Archive for the 'General' Category

NZ Guilt upon accusation laws come into effect on Feb 28

New Zealand's new Copyright Law presumes 'Guilt Upon Accusation' and will Cut Off Internet Connections without a trial. Join the black out protest against it!

Update: The government has stalled the law and is now considering throwing it out!

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10558313

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*shakes fist* at Australian game censorship

New Zealand has been caught in the crossfire by Australia’s draconian game classification laws. New Zealand gamers normally have a laugh at Australia’s expense due to their lack of an R18 rating for games, but not this time.

It would appear that in the opinion of Australian politicians, gamers are all children. There is no need for an R18 rating because adults don’t play video games. The consequence of this is many games are modified for the Australian market or are just banned outright. Take2, the publishers of the Grand Theft Auto series have been down the Australian censorship road before. To avoid trouble this time they’ve pre-emptively cut some of the more mature content from the game for the Australian market.

This kind of thing doesn’t normally effect New Zealand. We have an R18 rating – because adults play games. However many of the games sold in NZ for economic reasons are the Australian version. As is the case with GTA IV. So thanks to another countries brain-dead game classification laws the game New Zealanders will be playing is censored.

Alternative transport

The impact of not using your car

A great visual example of the difference between taking the car and alternative forms of transport.

Slashdot runs serious story on April fools day

Ha ha April Fools! As if /. would run anything but non-stop shit April fools jokes the whole day. Okay so it’s a slight exaggeration but I swear the jokes get worse every year…

eek!

Neal Stephensen's Diamond Age being made into a mini-series.

Pretty exciting news for Neal Stephensen fans:

Diamond Age, based on Neal Stephenson’s best-selling novel The Diamond Age: Or a Young Lady’s Illustrated Primer, is a six-hour miniseries from Clooney and fellow executive producer Grant Heslov of Smokehouse Productions.

It’s hard to imagine how the novel could be squeezed into six hours but I’m looking forward to finding out.

Zombies march on Wellington

Zombies march on Wellington

Civil servants rise from the dead to celebrate Friday the 13th