RIP John Clarke!

Aractus 10, April, 2017

I just heard that political satirist John Clarke has died. RIP you wonderful man! John was 68 years young.  

Youtube Adpocalypse: Advertiser speaks out

Aractus 09, April, 2017

What started out as an ad boycott by several large corporations and governments, has quickly grown into something else entirely. Full disclosure: I encourage all my readers to install uBlock Origin immediately, if you don’t already have it installed, all all devices. It is a featured extension in Firefox. Adblockers are one of the best […]

Prison Break is back – review

Aractus 06, April, 2017

If the early reviews are to be believed then Prison Break is in trouble, and its return is lacklustre and offensively islamophobic on a 24 scale. Before proceeding do note that some spoilers will be given towards the end of this review, after the two images of Michael’s tombstone. Let’s start with the criticisms of […]

The Great Youtube Ad Boycott of 2017

Aractus 05, April, 2017

Well by now you should know exactly what I think about internet advertising. Youtube represents everything wrong with the internet. And I must admit that I spend way too much of my time on it. UBlock Origin is now the recommended/featured ad blocker in FireFox. When you click on Get Add-Ons (about:addons in the address […]

The Symantec SSL shitstorm!

Aractus 31, March, 2017

UPDATE 1: A few of the facts outlined below are wrong. I will update this post in a few hours to make it both more balanced, and more accurate. Until then I refer to a response from Symantec here, and you can make your own minds up about it. Okay, so in my last post […]

The Commonwealth Bank loses its green bar!

Aractus 30, March, 2017

UPDATE: Corrections made (01/04/2017). Here’s a look at Australia’s “big four”… first in Firefox: And then in Chrome: Notice anything? Where’s the green EV Bar? Should you be concerned. Well if you’re a CommBank customer – absolutely you should. I have just sent a short email to Commbank informing them their website appears to be […]

Marriage equality now?

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No, I don’t think so. And to be honest, I don’t at all feel bad for gays and lesbians who are demanding we enact it through this term of Parliament. But before you leave in disgust and label me a bigot let me explain: I do agree we should work towards legislating same-sex marriage, but […]

Is OJ Innocent? A Review

Aractus 07, February, 2017

Conclusion So let me start this off by doing one of the shortest film reviews in history, and laying my cards on the table. I’m going to give the docu-series 3/10. It’s not completely terrible, but most of it is unnecessary padding, and there was no reason to make it seem like Jason is the […]

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 […]

The Force Awakens: Still terrible and here’s why!

Aractus 28, December, 2016

RIP Carrie! 21-10-1956 – 27-12-2016. What a difference a year makes! Feel free to read my original review first, this is more of a supplement to that post than anything else. As usual, some spoilers are ahead. Why is the film bad? I’ve had a lot of discussions with people over the past year, many […]

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 […]

What’s the deal with mythicists?

Aractus 22, November, 2016

Before we begin, please view this short 18 second clip: Bart Ehrman. Video © Mythicist Milwaukee, 2016. As Bart says above and will wholeheartedly agree, I don’t think Christians are foolish. There are many types of atheists, and again as Bart puts it, some are atheist fundamentalist, every bit as bad as a fundamental Christian. […]

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 […]

Hillary you lost: accept it

Aractus 15, November, 2016

Following the US Presidential election something very interesting has happened. It’s also quite serious and I’m not writing to make light of it. Now I know some of you might think “that doesn’t sound like Aractus, he hates the US”, but there are two reasons why I need to be serious about this. Firstly, because […]

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 […]