (all bad) about the F-35 over the years - and yet we (Australia) are still going to buy some. Seriously?
Posted: March 22, 2015 @ 08:02
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theaimn.com
This stuff is really important. Our politicians need to understand that what the law enforcement agencies are shoving down our throats is the thin end of the wedge.
Posted: March 17, 2015 @ 14:19
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www.smh.com.au
And by extension, shame on Australia too for not meeting our obligations to asylum seekers. And for keeping them in sub-human conditions. It's clearly ok for us to use the UN to criticize other nations but when it us in the firing line - that's apparently no good.
Posted: March 9, 2015 @ 18:18
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boingboing.net
A long read (from a speech he made) but worth it. Lots of stuff about how copyright is harmful; copying things is only going to get easier (even physical things thanks to 3D printing) and why DRM sucks (duh).
Posted: February 16, 2015 @ 10:03
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