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Friday, 20 July

00:24

Australia Says No to Software Patents "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

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Summary: Rokt is now fighting the Australian patent office over its decision to reject software patents; Shelston IP, an Australian patent law firm (originally from Melbourne), already meddles a great deal in such policies/decisions, hoping to overturn them

LEAVING aside the EPO and USPTO, two of the worlds largest English-speaking patent offices, there has been some news from Australia, where IP Australia (the Australian patent office) told stakeholders that software isnt really patent-eligible anymore. Weve seen several articles about this lately (we mentioned some a week ago) and Lawyerly is the latest to spread the news and shed light on it. Rokts software innovative but not patentable, IP Australia tells court is the headline. Heres the key part: An invention that simply puts a business method or scheme into a computer is not patentable, the Commissioner of Patents told a court Wednesday on the first day of a highly anticipated trial over a rejected software patent application by marketing tech startup Rokt.

This was achieved in the face of great pressure and constant lobbying from law firms.Fantastic! Well done, Australia!

This was achieved in the face of great pressure and constant lobbying from law firms. We wrote about it dozens of times over the years and named some of the culprits. In Australia weve seen Shelston IP quite a lot recently, attacking the policy and smearing officials for doing the right thing. Shelston IP went further than this and attempted the same thing in New Zealand, where software patents have never been allowed.

Earlier this week we saw Shelston IP rearing its ugly head again...

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Thursday, 19 July

15:42

My Health Record Opting out CounterAct

People in this country have demonstrated the level of trust they have in government by crashing websites and call systems with 20 000 people opting out of #MyHealthRecord in the first day.

We are providing a round up for you to enable an informed decision. As we support and train advocates and activists we have become more aware of the huge issue of digital privacy and how little the average person seems aware of, let alone the activist community. We want to help improve literacy in this area, and encourage more discussion regarding the extensive surveillance and data harvesting undertaken by government and corporates.

You can check out the huge compilation of concerns we covered during the #CensusFail situation. Regarding MyHealthRecord, you can assume all of the privacy concerns apply but also throw in sexual activity and orientation, gender, stigmatised diseases, prescriptions which could identify your condition, life threatening and chronic health conditions, fertility and more to get a full picture of concerns.

Oh, and sections of this data is reportedly going to be accessible by NEARLY ONE MILLION PEOPLE. At the minimum all doctors (more than 70,000) and pharmacies (of which there are nearly 30,000) will have access to significant aspects.

TL, DR ~ huge privacy concerns have been raised you can opt out until 15th October 2018.

Here are some considerations:

  • The government is not capable of securing data. This has been proven time, and time again.
  • The government has used personal data for political reasons, giving private Centrelink information to a journalist.
  • The Department of Health last year commissioned the development of the framework for using My Health Record data for purposes other than its primary purpose of providing healthcare to an individual. This could include research and policy analysis (source).
  • The decision is permanent. If you dont opt out now, you get a record regardless, and apparently will not be able to opt out in future. Your record will remain on file for 30 years after yo...

15:32

Ugandan Social Media Tax Following a tradition of quelling dissent? Castan Centre for Human Rights Law

By Shardha Rajam and Mihika Poddar

On June 1st this year, the Parliament of Uganda imposed a tax on usage of social media and internet messaging platforms such as Whatsapp, Facebook and Twitter. The Ugandan Government, which on prior occasions has shut down and regularly censored digital media, claimed that the tax was imposed to raise revenue and to stop the spread of rumours. In a country with a per capita GDP of $615, a $19 tax on access of social media is prohibitive, increasing the digital divide and consequently stifling free speech. Given that Ugandas budgetary expenditure was almost double its revenues in 2016-17, the social media tax has been welcomed by some as a move to bridge the fiscal deficit. Here, we explore how the tax falls foul of some of the basic freedoms guaranteed in international instruments.

The tax was imposed by Ugandas Excise Duty (Amendment) Bill, 2018 as part of an overhaul of the excise duty law which is to take effect in July. The tax is levied on all over the top (OTT) services, which generally indicates communications services provided over the internet, that run on top of traditional telecommunications networks that are heavily regulated. The bill defines such services as transmission or receipt of voice of messages over the internet protocol network This would include all social media as well as internet-messaging platforms.

While a tax in and of itself may seem justifiable, as a levy on the use of a service, and as not hampering free speech as it is not a complete shutdown, an impact-based assessment would indicate otherwise. Users are already taxed for using airtime and data, and therefore, would in fact be subject to double taxation by the social media tax. The digital divide, especially in the developing world, is troubling, and is mostly attributable to economic barriers to data and services, as well as government policies of censorship and creation of other access barriers. In this backd...

