In case you ever need a way to judge what kind of person Gerry Harvey is... back in 2008 he made it pretty clear: Harvey: charity not so sweet.
Asked in a new book about the role he and Harvey Norman play in the community, Mr Harvey said giving money to people who "are not putting anything back into the community" is like "helping a whole heap of no-hopers to survive for no good reason". [...] Society might have been better off without them
...so it doesn't come as a big surprise when he lobbies the government to make sure Rapid Antigen Tests aren't free, so he can price gouge on them. If you can't afford it, he probably thinks you should die. Anyway, boycott Harvey Norman and Domayne.
- The Pirate Kitty of Ferny Hills: How a thieving ginger cat brought joy to a Brisbane neighbourhood - ABC News. Meeyarrrrr.
- US Police Warn of Parking Meters with Phishing QR Codes:
Police are warning that they have discovered bogus QR codes stuck onto public parking meters across Austin, Texas - a city where parking meters don't display QR codes, and only accept payment via coins, cards or a smartphone app.This was inevitable. In fact it's one of the reasons most tech people were shocked QR codes ever came back into vogue.
- The metaverse is just a new word for an old idea | MIT Technology Review:
Knowing the history of a technology, or the ideas it embodies, can provide better questions, reveal potential pitfalls and lessons already learned, and open a window onto the lives of those who learned them. The metaverse—which is not nearly as new as it looks—is no exception.
- Their Bionic Eyes Are Now Obsolete and Unsupported - IEEE Spectrum:
These three patients, and more than 350 other blind people around the world with Second Sight's implants in their eyes, find themselves in a world in which the technology that transformed their lives is just another obsolete gadget. One technical hiccup, one broken wire, and they lose their artificial vision, possibly forever.
- Meet the Guy Who Went Viral for Explaining How NFTs Are a Bullshit 'Poverty Trap'
- Paralysed man with severed spine walks thanks to implant - BBC News:
The researchers stress that it isn't a cure for spinal injury and that the technology is still too complicated to be used in everyday life, but hail it nonetheless as a major step to improving quality of life.
- 'Liveable income' plan proposed to lift Australians out of poverty:
Calls for a permanent increase to welfare payments like JobSeeker to allow people to live above the poverty line have the support of the Australian Council of Social Service, the Business Council of Australia and Reserve Bank Governor Philip Lowe. In a report released by Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre earlier this month, severe poverty would be eradicated in Australia if JobSeeker recipients received an additional $20 a day, with increased rent support payments.
- Barnaby Joyce's drought envoy texts to Scott Morrison should be released, information watchdog rules | Barnaby Joyce | The Guardian:
For nine months between 2018 and 2019, while Joyce was on the backbench, he served as a drought envoy, visiting and reporting back on drought-affected communities, accruing $675,000 in travel costs in that time. After criticism from Labor that no public report on his work was produced, Joyce said he had sent reports via text message.For one thing, SMS messages are not a "report" that justifies $675k. For another, this is about $2500 per day - compare this with the previous article.
- NSW parliament passes new laws bringing harsher penalties on protesters - ABC News:
Greens MLC David Shoebridge claimed in a statement the legislation was designed by the government "to jail their political opponents".