dwywit writes: As a business customer of Netregistry in Australia, I've received a request to vote 'Yes' on an auDA proposal to allow businesses to register domains directly under the.au country TLD, i.e. company.au instead of company.com.au. I've got two com.au domains, and all I see is a cash grab, forcing me to register another domain to pre-empt a squatter. My domains are registered mainly to provide business email and pre-empt squatters, not to generate income via web traffic, so, is it going to be worth it to register another domain? I'd be OK with it if 1. I was given first refusal on my existing company name, and 2. the price didn't exceed existing com.au pricing. The email requesting a 'Yes' vote claimed that this process has been "remarkably successful" in.uk and.nz, but that might mean remarkably successful for domain registrars, and additional costs for businesses.
dwywit writes: I've been asked to film this year's ANZAC services in my town. This is a big one, as it's the centenary of the Gallipoli campaign, and dear to our hearts here in Oz. The organisers have asked me to provide a camera-to-projector setup for remote viewing (they're expecting big crowds this year), and a recording of the parade and various services throughout the morning. Copies will go to the local and state library as a record of the day, but they would also like a copy to go into a time capsule. I have two issues to solve: 1. a storage medium capable of lasting 50 or 100 years and still be readable, and 2. a wrapper/codec that will be available and usable when the capsule is opened. I have the feeling that a conversion to film might be the only way to satisfy both requirements — it's easy enough to build a projector, or even re-scan the images for viewing. Has anyone got a viable alternative? Cloud storage isn't an option — this is going underground in a stainless steel container.
dwywit writes: AFACT (Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft) has lodged an appeal against an earlier ruling (http://www.theaustralian.com.au/australian-it/iinet-wins-court-case-against-hollywood-heavyweights/story-e6frgakx-1225826637560) that cleared ISP iiNet of liability for alleged copyright violations carried out by iiNet subscribers.