The latest news is that the CEO of the new NBN (National Broadband Network) will receive a $2 million salary . This has been defended as “the price required to secure the best person for the job“. The problem with this idea is that it’s not the first time that a multi-million dollar salary has [...]
In Australia we are currently in the middle of a long drawn out saga about Internet censorship . In summary we have fundamentalist Christians wanting to prevent anyone from accessing X rated material, many clueless people wanting to “protect the children“, and most members of parliament totally ignoring the advice that is offered by everyone [...]
ForeignPolicy.com has an interesting article about Cyxymu the first digital refugee . DDOS attacks against LiveJournal and Twitter have been forcing him to use other services to spread his message.
Botnets (large groups of computers running “trojan horse” software that are under the control of a single hostile party)  have been around for a [...]
TED.com is a site that is known for very high quality content. Unfortunately on occasion they do get things wrong.
Rob Hopkins in his talk at TED Global 2009 claimed that 1 liter of oil “contains the energy equivalent of five weeks of human labor by 35 strong people” . Now Rob has made a [...]
Peter Singer wrote an interesting article for the New York Times which makes a good case for rationing health care on the basis of a ratio of the amount of money spent to the health benefits provided . It’s obvious that given a finite amount of money to spend on health-care and a limited portion [...]
The latest news in the Australian IT industry is the new National Broadband Network (NBN) plan . It will involve rolling out Fiber To The Home for 90% of the population, the plan is that it will cost the government $43,000,000,000 making it the biggest government project. Kevin Rudd used Twitter to say “Just announced [...]
Here is the Australian Electoral Commission documentation on how to register a political party . It includes the requirement for “A Microsoft compatible electronic membership list (and paper copy) providing the following information“.
So a prerequisite for registering a political party appears to be the ownership of a PC running Windows. While it may be [...]
Flame has written a satirical post about the different methods used to try and prevent unauthorised use of copyright movies and the distribution of illegal porn . He has also written an amusing rant about how offended he was by the false advertising of an erotic movie .
I think that both these issues need [...]
An article from 1999 suggested that car crashes caused a financial loss in OECD countries equivalent of 2% of their entire economies . An article from the Sydney Morning Herald in 2001 gave a conservative estimate of the cost of a road fatality at $1.5 million , it also notes that due to different analysis [...]
I am not aware of any Linux Users Group (LUG) being active in informing it’s members of how the policies of the various political parties compare with regard to free software and the other issues that are of interest to most members. I believe that this is a grave mistake.
Shortly before an election there [...]