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Comment Re:Our internet filter (Score 1) 143

Maybe this could have been the motive for the filter when it was planned to use the ACMA blacklist, which is designed for children. Now that it only filters RC, the opposition could ask the same question. Why did you give a laptop to Little Mikey with a fibreoptic connection to boobies? Why does your filter not protect Mikey from boobies?

Comment Re:Definitely questions for... (Score 1) 434

Is cyber-bullying even illegal?

You bet. See Section 474.17 of Schedule 1 of the Criminal Code Act 1995. From the page:

474.17 Using a carriage service to menace, harass or cause offence
(1) A person is guilty of an offence if:
(a) the person uses a carriage service; and
(b) the person does so in a way (whether by the method of use or the content of a communication, or both) that reasonable persons would regard as being, in all the circumstances, menacing, harassing or offensive.
Penalty: Imprisonment for 3 years.

Australians aren't nearly as thick-skinned/tough as people think they are.

Comment Re:Good luck mate (Score 1) 464

I believe much more people than 30-40% were against net censorship, but look what happened...

The stubborn Senator still hasn't drafted any bill and Parliament haven't voted? Seriously, what happened? As far as I'm aware, nothing aside from the termination of the government-funded home software filter scheme has happened. This is good, it means we have the ability to prevent anything more from happening. That is, unless you've raised the white flag before the battle began.

The Courts

Submission + - Nigeria To Prosecute More Scammers (

KenMcM writes: Nigerian high commissioner Olu Agbi has promised to ramp up the prosecution of '419' fraudsters.

From the article:
The Nigerian Government has teamed up with Queensland Police to create an "online reporting system" on the Queensland Police website where any Australians who believe they have been targeted by a scam can report it directly to Nigeria's Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Police say this will greatly speed up investigations and solve the problem of victims not reporting scams to police because they are embarrassed or feel foolish.

Comment Risk-free Infringement (Score 1) 101

Hmm.... So now I won't be criminally prosecuted or even sued for infringing copyright, I'll just be disconnected from my ISP? What's stopping me from signing up with a new one? Hell, maybe I'll sign up with a different provider just for committing copyright infringement. And there's no risk at all. Good one Conroy, that makes as much sense as trying to filter the internet.

Amazon Wants Patent For Inserting Ads Into Books 219

theodp writes "Three Amazon inventors set out to correct what they felt was a real problem: that 'out-of-print or rare books ... typically do not include advertisements ... the content is fixed and, therefore, has not been adapted to modern marketing.' Their solution is spelled out in newly-disclosed Amazon patent applications for On-Demand Generating E-Book Content with Advertising and Incorporating Advertising in On-Demand Generated Content. From the patent apps, here's what the future of reading may look like: 'For instance, if a restaurant is described on page 12, [then the advertising page], either on page 11 or page 13, may include advertisements about restaurants, wine, food, etc., which are related to restaurants and dining.' So, what would a delightfully-tacky-yet-unrefined Hooters ad do for your Hemingway experience?"

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