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Comment: Re:Explains a lot about the economy (Score 1) 171 171

Swings and roundabouts -- if the mining boom collapses, our dollar will crash and exports will pick up some of the slack. On one hand, we'll have more expensive imports and perhaps less tax revenue, on the other hand, we'll see an upturn in manufacturing and local services.

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+ - Software companies sues popular Australian forum-> 3 3

Pugzly writes: In a recent announcement on the Whirlpool front page, it appears that accounting software maker 2clix is sueing the founder of the forums as the founder "allowed statements 'relating to the Plaintiff and its software product that are both false and malicious' to be published on the Whirlpool forums."
Hopefully sanity will prevail, but it is the legal system...

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+ - Can the internet enable direct action offline? 3 3

notque writes: "We are sitting in a time with so many political scandals, and some would say an illegal war. You would think that given these facts the United States would be a hotbed of political activity and protest. So far this hasn't occurred, although people continue to do difficult work. There are many websites that attempt to coordinate political activity, but there doesn't seem to be a whole lot to show for it. Can the internet actually enable direct action offline? What are some ways that this could be carried out? On another website, digg, there was an article concerning a general strike on 09/11/07 that received 4600 diggs, so it seems that people want to do something, but feel isolated and alone. Does the internet help foster this? Noam Chomsky once said, "By margins that are now so overwhelming that it's even front page news, people are strenuously opposed to everything that's going on and are frightened and angry and reacting like punch-drunk fighters. They're just too alone, both in their personal lives and associations and also intellectually, without anything to grasp. They don't know how to respond except in irrational ways. In some ways it has sort of the tone of a devastated peasant society after a plague swept it or an army went through and ruined everything. People have just dissolved into inability to respond." How can individuals help to change this, and is the internet a useful tool for that? Does the internet just stagnate individuals further? Thanks."
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+ - Bloggers Code of Conduct

itsonlybarney writes: "Glenda Kwek from the Sydney Morning Herald, has written a compelling article about whether a Bloggers Code of Conduct is necessary and whether it would 'facilitate a better environment for debate'.

This is not a new topic of course. It provoked furious debate across the blogosphere and in the media last month after an American blogger, Kathy Sierra, received what some people called death threats from an anonymous poster. Tim O'Reilly, the person said to have coined the term Web 2.0, and Wikipedia creator Jimmy Wales recently proposed a draft bloggers' code of conduct that they hope will serve as a guideline for blogging.
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