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THE DEATH OF ECONOMICS: Aircraft design vs flat-lining financial models

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Re: trains and planes ... it has happened

There is the strange story of the collision of Ansett Airways Pty. Ltd.'s Douglas DC-3 (C-47A-25-DK) VH-BZK & a N.S.W. Railways coal train at Kingsford Smith Airport, Mascot, on Sunday 18 June 1950.

The basics are as follows - At approximately 2000 hours on 18 June, 1950, Ansett Airways' DC-3 taxied into empty coal wagons (which were part of a train consisting of a D50 locomotive, 53 empty coal-wagons & 1 brake-van) on Runway 22 at Kingsford Smith Airport, Sydney. The DC-3 was extensively damaged & five of the empty coal wagons were derailed. Only the DC-3's First Officer received minor injuries.

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Apple gives fanbois The Sweetest Thing: A delete button for that U2 album

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curious minds wonder

the last report I saw said that 2million of the 500million copies had been downloaded (I wonder how many deliberately) - I wonder how many have used the soi remove tool by the end of next week.

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Not pro Bono: Apple's audio junk mail made spammers' lives easier

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Re: I have 47 "albums" on my device

As I teach app development it is extremely useful to have a real device to test on - thats why I also have a Galaxy Tab & an ASUS windows tablet .

They are usually loaded with the same music , movies and books

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I have 47 "albums" on my device

They are cunningly called Mozart Piano Sonata # or Mozart Symphony #. I have purchased 3 albums all have cunning name like Missa @ with Hayden or Bieber (no that one - the good that died in 1704)

as the composer. On what planet does Apple think I would remotely interested in (expletives deleted) U2 ? Maybe Tim & Bono share tax tips :-)

#is a number

@ is either Salzburgenis or Bruxellensis or Anguistis(Nelson Mass)

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Apple Watch will CONQUER smartwatch world – analysts

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The critical demographic is not buying

Small unscientific survey of my high school classes @120 students in all from year 7-12 (ie 11-18 yo) - when I showed them the watch they burst out laughing ...YMMV

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Not appy with your Chromebook? Well now it can run Android apps

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great for my use case

Our TSO and I are in the process of converting our old DER laptops to chromiumbooks and they work really really really well - as windows machines they were woefully underspecc'd (if anybody knows a school who wants to dispose of theirs please let me know :-) )

This should open up the plethora of android apps for kids developed for the National Curriculum to use.

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IT jargon is absolutely REAMED with sexual double-entendres

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Re: Deploying a build

for those of a military bent also known as giving birth to an officer

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BBC: We're going to slip CODING into kids' TV

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Re: The kid I saw on the BBC News this morning...

@oolor

Just getting them used to the stuff I describe in my 2nd post is hard enough - I am really trying hard not to scare off the girls in the class who think programming is icky. (Think of the pot being slowly brought to the boil so the frog doesn't notice :-) ). I will be doing a "proper" software development unit with them next year and take what I am covering with them now into the realms of "pure" javascript to create simple games on the canvas and really start logic and algorithm design then.

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Re: Foundations

A combination works best - let them hack away - and then when they are stuck get the pencil & paper . When my yr 10,11 or 12 students have a logic problem I will no longer look at code - but I get them show me some handwritten pseudo code or a flow chart - its amazing how many problems they find themselves going through the simple exercise of documenting the logic, some of the older kids have caught on and for complex stuff are starting to rough out the logic using pen and paper first

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Re: The kid I saw on the BBC News this morning...

And further to my previous comment (and only applies if hand coding) and in response to the maligning of html as not "real" programming) it is useful for teaching some underlying concepts in the most painless way I can imagine...

HTML/CSS/JS is teaching the separation of presentation & content that becomes useful when trying to code a "proper" app using Eclipse/XCode/C#+WPF

It gets them used to the fact computers are fussy about syntax and spelling eg <p clas="fred" will never work (Brackets highlights unclosed tags which introduces the concept of a compiler error - I call it the pink mark of shame) and that using the right sort of delimiter eg < vs { vs ( in the right place is important (and so is closing them ) and needing " at the start and end of specific strings, and forgetting semi colons will cause a world of hurt in CSS.

