Ever done anything a little woeful, something you’d rather wasn’t plastered all-over your social media, ooops. Facebook’s new search feature, called Search FYI, is either really helpful or really creepy, depending on how you look at it.
Last week, Facebook made it so that anything – possibly everything – you’ve ever posted on the platform is now much more easily searched :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: August 17th, 2015 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: UPDATED! | Tags: Academic Misconduct, Australian Universities, Independent Commission Against Corruption, MyMaster, Plagiarism, smartphone, Social Media News, Student Code of Conduct, University, University of Sydney | Comments Off on Study Finds Social Media Assisting Students Cheating Exams
The internet and smartphones have made it easier for students to cheat in exams, a new report into academic misconduct at the University of Sydney has found. The report followed investigations into ways to prevent and detect academic dishonesty and misconduct among students at the university.
The Academic Misconduct and Plagiarism Taskforce completed a number of investigations during May and June 2015, including interviews with representatives from each of the university’s 16 faculties :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: April 8th, 2015 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: UPDATED! | Tags: Dallas Buyers Club, iiNet, ISP, Online Security, Video on Demand, Video Piracy, VOD | Comments Off on iiNet Loses Dallas Buyers Club Case, Forced to Hand-over User Data
Internet providers must hand over contact details of Australian customers accused of illegally downloading The Dallas Buyers Club, the Federal Court has ruled.
The landmark piracy and privacy case was lodged by Dallas Buyers Club LLC, the company that owns the rights to the 2013 Hollywood blockbuster.
It wanted a group of internet service providers (ISPs), including iiNet, to hand over contact details of Australian customers accused of illegally downloading the movie.
The ISPs argued it was a breach of privacy and that the company intends to use a practice known as “speculative invoicing”.
Justice Nye Perram ordered the ISPs had to hand the contact details over, but said the details could not be made public and any letter sent to the customers had to be vetted by him.
Dallas Buyers Club LLC claimed it had identified 4,726 Australian IP addresses where the movie was illegally downloaded UPDATED! :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: March 25th, 2015 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: ONLINE SECURITY, Standout, UPDATED! | Tags: Australia, Australian Online Security, community-and-society, defence-and-national-security, Favorite New Thought, Google Search, government-and-politics, Hack, information-and-communication, internet-culture, internet-technology, News From the web, OAIC, Online Security, Privacy Breach, Privacy Commissioner, Technoid Computer News, Telecommunications Consumer Protections Code | Comments Off on Australia Passes Contentious Data Retention Laws
Australia’s Federal Parliament has passed it’s controversial data retention laws, with both major political parties voting in the legislation. The new laws will force telcos to keep records of phone and internet use for two years and allow security agencies access the records.
Telcos already retain the data, however at varying durations in an unregulated environment. Australia’s Attorney-General Senator George Brandis says the legislation – which passed through the senate with 43 votes to 16 – will strike the right balance.
The cost of retaining the information is set to be partly covered by the taxpayer in what the Government described as a “significant” contribution. There are concerns telecommunications companies will pass on the rest of the cost to consumers :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: October 20th, 2014 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: ONLINE SECURITY, Technoid Computer News, UPDATED! | Tags: Dallas Buyers Club, iiNet, ISP, Online Security, Video on Demand, Video Piracy, VOD | Comments Off on iiNet to Fight Dallas Buyers Club Piracy Claim
Australian internet users who download films illegally via torrent sites could face claims of thousands of dollars if a Hollywood film company gets its way in the Federal Court.
The makers of the 2013 Oscar-winning hit Dallas Buyers Club have launched a legal bid to force a handful of Australian internet companies to hand over details of customers who have illegally downloaded the film.
The company that owns the rights to the film initiated legal action in the Federal Court and named the internet service provider iiNet and several smaller ISPs as respondents.
The move is the latest in a longstanding campaign by entertainment companies to reduce piracy and stem the damage it causes to the multi-billion dollar industry. iiNet, one of Australia’s largest providers of ADSL connections, said it would fight the legal action :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: October 10th, 2014 | Author: Verity Penfold | Filed under: Microsoft, Standout, Technoid Computer News, UPDATED! | Tags: Microsoft, Misogyny, Satya Nadella, Sex Descrimination, Tony Abbott Quote | Comments Off on Microsoft’s NEW CEO Tells Women Not to Ask For a Pay Raise
There’s a reason Microsoft left such a huge chasm between CEO’s – remember the hijinks of Steve B? and congratulations to new CEO Satya Nadella – it seems the folk that pick these people might need a little self reflection.
Having ranted all that, it seems the new CEO has done something we all thought unattainable, he’s made people give a f_ck about Microsoft for the first time in years.
Nadella achieved this emotional engagement by offering up the most misogynisticly deplorable advice to women in the workplace. Not since Australia’s Prime Minister advised women to dull-down their expectations has a man at the top uttered such fowl advice.
“I think it’d be folly to expect that women will ever dominate or even approach equal representation in large numbers, simply because their aptitudes, abilities and interests are different for physiological reasons” Tony Abbott
According to Nadella the female ‘confidence gap’ is a sham? Nadella made his pickled remarks on stage at an event to celebrate the marginalized accomplishments of women in the technology industry… Seriously?! :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: August 26th, 2014 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Grilled Motoring News, News From the web, UPDATED! | Tags: Inflight Devices, Jetstar, Mobile Devices, QANTAS, Virgin Australia | Comments Off on Australia Lifts In-flight Ban on Mobile Devices
Australian flyers will from today be allowed to use their mobile devices during the entirety of their flight on Australia’s two most popular carriers.
Qantas and Virgin Australia had applied for permission to allow passengers to use electronic devices during take-off and landing on flights within Australia last month.
Under current rules, passengers are told to switch off their smartphones, tablets and e-readers before their plane takes off. The devices can then be used during the cruising part of the flight but must be switched off again before landing.
CASA spokesperson Peter Gibson said Virgin and Qantas lodged applications for the lifting of the ban last month. It should be noted that CASA had no specific ruling on the use of electronic devices, the issue is covered by regulatons requiring operators to ‘ensure safety is maintained at all times and passengers comply with the safety instructions given by crew members,’ implying that a simple script change is all it took?
In November last year we reported that the US aviation authority, the FAA had lifted the retarded rule that’s barred the use of electronic devices during taxi, take-offs and landings had been in place for more than half a century. The initial change in the US didn’t include mobile phones
The ban is expected to be lifted for flights this afternoon according to QANTAS “Qantas customers will be able to use their personal electronic devices such as smart phones, tablets and music players in flight mode, for the duration of each flight, providing uninterrupted access to work and entertainment.
Qantas was approved to revise its personal electronic device policy by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority today following new guidance on the safe use of personal electronic devices inflight,” the airline said :: Read the full article »»»»