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Australian Website Bans ... Australians

timothy posted more than 5 years ago | from the only-ones-who-could-in-a-place-like-this dept.

The Courts 247

Nazlfrag writes "Earlier this month the blog and discussion forum ZGeek was sued for $42 million AUD over a user's comment. The plaintiffs are aspiring movie producers who claim to have lost a movie deal due to a 9/11 conspiracy discussion thread. Even though the initial lawsuit has been thrown out, and the company complied with lawyers' demands by taking down the offending posts, it is believed the plaintiffs will file suit again. In addition to suing the forum, in an Australian first they have been granted an injunction to force the ISPs to disclose the IP addresses of the two posters involved. Due to the risk of incurring even greater legal costs the company is closing its doors in Australia, and will ban their fellow countrymen from posting there again."

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First post (-1, Offtopic)

Paladeen (8688) | more than 5 years ago | (#28725607)

First post

First Nigger Joke (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28725631)

What do you call a nigger with no arms and no legs? Trustworthy!

Re:First Nigger Joke (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28725677)

*Paladeen

Poor Aussies (5, Funny)

Gravedigger3 (888675) | more than 5 years ago | (#28725611)

Why does everyone keep treating them like a bunch of criminals?

Re:Poor Aussies (4, Insightful)

houstonbofh (602064) | more than 5 years ago | (#28725657)

Why does everyone keep treating them like a bunch of criminals?

The sad part is that it seems that only Aussies treat Aussies like a bunch of criminals. Yes, I get the joke, but considering the great firewall and more, it just seems less funny.

Re:Poor Aussies (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28725807)

Not true - see David Hicks (probably is one, doesn't excuse his treatment), Schappelle Corby (probably is one), Stern Hu (maybe is one, currently languishing in a Chinese jail for espionage), the beer mat lady (definitely is one)...and that doesn't include the longish list of Australian drug mules executed by Singapore/Thailand.

Then there's that hacking mob that ran out of RMIT in the early 80s...the list is long

Re:Poor Aussies (1)

MaskedSlacker (911878) | more than 5 years ago | (#28726031)

Well by your logic, Americans have the most criminal society on the planet, what with having more than China. Somebody should just lock everyone in that country up and be done with it.

/sarcasm -- Because I know the mods would have missed it.

Re:Poor Aussies (4, Funny)

MillionthMonkey (240664) | more than 5 years ago | (#28726343)

If we could afford to completely imprison our entire public, we would do it, sure. But now with this recession it's only a dream.

Re:Poor Aussies (4, Funny)

Jah-Wren Ryel (80510) | more than 5 years ago | (#28726325)

The sad part is that it seems that only Aussies treat Aussies like a bunch of criminals.

That's because they forgot to kick out the guards.

Re:Poor Aussies (5, Funny)

Derkec (463377) | more than 5 years ago | (#28725669)

They're used to it, because iocane comes from Australia, as everyone knows, and Australia is entirely peopled with criminals, and criminals are used to having people not trust them

Re:Poor Aussies (3, Funny)

fractoid (1076465) | more than 5 years ago | (#28726255)

How on earth is this redundant? They *clearly* cannot take the whine in front of ZGeek!

Re:Poor Aussies (5, Funny)

DoofusOfDeath (636671) | more than 5 years ago | (#28725683)

Why does everyone keep treating them like a bunch of criminals?

Oh come on... we can't be dicks to a penile colony?

Re:Poor Aussies (5, Interesting)

AndrewNeo (979708) | more than 5 years ago | (#28725821)

Who the heck moderated this interesting? It's supposed to be funny!

Re:Poor Aussies (1)

DoofusOfDeath (636671) | more than 5 years ago | (#28725843)

Who the heck moderated this interesting? It's supposed to be funny!

Actually, I was shooting for "-1 Overrated". Apparently I missed.

Re:Poor Aussies (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28725963)

You could at least have the decency to shout "whooosh" as you sail over everyone's head.

Re:Poor Aussies (4, Insightful)

MaskedSlacker (911878) | more than 5 years ago | (#28726037)

Personally I prefer +5 Troll.

Re:Poor Aussies (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28725989)

a penile colony? well hey at least you can't complain when they all act like dicks (...or cocks!!)

