Kevin Rudd’s Petition To Investigate Murdoch Broke The Australian Government’s Website

The Ex-PM’s petition calling for a royal commission into the influence of Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp is proving rather too much for the Australian Parliamentary website. So many users have reported problems trying to sign it that even the site itself admits it’s in trouble.

The Rudd Petition is having a hard time

Kevin Rudd’s petition calls for a Royal Commission into the influence of News Corporation on the Australian media landscape. While the merits of that approach are certainly debatable as a control measure, what’s not debateable is that it’s proved conceptually very popular indeed. At the time of writing some 88,747 people had signed, according to the APH web site.

That number might be much higher, however, with numerous reports over the weekend that users trying to sign the petition couldn’t. The sheer weight of numbers trying to do so brought the APH website to its knees.

As of Monday, it still appears to be an issue:

It’s proved to be so much of an issue that there’s now a disclaimer on the APH website, stating that:

“We are aware

Kevin Rudd’s Petition To Investigate Murdoch Broke The Australian Government’s Website

The Ex-PM’s petition calling for a royal commission into the influence of Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp is proving rather too much for the Australian Parliamentary website. So many users have reported problems trying to sign it that even the site itself admits it’s in trouble.

The Rudd Petition is having a hard time

Kevin Rudd’s petition calls for a Royal Commission into the influence of News Corporation on the Australian media landscape. While the merits of that approach are certainly debatable as a control measure, what’s not debateable is that it’s proved conceptually very popular indeed. At the time of writing some 88,747 people had signed, according to the APH web site.

That number might be much higher, however, with numerous reports over the weekend that users trying to sign the petition couldn’t. The sheer weight of numbers trying to do so brought the APH website to its knees.

As of Monday, it still appears to be an issue:

It’s proved to be so much of an issue that there’s now a disclaimer on the APH website, stating that:

“We are aware

PC Sales Just Broke A 10-Year Record Thanks To The Pandemic

The global PC market grew by almost 13% in the third quarter, according to Canalys, marking the biggest surge in sales in the last decade.

According to the analyst firm’s estimates, shipments of PC and laptop devices reached 79.2 million units during the quarter, an increase of 12.7%, as sales “continued to benefit hugely from the COVID-19 crisis”.

Laptops accounted for the majority fo these sales, with 64 million units shipped during the third quarter as employees continue to work from home. Laptop and mobile workstation shipments also saw sales increased by 28.3% year over year, though desktop and desktop workstations saw a 26% decline in shipments.

“Vendors, the supply chain, and the channel have now had time to find their feet and allocate resources towards supplying notebooks, which continue to see massive demand from both businesses and consumers,” commented Canalys analyst Ishan Dutt .

Lenovo regained the top stop in the market during the third quarter, with 11.4% growth and shipments reaching more than 19 million. HP ranked second, with growth of 23.6% and shipments totalling 18.7 million, while Dell earned the number three spot despite a 0.5% drop in shipments compared to last year. 

Apple and Acer claimed the fourth and fifth spots with growth of 13.2% and 15%, respectively.

Canalys says it expects the pandemic to have “lasting effects” on the way people work and learn beyond the pandemic as companies continues to to invest in longer-term transitions to remote working, adding that IT expenditure, including investment in PCs, will likely be a core driver of economic

Kellyanne Conway has covid-19, and her daughter’s TikToks broke the news

Kellyanne Conway (center) is seen with Attorney General William Barr (right) and guests at the Rose Garden Supreme Court nomination event on Sept. 26. At least seven people in attendance that day have tested positive for covid-19 since, including President Donald Trump.

Kellyanne Conway (center) is seen with Attorney General William Barr (right) and guests at the Rose Garden Supreme Court nomination event on Sept. 26. At least seven people in attendance that day have tested positive for covid-19 since, including President Donald Trump.
Photo: Chip Somodevilla (Getty Images)

Former White House counselor Kellyanne Conway confirmed on Friday that she’s contracted covid-19 after her 15-year-old daughter broke the news in a series of TikToks revealing her mother’s positive diagnosis and denouncing President Donald Trump.

“Tonight I tested positive for COVID-19,” Conway tweeted Friday evening. “My symptoms are mild (light cough) and I’m feeling fine. I have begun a quarantine process in consultation with physicians.”

Earlier that evening, her daughter, Claudia Conway, posted a string of videos on TikTok saying that she was experiencing respiratory issues and that her mother was “coughing all around the house after Trump tested positive for covid.” (Trump tweeted early Friday morning that he and his wife, Melania, had contracted the virus.) A later video, in which she’s seen wearing a face mask, bears the caption “update my mom has covid” and tells her followers that she’s going on a two-week quarantine.

In another video, Claudia Conway, who in the past has been an outspoken critic of both Trump and her mother’s former position on his staff, states: “im furious. wear your masks. dont listen to our fucking idiot president piece of shit. protect yourselves and those around you.”

Her name quickly began trending on Twitter on Friday. The teenager, who has nearly 900,000 followers on TikTok, has previously gained attention for speaking openly about her disputes with her mother and father, Lincoln Project co-founder George Conway, over their polar opposite political beliefs. In August, she tweeted that she would be pursuing