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It's time to finally kill CAPTCHA

AcidAUS AcidAUS writes  |  about a year ago

AcidAUS (997653) writes "CAPTCHA tests, used almost everywhere across the web, are frustrating for all internet users. However, for me, and millions of other blind or vision impaired people, CAPTCHA tests prevent us from engaging with the web and government services, because they can't be read by screen reading software — which is why it's time to kill CAPTCHA."
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Australian surgeon sues Google over 'bankrupt' auto-complete

AcidAUS AcidAUS writes  |  about a year and a half ago

AcidAUS (997653) writes "A Port Macquarie surgeon is suing Google for defamation over an auto-complete search suggestion that he believes has cost him clients.
Google has been involved in several lawsuits around the world in the past year revolving around its autocomplete suggestions and has increasingly been held responsible for content on its search pages.
The suit, filed by Dr Guy Hingston in the US district court in California, claims that when you type "Guy Hin ..." into Google the words "Guy Hingston bankrupt" appear in the auto-complete. He claims this is defamatory as he is not bankrupt."

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Lonely Planet shuts Thorn Tree forum 'over paedophilia posts'

AcidAUS AcidAUS writes  |  about a year and a half ago

AcidAUS (997653) writes "Lonely Planet's popular online travel forum, Thorn Tree, has been temporarily shut down by owner BBC, reportedly after the discovery of paedophilia-related posts. A source said that BBC executives, still smarting from the Jimmy Savile scandal, went into "panic attack mode" after a disgruntled user alerted them to swearing and posts that discussed topics related to paedophilia. The site has not officially revealed why it was necessary to close the entire forum without warning except that "a number of posts" did not conform with the site's "standards". A message on the Thorn Tree page said the forum was closed "temporarily" so the site could apply "necessary editorial and technical updates"."
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How the internet became a closed shop

AcidAUS AcidAUS writes  |  about a year ago

AcidAUS (997653) writes "A little over a decade ago, just before the masses discovered the digital universe, the internet was a borderless new frontier: a terra nullius to be populated by individuals, groups and programmers as they saw fit. There were few rules and no boundaries. Freedom and open standards, sharing information for the greater good was the ethos. Today, the open internet we once knew is fracturing into a series of gated communities or fiefdoms controlled by giants like Apple, Google, Facebook, Amazon and to a lesser extent Microsoft. A billion-dollar battle conducted in walled cities where companies try to lock our consumption into their vision of the internet. It has left some lamenting the ''web we lost''."
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I won't go back to Microsoft: Bill Gates

AcidAUS AcidAUS writes  |  more than 2 years ago

AcidAUS (997653) writes "On holiday with his family in Sydney, Australia, Bill Gates scotches reports in Fortune that he was considering returning to the helm of Microsoft. Gates said he had made the transition to work full-time at his Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation "and that will be what I do the rest of my life". He also replies to Steve Jobs' barbs, saying they were driven by the fact that "Microsoft machines outsold his machines by a lot"."
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Apple blocks Samsung's Australian tablet launch

AcidAUS AcidAUS writes  |  more than 3 years ago

AcidAUS (997653) writes "Apple escalated a patent dispute against Samsung Electronics and won an agreement that the South Korean company won’t sell the newest version of its tablet computer in Australia until a lawsuit is resolved. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 infringes 10 Apple patents, including the “look and feel”, and touchscreen technology of the iPad, Steven Burley, a lawyer for Apple, told Federal Court Justice Annabelle Bennett in Sydney on Monday"
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Tablets might be a flash in the pan: Microsoft

AcidAUS AcidAUS writes  |  more than 3 years ago

AcidAUS (997653) writes "As virtually the entire consumer electronics industry throws its weight behind tablet computers, Microsoft's global chief research and strategy officer Craig Mundie said today that he did not know whether the booming new category was here to stay. Speaking at a lunch held in Sydney by the Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA), Mundie, who reports directly to Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, said he did not know whether tablets like the iPad would "remain with us or not"."
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Piracy: are we being conned?

AcidAUS AcidAUS writes  |  more than 3 years ago

AcidAUS (997653) writes "Is piracy really sending the entertainment industry broke or are the claimed hundreds of millions of dollars in annual losses and thousands of job cuts just a load of hogwash?
The industry is constantly warning of an impending piracy apocalypse but continues to notch up healthy revenues and record box office takings.
From bogus figures to highly exaggerated press releases, analysts and academics claim there is no limit to the hyperbole record labels and movie studios will use in their relentless lobbying campaign."