Re:Poor Aussies (5, Interesting)

girlintraining (1395911) | more than 5 years ago | (#28725687)

Why does everyone keep treating them like a bunch of criminals?

Because the purpose of every country's legislative branch is to add laws, not remove them. The judiciary's job is to review laws, not remove them. And the executive branch's job is to suggest, review, and approve laws, not remove them. Therefore, the older the country, the more laws. And it doesn't take long before all the major ones required have been added, so there is an inevitable climb toward the bottom, to regulate even the smallest matters, until everyone is a criminal, though they may not know or consider themselves as such, in some fashion.

Consider this: The Ten Commandments contain 297 words, the Bill of Rights 463 words, and Lincoln's Gettysburg Address 266 words. A recent federal directive regulating the price of cabbage contains 26,911 words.

Re:Poor Aussies (1)

eleuthero (812560) | more than 5 years ago | (#28725749)

Why are we regulating cabbage? Are they requiring the price to be low to combat anti-competition tactics in cabbage syndicates? This is amazing. It would be decidedly less amazing if our national dish included cabbage like a number of eastern European countries, but ... I don't know anyone who actually eats it on a regular basis apart from a monthly (maybe) trip to KFC for some. This will likely get marked flamebait, but I am actually curious as to the need for regulation here. Is it related to potatoes / corn syrup / sugar?

Re:Poor Aussies (5, Informative)

girlintraining (1395911) | more than 5 years ago | (#28725789)

Why are we regulating cabbage? Are they requiring the price to be low to combat anti-competition tactics in cabbage syndicates?

The government has regulated the cost of food for a long time for many reasons...

1. The free market cannot be trusted to maintain price stability. If there was a sudden drop or rise in the price of food, then people might not be able to afford it, or in the reverse, that farmers would go bankrupt and supply would diminish. When it comes to basic needs things like food, electricity, water, stability often sought after.

2. There is no cabbage cabal, only Zuul.

3. Incorporating a price floor prevents large corporations from winning based on economy of scale -- they cannot undersell smaller operations, thus existing infrastructure (land, mainly) will never be repurposed at a lower cost. But it "protects rural america" doing this.

Re:Poor Aussies (2, Interesting)

sumdumass (711423) | more than 5 years ago | (#28725939)

1. The free market cannot be trusted to maintain price stability. If there was a sudden drop or rise in the price of food, then people might not be able to afford it, or in the reverse, that farmers would go bankrupt and supply would diminish. When it comes to basic needs things like food, electricity, water, stability often sought after.

You would be surprised at how unobvious that is to so many people. I recently spent the better part of 5 or 6 posts talking to a guy over subsidies and their intent while all along he couldn't distinguish between protecting a food source (starvation) compared to protecting manufacturing jobs and so on.

Don't be surprised.

Re:Poor Aussies (1)

Jah-Wren Ryel (80510) | more than 5 years ago | (#28726347)

The free market cannot be trusted to maintain employment stability. If there was a sudden drop or rise in the employment, then people might not be able to afford food or shelter, or in the reverse, the employers would go bankrupt and supply would diminish.

What's the difference between not having cheap enough food and not having enough money to buy food?

Re:Poor Aussies (3, Informative)

tpgp (48001) | more than 5 years ago | (#28726121)

The government has regulated the cost of food for a long time for many reasons...

Hey dude, as someone else has pointed out in this thread, your tale of cabbage regulation is an urban myth [snopes.com]

Do you have anything to back up anything you're saying - or are you just trolling?

Re:Poor Aussies (3, Insightful)

twostix (1277166) | more than 5 years ago | (#28726339)

That's an extremely starry eyed and naive idea of much primary production regulation.

The alternative and reality in most cases is that huge corporate interests, often the supermarkets and generally large agricultral management corps want to apply pressure on smaller and independant farmers. Large supermarkets don't like having to deal with small farmers and in many cases are in direct competition with smaller farms through their own holdings in large agricultural management firms. And obviously large agri-holdings have many reasons to want to shove the small old school independents out of business.

