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Submission + - Australia signs Open Government National Action Plan (

An anonymous reader writes: Consultations have begun on what the Australian Open Government National Action Plan should entail with almost no media coverage due to the lack of government fanfare. Australia finally became a signatory of the OGP just last week and immediately began consultation on the National Action Plan at

The National Action Plan sets the foundation for transparency, accountability and participation for the future yet the silence with which the long-awaited agreement was signed and the swiftness with which consultations have begun has caught most people off-guard.

Many people will not be aware that information sessions on how to contribute to the National Action Plan are being held around the country this week:

You do not need to attend an information session to contribute, you can do so anytime to the OGP National Action Plan website or to the Twitter hashtag #ogpau

Comment Re:Does it do custom folders? (Score 4, Interesting) 193

So far you had to import all of your files into calibre, it can't reference external files. So it is pretty much unusable for importing larger existing libraries, and you get locked in.

For me, I think this is a feature.

It ensures that no matter what plugins / convertors / bugs calbre has at the time, your original files don't get mucked up. So you can merge records, mess about with meta data, and not have to worry about losing anything.

The copies that are imported into calibre's own library folder are just that: plain copies. I don't get your point about "locked in". You're as locked in as you were with your original files. The directory layout may be different, but nothing gets obfuscated.

The Media

Google Will Star In New Dow Jones News Model 95

An anonymous reader writes "Dow Jones is getting set to launch a new aggregator, akin to Google News, which will charge Web users for access to high-quality journalism. 'The Journal is one of the many newspapers you might buy in one place and with one payment [...] Watch for it,' said Dow Jones CEO Les Hinton. However, rather than posing a threat to Google News, Andrew Keen, author and entrepreneur, says the aggregator will use Google as a critical partner. The only people who should be worried about this new model, says Keen, 'are all those lucky consumers who, over the last 15 years, have been getting their news for free.'"

Submission + - BitTorrent 6.0 beta closed source, Windows only

makomk writes: The BitTorrent (Mainline) 6.0 beta has been released, and it's a rebranded version of uTorrent. Unfortunately, it's also closed source and Windows-only. (Apparently, BitTorrent Inc always planned that the next version of Mainline would be closed-source, even before they decided to base it on uTorrent.) It also comes with a mysterious content delivery system called BitTorrent DNA, which appears to consist of a single invisible background task, dna.exe.

Does the original, open source BitTorrent client have a future, or is it time for its users to switch to one of the many other BitTorrent clients?
Technology (Apple)

Submission + - iPhone + eBooks: the Revolution (Finally) Begins? (

An anonymous reader writes: The iPhone is often cited as a game-changer in the mobile arena. Yet the device's sharp display, user interface and form factor may herald the first effective moves in an activity that has long resisted the digital revolution — book reading. Despite years of efforts by proponents of ebooks, the lack of a killer reader device has hindered the transition for all but early adopters and other adventurers. The iPhone (and its progeny, especially those which evolve a larger screen) may finally smash open the gates. This video demonstrates the iPhone's potential to really start the revolution.
The Almighty Buck

Submission + - Apple holds out on resellers 1

An anonymous reader writes: Anecdotal evidence from Australian consumers indicates Apple are holding back stock from their resellers, while shipping from their online store in record time. A workmate ordered a MBP 8 weeks ago from a reputable reseller who has been saying each week 'apple say they have no stock, they won't tell us when our orders will be filled', yet people ordering from the Apple online store are receiving their laptops within 1-2 business days. My workmate canceled his order on wednesday and ordered online, he just received his laptop today (friday), after phoning the reseller they still have no word on when stock will be coming through. Forum posters from around the state indicate similar issues.

Submission + - Chernobyl Mushrooms Feeding on Radiation

cowtamer writes: According to a National Geographic Article certain fungi can use ionizing radiation to perform "radiosynthesis" using the pigment melanin (the same one in our skin that protects us from UV radiation). It is speculated that this might be useful on long space voyages where energy from the Sun is not readily available.

Submission + - Gmail accounts hacked - no response from Google (

jared51 writes: A few friends have recently had their Gmail accounts hacked, causing immense life complications. With Gmail storing all information (many people have a handy label "Accounts" making life easier) that has ever been emailed, a hijacker can easily move on to eBay, PayPal and credit card accounts to turn the crime into cash. Making matters worse, Google is impossible to contact by human. Hijacked users must contend with an endless series of forms.

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