14:34

Canberra: its not the new Melbourne "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

The once-obscure bush capital, and its number plates, have been keen to adopt new hipster clothing; to present as something like that cool inland city that your best mate lives in. Yet like every trend that drapes itself in ironic sentiment, theres more than a kernel of serious intent here, as there is to the apparently outlandish claim that Canberra yes, Canberra is now the cultural capital of Australia.

14:00

5 Awe-Inspiring Museums and Galleries to Visit When in Melbourne "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Melbourne, Australia

Published July 19, 2018

Known as the second biggest and most populated city in Australia, Melbourne is a must-visit travel destination in the whole world. With its enthralling arts scene, every visitor will surely be in awe. There are tons of awesome spots to check out here, especially for the art and culture lovers.

Melbourne is also called as the Cultural Capital of Australia. With its numerous museums and galleries, one can say that it deserves the title. So, here are a few of the top art buildings you can visit to understand deeper and explore more about Melbournes magic:

National Gallery of Victoria

Pay a visit to the oldest public art gallery in the Land Down Under. It is home to over 70,000 pieces of art in two locations. The Australian collection can be found at the Ian Potter Gallery in Federation Square, which features the history of Australian art. One of its highlights is The Pioneer, a huge triptych format by Frederick McCubbin. On the other hand, the international collection is in St. Kilda Road building. This building is known for The Great Hall where you can lie on the floor and see its colorful stained glass ceiling.

Scienceworks

Come by Scienceworks to enjoy first-hand science experiences. This interactive science and technology museum offers changing exhibits, demonstrations, and guided tours daily to all visitors. You can check out the Sportsworks exhibit and Planetarium for a more exciting activity. Not to mention, this museum is autism-friendly one with social maps and scripts showing high and low sensory spaces. It is going to be a fun-filled learning day at Scienceworks, for sure!

National Sports Museum

Melbourne is the sporting capital of Australia. This is why sports stadiums are one of the citys main tourist attractions. Take a trip down memory lane at the National Sports Museum and learn about the sporting history of the city. Once here, you can also see a lot of memorabilia that will make you remember the significant sporting moments that happened in Melbourne.

Immigration Museum

Head over Immigration Museum to see engaging and special exhibits of the people who call Melbourne their home. Situated in the Old Customs House, this museum tells the real stories of those wh...

11:31

start - [Talks] added Malcolm to 2018-06-25 MLUG

Next Meeting 30th July 2018 Address PlaceThe Great Northern HotelAddress 644 Rathdowne St (corner of Pigdon St), Carlton North VIC 3054 Pre-meeting 6pm dining function room Time for Talks 7:30pm in the dining function roomWebsite Phone (03) 9380 9569

07:57

The African gangs issue is driven by a political agenda "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Contributed from Victoria

The good thing is that there is rising concern, especially in Melbourne, over the claim by certain politicians and sections of the media, that African gangs have made this city unsafe. It has been said  that that it is so bad, that people are too afraid to go out for a meal at night.

As someone who lives in Melbourne, gets about and knows a lot of people here, this is not our experience.

There have been some violent incidents. What city with a population of four and a half million doesnt have them? The trouble is, when it comes from the hand of an African, it is reported as African crime. When it comes form the hand of a non-African, it is just crime. No one has presented evidence that the rate of incidence between the two is any different. Why is this happening?

One problem for the Africans is that having a different colour skin makes them stand out from the crowd. And this can tap into latent discrimination. For instance, the It did not stop this from being used to portray an image of African violence.

shot of Channel 7 beat up story

There have been other armed robberies in Melbourne committed by people from other racial and ethnic backgrounds. They do not fit into the narrative and are therefore  not treated in the same way.

When an Anglo Australian commits the crime, it is never presented as proof for the need to impose law and order on the Anglo Australian community. The same applies when there is a brawl at a pub, or when a gang of young white skinned teenagers pounce on someone.

Despite the emotive and fraudulent and unethical nature of the reporting by Channel 7 and the usual News Corp cabal, and repeated by Channel 10, politicians lo...

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Wednesday, 18 July

22:31

Thank God It's Yelling Gross Habit

Stefan Molyneux and Lauren Southern are two extremely ordinary individuals who have tried to overcome their lack of talent and to the bone mediocrity by becoming full time haters. Lauren has a Stupid Person Deep Voice and Stefan is unattractive in the way of a creepy office worker with a secret life that is unfortunately jogging. Both of these almost humans make a living cranking out repellent theories so in need of correction I wonder if they're middle siblings, because the resentment that fucks out of their pores is wet to the touch even just watching them. He's a whiner, she's an oaf and together they're coming to Melbourne to speak from their ghastly word holes at the fucking unlucky fans tragically drawn into their web of dried dog shit.