There is a very limited set of commands (120 tags in html - most people can get away with only remembering about 24 ditto properties in CSS) as opposed to a humungous api

There is virtually instant feedback (especially Brackets+Chrome combination)

Although this is not the brightest group I have ever had we are working our way through the unit faster and with deeper understanding.Its wonderful seeing the "aha" when somebody finally gets the concept of if-else if - else as we are currently putting media queries in the CSS

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Re: The kid I saw on the BBC News this morning...

I am trying something different with a year 9 class in our Web create unit -

step 1. they build the site in HTML & CSS

step 2. they make the site responsive

step 3. add a little jquerymobile (and phonegap) magic and get them to minimally recode the site as an app

step 4. take that app and really modify it.

HTML, and especially HTML5 can be used to learn structure in a way word doesn't I have noticed my year 9s are thinking harder about the semantic structure of their sites since I flipped over to HTML5 & coupled with CSS they are making sound logical structural choices.We are currently at step 2 and they are having to make logical choices (introducing decisions)

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Re: Don't copy from screen...

Big thumbs up for appinventor . My students consider Scratch & Alice to be "babyish: but hey I can create an app - brilliant.

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Twitter: La la la, we haven't heard of NUDE JLaw, Upton SELFIES

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Re: Polaroids FTW

Ricky Gervais caught a lot of flak for tweeting "well don't have nudes on your phone" then

Funny all the year 10 girls in my multimdia class said the same thing

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Facebook, Google and Instagram 'worse than drugs' says Miley Cyrus

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"The paper hypothesises that the many opinions found online can expose people to ideas that challenge their world view, make them feel less exceptional and, when opinions are strident or include hateful content, offend them."

But when Facepalm and goggle actively "curate" what they show you (refer TED talk by Eli Parisier on infobubbles) then you may go through life seeing nary a contrary opinion & when reality does smack you in the face you realise that not everybody thinks as you do

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Google flushes out users of old browsers by serving up CLUNKY, AGED version of search

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Re: What pleb uses Opera 12 still?

I do, as my main browser. Why ? It still has email baked in. For 99% of sites it still works a treat - one of the few that don't is Adobe trial downloads - but that didn't play nice with IE11 at the time either.Ido have Chrome, but only use it because of itsBrackets integration. I also have Firefox, but only use that it when I need a video downloaded and use the appropriate plugin.

I am happy with and used to, the UI.

Google can go and f-off. What is so special about search results that they need the latest greatest language feature anyway?

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Top beak: UK privacy law may be reconsidered because of social media

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Re: He wha?

@numptyscrub

You deliberately mischaracterise the remarks, and it has nothing to do with celebrity or politicians.The point is , is that recording devices are so ubiquitous and social media makes it very easy for ANYBODY to be a "journalist".

There are many remarks you make in ordinary life, which when taken out of context,or misunderstood imply the exact the opposite of your argument eg you may be quoting a scene form say Blazing Saddles (thinks of the arrival of the sheriff) whilst decrying the use of the n word. This is recorded, and next thing you know some sanctimonious twit has whacked just the bit where you are quoting the movie on twatter or facepalm without any context , and then you you are tagged a racist, lose your livelihood, house, wife, children etc etc.

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Your Bitcoins aren't money – but it is barter, so we'll tax it, ta ... says Australia's taxman

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try 49c or 50.5c

you forgot the rise in the medicare levy to 2% and the 2% "soak the rich" levy and possible extra levy of 1.5% if you don't have private insurance

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Rupert Murdoch says Google is worse than the NSA

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Re: On which internet is google an "opt-in site" ?

Let me draw a picture for you then ...

I go directly to sites without using google that have absolutey nothing to do with google - but I have little option (unless I have ghostery) to hand over my browsing history as google have infested nearly every freaking site on the interwebs - i really don't see anything funny about that.

Yes the sites decide to opt in, but if I want to access anything at all there is the F!@$~!@%$%@#4 google tracker watching watching watching...

