The Null Device

2000/4/30

Advisory: gratuitous Australianisms: It looks like all things bogan have come into fashion; today, on Brunswick St., I noticed "Bogan Rock" flyers on lamp posts, with AC/DC-style lettering and images of bogan lifestyle icons (such as cigarette packs).

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2000/4/29

It's official: the US government wants Microsoft split in two.
(Microsoft, however, has other ideas.) (BBC News)

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To mark the shattering defeat of mp3.com and the triumph of the RIAA's old order, this anti-MP3 propaganda poster.

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Guilty! MP3.com loses lawsuit. Could this be the beginning of the end for the MP3 revolution? (via Slashdot)

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Hey kids! Now you can build your own pocket-sized MP3 player that uses SmartMedia cards. (via Slashdot)

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Despite all the progress made, many teenaged girls are abused by their boyfriends: (The Age)

Why do 14 per cent of girls say they have had to overcome an attempt at forced sex? And how can 15 per cent of boys think it is OK to coerce a girl into sex?
When asked why she would stay with an abusive boyfriend a 16-year-old said: ``It depends how much you love them. Some girls are afraid of losing out, some girls believe it's a sign of love, some girls cry, others hit back.''
their three-month relationship consisted of ``holding hands at lunchtime and going to the movies after school''. That was until the boyfriend, incensed at something the girl had said about him - it was so inconsequential that Bartlett doesn't remember what - flung her into a parked car and broke her collarbone. She was 16. ``She has nightmares about that still, and you just know not to touch her on the shoulders. She won't let you,''
One Aboriginal youth he spoke to had been imprisoned for a violent act and said he had renounced violence. But when Blagg asked him if he hurt his girlfriend after she lied to him about some money, he said: ``Oh, no, I just bitch slapped her.''
Rayner says that in Sweden, where a culture of violence was weakened more than 20 years ago by banning physical punishment of children, the rate of child abuse and other physical violence has plummeted.

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