Step aside, Ellen, because a bunch of koala bears in a Sydney zoo have just become the new masters of selfie-taking.
As Australia’s The Telegraph reports, three koalas at the WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo at Darling Harbour are rising to stardom over their newfound obsession with selfies.
They’re not using iPhones (that would be really hard, given their oddly-shaped paws), but a Sony QX100 camera, which has been installed in their enclosure. The camera, which was reportedly installed a few weeks ago, consists of a small lens attached to a tripod with bendable legs — easy for wrapping around a tree branch. The koalas’ movements trigger the camera to capture images, which are then displayed on a nearby screen.
Australian law enforcement is struggling to solve some recent murders because some dangerous suspects have apparently started using un-hackable encrypted phones.
Most of the time, the dizzying rate of creation of half-baked memes by our fellow Internet users makes for a horrible experience. So, perhaps Australia has the right idea: It’s technically illegal to create and share memes under the country’s copyright laws.
We’ve all met tech support guys who, upon being asked to accomplish the simplest task, acted like martyrs going to their death. But some former IT dude in Australia has taken it to the next level.
Sky News reports that Alan John Miller (who prefers to be called AJ, just like JC, GET IT?!), once an IT specialist, now runs a “religious movement” calling itself the Divine Truth, attracting 150 or so people to seminars at his home and inspiring people to move nearby. He claims he is the reincarnation of Jesus Christ and, what’s more, that his partner is Mary Magdalene.
There’s really not a whole lot going down down under, so this is what’s making news: An Australian politician has apologized for accidentally liking a Facebook photo of a 16-year-old prankster exposing himself. It was part of a prank called “sneaky nuts,” a time-honored tradition where teenaged boys sneakily expose their balls through their pants.
One foolproof way to avoid getting your phone jacked by a roving band of hoodlum teenagers? Have a really shitty phone.
It's the Cops!
Julian Assange has filed documents that will allow the WikiLeaks founder to run for the Australian senate, clearing the way for a campaign dedicated to ”the democratic requirement of truthfulness from government, according to Read More
Talk about a dubious distinction: Wired reports that an Australian man named Paul Leslie Howard is now the first to be convicted of a crime involving Silk Road, the Mos Eisley of the Internet. Mr. Howard copped to importing hard drugs using the site, and he now faces as many as 25 years in prison.
But does this signal a coming crackdown?
You might think that a person wanted for extradition by one or more countries would make a problematic political candidate—if not for the stigma that comes from being a wanted person, at least because it would presumably be difficult to turn out the vote from a remote location.
Apple has redrawn a portion of Maps to keep Australians from being led astray into the middle of nowhere. [The Guardian]
Despite the fact that 88 percent of respondents voted to keep the voting structure, Facebook has decided to nix it anyway. Democracy on Facebook is dead, not that it ever really existed to begin with. [TechCrunch]
Here is a rock musical about the life and times of John McAfee. [PandoDaily]
Children’s apps are still fooling parents about what kind of data they collect, including phone number and precise location. [New York Times]
Here’s Twitter’s 2012 week in review. Sadly it doesn’t mention how annoying all those parody accounts got. [Twitter Blog]