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Love lost as PlentyofFish files stolen

AcidAUS AcidAUS writes  |  more than 3 years ago

AcidAUS (997653) writes "It's one of the world's largest dating sites but its owner has just discovered the relationship from hell. PlentyofFish.com founder Markus Frind claims his site has been hacked and he has been blackmailed. But the accused hacker, Chris Russo, says it was merely a way of exposing bad security of personal information on a dating site with almost 30 million global users, including about 350,000 monthly visitors in Australia."
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I'm sorry, Steve: Netgear CEO

AcidAUS AcidAUS writes  |  more than 3 years ago

AcidAUS (997653) writes "Patrick Lo, global chairman and chief executive of home networking giant Netgear, has apologised for comments he made yesterday about Apple founder Steve Jobs that some commentators interpreted as making light of his health issues. At a small lunch gathering in Sydney yesterday, Lo referred to a time when "Steve Jobs goes away, which is probably not far away". He attacked Apple's closed proprietary products and Jobs's ego, saying Apple would be in trouble if it did not open up its iPhone and iPad and the iTunes ecosystem that feeds the devices with content and apps."
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Jobs's ego will bite Apple: Netgear CEO

AcidAUS AcidAUS writes  |  more than 3 years ago

AcidAUS (997653) writes "The global chairman and CEO of home networking giant Netgear has launched into a scathing attack on Apple and its founder Steve Jobs, criticising Jobs's "ego" and Apple's closed up products. At a lunch in Sydney today, Patrick Lo said Apple's success was centred on closed and proprietary products that would soon be overtaken by open platforms like Google's Android."
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Autism iPhone breakthrough: tantrums to app-y days

AcidAUS AcidAUS writes  |  more than 4 years ago

AcidAUS (997653) writes "Few can legitimately boast that an iPhone app changed their life but for 10-year-old Grace Domican, unable to speak due to autism, the touchscreen phone has given her a voice for the first time. Her mother, Lisa Domican, created a picture-based iPhone application to help her communicate and the tool was so successful she is now trialling it in a schools for autistic children."
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Wikileaks' international man of mystery

AcidAUS AcidAUS writes  |  more than 4 years ago

AcidAUS (997653) writes "The founder of WikiLeaks lives a secret life in the shadow of those who blow the whistle. A detailed profile of the Australian founder of Wikileaks, Julian Assange, by Australian newspaper The Sydney Morning Herald."
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How astronaut reality show hit black hole

AcidAUS AcidAUS writes  |  more than 4 years ago

AcidAUS (997653) writes "Jonathan Nolan had plans for the world's most ambitious reality show — a global cross-continent space challenge pitting prospective astronauts against each other for the chance to win two tickets into space. He told media, partners and contestants that he had already secured two seats on Russian Soyuz rockets, had a production partner in Britain and had already obtained from foreign investors the tens of millions of dollars required to get the project, dubbed "Starwalker", off the ground. Today, the project appears to be in tatters, its website is offline and questions are being raised over the whole operation. A former employee claims Nolan has failed to pay him a significant sum of money."
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Google baulks at Aus govt call to censor YouTube

AcidAUS AcidAUS writes  |  more than 4 years ago

AcidAUS (997653) writes "Google says it will not "voluntarily" comply with the Australian government's request that it censor YouTube videos in accordance with broad "refused classification" (RC) content rules. Google warns this would lead to the removal of many politically controversial, but harmless, YouTube clips. Communications Minister Stephen Conroy referred to Google's censorship on behalf of the Chinese and Thai governments in making his case for the company to impose censorship in Australia."
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Opening salvos in landmark Australian piracy case

AcidAUS AcidAUS writes  |  more than 5 years ago

AcidAUS (997653) writes "In a landmark case that could stop pirates in their tracks, leading ISP iiNet has formally defended itself against claims by movie studios that it willingly permitted customers to download movies illegally. In the Federal Court today, Australia's third largest ISP — which could face millions in damages — argued the case was "like suing the electricity company for things people do with their electricity"."
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Aussie Google phone launch by Christmas

AcidAUS AcidAUS writes  |  more than 5 years ago

AcidAUS (997653) writes "A small consumer electronics maker in Melbourne, which specialises in undercutting the big brands, has become the first in Australia to announce plans to launch a mobile phone based on Google's Android platform. Ruslan Kogan, 25 — who has been selling cut-priced Kogan-branded TV sets, GPS systems, DVD players and other gadgets over the internet from his base in Elstonwick for the past 2½ years — says he will sell the phone from December 15 for $199."
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Web censor critics gagged by Australian Government

AcidAUS AcidAUS writes  |  more than 5 years ago

AcidAUS (997653) writes "The Federal Government is attempting to silence critics of its controversial plan to censor the internet, which experts say will break the internet while doing little to stop people from accessing illegal material such as child pornography. Internet providers and the government's own tests have found that presently available filters are not capable of adequately distinguishing between legal and illegal content and can degrade internet speeds by up to 86 per cent."
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Spam flood goes on despite bust

AcidAUS AcidAUS writes  |  more than 5 years ago

AcidAUS (997653) writes "Last week's bust of the largest spam operation in the world has had no measurable impact on global spam volumes. The spam gang, known by authorities and security experts as HerbalKing, was responsible for one-third of all spam, the non-profit antispam research group SpamHaus said."
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