But you keep believing the government is acting primarily in the interests of the handful of small 100 - 2000 acre unorganized independent farmers remaining in the west rather than the large billion dollar agri-corps and supermarkets that give politicians hundreds of millions of dollars in campaign funds each year.

Re:Poor Aussies (1)

ObsessiveMathsFreak (773371) | more than 5 years ago | (#28725757)

A recent federal directive regulating the price of cabbage contains 26,911 words.

Which would be notable, if that was the only thing it was regulating.

Re:Poor Aussies (4, Informative)

Kozz (7764) | more than 5 years ago | (#28725779)

Consider this: The Ten Commandments contain 297 words, the Bill of Rights 463 words, and Lincoln's Gettysburg Address 266 words. A recent federal directive regulating the price of cabbage contains 26,911 words.

I'm shocked nobody has called bullshit on this one yet. Damn, dude. Check snopes.
http://www.snopes.com/language/document/cabbage.asp [snopes.com]

Unless of course you also read this on snopes and decided it was a good time to perpetrate an urban legend. *shrugs*

Re:Poor Aussies (0, Flamebait)

girlintraining (1395911) | more than 5 years ago | (#28725849)

I'm shocked nobody has called bullshit on this one yet. Damn, dude. Check snopes.

First, Not. A. Dude. I'm a dyke, get it right. Second -- who gives a damn whether it's an urban legend or not, the point still stands. And if you want to drive the point home differently, we have entire libraries dedicated to containing our code of laws. Judicial rulings also form part of that code, and even a law professor will tell you the answer to any legal question these days is a definitive "maybe."

Re:Poor Aussies (2, Informative)

Wingman 5 (551897) | more than 5 years ago | (#28725955)

First, Not. A. Dude.

From the American Heritage Dictionary
3 Slang.
      2. dudes Persons of either sex.

Re:Poor Aussies (1, Flamebait)

lena_10326 (1100441) | more than 5 years ago | (#28726185)

How cute.. you conveniently left out the other male oriented usages knowing fully they were more commonly used, lower numbered, and more numerous.

American Heritage

dude n.

1. Informal. An Easterner or city person who vacations on a ranch in the West.

2. Informal. A man who is very fancy or sharp in dress and demeanor.

3. Slang. 1. A man; a fellow. 2. dudes Persons of either sex.

Oh yes.. don't forget Random House. Listed before the American Heritage passage.

Random House.

dude -noun

1. a man excessively concerned with his clothes, grooming, and manners.

2. Slang. fellow; chap.

3. a person reared in a large city.

4. Western U.S. an urban Easterner who vacations on a ranch.

And then there's the etymology.

dude

1883, "fastidious man," New York City slang of unknown origin. The vogue word of 1883, originally used in ref. to the devotees of the "aesthetic" craze, later applied to city slickers, especially Easterners vacationing in the West (dude ranch first recorded 1921). Surfer slang application to any male is first recorded c.1970. Female form dudine (1883) has precedence over dudess (1885).

http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/dude [reference.com]

Re:Poor Aussies (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28726297)

Surely you can't be under the impression that anything you've just typed out contradicts what Wingman stated?

"How cute" - really? You might want to save the oh-so-arch comments for when you've actually made some sort of point.

Re:Poor Aussies (2, Insightful)

Dayze!Confused (717774) | more than 5 years ago | (#28726003)

Dude, lighten up a bit. Dude is a generic term and a filler word. This is a tech forum, let's not bring sexual (mis)identity into this.

The Ten Commandments contain 297 words, the Bill of Rights 463 words, and Lincoln's Gettysburg Address 266 words.

By removing your urban legend portion your point is now lost. Unless, of course, we also remove the Gettysburg address since it isn't actually law of any sort, then we see a pattern forming; although you can't really make a good pattern based off of two occurrences.

This is all assuming that your "point" was that laws are using up more and more words, which wasn't very clearly stated at all; or possibly that laws are getting more and more specific. Which still, you gave four documents which range widely in purpose and use.

Re:Poor Aussies (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28726051)

First, Not. A. Dude. I'm a dyke, get it right.

You put too much emphasis on your gender and sexual orientation.

From your user profile:
"A geek like you, but who doesn't get the respect you do because I wear a skirt and you wear pants."

