Trump V. Turnbull

Aractus 02, February, 2017

Turnbull on Sunday: Tells Australians that Trump has agreed to honour the deal made under the Obama administration. Tuesday-Wednesday: White House spokesman say that no decision has been made yet whether to progress with the deal, and that any refuges would need to face “extreme vetting”. Note that we’re talking about people who have already […]

HTTP is officially deprecated. SSL is DEAD.

Aractus 30, January, 2017

Just in case anyone’s confused by the title – SSL is dead, its successor is TLS and that’s what people really mean when they say SSL now (we still call security certificates SSL certificates). In the latest Firefox update Mozilla quietly put into action the first step in their plan to phase out HTTP. What […]

Rogue One – Reviewed

Aractus 15, December, 2016

This post contains SPOILERS, however plot details are very light in this review. Well what can I say? Is it as bad as The Force Awakens? The Good Let’s start on the positives. At least this time the cinematography wasn’t awful, although the cross-cut action editing was annoying as hell. The first 20 minutes or […]

Dr. Phil exploiting Shelley Duvall

Aractus 23, November, 2016

So, before we begin here is a hopelessly low quality copy of the episode. As it is copyrighted, I will have to remove it if asked (and I will probably remove it anyway quite soon), however I am aware that this show is no longer being promoted or marketed, and there is no way to […]

Indians are selling your personal information!

Aractus 19, November, 2016

Continuing on from my security-based theme, let’s examine the claims made by a Fairfax investigation that a bunch of Indians are selling Telstra, Optus, and Vodafine customer details. According to the report, they (a company called AI Solutions as well as others) will sell anyone willing to pay: your name, your address, your date of […]

Is this website safe?

Aractus 16, November, 2016

I want my visitors and readers to know that I take your experience seriously. I don’t want to waste your time with a trashy blog, and I don’t want you to feel you were click-baited or otherwise mislead either. One of the things that keeps my website objective is that it is not a commercial […]

How I predicted a Trump win

Aractus 11, November, 2016

Well firstly, I didn’t. I’ve been saying for a number of months now that I viewed the most likely outcome as a Trump victory, I never said I knew he would win mind you. I can’t see the future – I gave my assessment, not a “prediction” per se. In this post I’ll explain how […]

Protected: Androgen-insensitivity syndrome

Aractus 03, November, 2016

There is no excerpt because this is a protected post.

I’m NOT sorry UKTV: I will “pirate”!

Aractus 21, September, 2016

Right. It’s been exactly one year since my last deliberately provocative post on copyright. Then I was talking about Doctor Who and our inferior quality experience in Australia. Here we have Red Dwarf S11E01 which isn’t even yet scheduled for Australian broadcast. Now I am not a fan of online streaming, and I will never […]

Freelee & Durianrider – health experts or hacks?

Aractus 17, September, 2016

There is a section at the end of this blog post about their recent Tumblr drama, but the focus on this blog post is on the question health advice, as well as mental health. Okay, so let’s get right into this. They both have a superiority complex – and I have one as well. I […]

Census privacy woes

Aractus 04, August, 2016

Updated 8-8-1026 Well. I have been swearing a lot in the last two days at my television. Mostly that’s because the ABS’s chief statistician David W. Kalisch seems to have no fucking clue when it comes to the privacy problems with the 2016 Census. Now I want to say something very clearly. I fully support […]

More changes are coming…

Aractus 29, July, 2016

I want to let YOU know about upcoming changes here. I’m developing my own ‘wordpress theme’, which in other word means my own code. It will look substantially similar to the current ‘wood is good’ theme, but will be pure XML (as opposed to pseud-SGML) and optimised for different resolutions (responsive). In addition I’ve been […]

Enjoy your all new secure experience!

Aractus 07, July, 2016

Welcome to my blog. Let me make this clear from the outset: I don’t share visitor information (in fact I barely even look at it myself). My blog does not set any cookies unless you interact with it (i.e. submit a comment or attempt to log into the administration panel), and is used purely for […]

Magician stabs TV presenter’s hand!

Aractus 05, July, 2016

Marcin prepares to stab TV presenter with magic prop. Well, there’s a wonderful video of this incident, as it happened live on Polish television. I have embedded the video at the end of the blog post if you wish to view it. The Magician is Marcin Poloniewicz, reportedly a semi-finalist of “Poland’s Got Talent”. Ironically […]

How to claim your online privacy

Aractus 04, October, 2015

This follows on from my last post. In my last post I provided some broad information on internet privacy, and why it is important. People need it for all kinds of legitimate reasons – whether you’re watching some kinky 80’s porn in privacy, or whether you’re seeking debt consultation, you have every right to privacy. […]

Data retention: The invasion of privacy

Aractus 29, September, 2015

Privacy is a basic human right, defined in Article 12 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (see also Right to Privacy in the Digital Age). We should all be very concerned with invasions of our privacy, or where our privacy is not guaranteed. Or when our data is accessed illegally (as in PRISM) by […]

I’m NOT sorry BBC: I WILL pirate!

Aractus 21, September, 2015

Around this time last year the BBC was trying to influence Australian policy (see the TorrentFreak article, the BBC website article, and the submission itself). They claimed that Australians were pirating Doctor Who (OF COURSE THEY ARE!), despite the show being simulcast, despite the iView service, and despite being broadcast in a prime-time timeslot on […]

Kogan – just cheap rubbish?

Aractus 04, June, 2015

You know, I’ve shared my views on Apple, Google, Microsft, and others that rip us Aussie’s off by not paying taxes – in Apple’s case they also refused to honour consumer guarantees – and in Apple and Google’s cases also sell in-app purchases designed to elicit high spending through the use of operant conditioning (see […]

Academic Essay Writing and Plagiarism

Aractus 10, May, 2015

As you may know, I’m presently studying at undergraduate level. This semester I was required to write a total of three Essays. I have got the result back from my first one, 83/100 (although I have disputed 1 point with the marker and we’ll have to see how that plays out – if I’m successful […]

Web Browsers and Google’s Monopoly

Aractus 22, August, 2014

I recently realized that I hate every modern web browser. There are no good browsers any-more. Maxthon used to be one of my favourites, now I hate it. Opera used to be a favourite, now I hate it the most. Internet Explorer used to be decent, but now it’s awful. Chrome and Firefox are not […]