And the citicism of Murdoch I see here is typical of lefties - play the man, not the argument. Yes he may not be a nice man or have the policies you agree with but that does not mean he doesn't have a point.

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On which internet is google an "opt-in site" ?

Looking at my trusty ghosetery - just by looking at EL Reg google tracks me (google analytics)

I go to say TED.com - oh look google analytics again

A List Apart - google analyitcs again

Rapid Elearning Blog - google again

Adobe TV - doubleclick (aka google again)

Australian Bureau of Meterology - oh look a google

There is of course a spectacular own goal - the News Ltd Herald Sun (Australia) - Adsense, analytics AND custom search

These site are in my bookmarks so I don't just "google" them

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Top Gun display for your CAR: Heads-up fighter pilot tech

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Re: Health and safety gone maddddd!

I don't about the UK but here in the wonderful land of Oz the police have got us paranoid about going through school zones at 41 km (the limit is 40) that you spend more time looking at your speedo than for potential Darwin Award winners so you don't accidentally climb over the threshold and cop a nasty fine. I challenge you - with your eyes closed tell me the difference between 39, 40 and 41 - I would rather have a HUD that had just the speedo so that I could continually scan left to right keeping most of my vision forward (and the speedo at least in my peripheral vision) rather than having to dip eyes inside the car to see the speedo.

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You'll find Yoda at the back of every IT conference

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Yoda, am I

I am our school's technology Yoda. I know one day they are going to stop asking me to be on the technology committee where I wreak most havoc (and have saved the school a bundle in the process).

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What's in your toolbox? Why the browser wars are so last decade

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Brackets + Chrome + Ripple (plugin) great for kids

I have just introduced my students to Brackets (as the editor) and Chrome + Ripple for developing HTML/CSS/JS.mobile apps (and bog standard websites). Brackets allows the students to see the structure of their folders (and code hints for hrefs etc saves a lot of grief :-) and having images "lightbox" in the editor to make sure you the right one is valuable ).

Nice integration - Ctrl+Alt+P opens Chrome & a mouse click then opens the Ripple android/iOS emulator (lots of different screen sizes to play with) , and it is live emulation, change a css property or html element & you see the change live - without having to save & refresh (again something students struggle with remembering). And from within Brackets you can open the chrome developer tools with a function key.

(Adobe & Google - who would have thought of me recommending that! combination)

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Chomp that sausage: Brits just LOVE scoffing a Full Monty

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"going for a burton" was a euphamism for "giving birth to an officer" (ie doing a #2) at the university regiment I gained my commission in (for obvious reasons as we were all putative officers :-) )

My diabetic educator & dietitian actually advised eating an egg (boiled or fried) with 1 slice of toast(and specfied a brand & variety) and real butter for brekkie as the lowest calorie + lowest GI brekkie short of those godawful VLCD shakes -it worked , I lost about 3.3 jubs (std reg units) over 3 months

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TracBeam sues Apple over location

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Re: WWII TECH RECYCLED FOR PATENT PURPOSES

I am sure Hedley (oops Hedey) Lamar might have a claim but there is no prior art. I am sure the patents say "on a mobile device"

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Microsoft: IE11 for Windows Phone 8.1 is TOO GOOD. So we'll cripple it like Safari

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Re: Shhhhh .... don't mention the real problem

What, so now they are actually doing the right thing(tm) you are beating them around the head for it ? If so why should they ever comply with a standard again ?

Unlike the "good old days" I do not see any "hacks for getting around IE10 or 11 problems on the more influential web design blogs- its now all how to build a better responsive site etc etc

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Amazon says Hachette should lower ebook prices, pay authors more

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Re: We pay Hachette for their good judgement

The traditional publisher and the author do a lot of work together that ends up giving us a better book. I am not sure that Amazon deserves a similar share for the work it does to deliver an ebook.

