Three years jail if you torrent in India

India has always been a free haven for accessing torrent websites, but it would now appear that even accessing these comes with a warning: three year jail, and a possible fine of Rs 3 lakh. In the past, the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has issued orders for blocking of websites, over illegal and pirated content, but new ones keep popping up. Even so, accessing a torrents website was not a problem for most Indian users, and none of the blocked URLs ever flashed a warning sign with the possible consequences. That is until now.

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Australian boffins break another solar world record

A team of Australian National University scientists has brought economically competitive, grid-scale solar thermal energy generation closer to reality, after achieving a new record in efficiency for the technology that could compete with the cost of electricity from fossil fuels.

The ANU team, whose CST technology harnesses the power of the sun using a 500 square meter solar concentrator dish, made the breakthrough by redesigning the system’s receiver in a way that halved its convection losses and boosted its conversion of sunlight into steam from 93 per cent to 97 per cent.

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Nice one!

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Historic SpaceX rocket to go on display

Crews outside the SpaceX’s headquarters in Southern California on Saturday positioned the booster that stuck the first Falcon 9 rocket landing for vertical display, and now the launcher is an unmistakable Space Age trophy visible to passersby on nearby streets and freeways.

Workers put the rocket near the southeast corner of SpaceX headquarters at the intersection of Crenshaw Blvd. and Jack Northrop Ave. in Hawthorne, California, a suburb of Los Angeles.

The 156-foot-tall (47-meter) rocket stage landed at Cape Canaveral after a Dec. 21 launch with 11 Orbcomm communications satellites.

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Monumental stuff this rocket. I am glad to see it will be saved for history. We need more historic stuff like this. So I can get my space ship and then bomb this planet from orbit. 🙂

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Social Justice Warriors want to change Triple J's hottest 100 because of boo-hoo-la-la fuck this headline, people are stupid.

A movement has emerged that would like to see the date of triple j’s annual Hottest 100 countdown broadcast changed from 26th January. A growing number of j listeners say changing the broadcast date from ‘Invasion Day’ would make a powerful statement.

The Hottest 100, billed as the world’s biggest fan-voted music poll, is traditionally aired on Australia Day on 26th January, a public holiday which has drawn a large degree of criticism in recent years for celebrating colonialism and genocide.

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You know what? People who say Australia day is invasion day. FUCK THEM. Yes, Australia was conquered/invaded/settled what-the-fuck-ever you want to call it. But that happened 200 hundred fucking years ago and we just have to deal with it. Horrible evil shit happened. But show me a country that wasn’t invaded in its history. Fuck sake. People who want to feel bad about it, go ahead but shut the fuck up. The rest of us, acknowledge what happened, respect that it did and move forward with that in your mind to make this a better country and learn never to do it again. Also consider Australia was claimed by the British on the 22nd of August 1770 and the 26th of January is just a date plucked out of our history cause some dude raised a flag 18 years later… lets not let history get in the way.

But move the hottest 100 just to make a statement? FUCK RIGHT OFF. I love that it’s on Australia day, its now a tradition and one I would hate to see changed because of this. Why not instead make a public holiday to reflect on how bad we treated the aboriginal people of this country? Why not do something else to stop the evil shit our government is doing right now? Nah, lets just fuck with a radio play list.

Wankers.

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Netflix content to be delayed for Australia due to lousy censorship dept

THE time consuming process of classifying material is expected to begin causing delays in TV shows and movies being added to the Australian version of Netflix.
As the video on demand service grows and continues to invest heavily in original content, the company is warning Australian customers could lose out if they have to wait for material to be classified by the government before being added to the Australian Netflix library.

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This better be fixed before the new Star Trek starts!

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Flying doctors guided to injured man via burning toilet paper

They were flying in to rescue a station hand, who was critically injured while working on a property, about 180 kilometres north of Cloncurry.

Pilot Geoff Cobden said there were no flares available to light the runway, so they turned to the next best thing — 20 toilet paper rolls soaked in fuel.

“I’ve probably landed with toilet rolls a few times a year,” he said.

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According to science and my mum, I am the brainiest person ever

New research seems to prove the theory that brainy people spend more time lazing around than their active counterparts.

Findings from a US-based study seem to support the idea that people with a high IQ get bored less easily, leading them to spend more time engaged in thought.

And active people may be more physical as they need to stimulate their minds with external activities, either to escape their thoughts or because they get bored quickly.

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