Unboxing the new ASUS RT-AC5300 wireless router

ASUS has released a new super-fast tri-band AC router, named the Asus RT-AC5300.

A great feature of this router is that it uses the Asus WRT firmware that has lots of great features.  The three best feature for me are:
  1. automatic QoS (quality of service) which allows you to choose whether the router priorities video streaming traffic, gaming traffic or web browsing
  2. automatic band and channel selection will put each of you devices onto the best of three bands (2.4 GHz or one of two 5 GHz) and best channel so each device performs at its best
  3. VPN client so you can choose to route all of your internet traffic through your third party VPN provider (such as Private Internet Access).

Check out the unboxing of the new Asus RT-AC5300 below:

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Productivity Commission supports circumventing geoblocks

The Australian Productivity Commission comes out swinging to support the right of Australians to circumvent (or bypass) geoblocks to access restricted content.

In releasing a report that slams Australia’s copyright system, Commissioner Karen Chester says the “Government should also make clear that Australians should be able to circumvent geoblocking technology”.

Karen Chester, Productivity Commissioner
Karen Chester, Productivity Commissioner

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has previously stated Australia’s Copyright Act does not prohibit circumventing geoblocks but this relies on a legal interpretation of the laws that has not been tested in court.

The Productivity Commission as recommended new laws that expressly enshrine the right of Australians to circumvent geoblocks to access overseas content.

We look forward to Attorney-General George Brandis putting forward these amendments with the same enthusiasm he had for introducing draconian copyright enforcement laws.

Given the Commission’s finding that “Australia’s system has swung too far in favour of vocal rights holders and influential IP exporting nations” we won’t hold our breath.

Hey George, it’s time you looked out for Australian interests not special and foreign interests.

But there’s no need to wait for George to act, you can already rely on Malcolm’s blog which reassures you can lawfully circumvent geoblocks to access overseas versions of Netflix, Hulu, BBC iPlayer and more.  You can get this special lifetime subscription to Getflix (a smart DNS service that bypasses geoblocks):


or learn a bit more about unblocking on our home page.

Productivity Commission: Australia’s intellectual property system has lost sight of users

The Australian Productivity Commission slams our copyright and patent laws

Australian Governments have been obsessed with introducing new draconian laws to protect intellectual property rights, especially copyright. However, it seems our Government’s have been captured by rights holders and have completely lost sight of the public interest and economic development that is needed to support the legitimacy of these laws.

Slamming Australia’s laws, the Productivity Commission has called that “action must be taken to rebalance Australia’s intellectual property (IP) arrangements”.

“A good IP system balances the interests of rights holders and users, but Australia’s system has swung too far in favour of vocal rights holders and influential IP exporting nations“.

So, not only have our politicians been captured by the interests of rights holders, they’ve been captured by foreign interests at the expense of Australians.

“No matter how you measure it, Australia overwhelmingly imports more IP than it exports — and this gap is widening. Most of the profits from excessive IP rights flow offshore, while Australian consumers and taxpayers are left to pick up the tab,” said Commissioner Karen Chester.

That’s a damning assessment of our laws and the Attorney-General who has been focussed not on reforming IP laws, but being a lickspittle to foreign interests to introduce draconian enforcement laws.

“Many of Australia’s IP arrangements are locked-in by trade agreements, frustrating much needed change. Despite these constraints, the Commission has identified a workable bundle of reforms.”

“Copyright is important for rewarding creative endeavour. But in Australia, it is more a case of ‘copy(not)right’. Copyright is pervasive, affecting everyone from hip hop artists sampling music, school children watching a documentary in class, libraries and museums preserving Australia’s history, to innovative researchers accessing databases for data mining.”

“Copyright protection lasts too long — a book written today by an author who lives for another 50 years will be protected until 2136” , says the Commission.

Wow, why does an artist need a artificially constructed legal right extending 70 years after his or her death?

“Surveys reveal much online copyright infringement is out of sheer frustration from poor access. The best antidote to copyright infringement is accessible and competitively priced online content, not draconian penalties and big brother enforcement.”