I watched some of their video bullshit and edited that down into short snippets to make them look as stupid as possible, because no blow is too low to throw at these two scumbags. They are both extremely racist, he is extremely sexist and it's amazing she puts up with being around his tiny dick energy, but denial and neediness is how this nauseating world of wannabe fascists works. It's people who would normally avoid each other, but like the emotional lepers they are, all they have is each other. People like you and I will hang out with people who have different hobbies than us, but in this world ultra Zionists will work side by side with Nazis. Because they're all horrific specimens of moral decay, they all magically believe they've got the drop on each other so they're happy to hang out.

I could be wrong about some of this, but unlike these fuckwits I am a human who is allowed to make mistakes, while these people are dogs working desperately to bring evil into the world, an evil that will accept them because deep down they are actual demons. Maybe their fans can be deprogrammed but these people aren't just interested in bad ideas they don't understand won't help them, they are the peddlers of hate and long gone from human help.

We don't yet know the location of Friday's toxic speech event. Why? Because a publicised location would mean a a big effort to force the venue not to let it go ahead, an effort that would work.  They have to tell the punters eventually though, so on Friday we'll know at some point and people will descend on the joint to shut it down, or if there are too many cops, make it very uncomfortable with a lot of noise. I will be there as part of Yelling At Racist Dogs Bloc and we will heap abuse on the punters arriving for the show. The abuse will feel very real and like the dipshits they are they will make a show of laughing it off, but we will know, for we will feel their shame.

We don't give a fuck what any of these ticket buying turkeys have to say about literally anything. Our shared opinion is that these racist fuckheads need to be yelled at with full force. I must add that we find the usual chanting useful for our own morale but not m...

21:11

Kastoria Music Club Newlands Community News

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The great times continue at our very own live music venue, the Kastoria Music Club!


20:53

For Sale Newlands Community News

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Ikea sofa bed with storage underneath.
Navy blue cover with some fading at back as per photos. 

Cushions not included. $50 ONO. 0408 522 908.




20:43

Community Talks Safe Space Newlands Community News

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This special event 'Community Talks Safe Spaces  is an opportunity for conversation and reflection in our community re our concerns about violence and creating safer spaces.

This event has been created by one of the singers in the Trolls Carmen Lahiff-Jenkins together with her partner 

My son Quinn who is a teenager with autism, was beaten savagely outside a Melbourne High school in May by boys with spanners. There is something so sad and very wrong about young boys doing this, what would compel such fear and anger in them?  Everyone has the right to feel safe in the community, but the fact is we dont all feel safe. Women, people with disabilities, LGBTIQ communities, children and the elderly are the groups that are at highest risk of violence in public spaces, let alone in the home. And men are at highest risk of suicide. Is something broken in our communities?

Carmen has invited a panel of amazing speakers (see the link) to discuss these issues - it is a free event so even if you do not feel like singing please come and support the discussion.
 Please tell all your mates and share share share this link on Facebook or via email, help Carmen spread the word - thanks folks!

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20:40

Free Newlands Community News

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Hello Newlands Community News. 


To give away -

1) Glass bottles and lids - clean, various sizes. 



2) Magazines - for electronics buffs. 
- Australian Electronics - 1986 editions 
- Silicon Chip (the new name) - editions from 1987 - 2017.
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20:34

Mums and Bubs Yoga Newlands Community News

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Mums and Bubs Yoga in Preston.

Starting next Wednesday 25 June.

Mums and bubs yoga is a weekly space to fill your own well and re-center. The practice supports mother and baby bonding and is a way to spend time with other mums in your area. The practice focuses on strengthening and stabilising the core, the pelvic floor, and opening the shoulders and upper back. The sessions are held with the babies on the mother's mat. There are opportunities to playfully interact with your baby during the yoga positions. We may massage the babies, tickle them, chant, sing or rock them.




For any further information contact Melisa Chabierski.
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20:32

For Sale Newlands Community News

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Desk in a cupboard!




Desk in great condition with lockable doors $95. Call 8528 2332. Pick up Newlands.

20:25

Inclusive Yoga Newlands Community News

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Inclusive yoga classes!



Inclusive yoga is suitable for everyone - seniors, people with physical or intellectual disability, those suffering chronic physical illness or mental health conditions and people who prefer a gentle yoga class.

