* Posts by Diogenes

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Teaching people to speak English? You just need Chatroulette without the dick pics

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Don't you speak "anglish" (as in anglo saxon). Actually getting rid of the "borrowed" french, latin & greek would make english a lot more sane

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Australia gets its Internet filter after Senate vote

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Where were the other 26 votes ?

76 senators - 50 voting = 26 lazy bastards cowards

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How Music Got Free and Creatocracy

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Re: @nilfs2

Most major composers made their living not from composing, but through performance

and read what they all said about publishers - same complaints.

patrons little better - sometimes a little slow in paying & refused to pay if they didn't like the work

or out and out mongrels - think reasons for, and theatricality of, Haydn's "Farewell Symphony"

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Graphene sheaths could boost processor signal speeds by 30 per cent

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will it blend ?

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No, Australian Small business AREN'T flunking out online

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One(or both) of two even simpler explanations

1. The Information Technology sector already uses information technology (doh!) therefore analysis would lead to the award of an IgNoble Prize

2. The information technology sector is not expected to grow

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Australia gets its site filter at LAST

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Wind <> brain f**t - filter = brain f**t

Even if wind turbines could be magicked into being(ie no CO2 or other pollution cough Baotou cough) , and had zero whole of life costs, the need for 100% backup 24/7 from other sources makes their existence utterly pointless. Indeed, given the potential for destabilising the grid, it’s even worse than that.

I saw one estimate that said it would cost 40 billion, all subsidised by the mug taxpayer to build the required number to meet the requirements of the current RE targets - all to save 0.0043 degrees (taking IPCC worst case & Australia's proportion of world CO2) and which is more often a co2 sink than net co2 contributer

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The $60,000 logo: What it costs to change a website

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Branding ?

Why we will all be connected to it anyway ?

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Spy: Acres of comedy talent make this smart spook spoof an instant classic

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Enjoyed it

Mrs D and I sat there with a smile throughout with a few lol moments and the odd roflmao moment. It was a good night out.

On an unrelated comment, we didn't go the movies at all last year it was all "meh", this year 5 times so far (Mrs D has seen 3 more, (chick flicks/romcoms ) with her boss .

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The 'echo chamber' effect misleading people on climate change

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Re: Anyway

When the actual boffins release their data, and/or code then I might believe them. When they actually start behaving like there is a problem, then I might believe there is a problem (why fly business class for a conference , why not telecommute?, When Greenpeace execs stop flying their kids around the world (whilst wagging their fingers at others doing the same) or commute home by plane every weekend then I might believe them.

That said I am all in favour of real environmental outcomes, like cleaning up China's smog problem (modern coal fired power stations are a vast improvement on charcoal stoves), or the pollution lakes of Baotou - where rare earths required by our "clean" windmills & solar panels are processed.

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And coincidentally from the editor of the Lancet

"A lot of what is published is incorrect.” I’m not allowed to say who made this remark because we were asked to observe Chatham House rules. We were also asked not to take photographs of slides. Those who worked for government agencies pleaded that their comments especially remain unquoted . . . this symposium—on the reproducibility and reliability of biomedical research, held at the Wellcome Trust in London last week—touched on one of the most sensitive issues in science today: the idea that something has gone fundamentally wrong with one of our greatest human creations.

The case against science is straightforward: much of the scientific literature, perhaps half, may simply be untrue. Afflicted by studies with small sample sizes, tiny effects, invalid exploratory analyses, and flagrant conflicts of interest, together with an obsession for pursuing fashionable trends of dubious importance, science has taken a turn towards darkness."

Whilst many may read the conflict of interest of being the nasty Koch Brothers, or "Big Oil" having paid an organisation some money in the past, why should research funded by "Big Green" be any more clean ? - Even more ironic when "Big Oil" actually gives more grants to CAGW believers than others.

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Re: Echo Chamber

Yep, and self created as well.

Government gives "Big Green" a grant, "Big Green" uses that that grant to campaign for more regulation/banning/taxation of .....

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Re: Consensus is not science

Yes the physics of Co2 absorption of heat are known and there is an actual real consensus. But, and here is the big but, Co2 is not the ONLY driver of climate, and one has to think of the old "yes my theory works , but only for the apocryphal spherical chicken in a vacuum". Nearly every prediction made by the models has proved to wrong, and Armageddon (the so called "tipping point" ) has been delayed several years.

I feel sorry for those in the Northern Hemisphere, it looks like its going to get colder - I refer to

Gerard D. McCarthy, Ivan D. Haigh, Joël J.-M. Hirschi, Jeremy P. Grist, David A. Smeed. (2015) Ocean impact on decadal Atlantic climate variability revealed by sea-level observations. Nature; 521 (7553): 508 DOI: 10.1038/nature14491 which refers to the AMO (Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation) which looks like it is entering a cooling phase (hang about - if it is now cooling , could that mean it was warming at one point and was responsible for the warming seen until 1998?)