Exactly - I made the mistake of Buying a technical ebook (Tidwells user interface design patterns as it happens) - the formatting has turned to shite and made the book unusable - so paper for technical ebooks for fiction where the layout doesn't matter so much/

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Turnbull to Big Content: Let your movies RUN FREE ... for a fair price

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Re: eg Game of Thrones

I am doing piracy with year 9 at the moment & we looked at Google & the World Brain which was on the ABC recently. Interestingly the kids see nothing wrong. - I find myself having to defend copyright - and I have in previous years always purchased GOT through the iStore - this year I waited until it was legally available via means other than Foxtel - THEN I downloaded from channel BT just to make a point.

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Vulture South wants FORTY of you to go BACK TO SCHOOL

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I wish somebody would coordinate all these programs.

I do not wish to sound ungracious, as anything that gets kids choosing IST, SDD, IPT & IDT is a good thing, and therefore I would encourage participation but ...

...all the unis have similar outreach schemes, as do the ACS, and now the CSIRO. I understand IBM & Google also run something similar(limited to Sydney region). And that is not counting the "lets get girls into computing/engineering" programs - again all from the above mentioned organisations. It would be nice if I just had to ring/email just one place and they would contact any provider to see if they would have someone to send out.

Edit - I have just looked at website - wow I tick all the boxes except currently working in IT - whoduthunkit ?

Diogenes (ICT Teacher)

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Climate: 'An excuse for tax hikes', scientists 'don't know what they're talking about'

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Re: AGW == socialism

Ac - how much money do "gree" organisations get from government to lobby government to go green. If there were no "green" scares then that cash would dry up, as would the conferences in lovely places?

The follow the money argument runs both ways

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Re: when

And much of what warming was "observed" seems to come from adjustments to the historical record .... Some strange things happening there. According to Aust BOM weather database oodnatatta is no longer the record holder Albany is. This is areal outlier, most of the historical record was adjusted down.

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Motorist 'thought car had caught fire' as Adele track came on stereo

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Re: I'm not sure

Shades of the dutch ad for one of those colour change lollies - sorry can't find a link.

Imagine kids in back - sucking on lolly - neatly timed announcements coming to lights its green, its red, its orange. Daughter goes its green - ('sgruen) dad drives off - bang accident

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Listen: WORST EVER customer service call – Comcast is 'very embarrassed'

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"This call may be recorded for training purposes"

By using the passive voice they are not being explicit. From the "may" I would take as permission :-)

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What! is! the! point! of! Yahoo?! To! sell! more! and! more! ads! says! CEO! Mayer!

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You Always Have Other Options !

Well almost - yahoo groups works well (until the revamp) . If there were another option that allowed a group I belong to move its message history, databases, & files, and images we would be gone in a shot

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ARM arms devs for 64-bit Android push with 'Juno' board

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2038 problem ?

Just getting in early ?

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Lords try shoehorning law against REVENGE SMUT into justice bill

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We already do this at school

and it is right royal pain in the...

We have to identify all the people in the photo, search for their consent forms , if students , and if parents are in the shot we have to contact them for permission. - There is a prompt on our website which reminds of of this every time we we put a post (we use a departmental supplied, and compulsory to use CMS)

Its not worth me loosing my job over - so everybody who sends me photos to include on the school website has to certify they have permission from everybody in the shot in the email. I post very very very few student photos for this reason

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NSA, GCHQ spies have hurt us more than they know – cloud group

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Re: Security from Whom?

they don't expect the NSA to pass on confidential information to their competitors,

I don't know. Given the way the current administration has been using the IRS to target the conservative side of politics I could see the NSA spaffing data to, say the Koch brother's, rivals.

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British and European data cops probe Facebook user-manipulation scandal

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Filter bubbles anyone ???

http://www.ted.com/talks/eli_pariser_beware_online_filter_bubbles

Knowing full well how lazy students are and only select the top 2 results when doing "research" I give them a carefully crafted search term that should return the best sources first. For some queries students seems to get various results. In order to help overcome this I have mandated Chrome & Ghostery to reduce the number of "signal" google uses to screw up the results

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Government won't name expert reviewers of Australia's national curriculum

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Re: Why a *National* curriculum

I remember reading of some research that said basically regardless of curriculum or state in any given subject - 95 % of the content was virtually identical anyway (eg all computer teachers would teach about hardware, how to manipulate photos etc etc) .

