Telstra CEO Andy Penn has taken to the company’s internal message board to tell employees that while he understands its move away from explicit support for marriage equality in Australia may be “disappointing”, he and Telstra management believe that it’s now up to government to decide the matter.
Penn says the company’s “diverse customer base” means the company should not get in the way of political “process”, and that Telstra should “respect… personal views.”
Opinion: Last year the telecommunications giant publicly supported Australian Marriage Equality, the major campaign group for same-sex marriage in Australia. Now it says “Telstra has no further plans to figure prominently in the wider public debate.”
Organisations such as Telstra in the best position and are the least likely to suffer ill consequences of any facet of society when speaking up for human rights, so why the cowardly backflip? Do contracts with the Catholic Church mean more to Telstra than the equal rights of it’s customers? It’s difficult to draw any conclusion for this other than, sadly, yes.
Video: A pair of pups (Louis C.K. as the sassy terrier type; Eric Stonestreet as his massive, shaggy rival) must learn to share an owner — and survive their run-in with the dogcatcher — in this latest trailer for The Secret Life of Pets.
Today at CinemaCon kicked off with STX Entertainment, a company you may not have heard of, but you will. They released several small movies recently (including The Gift, The Boy and Hardcore Henry). And they gave us our first look at a very enticing 2016 slate, including a film called The Space Between Us.
An intrepid team of postdocs at the Santa Fe Institute pulled off a hell of a feat last week. They gleaned some useful insights into how fads, technology and new words spread rapidly throughout the population — even faster than a deadly virus. And they did it all in just 72 hours.
Strict new standards were put into place, so strict that to date only one ‘hoverboard’ has met all of the safety certifications, becoming Australia’s only fully compliant self-balancing board available through major retail stores.
Stephen Hawking’s plan to create a starcraft that can traverse the inky blackness separating us and our cosmic neighbour is fantastically ambitious and filled with lots of “the tech will come” assumptions. But at its core, the technology that Hawking and billionaire Yuri Milner want to use to create the ship is already here. It’s just not quite at the level of development that it needs to be.
This is kind of an insane longshot, but Gale Ann Hurd, who produced The Terminator and Terminator 2, told fans last weekend that it’s at least possible she will team up with original director James Cameron on a new Terminator film.