Again, that’s a damning indictment of the Attorney-General’s policy priorities over the last few years.  Attorney-General George Brandis has been obsessed with new laws to punish users rather than addressing the policy problems caused by an out of whack IP system.

“Rights holders and their intermediaries need to do more to deliver timely and accessible content. The Government should also make clear that Australians should be able to circumvent geoblocking technology,” said Commissioner Karen Chester.

While former communications Minister and current Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has stated our copyright laws do not prohibit VPNs to circumvent geoblocks, the Commission has found our laws should expressly make this clear.

The benefits of IP reform would be far reaching.

“True innovation and creativity will be rewarded, while consumers will have better access to new and cheaper goods and services. Australian firms won’t have to engage in costly workarounds that hinder follow-on innovation,” Commissioner Jonathan Coppel said.

The Commission is inviting submissions on the draft report by 3 June 2016 and will hold public hearings in June.

You can make a submission here:



Get your own Alpha 1s Humanoid Robot

Check out this Funky Robot Can Dance, Stunt, Tell Stories & Be Your Best Bud

US$469 down from US$799 (41% off)


The Alpha 1s Humanoid Robot makes your human friends seem lame. Humanoid demonstrates yoga moves, busts out martial arts, plays the top 40 hits, and moves in every which way thanks to his human-like 16 joints. Control Humanoid on your smartphone via Bluetooth and even program him to perform customized actions. You’ll all at once stay entertained and become a mad robot-programming scientist (of sorts).

  • Make your Humanoid demonstrate yoga moves, exercise moves, kung fu moves, dances & more
  • Learn to program a robot from scratch
  • Download & share your programmed content w/ other users
  • Control your robot via Bluetooth 4.0
  • Easily get up to speed w/ the user-friendly GUI interface
  • Move humanoid w/ precision thanks to his 16 servo joints
  • Use for about 60 minutes before recharging
  • iOS, Android & PC
  • Dimensions: 18″L x 7″W x 12″H
  • Weight: 8 lb
  • Advanced Engineered Patented Servo Joints
  • Aluminum alloy with Pure White Servo Armour
  • Anti-Pinch Structure Design
  • Quick Charge and Long Play Time
  • True Enhanced Endurance Structure
  • 3D Visual PC Software for Beginners to Advanced Programmers
  • Intelligent Bluetooth 4.0 Control
  • APP Control Program Features

Get it here:


Naomi Watts to Star in Netflix Psychological Thriller “Gypsy”

10 One-Hour Episode Original Series will premiere in 2017

Beverly Hills, Calif., April 18, 2016 — Netflix announced today that two-time Academy Award nominee Naomi Watts will star in the 10-episode season of the one-hour psychological thriller Gypsy, a new series from Universal Television, Working Title and writer Lisa Rubin.

Watts will star as Jean Holloway – a therapist who begins to develop dangerous and intimate relationships with the people in her patients’ lives.

Liza Chasin and Lisa Rubin will serve as executive producers, with Rubin also serving as writer. Sam Taylor-Johnson (Fifty Shades of Grey) is directing the first two episodes of the series. Rubin’s additional upcoming projects include adapting best-selling novel I Was Here by Gayle Forman for New Line and adapting the novel Food Whore for DreamWorks. Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Andrew Stearn and Naomi Watts will serve as executive producers. The series is set to premiere in 2017.

Naomi Watts is currently starring in Demolition with Jake Gyllenhaal. She has also shot The Weinstein Company’s About Ray with Susan Sarandon and Elle Fanning, Gus Van Sant’s Sea of Trees with Matthew McConaughey, Colin Trevorrow’s The Book of Henry and the psychological thriller Shut In. Her other recent films include Alejandro Gonzalez Iñarritu’s Academy Award winning film Birdman with Michael Keaton, Noah Baumbach’s While We’re Young with Ben Stiller and Amanda Seyfried and two of the installments in the Divergent franchise based on the popular best-selling novels. Watts is known for her critically acclaimed performances in Iñarritu’s 21 Grams with Sean Penn and in Juan Antonio Bayona’s The Impossible. She will next star in Destin Daniel Cretton’s The Glass Castle with Brie Larson.