Australia

 
  • Valve has a censored, Australian version of Left 4 Dead 2 ready and waiting (in case it needs it)

    Valve has a censored, Australian version of Left 4 Dead 2 ready and waiting (in case it needs it)

    Australia's crazy anti-violent video game restrictions strike again! Valve submitted Left 4 Dead 2 (aren't we boycotting that game?) to whatever board is in charge of rating video games down there, and the board replied with this: yeah, this game is too violent for anyone under the age of 18. Read More

  • Australia won't be playing Left 4 Dead 2

    Australia won't be playing Left 4 Dead 2

    Sorry Australia, apparently you can't handle the zombie killing action and gore of Left 4 Dead 2. Nope, the government has decided that the graphic violence and gore, is just a little too much for the delicate sensibilities of the people of the land down under. Well, you won't be able to buy it at a retail outlet at least. Read More

  • Police try to trick hackers, with hilarious results

    Police try to trick hackers, with hilarious results

    Here's a fun story. Police in Australia thought they were being mighty clever when they took over an “underground hacking forum.” (The forum is r00t-y0u.org, though it seems to be down right now.) One of the hackers on the forum then retaliated by breaking into police computers using a simple SQL injection. Security fail. Read More

  • One Laptop Per Child heads to Australia, helps improve Aboriginal literacy

    One Laptop Per Child heads to Australia, helps improve Aboriginal literacy

    Talk about perspective. On this day when Manchester United announced that it had accepted Real Madrid's £80m bid for Cristiano Ronaldo (who will make something like €211,000 per week in Spain), we here at CG now turn our attention to the efforts being made to improve literacy. One Laptop Per Child—remember them?—has been handing out free laptops to children on Elcho Island, an… Read More

  • 90% of kids kind of sort of have cellphones

    90% of kids kind of sort of have cellphones

    A recent poll by the Australian Communications and Media Authority found that 90% of Australian children aged 15 and older own a mobile phone. This number could be higher or lower in other countries, but I suspect it's on par with what you'd expect in the U.S. as well. Read More

  • China isn't the only country that likes to censor the Internet

    China isn't the only country that likes to censor the Internet

    Yesterday's revelation that China blocks access to YouTube should not have come as any surprise, but did you know that other countries censor the Internet in their own special ways? (Happy families are all alike!) For example, did you know that India's Computer Emergency Response Team's has the power to block Web sites wily nilly? Ostensibly it was set up to help eliminate terrorist-realted sites… Read More

  • Australia to test Internet filtering (read: censorship) this month

    Australia to test Internet filtering (read: censorship) this month

    Australia looks to be moving ahead with its plan to censor Internet content on a country-wide level, and will test its array of filters later this month. To refresh your memory, the Australian government wants to block access to illegal material on the Internet, be it genuinely awful material like child pornography or something more controversial like terrorist Web sites. (Who’s a… Read More

  • Overclocking an Intel Atom in an MSI Wind to 2.38GHz

    Overclocking an Intel Atom in an MSI Wind to 2.38GHz

    Australia, land of kangaroos and terrible actors, must be beaming today, what with the news that someone there was able to overclock an Intel Atom processor to 2.38GHz. That’s the fastest we’ve ever seen an Atom run, as a matter of fact. Of course, getting the processor, found in an MSI Wind, to run that was quite the challenge, as it should be. Not since Frankenstein pieced together… Read More

  • Australia looking to become Internet censor (just like China)

    Australia looking to become Internet censor (just like China)

    Australia looks set to join China as a state-mandated Internet censor. The measure is primarily aimed at combating online child pornography, but an open-ended statement from the government’s communications minister sounds ominous: …we are talking about mandatory blocking, where possible, of illegal material. “Where possible”? That seems pretty capricious. The government… Read More

  • Some guy stabbed someone else because he was playing World of Warcraft too loudly

    Some guy stabbed someone else because he was playing World of Warcraft too loudly

    Kids, when your friend asks you to lower the volume of your computer while you’re playing World of Warcraft please do so as soon as possible. Because if you don’t you might end up getting stabbed. In the head. With a chef’s knife. That’s exactly what happened in Australia. The victim is doing about as well as one could after being attacked with a knife; only one of his… Read More