This soothing practice will assist with joint mobility, strength, balance and general health.

Inclusive yoga welcomes people with a disability and those who may find joining a regular yoga class difficult. It can be a useful compliment to ones ongoing medical care.

This is a gentle hatha yoga class for people experiencing chronic pain, disability, anxiety and other related health issues. It is a supportive, physical and mindful practice which can be done seated in a chair.

There are also options to participate in postures to assist balance and relaxation, including standing with a chair and laying supine on a mat.


How can inclusive yoga help you?

Youll learn controlled breathing techniques which help to balance the central nervous system and generate a calm and a mindful approach to self. By directing the blood flow with posture and breath, you will oxygenate your cells. Healthy cells promote health to the body-systems, in particular aiding digestion and circulation.

Realise enjoyment while energy flows through your body as you move.


Is this class right for you?

Initially Simone will privately and confidentially discuss any acute or chronic injury or health condition you may have, in order to offer you the safest and most appropriate yoga practice for your current level of fitness and health.

Elements of the class will be general to all participants and there will be some individual attention and instruction, as required.


About the teacher:

Simone Litchfield is a yoga synergy teacher who has been practicing yoga for 28 years and teaching for the last 8 years.

Simone also has a background in contemporary dance and she works with people of all ages and with various levels of physical and intellectual ability.


Important: Please wear comfortable, modest clothing.

If you require specialised physical assistance, please bring your carer.

Feel safe in t...

17:00

Melbourne's #SaveOurABC rally: 'Keep your grubby mitts off' "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

Melbourne's #SaveOurABC rally: 'Keep your grubby mitts off'The message at Melbourne's packed #SaveOurABC rally was clear: 'Keep your grubby mitts off OUR ABC'. read now...

16:08

Why the alt-right want to call Australia home "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

On Friday, Canadian alt-right YouTuber and activist Lauren Southern will host the Melbourne leg of her national speaking tour, alongside fellow alt-right YouTuber and compatriot Stefan Molyneux. Southerns video announcing her tour really tries to bring the drama: You guys are at a crossroads. Do you want to retain your culture your borders, family, identity? Or will the boats keep coming, the no-go zones keep growing and will you become another victim of multiculturalism?

15:24

When Doves Cry Gross Habit

An absolute vow to remain wrong at all times is at the floppy lukewarm core of US Liberalism, but it's a funny thing, because as fanatically pretentious and preposterously full of shit as they are, their extremely pompous fuckwittedness hasn't made me turn to the Right and become a fascist. Maybe it's Being Normal No Matter What that drives these people mad? I am fucked if I care. Fuck off.


The shallowest, psychologically inbred hothouse flowers in all civilisation are of course devastated to see Donald Trump- a man who definitely shits standing up- taking an endless series of leaning forward weirdly shits in the Oval Office. But you just know he could be jailed for multiple offences and that in their hearts his real crime would be that he has clearly never watched The West Wing.

These fucking people.

Obama was cool because he did not give a flying fuck about anyone but himself. Watching him stand by as people's hopes were crushed over and over was amazing. People wanted to believe he had hidden depths because he was cool and he was cool because he didn't give a shit. It's not fair to say he is the perfect American Liberal, he's on another level of self worship, but he to this day is what these fucking idiots believe in, because they believe in surfaces.

I tried watching the West Wing but could not hack it. Jesus Christ. People who believe in America should be shot in the throat and kicked down two flights of stairs so they choke to death on their own blood upside down in a tangle of broken limbs. And as they lock pleading eyes with a homeless person who lives next to the last rat shitted stair at the end of the alley and who lives there because of people who believe in America but know fuck all about society and care less about people? A white dove is released, splattering white shit onto the annoying haircut of the dying Hashtag Resistance terrorist. Don't ask me about the logistics of that, I'm about vision.

People who hero worship Obama and the Clintons were defeated by a fucking moron and they still don't get it. That sort of self absorption is not a mistake though, it's pumped into people's heads by a propaganda machine that has escaped into the wild. The propaganda machine roams the jungle at night, farting it's nightmares into the dreams of the gibbering sleep babies of America. There is no getting through to these people, they are glued to their pillows by their own drool, dreaming their Normal dreams. These...

