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Friday, April 29, 2016

Gizmodo Australia


Australians Should Be Allowed To Circumvent Geoblocking: Productivity Commission 

Australian consumers should be allowed to use technologies like VPNs and proxies to defeat the efforts of companies like Netflix and HBO that stop them from accessing digital content libraries from other countries. That’s the thrust of a Productivity Commission draft report into overhauling Australia’s existing copyright laws that has just been released.

The Phantom Of The Opera Terrifies In This Menacing New Poster 

The 1925 silent version of The Phantom of the Opera starring Lon Chaney is one of horror’s most celebrated films, and deservedly so. This celebration will continue this Saturday, April 30, when Dark Hall Mansion releases this gorgeous, gothic poster for the film by artist Nicolas Delort.

Taking Incredibly Detailed Pictures Of Bugs Is A Work Of Art 

Video: Photographer Levon Biss takes such incredibly detailed pictures of insects (most smaller than 1cm) that he can blow up his insect portraits to nearly 3m in size. It’s a treat to see him work. And there is just so much work involved in photographing each insect. He lights each specific section of the bug (antennas, eyes and so on) and photographs them individually so that every part will look its best. Because he uses a microscopic lens to capture the detail in each bug, he has to take thousands of photos to make up for its shallow depth of field. His final images are made up of 8000-10,000 photographs. Incredible.

Johnny Five, Our One True Robot Hero, Might Soon Be An Official LEGO Set 

Twenty-two years before WALL·E’s sermon about over-consumption hit theatres, an even better movie robot had already saved the day. Every child of the ’80s wanted Short Circuit’s Johnny Five as their best friend, and now that we’re all grown up, that might actually come true with a little help from LEGO.

GoPros Make Road Biking Look Way More Intense 

Video: Road biking is a sport normally associated with skinny Europeans and creative cheating. But beyond the packaged hour-long TV highlights, it’s also an incredibly gritty and dedicated sport.

The HTML Rube Goldberg Machine Is A Vortex You Can't Escape 

Every web developer take note: Sebastian Ly Serena has come up with a brilliant way to make your website more entertaining and captivating — without clogging it up with boring content. Just turn it into a HTML-based Rube Goldberg machine and watch the clicks roll in.

Lighting A Match With Another Match Is A Useful Trick To Know 

Video: Sometimes life gives you too many damn matches and not enough things to strike them on. In those situations, just burn those matches together by using them to ignite each other. It’s fun (because fire is fun) and easy — just group four matches together in a square formation in one hand and then strike another match in between them for maximum fire power.

The Evolution Of Captain America In TV And Film 

Video: Like the country he represents, Captain America has changed a lot over the years. Though the 75-year-old super soldier was born as a reaction to fascism, Cap has gone through all manner of cancellations and team changes, appeared in various shows and PSAs and come out the other end of Marvel’s cinematic universe as a protofascist bully with lingering PTSD.

This Rumour About A California Senator's Views On iPhone Encryption Is Too Amazing To Be True 

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The complex battle between Apple and the FBI over the San Bernardino shooter’s iPhone was tough for most people to fully grasp. But for Senator Barbara Boxer, who represents Apple’s home state of California, it’s as easy as swiping her finger across her phone.

The Illuminati's Secret Celebrity Murder And Cloning Centres, Explained 

Have you ever noticed that, sometimes, a certain celebrity seems ever so slightly off? Maybe its an errant beauty mark or the fact that their eyelids have begun to blink sideways. You can feel in your heart that something’s just not right. That’s because your darling idol is dead.

US Border Patrol Doesn't Want A Wall, They Want Drones And Sensors 

Many people have pointed out that Donald Trump’s idea for a wall along the entirety of the US-Mexico border is silly. Most undocumented immigrants enter the country legally and simply overstay their visas. But what do US Border and Customs officials really want along the border? More tech.
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