Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 27th Nov 2010 10:46 UTC
Legal The US is really ramping up its war on intellectual property infringement, a war which I'm sure will be just as successful, cheap and supported by the people as the wars on drugs and terrorism. The US has started seizing the domain names of various websites through ICANN - not because owners of these sites were convicted of anything, but merely because complaints have been filed against them. Anyone want to take a guess how long it will be before the US government blocks WikiLeaks? Update: The blocks function outside of the US too. In other words, the US is forcing its views upon the rest of the world once again.
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unclefester
Member since:
2007-01-13

In Australia we have a massive skills shortage. Anyone with useful skills can earn a very high income. Even unskilled workers at mine sites can earn above $80,000/year

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Moredhas Member since:
2008-04-10

I doubt this supposed "skills shortage" actually exists, at least in Mackay. I know plenty of people from all walks of life, every trade you can name, every skill and profession, many with complete apprenticeships, degrees, and TAFE diplomas in their respective fields, all out of work, all on the dole in Community Rent Scheme housing because the Department of Housing is useless at best. They can't seem to get jobs anywhere because this worthless swamp of a city only requires unskilled labourers for the mines, and retail slaves who have to put up with their shit - I'm frankly lucky to have my minimum-wage no-commission retail job with Optus. Sucks that I can't afford rent on any house within an hour's drive of the city, though, not to mention food.

I'm hardly unskilled, myself, either. A year's experience in a computer store and internet cafe, repairing, building, selling machines, with a little bit of network administration on the side. Think any computer store will look twice at my resume though?

Edited 2010-11-28 08:17 UTC

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unclefester Member since:
2007-01-13

One of my mates left his accountancy job to three years ago to drive trucks in a mine. He now earns over $120k/year.

Why would any computer store give you an interview? You have very little experience and presumably no formal qualifications. There are a huge number of people with greater skills and far more experience.

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shadoweva09 Member since:
2008-03-10

Still a problem that no one wants to take a chance hiring people without experience. Where I am there are plenty of programming jobs for people with at least 2 years experience, but hardly any for people just out of school. If you didn't get an internship or one of the entry level jobs, you're going to have to work for free for 2 years while you do some low wage job.

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