You obviously haven't read the science curriculum there is lots of indigenous science (as mentioned in my post indigenous has its sticky fingers in everything - even the digital technology syllabus) .

As for the history curricula , they don't actually teach many facts about history - mostly stuff on sources, how to interpret a source's viewpoint etc etc

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As a teacher

I don't give flying rats how computer literate they are if it doesn't result in a TEACHABLE curriculum - remember listing lots of computer stuff does not mean you can make it interesting for kids.

Actually 50% of the content points are good - usually the first clause which is purely technical - then they tack on some touchy feely BS eg "in the community" or "in a sustainable manner" or some other tosh which makes it harder to teach.

It is my understanding the review is actually concentrating on getting rid of, or toning down the cross curriculum BS namely indigenous, asia & sustainabilty

Pyne is dreaming if he thinks the curriculum will be ready to teach in 2015 in NSW at least. Once the review is complete and the Ministers have signed off, BOSTES will have to repackage it into NSW speak and the minister then approve it. Then it will be released for implementation at trial schools for a year (will require lots of inservices to unpack it and come up with approaches) , then it will be compulsory.

I am hoping that there is enough wriggle room in the new Design & Technology curriculum to do multimedia and computing (as is the case now) - otherwise I can kiss all my elective classes & senior classes goodbye & teach just year 7 & 8 the compulsory stuff.

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I/O: New Google design language will RULE OVER 'DROIDS

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For all the metro haters

Google has even wrapped Material Design in the kind of language Redmond used to dress up Metro. Material Design even seems to look like Metro, with purple and green colour bands in flat, 2-D boxes full of text and pictures.

<Nelson Munz> Ha Ha </Nelson Munz>

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NBN Co reveals THOUSAND-node FTTN trial built by Telstra

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Great news for Gorokan

aka Mt Druitt by the Sea :-) .

The exchange there has heaps of problems. (Don't ask me how I know this)

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It's a Doddle: Amazon inks train station parcel deal with Network Rail

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In the not so dim distant past ...

railways actually used to run a small parcels service and you collected the item from the station. It was run competition with the Post Office (and courier companies were few and far between & incredibly expensive)

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Google spaffs $50 MILLION on 'get girls coding' campaign

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Waaaaayyy tooo late

Admittedly a small sample of 1 school but ..

Year 8 girls are the only ones that whine when told their next Tech Mandatory rotation is computing - note they don't whine about doing woodwork or metalwork !

My year 9 apps class 75% male - year 9 IST class 95% male - year 10 multimedia 50%, year 10 IST 98% - year 11 SDD 100% male

Colleagues at other schools report very similar numbers, even those with female teachers.

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Finding the formula for the travelling salesman problem

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Re: you could use minutes of travel

Ah yes the famous Murphy Problem - my commute is only 12k by road.

If I leave home at 7:30am I somehow do not end up with the pensioner doing 50 in a 70 zone. There is nobody on the turnoff onto the highway, and the lights are green to do a left hand turn. Again there is no numpety slowing down to 40 through the 70 speed camera. Total trip time @15minutes.

OTOH if I am running late and leave @ 7:50 I seem to encounter all or some of the problems above (+ others - accidents etc) - total trip time has seen me arrive at work dead on the 8:25 bell but normal arrival is 8:15.

It also depends on what the "efficiency" criteria is - time, fuel, or distance

Actually IIRC Mythbusters looked at testing one of the additional criteria UPS uses (only doing right hand turns - or for we more civilised countries left turns) - The myth was setup from the perspective of a delivery truck driver. Several locations within the San Francisco area were setup as delivery points, then two routes were derived. The first route was a more “logical” route trying not to favor right turns. This route had eight left turns, four right turns, and a total distance of 5.2 miles. The second route tried to exclude as many left turns as practical. The “right turn” route was 6.8 miles long, had one left turn and twenty-three right turns. Each route visited each stop in the same order.

The MythBusters concluded that right turns were indeed more efficient in their test. While the route favoring right turns was a longer distance and took a longer amount of time, it used only 4.0 gallons of fuel compared to 6.8 gallons of fuel on the “control” route.