It seems that you have self-steem issues you need to sort out.

First. Almost certainly a 43 yo hairy greek man. (0, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28726075)

First, Not. A. Dude. I'm a dyke,

First, you're almost certainly a 43 year old American-Greek man named Dimitri with hairy feet, who still lives with his mother (moved out for a year, but couldn't cope doing your own washing).

Second -- who gives a damn whether it's an urban legend or not, the point still stands.

The point does not stand. You've chosen to illustrate your point with an urban legend. You're clearly rather credulous and there's no good reason to listen to your ideas.

Re:Poor Aussies (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28726111)

who gives a damn whether it's an urban legend or not

Not. A. Dude. I'm a dyke, get it right.

What you are is a bullshit artist.

TITS & GTFO (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28726179)

>I'm a dyke, get it right.
No -what you are is wrong,
Now, gb2/kitchen & make me a sammich, bitch.

Re:Poor Aussies (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28726187)

First, Not. A. Dude. I'm a dyke, get it right.

How the hell is that dude supposed to know what your proclivities are? Low blow.

Second -- who gives a damn whether it's an urban legend or not, the point still stands. And if you want to drive the point home differently, we have entire libraries dedicated to containing our code of laws. Judicial rulings also form part of that code, and even a law professor will tell you the answer to any legal question these days is a definitive "maybe."

Your point does NOT stand, primarily because one leg is an urban legend and the other (Gettysburg Address) is a speech, not a piece of legislation.

You want to know who had one of the deepest bureaucracies with the most convoluted laws man has ever seen? The Chinese. 800 years ago.

Re:Poor Aussies (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28725859)

Probably the latter, but there is a lot to be said about the proliferation of laws and the fact that we (U.S.) keep electing lawyers. Kind of goes hand in hand.

Re:Poor Aussies (4, Funny)

Landshark17 (807664) | more than 5 years ago | (#28726061)

Don't be so quick to trust snopes... http://xkcd.com/250/ [xkcd.com]

Re:Poor Aussies (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28726095)

A recent federal directive regulating the price of cabbage contains 26,911 words.

This can't be false, just look how accurate the word count is.

Re:Poor Aussies (1)

Bobb9000 (796960) | more than 5 years ago | (#28725835)

There's some validity to your point, though I think you're overstating things. Larger populations with more communication and more encompassing economies require more regulation. However, instead of engaging you further on this interesting political question, I would merely like to point out that the thing about cabbage regulation is a long-time rhetorical legend with no basis in fact. Please take more care about repeating stories without checking them.

See Snopes for more info. [snopes.com]

Re:Poor Aussies (5, Funny)

Werkhaus (549466) | more than 5 years ago | (#28725869)

A recent federal directive regulating the price of cabbage contains 26,911 words.

Ah, yes. Also known as "Cole's Law".

Re:Poor Aussies (2, Interesting)

kzieli (1355557) | more than 5 years ago | (#28725875)

Most of the ten commandments are not enforceable by law though. Murder the theft are crimes. Bearing false witness is only a crime in some circumstances. More to the point it is against the law to enforce some of them, seeing as most western countries have some provisions for freedom of religion).

Laws do get removed and replaced over time. What tends to happen is that breaches of some particular law first start getting minimal sentences. Then cases invoking it start getting dismissed the public prosecutor stops bringing the charges forward.

After a while no one remembers the law and no one heeds it. Eventually someone will notice and it will get repealed. These days there are openly practicing Wiccans in most western countries. Go back far enough and you will find laws prohibiting the practice of witchcraft. It was once a crime but is no longer viewed as a crime.

Re:Poor Aussies (0, Redundant)

FatdogHaiku (978357) | more than 5 years ago | (#28725935)

A recent federal directive regulating the price of cabbage contains 26,911 words.

Please, oh PLEASE tell me they called it "Cole's Law".

Sorry, I'll go be quite now...

Re:Poor Aussies (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28725975)

Interesting if it were true!

Re:Poor Aussies (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28726017)

Actually, It can be traced to Australia's history as a penal colony. Australia has stupidly strict and arbitrarily applied libel and slander laws, inherited from Britain.

