Ask LH: Does My Driving Ban Apply In Multiple States?

Hey Lifehacker, I have a full NSW licence and just recently was caught speeding in Victoria. I was going 35 km over the limit and I lost my licence automatically for 6 months. The judge told me I was banned from driving in Victoria. Does this mean I cannot drive in NSW also? No one can tell me and on the RTA website my licence details have not changed. I have 2 months to pay the fine. Will the RTA let me know if my licence is suspended?


Ask LH: Can I Lose My Licence For Interstate Infringements?

Hi Lifehacker, my son has a red P plate NSW licence and was booked doing 9km over the speed limit in Western Australia. He was obeying Western Australia P plate laws (which don’t impose a speed limit), but was over the 90km/h speed limit that applies in NSW. Does that mean he will lose his licence in NSW?


Ask LH: Should I Protest My School Zone Speeding Fine?

Hi Lifehacker, I just received a speeding fine for being 10km over in a school zone. I don’t deny I was over the speed limit — however I wasn’t in the school zone yet. The cop was sitting right at the school zone sign so really got me going 5km over in a 50 zone, but he said it doesn’t matter as he said I wouldn’t have slowed down anyway. Is there any point me going to court?


IKEA Has Second Thoughts About Trying To Kill Off IKEAhackers

As we reported last weekend, in a deeply dunderheaded move IKEA tried to shut down mod site IKEAhackers, claiming the site was a trademark infringement and single-handedly failing to recognise that IKEAhackers promotes the sale of IKEA products. Now it seems the Swedish furniture giant is having second thoughts.


IKEA Is Forcing IKEAhackers To Change Its Name

What absolute clots. IKEA has sent a cease-and-desist letter to the operator of Lifehacker favourite IKEAhackers, demanding that the site give up the IKEAhackers name and hand over its domain name.


Ask LH: How Can I Find Who Is Signing Me Up For Mailing Lists?

Dear Lifehacker, I keep being signed up to mailing lists for porn and other offensive emails (I suspect it’s my partner’s ex-wife). I suppose I could have the police investigate but I’m wondering if it’s a waste of time if the IP address behind the sign-ups can’t be traced. Is it possible for someone to hide an IP address? Is there any way to find out the IP address from when my email was submitted to these websites?


Can Someone Take Pictures Of You In Public And Publish Them?

In Brisbane, at one of the city’s main intersections, a local photographer gets into position to take snaps of the city’s passing parade. In photographing people who make their way along city streets, he is of course following in the footsteps of famous artists such as Robert Doisneau and Henri Cartier-Bresson. But according to some of those whose pictures have been taken, he is also invading their privacy and causing them acute embarrassment and distress.


Ask LH: How Much Will It Cost Me To Bail My Mate Out Of Prison?

Hey Lifehacker, I have a friend who is in a bit of a bind right now. He’s in legal strife and I’ll probably need to bail him out of jail. Just wondering: how is bail calculated in Australia and under what circumstances is it actually granted?


Don't Hold Your Breath Waiting For Google To Forget You

Have you ever ‘googled’ your name? Many people do, and some find search results about themselves they rather not find publicly available on the internet. The question is; what do you do when that happens?


Ask LH: Do The Rules For My Licence Change In Each State?

Hi Lifehacker, I have my P1 drivers licence in NSW. A friend recently told me that when driving in Queensland I can follow their road rules and do 110km in that zone instead of sticking to 90km. Is this true?