Briefly: $99 Mario Kart Wii Bundle, NSW Lifts Tenant Dog Ban, E3 Sexism Exposed

Brief news items of note for Lifehacker readers including: Law change allows pets back into NSW apartments, get a Nintendo Wii with Mario Kart for $99, watch a 3D printed micro-battery get made.

  • Good news for dog lovers! A new law change will allow pets to be kept in NSW apartments. The state's default strata bylaws will be changed so that tenants will be allowed to keep pets, subject to reasonable approvals and conditions set by executive committees. Read the full report here.
  • Australia's major retailers are kicking off their half-yearly toy sale this week — check out our guide to what each retailer has in store here. One of the better deals comes from Kmart, which is selling the Nintendo Wii bundled with Mario Kart and a steering wheel controller for just $99. [Via OzBargain]
  • Researchers from Harvard and the University of Illinois have figured out how to coax a fully functioning lithium-ion battery out of nothing but some paste and a 3D printer. Each battery is the size of a grain of sand. You can watch how these amazingly small power-packs are made via this video.
  • Anyone who has been to the Electronic Entertainment Expo knows that it has a creepy side: everywhere you look there are sweaty-palmed male journalists taking photos of booth babes. Kotaku's Tina Amini gives a sobering overview of some of the unsavory happenings at this year's E3...


    NSW hasn't done anything to lift a dog ban. The government proposes to make the default setting for strata blocks one of assuming pets are allowed unless there's a reason not to. When and if it happens, it'll be good news if you're lucky enough to own your own apartment and your apartment has the model by-laws, and you want to keep a pet.

    For tenants though, even if the strata block says yes, your landlord can still say no. Unreasonably, without thinking about it, just cos they can, no.

    This is also not just about dogs- the landlord can say no to dogs, cats, bunny rabbits, guinea pigs, fish, ant farms, flea circuses. Our tenancy laws are so daft, that yes- your landlord can refuse to allow you to keep a goldfish. Go figure.

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