Australia stated life with a powerful ruling class (those in charge of the colony and soldiers) and an underclass (the prisoners and lower ranked soldiers). The the libel/slander laws evolved into a weapon for the powerful to keep the powerless in check. Unsatisfied with the status quo? Don't complain against your oppressor or you will be sued for "damaging" their reputation. This situation still exists, whereby the only people who can afford to "protect their reputation" (in reality silence their critics) are the wealthy.

The truly obscene thing is that companies count as "people", so companies (such as Gunns) sue individuals who opposes their exploitative, and even illegal, practises, under the guise of "protecting their reputation".

world screwing (1)

nixish (1390127) | more than 5 years ago | (#28725629)

So Aussie website bans Aussies Wells Fargo sues itself now all we have left is, the world screwing itself ....oh wait, that's what Is happening already...

Re:world screwing (2, Insightful)

bertoelcon (1557907) | more than 5 years ago | (#28725941)

Maybe its a good thing we have not found a way to leave earth (permanently) yet, we only have to deal with running one planet into itself.

Local solution (4, Funny)

DoofusOfDeath (636671) | more than 5 years ago | (#28725649)

Throw anotha lawya' on the barbie, mate?

Re:Local solution (1)

masmullin (1479239) | more than 5 years ago | (#28725831)

Maybe tha dingo ate yor legaal systim

Forum website FTW (1)

moon3 (1530265) | more than 5 years ago | (#28725659)

or /. flamers and trolls are in serious danger.

So Where is the Forbidden Thread? (5, Interesting)

JumperCable (673155) | more than 5 years ago | (#28725673)

So a 9/11 Australian conspiracy theorist, Greg Smith, gets his butt whooped in an on-line thread that he participated in (big surprise). And now he wants to sue over his damaged character? I suspect his damaged reputation has much more to do with what he said and how he handled it.

So where is the cache of the thread?

So much for the First Amendment. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28725701)

Blah.

Re:So much for the First Amendment. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28726011)

You mean the one relating to Senate session commencement dates [wikipedia.org] ? Huh?

Re:So much for the First Amendment. (4, Informative)

Nefarious Wheel (628136) | more than 5 years ago | (#28726313)

Sorry, amendment to what? We don't have that fancy-schmansy Bill of Rights you yanks have, we go back to the Magna Carta, mate.

Oh, wait...

Australia is a little jumpy right now (5, Funny)

circletimessquare (444983) | more than 5 years ago | (#28725711)

what with Sasha Baron Cohen making a contentious movie about a flamboyant gay Australian

and their favorite Australian son, Arnold Schwarzenegger, is having major troubles in Caleefornya

but Australians will always have the Sound of Music, Mozart, the Tyrolean Alps, and Hitler

Re:Australia is a little jumpy right now (1, Redundant)

smash (1351) | more than 5 years ago | (#28725715)

That's austria. I know you guys in the US are often geographically challenged, but come on... literally on the other side of the world.

i'm sorry (0, Redundant)

circletimessquare (444983) | more than 5 years ago | (#28725727)

it must be a freudian thing

Re:Australia is a little jumpy right now (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28725733)

*Whoosh*

Re:Australia is a little jumpy right now (0, Redundant)

Firethorn (177587) | more than 5 years ago | (#28725739)

From the language, tone, not to mention the multitudes of errors, I'd say he was joking or trolling.

Re:Australia is a little jumpy right now (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28725741)

It Is Australia...wth are you talking about ;)

Re:Australia is a little jumpy right now (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28726033)

Agreed. I am an Australian and I approve this message....

Re:Australia is a little jumpy right now (1)

MichaelSmith (789609) | more than 5 years ago | (#28725745)

"circletimessquare" has a fairly narrow view of the world. A couple of hundred metres across, in fact.

SEND HELP (0, Flamebait)

justinlee37 (993373) | more than 5 years ago | (#28725767)

I was going to say the same thing. Thank you. That man is an embarrassment to my country.

