Episode 168

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15 days left to claim 50% tax rebate on tech
15 days left to claim 50% tax rebate on tech

Translated into plain English, this means that anyone running what could be described as a small business – even a one person operation – can gear up with new PC hardware (but not software or services) and claim back half of the cost as a tax deduction in their 2009-2010 return next June.

The minimum spend s $1,000


R18+ games rating is finally on the table
R18+ games rating is finally on the table

banning of several high-profile games in recent months, with games like Left 4 Dead 2, Grand Theft Auto IV, Leisure Suit Larry: Magna Cum Laude, Postal 2, Manhunt, and others among the victims of Australia’s ratings system. Many games are edited to reduce the level of sadistic violence or other objectionable material, often resulting in watered-down local equivalents to games that are released under an adults-only rating overseas.

bans are enforced on any game with content judged to be more objectionable than that which is permissible under the MA15+ rating.

The current enquiry invites public submissions on the issue through 28 February

Read dicussion paper here

Dell finds retail partner in JB Hi-Fi | The Australian
Dell finds retail partner in JB Hi-Fi

Dell products will be available at nearly 400 locations across the various retailers.

joins Dell sellers Dick Smith, The Good Guys and Officeworks.

Australian Tax Office’s Wikipedia bungle | The Australian
Australian Tax Office’s Wikipedia bungle

The Wall Street Journal noted the lift and said: “At least they took the time to Briticize it by changing Z’s to S’s.”

Sunshine Coast man faces fines over email scam | The Australian
Sunshine Coast man faces fines over email scam

A SUNSHINE Coast man has admitted to being the mastermind behind the world’s biggest email scam and faces fines of up to $200,000 next week.

Mobile phone dating company Jobspy was fined $4 million and its senior executive Scott Mark Moles ordered to pay $2.5 million.

The court was told Jobspy and Moles were involved in a complicated scheme whereby they, with other respondents, established fake dating website profiles to obtain mobile telephone numbers of genuine dating website users.

Mobile phone users were sent messages from people pretending to want to meet them.

Users who responded to the messages were charged about $5 per message.

ACMA said the scheme had cost Australian phone users more than $4 million since it began in late 2005.

fines have yielded the Federal Government’s anti-spam body, the Australian Communications and Media Authority, more than than $22 million in the past year.

ISP filter to block worst net nasties | The Australian
ISP filter to block worst net nasties

A black list of refused classification content is compiled by the Australian Communications and Media Authority through a public complaints mechanism and typically includes illegal material such as child sex abuse content, bestiality, sexual violence and the detailed instruction of crime or drug use.

This material is currently subject to take-down notices by ACMA if it is hosted online in Australia. However, ACMA is unable to directly regulate content hosted overseas.

New legislative amendments to be introduced to the Broadcasting Services Act when parliament resumes next year could see all internet service providers block refused classification-rated material hosted on overseas servers.

Diabetics get instant feedback | The Australian
Diabetics get instant feedback

Australia’s 1.5 million diabetics can now have their blood glucose levels uploaded on to their phones.

It will enable sufferers to monitor their blood sugar level more frequently as well as providing their doctor with critical information. Parents can also receive text messages on their child’s levels.

Costing just $1 a day, sufferers can subscribe to the MyGlucoHealth wireless blood glucose meter via their mobile phone. Each time they check their levels, they can send the information from the meter to their phone and then chart their levels over the internet.

A password is given to both the patient and their doctor, who can then share messages about the results.

The 9 worst tech movies of all time – CNN.com
The 9 worst tech movies of all time

Antitrust (2001)
Feardotcom (2002)
Hackers (1995)
Independence Day (1996)
Johnny Mnemonic (1995)
The Lawnmower Man (1992)
The Net (1995)
Swordfish (2001)
Weird Science (1985)

What You Watched and Searched for on YouTube in 2009

Most Watched YouTube videos (Global):
1. Susan Boyle – Britain’s Got Talent (120+ million views)
2. David After Dentist (37+ million views)
3. JK Wedding Entrance Dance (33+ million views)
4. New Moon Movie Trailer (31+ million views)
5. Evian Roller Babies (27+ million views)

Most Watched music videos on YouTube (Global)*:
1. Pitbull “I Know You Want Me” (82+ million views)
2. Miley Cyrus “The Climb” (64+ million views)
3. Miley Cyrus “Party in the U.S.A.” (54+ million views)
4. The Lonely Island “I’m On a Boat” (48+ million views)
5. Keri Hilson “Knock You Down” (35+ million views)




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BBC News – YouTube video leads to Hollywood contract
YouTube video leads to Hollywood contract

BBC News – Intel being sued for using size to keep out rivals
Intel being sued for using size to keep out rivals

BBC News – Australia introduces web filters
Australia introduces web filters

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