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Austrians are most likely to bare all on beaches

It is official: Austrians are the most likely to get their kit off on the beach this summer. The country’s politics might be right of centre but clearly a vein of liberalism still exists in the Republic, even if it's related to tanning your hidden bits in public. Or so claims a survey by travel website Expedia.at, which …
Paul Kunert, 15 Jun 2016

Austrian mayor spunks €40k on virgin-eating dragon

Logowatch The mayor of the Austrian city of Klagenfurt is taking a bit of a shoeing for spunking €40,000 on a "meaningless" municipal rebrand. According to The Local, Maria-Luise Mathiaschitz of the Sozialdemokratische Partei Österreichs (SPÖ) is under the cosh for hiring Strategy Boutique Smuck, Royer & Die Eins to reimagine the city's …
Lester Haines, 9 Mar 2016

Europe didn't catch the pox from Christopher Columbus – scientists

The skeleton of a six-year-old infant unearthed in Austria is challenging the theory that syphilis was imported into Europe from the New World by the ship's crew of Christopher Columbus. The Austrian skeleton in its grave The well-preserved remains (above) were found in a cemetery in St. Pölten, some 65km west of Vienna, by …
Lester Haines, 23 Nov 2015
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Austria joins the long list of Pirate Bay access deniers after court order

An Austrian court has ordered local internet service provider (ISP) A1 Telekom to block access to The Pirate Bay. Following a case brought by copyright holders IFPI Austria (Federation of the Austrian Music Industry), the Commercial Court of Vienna on Friday issued a court order to the ISP to block access to four copyright …
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Austrian court rules online radio streaming is not broadcasting

An Austrian court has ruled that online radio streaming does not actually constitute “broadcasting”, and therefore listeners do not need to pay a licence fee. The Verwaltungsgerichtshof (Federal Administrative Court) ruled on Monday that computers with an internet connection, but without radio reception modules such as a TV …
Jennifer Baker, 23 Jul 2015
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Fish boffins: Big-brain babes are brilliant, but benefit for boys is bijou

Aquatic boffins have discovered that increased brain size is only of benefit to female fish and not to males. In a rigorous experiment, the scientists constructed a watery Colosseum for guppies to fight it out against their natural predator, the pike cichlid. Larger brains are typically expected to provide animals with …
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Choose Deutsche Telekom for all your bargain spying needs

An Austrian newspaper has published what it claims is evidence that Deutsche Telekom spied on Vienna for German spooks for the miserly sum of just €6,500 a year. On Tuesday, Peter Pilz publicly accused Deutsche Telekom of listening in on telephone and internet lines from Vienna, Luxembourg, Prague, Moscow and Ankara and …
Jennifer Baker, 21 May 2015
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Boffin: Use my bionic breakthrough for good, and not super cyborgs

Austrian scientists have used a technique dubbed "bionic reconstruction" to connect a robot hand to human nerves, enabling directly brain-controlled prosthetics for the first time. "Bionic reconstruction is a holistic concept that covers more than just surgical technique," said Prof Oskar Aszmann, MD, Head of the Christian …
Iain Thomson, 25 Feb 2015
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Facebook needs to defend Austrian privacy violation case

Privacy activist Max Schrems, leader of the “Europe-versus-Facebook” movement, has had a procedural win in Austria that means Facebook Ireland has to prep its defence. According to Reuters, Schrems says his lawsuit in Austria's Vienna Regional Court has taken a step forward, passing its first review by the court. As a result …

Goodbye cruel world: Robot 'commits suicide' in KITCHEN FIREBALL

A robotic cleaner delivered a damning indictment of life in Hinterstoder, Austria, on Saturday, by trundling onto a kitchen stove where it ended its days as a pile of ashes. The local fire brigade reports it was alerted to a house fire at around 1.30pm, and having entered the premises wearing breathing equipment, found the …
Lester Haines, 15 Nov 2013
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Austrians drool over 15th-century jub buckets

A team from the Institute of Archaeologies at the University of Innsbruck reckons it's unearthed the earliest known bra - a pair of 15th-century linen jub buckets which turned up in a castle in East Tyrol. The Lengberg compared with a 1950s longline bra. Pic: University of Innsbruck The antique büstenhalter was among 2,700 …
Lester Haines, 20 Jul 2012
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Austrian village considers a F**king name change

An Austrian village with an amusingly obscene name has decided to throw in the towel and vote on whether to change it. The 100 odd residents of Fucking, in Upper Austria, are to vote this week on whether to change their hamlet's name to something less attractive to English-speaking visitors, the Daily Telegraph reports. The …
Joe Fay, 17 Apr 2012
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Official: Pastafarian strainer titfer is religious headgear

Pastafarians worldwide are celebrating after a landmark Austrian decision in favour of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster paved the way for its recognition as a full-fat religion. Until now, worshippers of His Noodly Appendages have until now been nothing more than a marginal cult battling the dark forces of …
Lester Haines, 14 Jul 2011
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Sweden postpones EU data retention directive, faces court, fines

Sweden is to delay the implementation of the controversial EU data retention directive for a year, risking a heavy fine of up to €68m, whereas Austria has decided to implement the directive after a European Court of Justice ruling in 2010. The Swedish government this week decided to postpone the implementation of the law for …
Jan Libbenga, 18 Mar 2011
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Austrian takes pickaxe to Street View spymobile

An Austrian old timer could be in a spot of bother with police after he chased a Street View spymobile with a pickaxe, the Austrian Times reports. Google's Orwellian Opels have apparently come out of winter hibernation to continue their invasion of Austria. This didn't go down too well with 70-year-old Hermann Zach, who …
Lester Haines, 9 Apr 2010
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Austrian army cans Benny Hill recruitment ad

The Austrian army has canned a recruitment ad in which a group of young ladies is persuaded that a "joy ride" in a well-endowed tank is a far more exciting prospect than a spin in some bestubbled geezer's sports motor: Yup, all that's missing to really piss off feminist groups is Benny Hill and Yakety Sax, but that …
Lester Haines, 1 Feb 2010
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OECD places UK third for European e-government

Britain has some of the most sophisticated e-government services in Europe but lags behind other countries in take-up, according to the OECD. The relevant section of Government at a Glance 2009, published by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, shows the UK comes third behind Austria and Portugal in the …
Kable, 26 Oct 2009
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Church altar smites devout Catholic

A devout Catholic who popped into church to thank God for a his rescue from a lift was crushed to death by a 860lb stone altar, the Telegraph reports. Police spokesman Roman Hahslinger explained that Gunther Link, 45, was "a very religious man and had been scared when he was trapped in the lift and had prayed for release". He …
Lester Haines, 10 Sep 2009

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