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Comment Re:The real sham (Score 1) 1430

I am not sure why you are getting downvoted.

I typically roll my eyes at USA and all the democracy hurf blurf. I totally expected the media to win this election for the Clintons as it has been so one-sided (even here in Australia). To an unbiased, critical thinker it is obvious and disappointing but I totally expected most "average" people to be "group thinkers" and be suckered in for it.

I watched your election day and was so proud for USA and democracy in general.

I think your post hits this point well and it does not deserve to be downvoted.

Comment Re:Cue the flamewar... (Score 4, Interesting) 1134

It was actually an extremely proud moment watching people voluntarily handing their guns in to their local police station for destruction. No questions were asked by the police about the legitimacy of the gun, they just said thankyou and went about destroying them.

There is no question that our community is safer as a result of this. We also have the mentality that guns are very out of place in general society and if you actually ever see one it is definitely an uncomfortable feeling that you have. I can't imagine what it must be like to just accept that guns are part of your every day life or how that affects your own insecurities.

Submission + - Australian Spy Agency Accused Of Spying For Big Oil (abc.net.au)

SandmanWAIX writes: A 40 billion dollar treaty between Australia and East Timor is going to the courts in The Hague this week with East Timor accusing the Australian spy agency ASIS of spying during the negotiations.

A former spy has turned whistleblower in the case and subsequently had his passport cancelled and his lawyers office raided. The unnamed spy (former director of technical operations) decided to come forward as the then foreign minister overseeing the treaty is now an advisor to Woodside Petroleum, Australia's largest oil and gas company.

Submission + - Australian Intelligence HQ Blupeprints Hacked (abc.net.au)

SandmanWAIX writes: In an embarrassing revelation today it appears as though the blueprints to the new Australian federal intelligence agency ASIO headquarters have been stolen, reportedly by a cyber attack originating from China. Several other governmental departments have been reported as being breached also.

The blueprints which have been compromised include the security system, comms network, floor plan and server locations of the new ASIO headquarters located in the Australian capital city, Canberra.

Government

Australian Govt Holding Secretive Anti-Piracy Talks 218

daria42 writes "Looks like Australia's Government prefers to keep its ongoing anti-piracy discussions behind closed doors. It held an initial meeting in September last year to try to get the content and ISP industries to thrash out an agreement on how to handle Internet piracy. Consumer representative groups were explicitly blocked from attending the meeting, and attendees are not allowed to reveal what was discussed behind closed doors. Now a second meeting has been held, and again, no information has been revealed about what's being discussed. Quelle conspiracy?"
Your Rights Online

Submission + - Australian Federal Court Ruling Has Lobbyists Scrambling (abc.net.au) 1

SandmanWAIX writes: A recent Australian Federal Court ruling found in favour of major telco Optus and determined they are not in breach of copyright with their TV Now service. This service allows mobile phone customers to record/watch free-to-air tv calling in to question the value of exclusivity deals signed with other major carriers.

“Telstra has exclusive online broadcast rights for both the AFL and NRL, and its latest online deal with the AFL for the 2012-16 seasons cost the telco $153 million.”

"What's a matter for us is considering whether or not there needs to be changes to the copyright laws in view of these circumstances," Prime Minister Gillard said.

Comment Re:Alright (Score 2) 765

What would it take to actually get someone to actively pursue something like this?
Which department/agency is responsible for investigating claims like this?
Is it something that our slashdot group could bring to their attention?
Is it a question of money as it would require lawyers to actually do some work before it would be investigated?

What would it actually take to make something happen?
Your Rights Online

Submission + - News Corp Pays Out For Hacking (abc.net.au)

SandmanWAIX writes: "Rupert Murdoch's media empire has made huge payouts to 37 phone-hacking victims, including actor Jude Law, singer Danii Minogue, and former British deputy prime minister John Prescott, their lawyers said."
Huge is a relative term isn't it?

Science

Scientists Develop Super-Slippery Material 298

Hugh Pickens writes writes "Anyone who is partial to ketchup with their food will know how difficult it is to get the final dregs from the bottle but now the Telegraph reports that scientists have created one of the most slippery materials ever that promises to result in new self-cleaning surfaces that never get dirty, could be used to coat the inside of bottles and jars to help consumers get all of the food inside, or in the energy industry for making oil flow more efficiently through pipes. Professor Joanna Aizenberg, a materials scientists at Harvard University, was inspired by the carnivorous Nepenthes pitcher plants, which has a highly slippery surface at the top of its flute-shaped leaves so that insects tumble down into the digestive juices contained inside. The new material, known as a Slippery Liquid Infused Porous Surface or SLIPS boasts a rare trait called "omniphobicity", which means it can repel both water and oily materials. "If we used substance like ours to coat the inside of bottles, it would be possible to get it all out," says Aizenberg. "The only problem may be that the sauce may come out a little too easily on to their food.""
Science

Submission + - SPAM: Obama says U.S. to have 80% clean energy by 2035

renewableenergywade writes: The United States will get 80 percent of its electricity from clean energy sources by 2035, said President Barack Obama in his State of the Union address on Tuesday night.

To do this, Mr. Obama said the administration will prioritize investments in clean energy research and technologies. The United States will also compete firmly with countries such as China which is now home to the world’s largest private solar research facility.

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