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'They got rid of Little Dick!': Girt by CNET podcast 57

Netflix puts the kibosh on people using VPNs to access the US catalogue, 61 new agencies ask to look at your metadata and Dick Smith's woes continue.

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If no news is good news, then the week just gone was no good at all. Firstly we saw a new age of entitlement as Netflix finally put its foot down on people using geo-dodging practices to get access to the US Netflix catalogue from outside of that country. Despite the company clearly indicating that doing this violates the terms and conditions of your subscription, some people have managed to find the energy to be outraged.

Sadly no one seemed nearly as upset by the news that an astonishing 61 different agencies had applied to the Attorney-General's Department to get warrantless access to the metadata being held under the mandatory data retention laws. While a good chuckle was had about Greyhound Racing Victoria needing metadata, there was less attention paid to the fact that the Australian Tax Office was also an applicant. Or the fact that four agencies had their names redacted so as not to "damage the relationship between the department and the relevant agencies".

We also check in on the Dick Smith debacle, with the company still trading via its 393 stores, despite being in voluntary administration and unable to honour its own gift vouchers post-Christmas.

Luckily, if you're after the brand new Microsoft Band 2 fitness wearable, which launched locally just this week, there are plenty of places you can slap down your AU$379 -- but is it worth the cost?

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