But my country is also an embarrassment so what else is new. SEND HELP. I'm sorry we bombed everything and assassinated a bunch of foreign politicians. Really. It was our congress and our military. The whole country has been seized by idiotic bi-partisanism and a capitalist mentality so strong that it doesn't matter who you vote for because the corporate lobbyists will buy out whoever wins and pull on their puppet strings anyway. Unfortunately the only people who get elected are those who have billions of dollars to run for office (usually through corporate donations) because the people at large are stupid enough to base their vote on a 30-second video clip of propaganda (sorry "political advertisement"), and not everyone even votes in the first place!

If we had runoff elections where people ranked their candidates in order of preference, instead of just picking one, bi-partisanism would crumble, people would vote for who they really wanted, and maybe we'd actually elect an honest politician or two. Unfortunately the bi-partisanism means that no one currently in office will honestly support the kind of election reform that would erode the base of their power!

So SEND HELP. Country has been hi-jacked. Plus we have all these idiots who can't tell the difference between Austria and Australia.

Re:Australia is a little jumpy right now (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28725871)

right, and crimea is populated with criminals

i dont need the internet to tell you you are wrong

*WHOOOOSH* (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28726041)

Finally on BBC News we go to Sheila McCarthy, who is braving the UNIX longhairs on Slashdot to bring us a *WHOOOOSH* post. What's happening there Sheila, you big-titted should've-been-a-pornstar shagpot? Oh, thinking out loud again. Errrrm, cut to Sheila, cut to ...

- At Slashdot -

I'm reporting live from Slashdot where someone has just mis-understood a joke. "Now what's unusual about that, you news-readin' ho'?" You might ask. The person doing the mis-understanding is a male, basement-dweller, with an enormous beard and a stupendously huge ... collection of adult videos. But the unusual thing is how smash here is a four-digit UID'er. This is someone who has spent literally millenia on Slashdot, yet when he saw this -- fairly elementary -- joke, it flew right over his head. Let me tell you, Dermot MacDermott, it was quite a sight and not something this community is likely to forget in a hurry.

- back in the studio (where Dermot is scratching his crotch with one hand, whilst gesticulating toward a monitor screen with another) -

Those fuckin' tits man, they're like what they model implants on, you sure they're fuckin' real man? *Ahem* So Sheila ... Is it likely that Slashdotters will erect some sort of monument to this event, maybe erect a ... ummm ... statue?

- Outside Slashdot HQ, Soviet Nealistan -

There have been discussions of celebrating this event yearly, some names for the event have been discussed, but have all been shit so far. For example: "smash-n-whooosh", "-1 Funny Day" and "Day of the Whooosh" are some of the names suggested. Since these are a bit shit, it has been decided -- in a joint meeting of Neal Industry executives, Netcraft's resident BSD troll, and Rob - Dingo Ate Ma Baby - Malda -- that a name for this soon-to-be historic occassion be opened up to the wider Slashdot community. With a winner being the first post following this one to be moderated "+5 Troll". We're attempting to get an interview with smash, but until we can find him it's back to Dermot in the studio in London, where hopefully he's not having a wank like during the report on women's mud wrestling last Thursday, dirty bastard.

Re:Australia is a little jumpy right now (1)

justinlee37 (993373) | more than 5 years ago | (#28725783)

Expertly trolled. 10/10.

Re:Australia is a little jumpy right now (-1)

Mr_Plattz (1589701) | more than 5 years ago | (#28725799)

what with Sasha Baron Cohen making a contentious movie about a flamboyant gay Australian

and their favorite Australian son, Arnold Schwarzenegger, is having major troubles in Caleefornya

but Australians will always have the Sound of Music, Mozart, the Tyrolean Alps, and Hitler

Congratulation, you have been awarded "BIGGEST DUMBASS ON SLASHDOT" award for posting the dumbest comment I have ever read on here. Do you *honestly* not know the difference between Austria and Australia?

i'm sorry (0, Redundant)

circletimessquare (444983) | more than 5 years ago | (#28725811)

it must be freudian thing

Re:Australia is a little jumpy right now (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28725877)

*WHOOSH*

Re:Australia is a little jumpy right now (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28725931)

...and clearly you have no idea where Hitler or Mozart was from, or basic European geography.

Re:Australia is a little jumpy right now (0, Redundant)

bertoelcon (1557907) | more than 5 years ago | (#28725961)

Congratulation, you have been awarded "BIGGEST DUMBASS ON SLASHDOT" award for posting the dumbest comment I have ever read on here.

