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Rover Curiosity Discovers Australia-Shaped Rock On Mars

Wild Wizard Re:This is Fantastic! (99 comments)

it is about as accurate as that stone looks like Australia!

So true, as an Australian I can not see the resemblance at all. Perhaps the comment was made by one of these people who failed geography in school and don't even know what the basic shape is.

about 10 months ago

Slackware Linux 14.1 Released

Wild Wizard Re:Bundled with proprietary software... (136 comments)

To get on that list you only have to include the full unmodified kernel.

Since Slackware always uses the full unmodified kernel then it will always be there unless the kernel devs fix it up.

I also believe there is a special agreement regarding the non-free program xv.

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: Time To Regulate Domestic Drones?

Wild Wizard Sydney threat (190 comments)

A similar incident just happened in Australia, where a small drone operated by an unknown owner crashed into the Sydney Harbor Bridge. Counter-terrorism officials felt they had to investigate, of course.

Well perhaps if the person who wrote the summery bothered to do some basic research they would know that Sydney is current at a high alert level and for a good reason.


about a year ago

Google Maps Updated With Skyfall Island Japan Terrain

Wild Wizard Re:40 years (107 comments)

Looks like classic concrete cancer with water ingress causing the rebar to rust and expand breaking the concrete apart from the inside.

about a year and a half ago

Australian Air Force's Recruiting Puzzle Shown To Be Unsolvable

Wild Wizard Re:Actually: (113 comments)

After reading the article (yes I did) it would seem that the phone number was the solution to the equation but due to 2 typos on the last 2 lines it didn't work properly.

If you ignored the last 2 lines on the original then you would have still got the number as the last 2 were supposed to solve as 0.

Though if you need to solve the equation to get the number then they probably want you in intelligence anyway as anyone else would have known what it was due to it been advertised everywhere for years now.

about a year and a half ago

Australian Networks Block Community University Website

Wild Wizard Re:Other sites on that IP (97 comments)

Well that is handy the number of .au sites is quite surprising surely other site owners would have noticed this block as well.

about 2 years ago

Crowd Funding For Crank Physics

Wild Wizard Re:It has been scientifically tested. (379 comments)

Yes I saw that on their own website, they had no scientific data to prove it did anything as the results from both a normal crank and their fancy crank had similar results.

Yet they still make crazy claims ...

about 2 years ago

Air Force Claims To Have Solved Fatal F-22 Oxygen Riddle

Wild Wizard Re:Covering up for a crony? (172 comments)

My car uses more than 4 types of lubricant, so I'm pretty sure a Herc uses a hell of a lot more than 4.

more than 2 years ago

Facebook Abstainers Could Be Labeled Suspicious

Wild Wizard Re:Two words (625 comments)


No way I will ever have a Face Book account everything about that company is just plain wrong.

more than 2 years ago

Australian Gov't Loses Privacy Alert Subscription Information In the Mail

Wild Wizard Actually the irony is ... (33 comments)

Actually the irony is that the contractor is in fact AusCERT who claim to be :-

AusCERT operates within a worldwide network of information security experts to provide computer incident prevention, response and mitigation strategies for members and assistance to affected parties in Australia.

more than 2 years ago

World's Hardest Sudoku

Wild Wizard It's game on then (179 comments)

I'm printing it out now, nothing like someone claiming the impossible to make you want to try and prove them wrong.

more than 2 years ago

Assange Stands 'Real Chance' of Election In Australia

Wild Wizard Re:If Julian Assange gets elected (204 comments)

It's actually not that easy to get in the Australian Federal Senate.

1. It's a first past the post style count.
2. There are 2 ways of voting, above the line or below the line
3. People like Assange will never be endorsed by a political party and thus you need to vote below the line to vote for them, only parties have boxes above the line
4. The number of boxes below the line and the fact you have to mark all of them if you vote below means almost no one does

The only exception to this rule is if they are so extremely popular in their home state, aka Nick Xenophon that they can get people to do it the hard way

Currently Nick X is the only Independent in the Senate.

more than 2 years ago

Auto Makers Announce Electric Car Charging Standard

Wild Wizard Re:Still not practical (373 comments)

Granted, generally it's fork truck tanks, but the idea is in principal the same.

Forklift LPG tanks are of the same design as your BBQ bottle just larger, they are however mounted on their side and you can't fill them when they're like that, Add in the fact that your average forklift doesn't travel really fast driving it to a service station to fill up is not a good use of it's time, so you get the gas man to deliver an entire bottle and swap it over.

more than 2 years ago

How Apple Sidesteps Billions In Global Taxes

Wild Wizard Paying Almost 10%? (599 comments)

Looks like they need to try harder, they must be paying one of the highest rates for a multinational corporation.

OT Why can't I log in via the drop down box at the top right, does it not support user names with spaces?

more than 2 years ago


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ACMA web blacklist "smackdown"

Wild Wizard Wild Wizard writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Here in Australia we have a rather stupid Government organisation called the ACMA.

A somewhat unknown detail about the ACMA is they maintain a list of websites that have "objectionable" content on them. While that may seem innocent enough given there is currently no method to use the list as a form of compulsory censorship, it is considered an offence to publish details about the list itself.

This link is on that list :-

Posts of that link on a site hosted within Australia is considered an offence and the ACMA is already moving against anyone that may post the link.

Australian IT reports :-
IN an unprecedented move, Australia's communications regulator has threatened to fine a company up to $11,000 a day for indirectly leaking part of its top-secret list of banned internet web pages.

This all came about when an Australian decided to test out how the system works and below is the email he received from the ACMA notifying him that the site had been added. He then posted this email to Whirlpool a large Internet and Information Technology forum in Australia.

Subject: Complaint Reference: 2009000009/ ACMA-691604278
Date: Wed, 21 Jan 2009 15:45:00 +1100
From: online@acma.gov.au

Complaint Reference: 2009000009/ ACMA-691604278

I refer to the complaint that you lodged with the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) on 5th January 2009 about certain content made available at:


Following investigation of your complaint, ACMA is satisfied that the internet content is hosted outside Australia, and that the content is prohibited or potential prohibited content.

The Internet Industry Association (IIA) has a code of practice (http://www.iia.net.au/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=415&Itemid=33) for Internet Service Providers (ISPs) which, among other things, set out arrangements for dealing with such content. In accordance with the code, ACMA has notified the above content to the makers of IIA approved filters, for their attention and appropriate action. The code requires ISPs to make available to customers an IIA approved filter.

Information about ACMA's role in regulating online content (including internet and mobile content), including what is prohibited or potentially prohibited content is available at ACMA's website at www.acma.gov.au/hotline

Thank you for bringing this matter to ACMA's attention.

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