14:08

"What Causes Chest Pain When Feelings Are Hurt?" "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

"What Causes Chest Pain When Feelings Are Hurt?"
by Robert Emery and Jim Coan

"When people have their feelings hurt, what is actually happening inside the body to cause the physical pain in the chest?" - Josh Ceddia, Melbourne, Australia

"Robert Emery and Jim Coan, professors of psychology at the University of Virginia, reply: "Terms such as heartache and gut wrenching are more than mere metaphors: they describe the experience of both physical and emotional pain. When we feel heartache, for example, we are experiencing a blend of emotional stress and the stress-induced sensations in our chest- muscle tightness, increased heart rate, abnormal stomach activity and shortness of breath. In fact, emotional pain involves the same brain regions as physical pain, suggesting the two are inextricably connected.

But how do emotions trigger physical sensations? Scientists do not know, but recently pain researchers uncovered a possible pathway from mind to body. According to a study from the University of Arizona and the University of Maryland, activity in a brain region that regulates emotional reactions called the anterior cingulate cortex helps to explain how an emotional insult can trigger a biological cascade. During a particularly stressful experience, the anterior cingulate cortex may respond by increasing the activity of the vagus nerve- the nerve that starts in the brain stem and connects to the neck, chest and abdomen. When the vagus nerve is overstimulated, it can cause pain and nausea.

Heartache is not the only way emotional and physical pain intersect in our brain. Recent studies show that even experiencing emotional pain on behalf of another person- that is, empathy- can influence our pain perception. And this empathy effect is not restricted to humans. In 2006 a paper published in "Science" revealed that when a mouse observes its cage mate in agony, its sensitivity to phy...

12:22

Australias nuclear testing before the 1956 Olympics in Melbourne should be a red flag for Fukushima in 2020 "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

 https://theconversation.com/australias-nuclear-testing-before-the-1956-olympics-in-melbourne-should-be-a-red-flag-for-fukushima-in-2020-85787 Sue Rabbitt Roff Part time tutor in Medical Education, University of Dundee October 19, 2017 

The scheduling of Tokyo 2020 Olympic events at Fukushima is being seen as a public relations exercise to dampen fears over continuing radioactivity from the reactor explosion that followed the massive earthquake six years ago.

It brings to mind the British atomic bomb tests in Australia that continued until a month before the opening of the 1956 Olympic Games in Melbourne  despite the known dangers of fallout travelling from the testing site at Maralinga to cities in the east. And it reminds us of the collusion between scientists and politicians British and Australian to cover up the flawed decision-making that led to continued testing until the eve of the Games.

Australias prime minister Robert Menzies agreed to atomic testing in December 1949. Ten months earlier, Melbourne had secured the 1956 Olympics even though the equestrian events would have to be held in Stockholm because of Australias strict horse quarantine regimes.

The equestrians were well out of it. Large areas of grazing land and therefore the food supplies of major cities such as Melbourne were covered with a light layer of radiation fallout from the...

Tuesday, 17 July

00:00

Seeking a humanitarian FOSS outreach position "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

In 2017 I spent some time working with the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN-OCHA). While I developed a number of software tools in that role, what made me truly effective was the fact that I could develop everything open source. The amount of advice, pull requests, and feedback that I enthusiastically received from public experts was tremendous, and Im sure that this was helped in no small part by the fact that I was working for a high-profile humanitarian organisation.

Ever since then, Ive been thinking. What if I could do humanitarian open source outreach as a job?

Theres tremendous appeal to me for a paid outreach position; not only am I able to deliver more value than I could on my own, but theres also opportunities for me to learn, to teach, to further the careers of others, and to build communities. While Ive been privately offered positions as a developer evangelist at a number of companies, working in the humanitarian space is much more in line with my values.

Ive a lot that would qualify me for this role. Ive been writing and speaking about open source for decades. Ive launched and managed numerous successful open source projects in the past, the largest of whichthe Comprehensive Kerbal Archive Networkhas hundreds of contributors and hundreds of thousands of users. I thoroughly enjoy knowledge exchange of all sorts. And finally Im also a prominent public speaker, especially able to draw a large audience when it comes to technical and social matters. Alongside many technical talks, Ive also given presentations on open source and humanitarian efforts, mental health, and whether technology is making the world a better place.

Of course such a role would not be without its challenges. Structuring a project to maximise contributions and community growth often involves using different tools and methodologies than would be used for an internal project. My schedule tends to be choppy, as I travel a lot for conferences, but this also means Im able to do more outreach as I go. Im based in Australia, which can present its own time coordination challenges.

My ideal role would be be half to three-quarter time, based in Melbourne or remotely, and would have me developingand most importantly helping others developopen source tools in the humanitarian sector. Id be particularly happy with a system that involves scalable programmable voice, as Ive been working with that a lot recently, but Im well su...

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