Judging by your UID, there wasn't much competition. Its the dumbest I have seen too, but I know there is years worth that I have never seen.

Re:Australia is a little jumpy right now (1)

jaxtherat (1165473) | more than 5 years ago | (#28726103)

I think he was referring to this:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-480494/Bush-confuses-Austria-Australia-latest-gaffe.html

Re:Australia is a little jumpy right now (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28726251)

Slashdot really needs a -1 Dumbass for people like you.

Re:Australia is a little jumpy right now (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28725965)

In our defence, we did vote Hitler out at the last Federal election.

Re:Australia is a little jumpy right now (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28726055)

what with Sasha Baron Cohen making a contentious movie about a flamboyant gay Australian

and their favorite Australian son, Arnold Schwarzenegger, is having major troubles in Caleefornya

but Australians will always have the Sound of Music, Mozart, the Tyrolean Alps, and Hitler

Im sorry but you have to be the dumbest person on the internet. there is quite a difference between Australia and Austria, google and wikipedia may help you.

Re:Australia is a little jumpy right now (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28726225)

Whoosh!

Re:Australia is a little jumpy right now (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28726193)

You forgot one of the most famous Australians ever: basement dad

Re:Australia is a little jumpy right now (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28726205)

and their favorite Australian son, Arnold Schwarzenegger, is having major troubles in Caleefornya

but Australians will always have the Sound of Music, Mozart, the Tyrolean Alps, and Hitler

Um dude, Schwarzenegger is Austrian, not Australian... Wrong hemisphere and wrong side of the planet...

damn mood killer (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28725713)

weeps. I hate you lawyers. I hate you stupid money grubbing world. Why are you so stupid. Damnit, if you need to sue someone, sue yourself.

Sorta like Amazon.com banning sales... (0, Troll)

macraig (621737) | more than 5 years ago | (#28725731)

... by affiliates in certain states that just can't resist the temptation to wield the law in ways unfavorable to Amazon and the rest of its customers, huh? Sound vaguely familiar?

Sad to see you go. (5, Insightful)

slack_justyb (862874) | more than 5 years ago | (#28725765)

Dear Australia,

Hate to see you guys drop off the face of the Internet, but I guess that's what happens when you get a bunch of pricks in Parliament.
But I guess that the government will figure it out when no one wants to deal with Australia as far as the Internet goes.

Re:Sad to see you go. (2, Informative)

TapeCutter (624760) | more than 5 years ago | (#28726067)

You need to read something else besides slashdot reporting greatly exagerated news of our demise. This bunch of pricks are the same as the last bunch of pricks when it comes to mandatory filters; all talk to impress a couple of independent senators. There has never been, nor will there ever be, an Australian "great firewall". The closest thing we have is "the great rabbit fence" but even that leaked rabbits all over the place.

Re:Sad to see you go. (1)

NoMaster (142776) | more than 5 years ago | (#28726271)

There's also the dingo fence, which originally was to keep the dingos on one side away from the sheep on the other side, but nowdays largely serves to keep the dingos on one side away from the dingos on the other.

It does make a really cool noise when you drive through it, though...

Re:Sad to see you go. (2, Interesting)

VoltageX (845249) | more than 5 years ago | (#28726109)

I'm in Australia and I just registered and posted.

Bandwagon (1)

BatGnat (1568391) | more than 5 years ago | (#28725781)

I think I might sue them as well - it is a clear cut case of discrimination.

British... (0, Flamebait)

irving47 (73147) | more than 5 years ago | (#28725899)

I'm starting to have serious concerns about anyone who puts the queen on their money.

Re:British... (1)

DoofusOfDeath (636671) | more than 5 years ago | (#28725937)

I'm starting to have serious concerns about anyone who puts the queen on their money.

Funny, I have concerns about anyone who puts his money on a queen.

You are the yin to my yang.

Microsoft can sue Slashdot, or any other pro-Linux (1)

Doug52392 (1094585) | more than 5 years ago | (#28725987)

Using the logic used in this lawsuit, Microsoft could sue Slashdot, and every other pro-Linux website for defamation, claiming millions of dollars in lost sales due to attacks on Windows.

