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What it costs to run an independent video game store

We break down the numbers and look at the challenges facing local game shops.<p>Since 1985, Joel Riplie has opened 45 video game stores. Calling each Video Game Exchange, he approaches them like a reality show — he finds a location, fixes it up, stocks it with games, gets the business running smoothly …

eCommerce

The darker side of duck fat

"It's also worth remembering that most foods that are fried are not taken to smoke point," she adds.<p>But rather than focus on specific types of fat, …

How a union ripped off the workers

The unprecedented wage theft at Australia's largest employers, including Coles, Woolworths, Hungry Jack's, KFC and McDonald's, and the "trade union" …

Disabled and in jail: a double punishment

Over those three weeks she showered about three times – a broken finger made things awkward and the shower curtain didn't seem to work so there was …

Coles knew more than half its workers were underpaid

In a landmark decision in May, the Fair Work full bench found the Coles deal with the Shop, Distributive & Allied Employees Association (SDA) had …

Same-sex Marriage

Hard times: the suicide scourge among Australia's tradies

Harden up, he says to himself. You're a bloke. You ride motorbikes. You ride a surf boat. You work with 190-tonne trucks.<p>He feels like a failure. A …

Mental Health

Google has open-sourced its iOS app testing tool

Google has announced that it’s open-sourced EarlGrey, a testing framework for iOS apps. The company says it’s been used in developing software for Apple’s mobile platform including YouTube and Google’s Calendar and Photos apps.<p>EarlGrey offers features like built-in synchronization that makes it …

Yarra Trams driver refused to deploy wheelchair ramp, man with MS says

A Melbourne man with MS who uses a mobility scooter says a tram driver repeatedly refused to deploy a ramp to help him board so he could get to …

Star Wars: Rebellion is a great board game nearly crippled by an awful manual

This epic game, faithful to the spirit of the original films, is worth your time<p>Late last year hobby games maker Fantasy Flight Games announced <i>Star Wars: Rebellion</i>. Creating a big strategy game in the Star Wars universe alone would get tabletop fans excited, but what pushed <i>Rebellion</i> to the top of …

Latvia and Lithuania: the fairytale filming locations for War and Peace

Lineta Miseikyte is only now recovering from the Battle of Austerlitz. I met up with her earlier this month at Dine, a snazzy Vilnius wine bar. Lithuania, she told me, has been making films for years. Usually it plays the role of Russia, although it’s also been Tudor England (Elizabeth I) and even …

15 essential Kurt Cobain rarities

Today marks the release of <i>Montage of Heck: The Home Recordings,</i> a series of tracks culled from previously unreleased tapes made by Nirvana frontman …

5 Destinations in Belize for Nature Lovers

By Maria Russo<p>A tiny country with an even tinier population, Belize is one of the few places on earth where you will find undisturbed jungle, long stretches of placid beach, plenty of organic farms and a healthy handful of people who go without modern conveniences such as electricity and plumbing, …

Central America