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Comment Why Piracy rates in Australia are high (Score 3, Interesting) 209

Australians are getting ripped off, and are jack of it, so piracy is increasing. No surprises there.

Some examples:
The AUD and USD are close enough to each other to be comparable.

Netflix Streaming only subscription in US - $8 per month UNLIMITED.
Streaming service in Australia (no Unlimited subscription services exist as far as I know.
Bigpond movies $6/movie. Sony on PS3 $6 or $7/movie, Quicklix $6/movie

New release DVD purchased in Australia (Battle: Los Angeles) - $30
New release DVD purchased in US (Battle: Los Angeles) - $20

New release Blu-Ray purchased in Australia (Battle: Los Angeles) - $40
New release Blu-Ray purchased in US (Battle: Los Angeles) - $30

2D Cinema Ticket in Australia - $15.50
2D Cinema Ticket in the US - ~$10.00


Bitterness To Be Classified As a Mental Illness 511

Some psychiatrists are trying to get excessive bitterness identified as a mental illness named post-traumatic embitterment disorder. Of course this has some people who live perfect little lives, and always get what they want, questioning the new classification. The so called "disorder" is modeled after post-traumatic stress disorder because it too is a response to a trauma that endures. "They feel the world has treated them unfairly. It's one step more complex than anger. They're angry plus helpless," says Dr. Michael Linden, the psychiatrist who put a name to how the world works.

The Great Ethanol Scam 894

theodp writes "Over at BusinessWeek, Ed Wallace is creating quite a stir, reporting that not only is ethanol proving to be a dud as a fuel substitute, but there is increasing evidence that it is destroying engines in large numbers. Before lobbyists convince the government to increase the allowable amount of ethanol in fuel to 15%, Wallace suggests it's time to look at ethanol's effect on smog, fuel efficiency, global warming emissions, and food prices. Wallace concedes there will be some winners if the government moves the ethanol mandate to 15% — auto mechanics, for whom he says it will be the dawn of a new golden age."
The Almighty Buck

New York Times Ends Its Paid Subscription Service 169

Mike writes "The New York Times has announced that it will end its paid Internet service in favor of making most of its Web site available for free. The hope is that this move will attract more readers and higher advertising revenue. 'The longer-term problem for publishers like the Times is that they must find ways to present content online rather than just transferring stories and pictures from the newspaper. Most U.S. news Web sites offer their contents for free, supporting themselves by selling advertising. One exception is The Wall Street Journal which runs a subscription-based Web site. TimesSelect generated about $10 million in revenue a year. Schiller declined to project how much higher the online growth rate would be without charging visitors.'"

Submission + - Astronomers find stars 7 billion light years away (

StArSkY writes: "The Age has an article about an international team of astronomers that have discovered 14 galaxies, opening up a new era of galaxy hunting. Using an infrared instrument in Chile (the European Southern Observatory's Very Large Telescope ) — the researchers have been able to look through the glare of 20 Quasar's to identify previously obscured galaxies.

The findings have been accepted for publication in The Astrophysical Journal."

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