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Australia Spied On Indonesian President

tumutbound Re:Nearest neighbour (213 comments)

As much as we dont like the situation, Tasmania is still part of Australia and technically, not a neighbour.

Imagine my surprise when I moved down to Tasmania from Sydney. I thought I was emigrating.

about 10 months ago

Spy Expert Says Australia Operating As "Listening Post" For US Agencies

tumutbound Re:News? (165 comments)

Pine Gap has been in operation for 25 years and has always been a US listening post. Nothing new here.

25 years as the Joint Defence Facility that is, prior to that it didn't officially exist.

about a year ago

Spy Expert Says Australia Operating As "Listening Post" For US Agencies

tumutbound News? (165 comments)

Pine Gap has been in operation for 25 years and has always been a US listening post. Nothing new here.

about a year ago

Peter Capaldi Unveiled As the New Star of Doctor Who

tumutbound He's a fake! (242 comments)

This announcement was made as the producers had admitted it would be impossible to keep the identity of the new Doctor quiet until November. The real new Doctor will be unveiled at the time of regeneration.

about a year ago

New Doctor Who Actor To Be Revealed This Sunday

tumutbound Damian Lewis (249 comments)

He's ginger.

about a year ago

Australian Networks Block Community University Website

tumutbound No worries (97 comments)

Site is working OK for me

about a year and a half ago

Inside Mantis: a 2-Ton Hexapod Robot With a Linux Brain

tumutbound 6 legs bad, 8 legs good! (84 comments)

I want my octopod! And I want it to climb walls.

about a year and a half ago

Private Collector Builds Apple Pop-Up Museum

tumutbound Pay to look at Apple stuff? (73 comments)

Historical or not, who is going to pay $15 to look at a bunch on old Apple computers?

about a year and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: What Equipment and Furniture For an Electronics Hardware Lab?

tumutbound Easy choice (208 comments)

Step 1: Get the Agilent catalogue
Step 2: Buy (at least) one of everything

about 2 years ago

Australian IT Price Hike Inquiry Kicks Off: Submissions Wanted

tumutbound Re:Supply chain mark-ups (70 comments)

This harks back to a practice among IT companies some years back called (I think) 'transfer pricing'. By charging the local branch of the company a very high cost price, the item could still be sold at a high price with little markup to be taxed in the local jurisdiction.

more than 2 years ago

Galaxy S and Galaxy Tab Won't Get Android 4.0

tumutbound Bugger! (333 comments)

I bought one of these yesterday!

more than 2 years ago

Telstra Starts Implementing Australian Censorship Scheme

tumutbound Re:Opt-out (212 comments)

Nice try, but this has nothing to do with the Australian Government.

Telstra and other ISPs are implementing a blacklist that is managed by Interpol.

The same system is in use by some ISPs in the UK and other European countries.

And as far as the list goes, it is actually very conservative in its definition of child pornography, only classifying sites depicting minors under 13, not under 18.

Nothing to do with the Australian Government? You've go to be fucking joking. Do you think that Interpol asked Telstra and Optus to please start filtering this list of sites? It was the government who 'requested' the ISP's to start filtering. Interpol just happen to have a list that the Australian Government has decided to use. Interpol has a lot less power than you seem to think.

more than 3 years ago

Why Does the US Cling To Imperial Measurements?

tumutbound Re:Its about the burgers (2288 comments)

Australia has been on the metric system for yonks but McDonalds still sell the Quarter Pounder (unfortunately)

more than 3 years ago

IBM Patenting HAL-Like Stuffed Animal Toys

tumutbound A cheaper option (112 comments)

A 6ft length of rattan cane will do a good job of enforcing the rules and is much cheaper than any AI. Plus it can be fun for at least one participant!

more than 3 years ago

Slashdot Launches Re-Design

tumutbound Not half bad (2254 comments)

More like 80%.

more than 3 years ago

Reeves Rumors Reversed

tumutbound Re:There is a god (156 comments)

>>>The Matrix was a cult movie with a strong plot and some thought-provoking themes

Matrix 2 and 3 had thought-provoking themes too. If you don't believe me, just fast-forward past the action scenes you dislike and focus on the storyline.

They have a storyline?

more than 3 years ago

Laser Incidents With Aircraft On the Rise

tumutbound Banned in Australia (546 comments)

It's not just NSW that have banned laser pointers, a laser pointer over 1mw is a banned import into Australia. If you import one, it will be seized by Customs. To legally import one, you must get a firearms license issued by the police in your state of residence. It's against the law in most states (Queensland seem to be the exception) to be in possession of a laser pointer, of any colour, in a public place.

more than 3 years ago

Microsoft Seeks Do-Let-The-Bed-Bugs-Bite Patent

tumutbound Flying their true colours at last. (176 comments)

'Microsoft' and 'parasite' in the same sentence. Who'd have thought we'd ever see that?

more than 3 years ago

Aussie Retailers Lobby For Tax On Online Purchases

tumutbound Current rules will stay (203 comments)

The Board of Taxations released a study 12 months ago that stated recovery of GST on single imports below $1000 was not economically viable.
My experience with importing stuff is that Customs clearance is very quick - same day for most postal articles, a bit longer if you're forced to use Fedex, DHL, etc.
Based on the backlash against retailers, I can't see the government taking a chance at pissing off voters.

more than 3 years ago



Cartoon characters are people too!

tumutbound tumutbound writes  |  more than 5 years ago

tumutbound (549414) writes "As if the attempt by Australian authorities to filter the Internet was not bad enough, here's more proof the country is doomed! A judge in the Supreme Court has upheld an early conviction of a man for having child porn because he had on his computer, pictures of cartoon characters having sex — the Simpsons in this case. Full story here.,27574,24767202-2,00.html"
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