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Comment Re:Australian here with wishful thinking (Score 1) 125

I would support this if the government:

1. Pursued these companies for company tax, not just make them pass on GST from our pockets. 2. More funding to the ACCC to make these companies actually stick to Australian Consumer Laws (i.e. Sony PSN & Steam)

You are effectively saying every online business needs to also incorporate in Australia. Should they incorporate divisions in the 100+ other countries they operate in too? If the Australian government keeps up at that rate they are going, you'll start to find more online businesses just saying, "Fuck it. Australia is too hard / not worth it" and you can pay even more for even less. Meanwhile, I'll enjoy things like my fiber to the home internet in third world Phnom Penh where, unlike Australia, the government has left it to the market to work it out. Enjoy your NBN.

Submission + - Wikipedia admin's manipulation "messed up perhaps 15,000 students' lives" 5

Andreas Kolbe writes: Recently, "ArbCom", Wikipedia's highest court, banned an administrator account that for years had been manipulating the Wikipedia article of a bogus Indian business school – deleting criticism, adding puffery, and enabling the article to become a significant part of the school's PR strategy. Believing the school's promises and advertisements, families went to great expense to send sons and daughters on courses there – only for their children to find that the degrees they had gained were worthless. "In my opinion, by letting this go on for so long, Wikipedia has messed up perhaps 15,000 students’ lives," an Indian journalist quoted in the story says. India is one of the countries where tens of millions of Internet users have free access to Wikipedia Zero, but cannot afford the data charges to access the rest of the Internet, making Wikipedia a potential gatekeeper.

Submission + - Developers and the Fear of Apple (

An anonymous reader writes: UI designer Eli Schiff has posted an article about the "climate of fear" surrounding Apple in the software development community. He points out how developers who express criticism in an informal setting often recant when their words are being recorded, and how even moderate public criticism is often prefaced by flattery and endorsements.

Beyond that, the industry has learned that they can't rely on Apple's walled garden to make a profit. The opaque app review process, the race to the bottom on pricing, and Apple's resistance to curation of the App Store are driving "independent app developers into larger organizations and venture-backed startups." Apple will even cut contact with developers if they release for Android first. The "climate of fear" even affects journals, who face not only stonewalling from Apple after any negative reporting, but also a brigade of Apple fans and even other journalists and bloggers trying to paint them as anti-Apple.

Comment Re: This is why these can't be public records (Score 1) 113

Why is the issue here the FOI request and the records being made public and not the fact that a branch of the government is collecting that massive amount of data in the first place? The government can abuse that date more efficiently than any member of the public can.

Submission + - MongoDB Interview Questions (

An anonymous reader writes: What is MongoDB?
MongoDB (from humongous) is a cross-platform document-oriented database. Classified as a NoSQL database, MongoDB eschews the traditional table-based relational database structure in favor of JSON-like documents with dynamic schemas (MongoDB calls the format BSON), making the integration of data in certain types of applications easier and faster.

Submission + - Mars Curiosity experiences short circuit; rover to be stationary for days ( 1

hypnosec writes: NASA has revealed that its Mars Curiosity rover has experienced a transient short circuit and has a result the rover has halted all work temporarily while its engineers analyse the situation. NASA reveled that from the telemetry data it received from Curiosity indicated a transient short circuit following which vehicle followed its programmed response, stopping the arm activity underway at the time of the irregularity in the electric current. NASA has parked Curiosity as its engineers analyse the issues and figure out if any damage has been done. NASA did say that transient short circuit would have little effect on rover's operations in some systems, but it could force the team to restrict use of rover's mechanism.

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