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Australia still an internet enemy, update on Pi cost

Reporters Without Borders has kept Australia on the enemies of the internet watch list, Raspberry Pi prices have fallen overnight, and there's new Audacity and Firefox news.

Thanks to the Australian Government's fetish with internet filtering, the country remains on the enemies of the internet watch list.

Stilgherrian over at sister site ZDNet Australia went through his reasoning why we deserve to be on the list, and wrote that: "an ill-defined mandatory censorship system is still official government policy, we don't know how ongoing policy reviews might turn out, and, after zero democratic process, a system has been installed that by design is almost guaranteed to cause collateral damage".

While yesterday I reported that Australians can expect to pay just over $50 for the device, overnight the foundation has said that Australians will now pay $38 for it. At the time of writing, it's unknown whether this new price includes shipping or not.

On the software-release front, Audacity 2.0 has been released; Firefox 11 has appeared, while an interesting debate goes on over whether the browser should allow support for H.264 playback if the decoders are already present on the system. Considering Mozilla's previous stance on non-Free codecs, this would be quite a turnaround. A full road map for Firefox in 2012 was published last night that includes such goodies as completing Web Sockets, silent updates, and DASH WebM support.

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anil_g
anil_g

Is Tech Republic appropriately named? It's not appropriate to make subtle politically biased comments in a technology forum. The NBN has precisely nothing to do with internet freedom, and the current and previous Labour governments have masterminded foreclosure on public scrutiny on a scale and depth never seen before in this country. And, as you point out, they're the government that is managing the internet filter, and seem to have a communications Minister who just doesn't understand the internet. Don't get yourself confused, Chris, and kindly stay on topic. The propagation of political ignorance and untruth on a technology blog is a bad look.

HAL 9000
HAL 9000

[b]Nothing more and nothing less.[/b] Reporting on these organizations who make these decisions is in no way showing any Political Bias, however me deleting your post would. ;) Col :^0

anil_g
anil_g

Do you think that smiling and winking somehow proves your point? You said: "Did you realise that you were living in a country that was an enemy of the internet? First I smugly thought I'd woken up in the future with PM Abbott and Communications Minister Turnbull busy trying to rip up the NBN," Please enlighten me where the reporting is in this sentence? You may be feeling smug but this is entirely your fantasy.

NickNielsen
NickNielsen

is to rid the site of the inevitable spam. We are not TR employees, we are volunteers. We only delete non-spam posts in the case of abusive language, profanity, or persistent personal attacks, and, in those cases, we usually let Tammy, the lead moderator (and a CBS Interactive employee), make the final decision. A common statement about the purpose of TR is that it is a site for tech, but it is also a site for techs. We not only discuss tech here, we also discuss subjects of interest to techs. These subjects have included politics, religion, economics, science, music, and even art. Your opinion is welcome and you are free to join in at any time.

anil_g
anil_g

So now out pops a gang of moderators, but nobody is moderating. So "Tech" means we can talk about technology and "Republic" means we can talk about politics, right? I'm just pointing out Chris was off topic as well as unfactual. Since then I've discovered that TechRepublic moderators like to use the platform for their own long, mis-spelled and derogatory fringe political broadcasts, so Chris looks like a weenie in comparison. The behaviour on here doesn't line up with the branding. And no comment from Chris. Oh well, I just expected better that's all.

NickNielsen
NickNielsen

were in the newsletter, not the article? In most of the newsletters I get, the takeaway is designed to grab your attention and get you to click the link; its relationship to actual content is usually tenuous. If Chris wrote it, he was expressing his opinion, as you have just done. There are quite a few opinions posted on TR with which I disagree; some of them expressed offensively. They're all still there.

PurpleSkys
PurpleSkys

Everyone is entitled to their opinion. :)

HAL 9000
HAL 9000

Buddy I support the Libs but even still You are just so wrong. :^0 :D :^0 :D But if you like I can get JWH to have a word in your ear. Nice guy even if he didn't win his own seat when he was thrown out of office along with his government. Feel free to do as you wish I'm not about to do anything to your posts as I'm laughing way too hard. :p Col

anil_g
anil_g

Woah! I think I touched a nerve there! :-) That last post just seems to have suddenly proved my point. If it reads at all it reads like a Labour party political broadcast (that bizarrely blames the opposition for problems with policy during their tenure). Apparently Col / Hal 9000 is a moderator? Is that for real? FYI: the quote I was objecting to was the editor's comment on the TechRepublic Australia Wrapper to TechRepublic members on March 14, 2012, signed "Chris". Can I submit this to the ombudsman? Who's in control around here?

HAL 9000
HAL 9000

[i]Thanks to the Australian Government???s fetish with internet filtering, the country remains on the enemies of the internet watch list. Stilgherrian over at sister site ZDNet Australia went through his reasoning why we deserve to be on the list, and wrote that: ???an ill-defined mandatory censorship system is still official government policy, we don???t know how ongoing policy reviews might turn out, and, after zero democratic process, a system has been installed that by design is almost guaranteed to cause collateral damage???.[/i] That in no way says any of what you have said was reported in the Blog. As for PM Tony Bad Habit and Communications Minister Malcolm Turn About that is something to be concerned about particularly as they are the reason why we have Fiber to the Home and not the Node to begin with, when they refused to stop Telstra from going into competition with the NBN with the money that the NBN paid Telstra for the Copper Network. If the Liberal Party had their way they would be [b]Price Gouging[/b] us at every opportunity and screwing us into the ground faster than is currently happening. We would have Telstra Cherry Picking the [b]High Profit Sites[/b] in AU to go into competition with the NBN and ignoring everywhere else. So you can read that as the business Sectors of the Capitol Cities and no where else. The Labor Party on the other hand has a [b]Fixation on Internet Filtering[/b] which by itself isn't a bad thing but the currently stated way that they want to implement it without review is a [b]Big Problem.[/b] They want to be free to add any site to a [b]Prohibited List without Due Process[/b] and no right of appeal and for that reason alone they are an [b]Enemy of the Internet.[/b] As for [i][u]Did you realize that you were living in a country that was an enemy of the internet? [/u]First I smugly thought I'd woken up in the future with PM Abbott and Communications Minister Turnbull busy trying to rip up the NBN,"[/i] Not really sure where the underlined sentence came from but it wasn't from Chris's Blog or the Link that he provided to a ZD Net Story and I use that term very loosely. So while I have no idea where you dreamed up the sentence that you find so offensive I'm not delusional enough to take things so seriously and adversely affect my health like you seem to be happy to do. Politicians from any side are [b]Lieing Bastards[/b] who will do everything possible to get their way and screw everyone else. Even those from the other side of the Political Divide to them will be handed jobs for the Boys to give them a [b]Massive Income[/b] while all the time stuffing their pockets with the Politicians [b]Supper[/b] Fund that they have collected for working for to few a years and then be able to retire at our expense and travel the world while screwing us even more and they can not be voted out as they have already left politics. The most sensible thing we ever did was setup an Artificial City in the Middle of nowhere where even the Aboriginals of the time where happy to give the land away to the [b]Foolish White Man[/b] and we could simply ignore the [b]Political Fools who thought that they ran the country.[/b] They where just a Side Show and where not in a position to do much harm and could easily be ignored. They realized this and have been working for many years to make themselves revelant to us and actually control things with the NBN they may even achieve this and from that Prospective even Tony Rabbit will do nothing to prevent that from happening no matter what he says to the contrary to improve his Political Standing. The reality however is that they are all Irrelevant no matter what is said. And the day that I stop laughing at [b]Idiot Politicians[/b] is the day that I accept the Advance Australia Award that they tried to give me. :p Col