How Soon Will Australia Start Blocking Web Sites?

Yesterday, the Australian Senate passed legislation which will require ISPs to block sites that are found by a court to enable piracy. Just how soon will that happen and what effect will it have?


Ask LH: Can I Reduce Speeding Fines With Community Service?

Hi Lifehacker, I got busted recently for speeding and was fined and handed an instant suspension. Is there any way to reduce the fine or suspension with community service?


Why Community TV Deserves To Keep Its Spectrum

A new campaign is underway this week to persuade the federal government to reverse its decision to push community television stations off the allocated broadcast spectrum at the end of this year in favour of online-only programming.


How Oracle Versus Google Could Ruin Software Development

The Java programming language, which has just turned 20 years old, provides developers with a means to write code that is independent of the hardware it runs on: “write once, run anywhere“. But, ironically, while Java was intended to make programmers’ lives easier, the court case between Oracle, Java’s owner, and Google over Google’s use of Java as the basis of its Android mobile operating system may make things considerably more difficult.


Even Learning About Encryption In Australia Will Soon Be Illegal

You might not think that an academic computer science course could be classified as an export of military technology. But under the Defence Trade Controls Act — which passed into law in April, and will come into force next year — there is a real possibility that even seemingly innocuous educational and research activities could fall foul of Australian defence export control laws.


Lawtendr Finds You A Lawyer By Asking Them To Bid On Your Case

Finding a lawyer when you need one can be tricky. Lawtendr wants to make the process a little easier. You post the issue you’d like a lawyer to handle for you, lawyers bid on the task, and you choose the one you want to work with.


Ask LH: Do Email Disclaimers Have Any Legal Validity?

Dear Lifehacker, Almost every business email has a disclaimer telling people not to forward it or read it if it has been sent accidentally. Often this is a compulsory part of your email signature. Do these terms have any legal standing?


Ask LH: Can You Speed Up To Match Speed Limits Before You Pass The Sign?

Dear Lifehacker, Is it legal for me to begin acceleration when a speed increase sign is visible or does it have to be readable? I drive on the Mitchell in Perth five days a week taking the same route. I start in an 80 zone and know exactly where the increase to 100 sign is. When that spot is visible I begin acceleration.


Why Dropbox Just Moved Your Account To Ireland

Over the weekend, Dropbox updated its terms of service so that customers outside of North America are now provided via Dropbox Ireland, rather than Dropbox USA. What’s going on?


Australian Police: Expect Fines If You Use Your Smartwatch While Driving

While it likely won’t get to the extreme point of having to remove one’s smartwatch to drive, state police plan to classify such devices as potential distractions, in the same league as your mobile phone or GPS, with all the associated fines and penalties.