This report confirms our figures that plain packaging has not made an impact on tobacco sales in Australia. What is making an impact is raising cigarette prices through increasing taxes. This is producing a lot of money for the government. It however is being paid for by poor people who cannot afford it, many have mental health problems.
Successful tobacco selling today is a combination of price, volume and cost savings.
On April 8th, Windows will officially drop XP. They will no more support it. Already as a result of this decision we have seen that many companies are no longer providing XP drivers. Several other software companies have stated that they will soon under no obligation to support XP.
Many others are saying nothing, they know but it in their interest to say nothing. You can see that as Microsoft has announced it would continue providing updates to its security products such as Microsoft Security Essentials, if you do so you will still get updates after full support ends for the operating system until July 2015. However, you need to get it here now as you will not be able to download Microsoft Security Essentials on XP in a few days. If anyone intending to run XP, I would suggest getting MSE from here now.
So where does it leave the many of our clients running XP and older operating systems?
Well, in the short-term, what they will see is that hackers will jump. Plenty of unprotected sites, many of the high quality. Many of the security patches for Vista and Win-7 will reveal holes in XP. As even the best firewall programs cannot stop virus/malware getting into a computer, they will get through because people surfing and kids play games.
As time gets on it will become progressively harder to find programs and device drivers for it. Probably, users will become dependent on the second-hand market.
ACCC takes action against Coles and Woolworths for allegedly breaching fuel shopper docket undertakings
The ACCC has instituted proceedings against Coles and Woolworths in the Federal Court for allegedly breaching an undertakings in their fuel shopper dockets to voluntarily limit the fuel discounts linked to supermarket purchases to a maximum of 4¢ per litre.
The ACCC alleges that both are now in breach of this undertaking.
I am pleased to see the ACCC take action against Coles and Woolworths on the issue. I just wish that they would look at other activities of Coles and Woolworths too such as EFTpos and rental power.