Double Demerits are in full force between June 8 and 11 June, 2018. Here are the states and territories where you need to be extra careful on the road this weekend and the various offences that the scheme applies to.
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Dear Lifehacker, I played paintball for the first time over the weekend and I am addicted. I'm considering getting into it a little more professionally but I've heard a paintball marker is considered a firearm and I don't want to buy something if it can get me in some hot water. Do I need a licence?
Australian-born Justine Damond was infamously shot and killed in Minneapolis by US police in July last year after innocently approaching their car. In Australia, far fewer people are killed by police firearms than in the US - even after taking population size into account. We look at what's causing this huge disparity.
The only thing that makes long-distance driving tolerable is music and/or podcasts. Unfortunately, using the car stereo isn't always an option. Perhaps the speakers are busted, or the person in the passenger seat hates your taste in music. In these situations, the obvious solution is to don a pair headphones. But is this actually legal?
AI-generated pornography – known as “deepfakes” – is becoming more convincing, seamless and real. People with rudimentary computing knowledge can now use artificial intelligence to swap the faces of actors in pornographic videos with those of people they know. Welcome to a new, terrifying era of revenge porn.
You don't want to live in a place that doesn't respect you as a person. Destination Pride, built by PFLAG Canada and ad agency FCB/SIX, rates cities around the world based on the legal rights and protections they give to LGBTQ people. While it's packaged as a holiday rater, it's more useful when choosing where to stay long-term.
Dear Lifehacker, I live in the Ipswich area of Queensland and am wondering if a driveway for a multi block of units is classed as a public driveway? The units each have a carport but there is only one driveway which is obviously shared by all residents. I am asking because a policeman has tried to tell me that as the units have a carport the driveway then becomes a public one. Is this right?
There are various reasons you might want to record an Australian police officer. Maybe you've been detained by the law and want to prove what was said in court. Maybe you're a video blogger attempting to capture "life on the street". Or maybe you're bearing witness to some good ol' fashioned police brutality.
Whatever the reason, it's important to know your legal rights in these situations. Can a police officer legally stop you from filming? Let's find out.
The crime of blasphemy has had a bit of publicity lately. British comedian Stephen Fry was recently reported to police for comments made on Irish TV about what he would say to God if he had the chance. Meanwhile, Jakarta Governor Ahok was convicted and sentenced to two years in prison for blasphemy in Indonesia.
But what about here in Australia? Is committing "blasphemy" still considered illegal? Let's take a look at the laws as they currently stand. (We think they are going to surprise you.)
It's a lot, right? It's a lot. It is a firehose of news. How are we supposed to live our lives, cook a meal, uncrimp our hunched-over necks? Even when I shut my computer, it still flashes its little light in the corner, ready to alert me to the horrors of the world like some kind of pulsing Hellmouth.
“Revenge porn”. It’s when a partner or ex-partner posts nude or intimate pictures or videos online to cause humiliation, intimidation or embarrassment. Australia has strict laws prohibiting the creation of pornographic material without the participant's knowledge or consent - but what if they knew they were being recorded? As it turns out, in the absence of better laws, perpetrators are largely getting away with it.
The Federal Court has ordered Australian internet service providers to block access to Kickass Torrents websites. The order comes at the behest of several major music labels who have been pushing for the blocks in court since April last year.
ISPs now have 15 days to comply with the order. Of course, none of this really matters if you know how to get around a DNS block.
Airlines in the US are within their rights to kick you off an overbooked plane, even if you've paid for a ticket and don't want to leave. According to United employees, a "computer" picked a man who said he was a doctor and needed to see patients in the morning to be dragged off a flight this weekend. How does the computer know who to pick? The airlines' policies offer some clues.