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Australian Parliament Accepts EFA Statement

michael posted more than 10 years ago | from the he-said-she-said dept.

Censorship 9

NickFitz writes "The Register is reporting that the Australian Parliament has accepted a statement by the Electronic Frontiers Australia association denying claims by Senators Harradine and Alston that the EFA sought information concening outlawed material in order to promote the offshore hosting of illegal porn, among other wild and specious allegations. The EFA's statement has now been included in Hansard, the parliamentary record, under a regulation allowing a right of reply to persons named in Senate."

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IT'S OFFICIAL!! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7035298)

Taken from http://www.couriermail.news.com.au/common/story_pa ge/0,5936,7351084%255E1702,00.html [news.com.au].

Australia 'world's gayest country'

23sep03
MORE than 47 per cent of Australians are involved in gay or lesbian relationships, putting the country equal first in the world for its proportion of homosexuals, according to a new worldwide survey.

The survey of sexual habits by international condom maker Durex found that together with Americans, Australians had the highest proportion of same-sex relationships.

At the other end of the scale, Vietnam recorded the lowest proportion of gay and lesbian relationships, at three per cent.

The company said Australians enjoyed a busy love life, having sex on average 125 times per year.

Hungarians came out on top, having sex 152 times per year.

But Australians were still ahead of Americans, at 118 times a year.

The survey also found phone, text and cyber sex were gaining in popularity in Australia, with 43 per cent indulging in "virtual reality sex".

The company said faking orgasms was also common in Australia, with 47 per cent of respondents admitting to doing so at least once.

This was almost twice the global average of 26 per cent.

The survey found 41 per cent of Australian men and women had sex for the first time because they were in love, and most agreed that more foreplay would improve their sex life.

The company said more than 150,000 people took part in the on-line survey, which was now in its seventh year.

Re:IT'S OFFICIAL!! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7035314)

I forgot:

First Post
Imagine a beowulf cluster of these
Michael's a cock-jockey
Fsck the **AA

Re:IT'S OFFICIAL!! (0)

ralphclark (11346) | more than 10 years ago | (#7035351)

The article to which you refer said "More than 17 per cent of Australians", not "More than 47 per cent". You sad git.

Re:IT'S OFFICIAL!! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7035689)

You're just one of the h0m0 Aussies.

STFU and go suck a dick.

worst sentence ever (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7035394)

"The Register is reporting that the Australian Parliament has accepted a statement by the Electronic Frontiers Australia association denying claims by Senators Harradine and Alston that the EFA sought information concening outlawed material in order to promote the offshore hosting of illegal porn, among other wild and specious allegations."

Eh? Does anybody understand this sentence? What does it mean? Who did what to whom?

It's hsiloP (2, Informative)

metamatic (202216) | more than 10 years ago | (#7035490)

I think the sentence was written by a FORTH programmer. You have to read it from the end to the beginning. Here it is turned around into a series of sentences you can read forwards:

"Senators Harradine and Alston [claimed] that the EFA sought information concerning outlawed material in order to promote the offshore hosting of illegal porn, among other wild and specious allegations."

"[T]he Electronic Frontiers Australia association [denied the] claims by Senators Harradine and Alston."

"[T]he Australian Parliament has accepted [the] statement by the Electronic Frontiers Australia association."

"The Register is reporting that the Australian Parliament has accepted [the] statement."

Re:It's hsiloP (1)

NickFitz (5849) | more than 10 years ago | (#7035824)

I think the sentence was written by a FORTH programmer

Spot on! I was a professional Forth programmer in the '80s, including implementing Forth on the Atari ST. Well spotted!

I hadn't realised the effect it seems to have had on my writing... I'll have to watch that :-)

Just to nitpick... it's "Forth" with initial capital, not "FORTH" all in caps.

Re:It's hsiloP (1)

metamatic (202216) | about 11 years ago | (#7039115)

To nitpick even further, it *was* actually FORTH in all caps, because the computer Chuck Moore was using only supported capital letters, and only allowed five characters in a filename.

Yeah, I'm old-school. My first computer didn't have lower case.

Re:It's hsiloP (1)

NickFitz (5849) | about 11 years ago | (#7041694)

Hmm... upon checking Thinking Forth by Leo Brodie, I see that the name is capitalised throughout, but in the foreword to Starting Forth [home.iae.nl] , Chuck Moore, inventor of the language, refers to the origins of the name in capitals, but otherwise uses mixed case - as does Brodie for the rest of that book. So I suppose the point is moot :-)

OTOH, I seem to recall another book (possibly Forth on the BBC Microcomputer by Richard de Grandis-Harrison) being quite insistent on mixed-case spelling of the name, but I can't put my hands on it right now.

My first computer (well, my school's) not only had all capitals, you had to look at them on Teletypes - unless you could read ASCII off punched paper tape. I think that must make us both old-school :-)

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