Nobody in Australia calls mobile phones cellphones, so most consumers aren't going to have a clue what Cellular means.
Actually that's perfect. You can't get sued for misleading people if you use a term that has no meaning...
Just because a device has a certain feature, doesn't mean you can use it. [...] It should be the consumer's responsibility to ensure that they meet the requirements to use those features.
That's true. But in the case of the new iPad, it does not have a 4G feature in Australia. The law is very clear in that scenario: it is Apple's responsibility to accurately describe their product, it's not the consumer's responsibility.
Even if an Australian customer is highly knowledgeable about technology and understands that US 4G is not the same thing as Australian 4G, it doesn't change the fact that the new iPad does not support 4G here.
If they don't want anyone to read the papers, they should print off millions of copies with an official-looking government cover, then send them out all over the country with big letters on the envelope: "Important Information from Your Government".
That guarantees no-one will read it.
I hope the Turtleneck of Power gets passed on to Cook.
Bill Gates held on to his Thongs of Virtue when he stepped down from Microsoft, which he put to most excellent use in the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation... but just look at what happened to Steve Balmer when he didn't receive The Thong (think: monkey dance).
Someone set up a madeleinepulver.com site plastered with advertising, including Google ads of course.
Yet curiously it was a competing ad network which placed the advertisement "Live in the USA!" on top of photos of Madeleine Pulver, not Google. With all the data in gmail about this guy moving to the USA, surely Google should have been placing that ad?
PS. Site is now down, screenshot at http://i54.tinypic.com/2ducdvn.png
Actually, I suspect lots of these are snuck into the manuals by tech support staff as jokes.
Yes, it's quite obvious that they're jokes when you look up the original sources. For example, the article only quotes the first warning of the following:
Do not attempt to install if drunk, pregnant or both.
Do not eat antenna.
Do not throw antenna at spouse.
Today, Gillard and NBN paid Eleven Billion Dollars to buy the Telstra copper network. Do you really think they're going to rip it out or decommission it?
Yes, they are decommissioning the entire copper network: http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/350563/telstra-nbn_co_deal_telstra_plans_phased_copper_decommission/
Or, to put it more rationally:
The NBN takes the aging copper network out of private hands where Telstra was using it to restrict competition, and replaces it with an open-access high speed network open to full competition.
Just to be clear: almost everyone being forced to switch to the NBN is currently using Telstra infrastructure. If you're on iiNet, Internode, TGP, Optus ADSL etc then you're using Telstra copper. The only people being forced to switch to the NBN who aren't using Telstra infrastructure now are the relatively small number of people on Optus Cable Broadband. After the switch to the NBN, you'll still be using iiNet, Internode, etc for your internet access (if you want to) but instead of using Telstra's infrastructure you'll be using NBNCo's infrastructure. And it will be damn fast and more reliable. And it won't be Telstra... which in itself is simply wonderful.
Take your work seriously but never take yourself seriously; and do not take what happens either to yourself or your work seriously. -- Booth Tarkington