Re:Microsoft can sue Slashdot, or any other pro-Li (1)

dakameleon (1126377) | more than 5 years ago | (#28726045)

You mean all those 0.92% of sales that went to Linux? I can see Microsoft lining up its lawyers now...

Shame shame shame (1)

unreadepitaph (1537383) | more than 5 years ago | (#28726013)

As an Australian I am disgusted at this decision. To show my distain for this website I will never be visiting it again.

Banned? Not so much. (5, Informative)

Fex303 (557896) | more than 5 years ago | (#28726015)

Due to the risk of incurring even greater legal costs the company is closing its doors in Australia, and will ban their fellow countrymen from posting there again.

Wait what?

As a longtime user (~10 years) of Zgeek, and an Aussie, I'm pretty sure we haven't been banned. It's just that the site, which is hosted in the US already is going to legally set up shop outside of Australia to avoid these kinds of legal hassles.

For the record, the whole lawsuit thing is a joke, and everyone's aware that it's doomed to failure. The problem is that since Zgeek is essentially run by one guy in his spare time, he doesn't have the resources to fight it effectively, so it's better to run away rather than set yourself up for future problems.

For the record, the site really isn't too much more than a place were people post random news, and a forum which is dominated by in-fighting, trolling, and a bizarre 'shit-in-his-shoes' meme (it was started after Google started rating us highly as place to get life advice). And yes, it's as much fun as it sounds.

Re:Banned? Not so much. (1)

Psychotria (953670) | more than 5 years ago | (#28726071)

For the record, the whole lawsuit thing is a joke, and everyone's aware that it's doomed to failure. The problem is that since Zgeek is essentially run by one guy in his spare time, he doesn't have the resources to fight it effectively, so it's better to run away rather than set yourself up for future problems.

I admire your optimism. But just because everyone is aware that it's insane does not mean the lawsuit will fail.

Re:Banned? Not so much. (1)

Zerth (26112) | more than 5 years ago | (#28726267)

Yah, they'll just get sued in whatever country they set up in and have the additional difficulty of getting subpoenaed long-distance.

I'm unaware of any country that both has decent bandwidth and does NOT have stupid laws that affect the internet.

I can think of a few regions that fullfil the second clause and could be brought to fulfill the first, but most of them are populated by people who find bronze tools sufficiently indistinguishable from magic and would likely smash the electronics and use them as spear tips.

Oddly, that also describes the legislative body of my country, which explains the bad laws.

Re:Banned? Not so much. (1)

superdana (1211758) | more than 5 years ago | (#28726345)

For the record, the site really isn't too much more than a place were people post random news, and a forum which is dominated by in-fighting, trolling, and a bizarre 'shit-in-his-shoes' meme

So you're saying it's essentially identical to Slashdot, but with an unfortunate twist on "hot-grits-in-pants."

Some snippets of the thread from caches. (5, Informative)

Doug52392 (1094585) | more than 5 years ago | (#28726155)

Here it is, ladies and gentlemen, The Thread That Cost Someone $42.5 Million Dollars:

Page 1 [74.125.47.132] .
Page 2 (John posts as "Doghead" on this page) [74.6.239.67] .
Page 4 [74.6.239.67] .
Greg Smith's threat/post [74.125.47.132] .

Mirror - Page 1 [dyndns.org]
Mirror - Page 2 [dyndns.org]
Mirror - Page 4 [dyndns.org]
Mirror - Greg's Threat [dyndns.org]

If there are any other pages I missed that got picked up in the cache, post them here.

Lawyers... (1)

XDirtypunkX (1290358) | more than 5 years ago | (#28726177)

The system seems to be broken if lawyers can bring about this kind of boobery.

Bill of Rights. (1)

sc0ob5 (836562) | more than 5 years ago | (#28726243)

I've said it before and I'll say it again we need a Bill of Rights in the country. Currently we have almost none. Freedom of religion and free opinion of the government. Nothing else... Free speech would be nice.

Thanks America! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28726359)

Not only did we get your internets. We gained your jew ethics too. Thanks.

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