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.
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
It's the Cops!
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]
Law and Order
Australian authorities have put supposedly anonymized users surfing Silk Road for weed and other sundries on notice: the coppers are one step ahead of you. A joint press release published by the Australian Federal Police (AFP) and Australian Customs and Border Protection Service on Wednesday may serve as notice to anyone who is happily booting TOR and using the miracle of the Internet to score weapons-grade kush: