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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.


Instagram Does Not Want This Garbage-Reporting App To Be Called Littergram

There’s a small British app that allows people to take pictures of trash on the street then report it to local authorities so they can do something about it. But Instagram thinks that its name — Littergram — is garbage.


Belgium Is Giving Its Population Iodine Tablets In Case Of Nuclear Disaster

Maybe the Belgians known something we don’t. The country has just decided to give everyone iodine pills for the event of nuclear catastrophe.


Fun Explanation Of The Camera Trick Behind A Viral Vine

A few weeks back, you might have seen a video floating around of what appeared to be Viner Kevin Parry playing catch with his own reflection. It’s hard to look away from, but it’s obviously impossible. That led commenters to speculate on how the trick was done.


How Long Will It Take Your Furball To Shred One Of These Incredible Cardboard Cathouses?

Cardboard has long served as an inexpensive plaything for cats. It’s a cheap material that you can use to build a climbing structure, or a cosy place for them to hide. Far from a weekend craft project, these cardboard landmarks won’t be an eyesore sitting in the corner of your living room.


Is Captain America's Shield Really Bulletproof?

Video: Cap’s shield has deflected all kinds of shit over the last few years, but outside the Marvel universe, vibranium is in short supply. So what can Captain America’s shield do when it’s made of titanium?


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.


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