As for the echo chamber effect, it is assumed by our acquaintances, that because I am a teacher I am progressive, and so my inbox is full of "conservatives are weird/stupid because ..." stuff.

Sadly we are seeing more & more of this at a university level, where instead of healthy debate, and students being exposed to ideas that may offend see the rise of "trigger warnings", that expose them to controversial history (eg the fact that before the US Civil War there were a large number of black slave owners, and the man generally regarded as treating his slaves the worst was black, and an ex-slave to boot) or to the poor thinking of the "idiots' (usually whichever group or person is currently on the end of a twatter storm, or who has incurred the wrath of an NGO) "no platform". Is this because of the paucity of their own argument or the "idiot" actually has a better case ?

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OK Google, how much of my life do you observe and disturb?

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Re: Gmail is the only Google service

I have some software that allows me to whitelist sites in my classroom ie students can only get to www.xyz.com and complete the exercise. Great idea in theory but there is so much c**p coming from all over the web, in practice it is useless as it loads qwerty.js from google, farnarkle.js from yahoo, nooo.js from adobe etc etc etc that I need to go to the site, view source & whitelist the calls - its a PITA

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Driverless cars deal DEATH to Detroit, says Barclays

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Ownership should work for SWMBO & I

Imagine a near equilateral triangle with sides @ 12-15k long. One point is home, the other is SWMBOs work, the other mine. When she starts @ oh dark 30 and me at 8 , she could take the car, it returns for me , takes me to work, then waits for her midday finish, collects & runs her home, then comes to collect me @ 3 and brings me home.

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Australia forces UberX drivers to become tax collectors

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Re: Here comes the drill...

Nope. Taxi drivers are one of the few groups that are not included in the 75k threshold.

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Bridge, ship 'n' tunnel – the Brunels' hidden Thames trip

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Quibble about coal

Coal certainly had been found in Australia. There was a settlement called Coal River (now Newcastle) on what had been called Coal River (now known as the Hunter River)

1796 Informal accounts reach Sydney of the reserves of coal at ‘Coal River’.

1797 Lt Shortland and his crew enter Coal River and confirm the coal resources.

1801 Formal identification of the great potential of the coal reserves and the river. First brief attempt to set up a coal mining camp.

1804 Formation of a permanent convict/military outpost to mine coal, harvest timber and prepare lime. A light beacon and gun emplacement built on the southern headland. Nobbys Island seen as a useful place for confinement. Aboriginal-European encounters.

1839 End of era of government-controlled coal mining and beginning of private enterprise mining by the Australian Agricultural Company.

by the 1850s the AACoy was exporting coal to the American west coast.

...and in case anybody wonders I am an 'anorak' and the coal railways of Necastle(on Hunter) are my 'thing'.

Museum added to short list of things I want to visit London for.

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So why the hell do we bail banks out?

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Re: Maybe another reason?

I suggest you look up the history of the late 1920s bank crashes in Europe. A smallish bank fell over, that started runs on other banks, which in turn crashed, which caused more runs .... until banks in the US, South America and Australia started falling over.

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Australian government sun to set on NBN funding

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Never expected to see it anyway

Weren't on the original (ALP) 5 year FTTP roll out plan (and I expected it never to get past THAT rollout as the money would run out), not on the current 3 year plan (FTTN). It will come as close as 3km away, but again expect that the cash will run out before I see it.

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According to Netflix, Australia's slowest ISP owns half of Foxtel

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and even on-net vs off-net

Although Telstra is not my ISP, because my ISP (TPG) couldn't put its own DSLAM in the exchange, I am on Telstra's kit. It would be interesting to see say, my neighbour's (offnet) Optus vs my (offnet) TPG vs across the road's Bigpond Netflix streaming speeds as we all seem to speed test within 1-2 k of each other (@ 11-15MB most of the time - depending on weather/day/time/how I hold my mouth) as we are all on the same DSLAM and have virtually the same path (neighbour's is 16 m longer).

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OECD nations gang up on internet retailers, tax dodgers

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Intangables 375 mill over 4 years ?

Colour me unimpressed, thats less than 1 weeks worth of NEW debt per annum

Billions hahahahaha - a way will be found

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1998 asks to speak to Turnbull about local calls

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Wow a whole 100k

its a real pity they made a 2.1billion loss last year year - oops that was a profit On revenues of 25 billion that's a rounding error

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Australia cracks tech giants' tax dodge code

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Re: Seems simple

There is, in Australia it is called the Australian Tax Office. Ok its not THAT disinterested, but it would be looking for really obvious transfer pricing rorts , see my post on page 2 of the comments.

