NSW Drivers Can Now Get 10-Year Licences

If you’re an eligible driver, you’re now able to get a decade’s worth of driving permission at a slightly reduced rate in NSW.


Why Businesses Have No Incentive To Invest In Cybersecurity

Another month, another data breach, and another set of proposals for what is seemingly an intensifying cyberattack problem.


Ask LH: Do I Need Council Approval To Build My Kids A Cubby House?

I read recently about a guy who got a letter from the council saying that he needed to apply for planning approval of a cubby house that he had built in his backyard over 12 months prior. Apparently it’s the same deal as with a shed, requiring council approval. Why is that the case? Why does anyone building anything on their own property need to ask the council for permission?


Ask LH: Is It Possible To Dodge A Driving Conviction By Moving States?

Hey Lifehacker, I was on a 12 month good behaviour bond for speeding in NSW when I got booked doing more than 20km/h over the speed limit. I have moved to Victoria and not paid the fine as it isn’t due yet, and I believe my licence is considered active until I’ve paid the fine. My question is: if I apply for a Victorian licence before my old licence is disqualified, will VicRoads know to cancel my new licence?


Google Still Cares More About Profits Than Privacy

After the European Court of Justice ruled that there was a “right to be forgotten” from Google’s search results, Google’s Advisory Council embarked on a roadshow aimed at debating the issue. While this debate poses many interesting questions, Google’s agenda is apparent in the way it has answered them — as revealed in the Advisory Council’s recently published report.


Ask LH: Can A Liquor Store Employee Ask To See My Friend's ID If I'm Buying?

Dear Lifehacker, I have a question about the rights of bottle shop assistants to check IDs. I was at a bottle store a few days ago with a friend buying two bottles of beer. The checkout assistant asked for my ID which was fine and even a bit flattering (I’m almost 30). But then she asked my friend for her ID too.


Ask LH: Will I Be Forced To Go Back Onto My P-Plates?

Hi Lifehacker, I obtained my P drivers licence in Victoria at the age of 30. I then moved to Queensland 18 months later. Given my age and the fact that I had been on P plates for over 12 months I was given an open drivers licence in Queensland. After only four months in Queensland I now have to move back to Victoria in a couple of months to live permanently.


Is It Legal For Australian Pilots To Take Selfies In The Cockpit?

Last week, Quartz published an article showcasing photographs pilots have taken from the cockpit of aircraft to post on Instagram. As explained in the story, by taking these photos — many of which appear to have been snapped during flight, take-off, or landing — pilots are violating the rules of the air. This is certainly the case in the United States and the European Union, for example, but what about elsewhere?


How To Avoid Embarrassing Yourself On Email

There is a lesson for us all in the continuing revelations from stolen Sony emails being splashed over world-wide media. It is a lesson that Sony Pictures Entertainment Co-Chairperson Amy Pascal could have benefited from before sending emails with racist comments about President Obama. Or an email calling Leonardo DiCaprio’s behaviour “Absolutely Despicable” when he decided to pull out of a planned Steve Jobs biopic.