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Comment: Bwahahahah! (Score 4, Informative) 73

by CuteSteveJobs (#47916191) Attached to: NSW Police Named as FinFisher Spyware Users

Australian cops are *dirty*

Good cop, bad cop: how corrupt police work with drug dealers
Corruption is endemic within Australia's police agencies, and certainly within the Australian Federal Police and New South Wales Police, which between them cover the Sydney airports. It also embraces crime commissions and other institutions charged with responsibility for police governance on behalf of the public.
Pressure grows for NSW police inquiry
Posted 8 Oct 2012, 7:18pmMon 8 Oct 2012, 7:18pm
Up to 200 police officers may have been spied on with listening devices and telephone intercepts.

Victorian police corrupt: ex-judge The Australian
VICTORIA'S police force is riddled with "deep-seated and continuing corruption" that will only be flushed out by a powerful and wide-ranging royal commission. Don Stewart, one of the nation's most respected judicial figures, says Victoria Police and the Bracks Labor Government oppose a royal commission because they do not want the extent of corruption within the force made public. "They know that it would reveal what they don't want revealed," says the former Supreme Court judge and founding head of Australia's first national crime agency. Dismissing arguments that dirty police are already being driven out of the force through the courts, he says the recent convictions of senior Victorian officers on corruption charges are "the tip of the iceberg". "The arrest of some corrupt police only proves that corruption is deep-seated and continuing," Mr Stewart says in a book to be published in March.

A long history of police corruption. In 1990 the AFP officer Michael Anthony Wallace was convicted of stealing $20 million worth of drugs and cash exhibits. In 1995 Standen's colleague, Alan Taciak, rolled over in the NSW Police royal commission and alleged 78 AFP officers - 15 per cent of the force - were corrupt. Taciak's allegations sparked the Harrison inquiry in 1996. Its final report, which is understood to have alleged widespread corruption in the AFP, has also not been released. The head of the inquiry, Ian Harrison, now a Supreme Court judge, said many agents escaped investigation by quitting the AFP. In 2001 Standen's former boss at the Sydney drugs unit, Cliff Foster, committed suicide while under investigation over corruption.


NT police oppose anti-corruption tests. The Northern Territory Police Association says it will oppose Federal Government plans to secretly test officers' integrity as part of new anti-corruption measures.

Queensland police misconduct files reveal corruption, favouritism, sexual misconduct
Queensland police tied to major drug trafficking

Tassie police join island corruption club

Leave anyone out?

Comment: Me too! (Score 1) 182

by CuteSteveJobs (#47899211) Attached to: The MOOC Revolution That Wasn't
Mod up parent for truth. I've done many online courses, but I don't do the whole thing. I do what parts interest me or what I need. I also jump between courses. If something is hard listen to lectures on the same topic in other courses until I understand it. Since there's no piece of paper at the end and no need to prove myself to potential employers the usual Test BS is crap. OP's article worries me because it might sink what is a very good thing but which OP doesn't understand because it doesn't fit his own ideas about old school lectures.

Comment: bleak pot (Score 1) 457

by CuteSteveJobs (#46969955) Attached to: Favorite Star Wars Movie?
I want to see a bleak German Expressionist remake of Star Wars IV where we see the last days of the Death Star through the eyes of the hard working stormtroopers and officers of the empire, praying for this wretched war to be over, so they could go back home to their loved ones. Flashbacks to spousal romances. Flashbacks to their children playing on the beach. Tragic.

Comment: Mixed feelings (Score 2) 201

by CuteSteveJobs (#46969891) Attached to: $7 USB Stick Aims To Bring Thousands of Poor People Online

As a geek I love the idea, but to the dirt poor and especially in the third world $7 could go towards more pressing needs like sanitation, clean water and medicine. There are many problems the poor of the world face. We can fix more than one problem at a time, but lack of Internet access is no where close to the #1 position - unless those kidnapped Nigerian girls can adapt a USB stick into an improvised weapon. Problem when the only tool you know how to use is a hammer every problem looks like a nail, and geeks are geeks.

PS Saw a funny motivational of this pic lamenting the poor kid was being deprived of the joys of facebook and twitter:

It is the quality rather than the quantity that matters. - Lucius Annaeus Seneca (4 B.C. - A.D. 65)