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The ATO IS involved in determing Apples "buy price"

From the Senate Inquiry....

Senator EDWARDS: Let me try and help—because this is getting painful. Are you inflating the transfer price of all your goods to a point where you are lowering your gross profit to a point where you are minimising your income tax paid here? Is your transfer pricing being artificially inflated—

CHAIR: That is an allegation.

Senator EDWARDS: to gather profits in another jurisdiction?

Mr King : Not at all.

Senator EDWARDS: Okay, unpack that.

Mr King : Our product cost is determined on an arms-length basis. What is important to refer to in this discussion is the advance pricing agreement that we have had with the ATO for many, many years. Our APA experience with the tax office goes back to the early nineties. The APA process is a very rigorous and thorough process that is a framework to ensure the product cost in the transfer pricing concepts is fairly stated on products being brought into Australia by a multinational. That is a very, very rigorous process and it is reviewed annually. We have worked with the ATO since 1991 in establishing the costs of our products that we bring into Australia.

Senator KETTER: Are you saying you do not have strategies to reduce your tax in Australia?

Mr King : We pay our tax in accordance with the Australian tax law.

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OMFG – Emojis are killing off traditional 'net slang

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Re: Radio communications

10-4 big buddy

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So how should we tax these BASTARD COMPANIES, then?

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Now, maybe the country should be run as a company for the benefit of the shareholders - the population - and should therefore make a profit with dividends being shared out among the shareholders

WS Gilbert beat you to it - see Utopia Limited.

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Microsoft to offer special Surface 3 for schools

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No interwebz for us

For the third time this year our school has been without the interweb for a week- the 1st time a council road resurfacing project ripped out the fibre, the 2nd time the machine attached to the our end of the fibre carked it and it took a week to replace (despite HPs promise of same day service!), this week we had the equivalent of a force 2 cyclone dropping a tree into our server room on Tuesday, kit replaced late yesterday , but today something 100km away at head office broke which meant that any authorisation to G4Ed and O365 cloud were impossible. 25% of my students still have no power or phone & no mobile reception at home - yay put everything in the cloud.

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The Internet of things is great until it blows up your house

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Page 3 of comments & no 2001 Space Odessey reference ?

"I'm sorry Dave, because your neighbour is ironing, we cannot spare enough electricity for you to turn the lights on"

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Oz energy company AGL promises to decarbonise by 2050

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new power provider signed up

These idiots will not get a cent more of my money

addendum

..that I have control over. The fact that the Feds will end up giving them @250 a year because of the RET boondoggle I can't control.

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WHAT did GOOGLE do SO WRONG to get a slapping from the EU?

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Customisation of search results

Its funny looking at the comments above , I never see xyz vs I always see xyz first.

May I remind the our gentle reader that google looks at all sorts of things before deciding which set of search results to return previous searches, which browser, which device etc etc. I get totally different results searching the same terms at home & work (which is a right royal pain sometimes but very illuminating at other times) - and the kids I teach also get different results for the same terms also which of 3 (work related) accounts I am logged into chrome. Although I must say that since I have started using ghostery the difference between the work/home set is reducing all the time with a much greater overlap on the first 2 pages - and getting "old" google on opera 12 is a positive joy

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Android lands on Microsoft's money-machine island fortress

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Yeh, and its not like the bank hasn't already replaced the closest hole in the wall at least annually for the last 5 years

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Health apps and wearables make you nervous, not fit, say boffins

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Fitness - Not only no but heck no.

Exercise damages joints , in my staffroom (& that does NOT include the PE staff) last year we lost more time to hip, shoulder, elbow, knee surgery, breaks and sprains than all other illnesses & 3 months maternity leave combined

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NO, Joe Hockey, a 'Netflix tax' wouldn't raise 'billions'

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Windows

If you are a resident of the Peoples Socialist Democratic Republic of Victoriastan ( a wholly owned subsiduary of the CMFEU) , $500 million - 1 billion will go towards building a road that will not be built,

:-)

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Netflix fail proves copper NBN leaves Australia utterly 4Ked

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Re: "dangerously behind"

Give me a ring when you get your own MRI, XRay & blood testing machines at home that would justify 1GB, in the meantime a much lower speed is more than enough to just "chat" with the quack

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Choc Factory's king codec serves 25 BEELLION Tube hours

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Must be my eyes

The h264 on the right looks a lot clearer than the vp9 on the left

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Job ad appears for CEO of Turnbull's digital transformation office

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Fair is fair

It takes time to find the anointed one, and then write the position description so that only one person on the planet could possible apply (saw that at a former PS gig - the position description & selection criteria were missing only 3 items, must have a beard, a gap between the front teeth and first name Jim)

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Nuclear waste spill: How a pro-organic push sparked $240m blunder

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Re: Fast Integral Reactor. @otto

"the second season to include metamorphs" She was quite hot though. In human form, I mean! And even better as Lady Claudine Litton in 'The Return of the Pink Panther'.

sigh

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LOHAN unleashes 'waiting for the FAA' collector mug

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Re: Just checked...

