Pav writes: On the verge of going viral (600,000 views in a week) this video was taken offline during the Australian election. It's a humourous spoof of the various contenders, plus a guest appearance by the real Julian Assange, who breaks into a few bars of "The Voice" by John Farnham, jarringly and an octave too low — apparently this was the cause of the DMCA concern.
Pav writes: It looks like I'll soon be a Cobian Backup refugee, so I'm looking for another free Windows backup solution for when I'm forced to visit MS land. F/OSS is of course preferable, and I'm particularly interested in feature-heavy software, though info on simple personal backup solutions would be appreciated also.
Pav writes: Rap News distills the whole story down to five minutes of hilarious biting satire. Also, in other "news" see Assange get hauled away by nordic babes wearing lingerie and stormtrooper helmets, or Bill O'Reilly literally vomiting excreta. Rap News has plenty more tracks related to internet liberty erosion, politicial and nerdy issues in general. Perhaps they should become house artists for Slashdot?
Pav writes: Guest appearances by Julian Assange, Kristinn Hrafnsson (Wikileaks spokesman) and Noam Chomsky help round out Rap News, a satirical rap soundtrack of civil liberties erosion and general madness during the last few years. The latest track covers the Edward Snowden story, with a surprisingly poignant call to action.
Pav writes: Julian Assange has won a Walkley award, the equivalent of a Pulitzer in his native Australia. This is separate from the Martha Gellhorn prize won earlier this year. The story is reported on crikey.com.au, a web magazine frequented by Australian journalists and political elites. Although the comments there will be waffling and long-winded perhaps they will also be interesting as an indicator of the mood in that world.