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Unregistered car drivers rejoice! Cops kill buggy auto plate recognition

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Re: WA behind the eastern states again ?

Actually I would say ahead - NSW has no grace period.

After midnight on the day the rego is due, if not paid the car may only be driven to and from your residence to get your green slip (CTP insurance) ,pink slip (roadworthy) and the motor registry. Luckily for me roadworthy place is next to work and when I was pulled up at 7am on the day after the due date on the way to work was able to state same and avoid the $586 fine. Even though the CTP & rego were paid electronically within time, the car was deemed unregistered as the roadworthy had not been done (it was booked for the friday morning and as soon as the guy had entered the details an hour later, I was legal again).

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Angelina Jolie 2.0 NOT an inspiration for Huawei phones, says exec

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Re: Angelina Jolie

It doesn't matter if she is a loon - as long as she supports the "right" causes with her all expenses paid "time". Honestly with the money she and "hubby" make they could have actually done something practical and paid for mercenaries to go in after "the girls"

Do I sound cynical - you betcha - a colleague used to work in a camp visited by Jolie, lets say she (the colleague) is not a fan.

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Google Fit will slurp YOUR heartbeat, weight, blood pressure from gizmos

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Over my cold dead body

- oh wait

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600 school sysadmins sacked in New South Wales

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Re: That sounds like American politics...

Funny I don't see managing computers anywhere in the Australian Teaching Standards. Honestly most teachers have no interest in IT at all - except as a very unreliable tool. I drive my car, but I have no interest in how it works or what to do if it breaks other than call the NRMA.

Imagine this scenario -30 students in class - 30 computers - teacher busily demonstrating something (lets say how to format a bibliography) - "Sir(or miss) my f****** computer has just f******** died" "Try restarting it" "Nup f***er says something about not finding the operating system" - What happens now? 1. Teacher whips out a spare hard drive, and spends 5 minutes replacing the drive whilst the class descends into chaos" or 2 "Watch over somebody else's shoulder" continues lesson, bell rings teacher hurries off to next class forgetting all about faulty hd.

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Not the way it works

Contrary to the ill informed commentary above, the ALP (& not the Coalition) pulled the pin on the laptop program (it was only ever funded for 4 years) . The last of the full issued laptops supplied to students will wash out of the system next year when our current 11 leave. They are so locked down the only thing a TSO can do is reimage the drive and arrange repairs for broken bits

Again, contrary to the ill informed commentary above, the Feds paid for the TSOs to manage the laptops - they are not supposed to, nor were never meant to manage school computers. If they did, it was out of goodwill, or the school had made an arrangement with the individual TSO - I know schools where the TSO has refused point blank to sysadmin anything other than the laptops.

DEC is currently rolling out a program called ET4L where all school computers are managed by sysadmins in each regional office - our school has chosen not to go down this path (yet!) and our TSO does sysadmin + a whole pile of other tech related stuff for us (eg rolling out surveillance cameras, arranging installs of projectors etc etc).

I manage my lab, the TSO manages everything else. I was offered a period allowance (ie only teach 50% of time, manage the school's tech the rest) which I refused as there is way too much NIRTS and you have class now - too bad so sad and my background is Software Dev not sysadmin.

BYOD will be interesting - at least with the laptops(and my lab) I KNOW the characteristics and can develop resources for them. Now it will be phones, phablets, tablets, chromebooks, netbooks, and laptops (thank goodness Captivate 8 makes that a bit easier). Then there is the issue of will it be loaded with the software? Will parents understand they need to buy devices that support 5ghz as DEC will not unlock the 2.4 on the wireless (thus rendering many of the cheaper Android tablets useless) ?

Other sleeper issues -

1. The much delayed rollout of google apps for education (last I heard was September this year - supposedly ready to go , but awaiting a report to the minister on privacy issues) that will help with software issues (but not all)

2. The national curriculum mandating programming training for years 7 & 8 + schools with not enough computers (or teachers able/willing to teach it) and the huge emphasis on technology in all syllabuses.

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