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Theres a Wave in Australia Called Cyclops and It Looks Incredible

“Cyclops has its eye on you” is an awesome sequence, shot by Tom Jennings, of a terrifyingly beautiful wave off western Australia’s southern coastline called Cyclops. Surfline adds: It’s cool how this clip starts out looking like nighttime footage, then you realize it’s actually just shadowing from the lip. It’s cool how the slow-motion effect makes you believe this is a normal ocean wave, then you realize it takes a fully strapped jet-ski, hard-earned local knowledge and otherworldly courage to access it. It’s cool how the spot is named after…

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There are Roads in Australia that are So Boring they Have Trivia Signs to Keep Drivers Alert

In Australia it seems everything is just a bit more dangerous. The animals are bigger, the insects are deadlier, and apparently some roads are so long and boring, the government has erected trivia signs in ‘fatigue zones’ to keep drivers alert and reduce crashes and fatalities. Reddit user eppinizer recently shared an example of these trivia road signs while driving on the A1 just north of Tooloombah Creek Conservation Park in Queensland. You can find a second example from Google Maps that was spotted by reddit user swaggler, travelling north…

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‘Beer yoga’ is a real thing, now, because of course it is

Hmm, beer.Image: bieryoga/facebook Nothing like putting down an icy cold beer. Except, of course, achieving a higher state of being and eventual transcendence of the Self through the practice of yoga. But what if you could do both, at the same time? SEE ALSO: Australia’s oldest living prime minister really knows how to chug a beer Yes: Beer yoga is here. After being enjoyed by Berlin hipsters, it’s now found its way to Australian shoresa land where beer’s most definitely a religious practice, at least as much as yoga. And…

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Australia wants Five Eyes to squeeze tech firms on encryption

The political rhetoric against strong encryption continues to crank up. Reuters reports today that Australia will be pushing for greater powers for countries to tackle the use of encrypted messaging services by terrorists and criminals at an upcoming meeting of ministers from the so-called Five Eyes intelligence network. I will raise the need to address ongoing challenges posed by terrorists and criminals using encryption, Australian Attorney General Senator Brandis is quoted as saying, ahead of the meeting of the group next week. These discussions will focus on the need to…

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