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Submission + - Man Banned From Facebook Over Sex Ratings Page (

beaverdownunder writes: An Australian court has banned a man from using Facebook for two years after he created a page 'rating' the sexual 'performance' of women in the central regional area of the state of Victoria.

Joshua Turner, 22, of Kangaroo Flat (yes, that's a real place) invited people to rate their past sexual partners and published hundreds of comments online. He pleaded guilty to using an online service to publish objectionable material and using a carriage service to offend.


Submission + - Australians Receive SMS Death Threat (

beaverdownunder writes: Many Aussies across New South Wales and South Australia had a bit of a shock this morning when they received an SMS threatening them with assassination.

Although somewhat varied, the messages have typically read, "Someone paid me to kill you. If you want me to spare you, I'll give you two days to pay $5000. If you inform the police or anybody, you will die, I am monitoring you", and signed with the e-mail address

Police and the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission have warned that the messages are almost certainly fake, and that no dialogue should be entered into with scammers.


Submission + - 14 Dead, 50 Injured In Denver Theatre Shooting (

beaverdownunder writes: A masked gunman has shot dead at least 14 people and wounded up to 50 others at a premiere showing of the new Batman movie in Colorado.

A man wearing body armour and a gas mask began shooting during the screening at a mall in the Denver suburb of Aurora.

One person has been taken into custody as police sweep the theatre and determine whether a second person was involved.


Submission + - Australia agrees on R18+ game rating, scraps MA15+ (

beaverdownunder writes: The (Australian) federal and state governments have reached an in-principle agreement to provide an R18+ rating for video games.

South Australia has previously indicated it will also scrap the current MA15+ , meaning all violent games will be restricted to adults.

Under the proposed guidelines games containing high-level violence will be restricted to adults, while games containing extreme violence will continue to be refused classification and banned from sale altogether.

Some programming languages manage to absorb change, but withstand progress. -- Epigrams in Programming, ACM SIGPLAN Sept. 1982