Is that a spherical sheep ?

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Adobe: Flash, pah. Look, we're doing just fine in the cloud, thank you

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I am one of these

and at $12.50 per ANNUM (thank you employer) it is great value & would be silly not to do it

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Malcolm Turnbull proposes taxing Google and Facebook ads

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true but

It would reduce the pressure on the Commonwealth to dip into general revenue to pay for the things the states are responsible for like education, health, transport, infrastructure etc etc

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NSW premier pitches 'digital licence' as election stunt

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Re: Wonder how the cops will react

Currently doing privacy dot points with my year 11 Software Design Class ....

they came up with about 30 different privacy problems with this proposal in 15 minutes. As the 2nd part of this exercise I asked them to consider what permissions the app should have (none) and the ones it would probably ask for & a possible justification. When we listed them all we had every permission, and a "good" ie "think of the children"(TM) reason for each an every one.

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Studying humans for science? Wrap your eyeballs around our fine print, says Apple

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Lots and lots of noise

Back in the good old days I worked for a company that was having a major "health push". and they were passing out pedometers and having inter team competitions with "real" prizes for those that "walked" the furtherest. My team won. We strapped pedometers to our feet & tapped, several enterprising team members strapped them to pendulum clocks at home or metronomes, another guy rigged up a meccano device that looked a bit like a steam locomotive wheel with the mainrod & cylinder piston (used in certain movies for other purposes) & attached it.

When the local HR Exec who was responsible for this nonsense came through and saw what we were doing the whole thing died a quick death.

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BBC: We'll give FREE subpar-Raspberry-Pis to a million Brit schoolkids

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Re: To balance the scales...

you left out the vital skill of try to plug usb in, turn it over try again, & then turn it over again

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Telstra to let customers access their own metadata for AU$25

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Of course it has

I have fond memories of being hassled to complete a project that was holding up the rollout of /A4 exchanges - the reason given, the AFP & ASIO were screaming for the extra functionality

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Paul Allen hunts down sunken Japanese WWII super-battleship

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Re: "Using historical records from four different countries"

well played sir. I do this to my students all the time.

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Telly behemoths: Does size matter?

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an optical delusion

We were very happy with our old 24" crt, until the magic smoke escaped. We replaced it with a 24" LCD - the screen seemed tiny in comparison, so quickly had to upgrade to a 36" to get a watchable picture

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At night, scary wildlife comes out to play in the chemical factory

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Californian Gulls or Australian gulls

To misquote the late great Monty Python.

When we visited CA from Australia we were struck by much bigger the gulls were (about the size of a 3yo child) , and how small the pelicans. Wasn't impressed by the dirty brown colour either.

Then there were the killer squirrels that attacked SWMBO on a beach near Monterrey

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IT knowledge is as important as Maths, says UK.gov

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Re: RE: offered a programming club

I use Scratch with years 7 - 9, coupled with the excellent CS Unplugged resources - Year 9 "Apps" last week were coding sorts in scratch and comparing the performance of various sorts. Indeed I believe some unis use scratch or kodu to teach basic computer programming concepts. (after my year 12s do their trial HSC, I will use Kodu to introduce concepts of object orientedness)

Now that they have the basic idea of sequence, decisions & iteration and events, I will be moving them on to AppInventor, then next stop for the brighter kids Android Studio.

I learnt the hard way kids do not have the patience to type move, and get mightly p****d off/discouraged because the compiler is too fussy - why is aNumber not the same as anumber or Anumber

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Four senators call for federal probes into Verizon 'supercookies'

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no dems all the way

Don't let political feelings get in the way of facts :-)

"Back in 2012, Verizon..."

Democrat Obama elected 2008 therefore FCC full of democrat appointees.

Democrat majority congress 2009-11

Democrat majority senate 2007-2015

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Apple CEO: Fandroids are BINNING Android in favour of IPHONES

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Anecdotal

Last year on day 1 back at school I surveyed the kids in my IT classes. Roughly 1/3 each windows , android and iphone.

Believe it or not this year 50%(!) windows , and about equal numbers each of android and apple. Nobody had a 6 (many still on 4), and most 'droids (roughly 2/3) were still on jellybean or kitkat - no lollipops.

A few of the kids have tablets (mostly cheap Pendo pads being sold @ $45 - again roughly 50/50 droid and windows, although I did notice my local Coles sold the droid quicker. There are a few ipad minis and a couple of Galaxy Tab/Notes in the classes where the kids have jobs - (all still waiting for Lollipop).

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