- NEWS.com.au | NAB ATMs crash (April 1, 2004)
- Families suffering as fathers put work first: minister - National - www.smh.com.au:
Family and Community Services Minister Kay Patterson said ... even when workplaces were family friendly, men did not spend more time with their families because they feared their jobs could be affected. She said people should be encouraged to use the family provisions so that a culture developed in which men who put their family first were not seen as disloyal or unambitious.
- NEWS.com.au | Telstra cuts broadband rates (April 1, 2004):
COMPETITION rogue Telstra yesterday bowed to watchdog pressure and reduced its wholesale broadband rates.
- Gangland war claims 24th victim - National - www.smh.com.au / Police fear more underworld hits. 01/04/2004. ABC News Online:
Police are concerned Melbourne's underworld killings will continue, after well known crime figure, Lewis Moran was shot dead in a Brunswick gaming venue last night.
- NEWS.com.au | Judge calls himself idiot (April 1, 2004):
A JUDGE who demanded to know the name of 'the idiot' who granted bail to a serial burglar discovered yesterday he was talking about himself.
- Slashdot | Pigeons' Bandwidth Advantage Quantified - similar to the "never underestimate the bandwidth of a truckload of CDs" concept (you can insert "boot full of tapes" if you like, the technology is not the point). This is just a slightly more organic version :)
- Slashdot | Hacker Indicted In France For Publishing Exploits (as in, publishing info on how to easily break supposedly secure technologies). One question is... don't customers have the right to know that these "secure" technologies are not actually secure? Would Microsoft ever release security patches if hackers didn't tell the world about them? Is it right to punish the guy who finds the fault - what about the company that made the mistake in the first place? Who is making money out of it?
- Google Gets the Message, Launches Gmail - fact or prank? Lots of news sites are now carrying this story despite the 1st of April date.
Update: the Gmail release is being reported as a confirmed, serious press release:
MSNBC - Google to offer free e-mail with 1GB in storage:
Google spokesman David Krane, reached Wednesday night, admitted that the "color and personality" of the press release -- which is dated "April 1 UTC" and includes phrases such as "millions of M&Ms later, Gmail was born" -- "was indeed in the spirit of April 1" but said that Gmail was a serious product.