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E-vote won't happen for next Oz election

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OK for 1st past the post , bit hairier for preferential....

One huge complication is the fact that in Federal elections, for the House of Reps one must mark ALL the candidates in order (if there are 10 candidates then you need to mark 1 to 10 (or an other numbering system that indicates the preference for EACH candidate - I counted 1 vote that had letters A-F , another in roman numerals, and another where they used 10, 25, 32 etc)

Our senate paper is also a right proper <expletive deleted> 2 different voting systems (1 number only for the parties above "the line", or number 1 to infinity - thats what it seems like in NSW) with 44 named parties and 120 candidates at the last election. At over a meter long, they are not called tablecloth papers for nothing !

No problem with electronic rolls or registration - they do this in NSW already, and have done so since 2012. All students are auto enrolled from a data dump from BOSTES (who run the senior exam system) to NSW EC, changing your address on your licence automatically updates the NSW EC registration, and a death notification to the Registrar General cancels registration. In 2012 there were approximately 120,000 voters on NSW rolls (ie 1-2 federal seats worth) and not on federal rolls & about 300k either not on federal rolls or the address differs from the state roll source http://blogs.abc.net.au/antonygreen/2012/11/124000-missing-voters-in-new-south-wales.html. There is a push to have the other states adopt procedures like NSW (Victoria may have?) and have feds take their feeds from the states to fix these issues.

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The next big thing in medical science: POO TRANSPLANTS

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Koalas do it

Koalas do not naturally digest gum leaves - gut bacteria break them down & the koalas absorb the byproduct as nutrients.

Mum koala, when she is ready to wean her young, poops a special poop that is very high in the appropriate gut bacteria & the young climbs round the back and consumes same, and thus gets the bacteria & can start on those oh so yummy gum leaves (note the old urban legend about them being drunk is false , the leaves are so low in nutrients they conserve energy by sleeping 20 hours a day)

Then one is also reminded of the story that kissing came about because in pre knife days mum chewed the food to make it easier for young immature teeth & jaws to handle, and start the digestion process

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BIG FAT Lies: Porky Pies about obesity

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Re: That's not quite the statement

Then there is also the misclassification... I break my foot playing soccer ... I go to to ER ... I am asked if I am a smoker ... If yes then the broken foot becomes statistically correlated with smoking

IN Australia smokers contribute @8Billion in excise & GST & use about 380Million in healthcare (no typos with the billion & million) attributable to smoking related (see oara 1 on how this inflated)

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Join The Reg in Sydney for beers, ideas and Christmas cheer

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Re: O? No!

You do mean "melboringians" don't you :-)

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Turnbull: Coding skills 'will be almost as important as literacy and numeracy'

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MOST WORST OPTION

Again, totally ignores the way things are taught in primary school

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Rise of the machines: Silicon Valley hardware store to deploy ROBOTS for customer service

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minimum wage

I note that this is in area where it proposed to raise the minimum wage. - and we all know that raising the minimum wage does not reduce the numbers of jobs available - Hillary told me only just last week.

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Swedish 'Future minister' doesn't do social media

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could NOT being on social media be the future ?

Totally unscientific poll, but I spent a day being bored to death at cybersafety/digital citizenship presentations for the school (@1100 students) on cybersafety. There were 6 presentations each with a slightly different viewpoint & examples, 1 for each year (secondary ie teens).

When the presenters asked who was on twitter , very very few hands went up, on facebook, about 1/3rd of each group (and tellingly of that 3rd 90% were female), instagram - close to a 3rd again (big overlap between the groups and similar MF ratio). I was surprised and thought that the number would be higher. Speaking with presenters at the end of the day they said that this was typical of what they have been seeing in schools this year - last year the facebook was @50% and in the years before that as high as 90%.

I was looking for a method other than email to alert my year 12 software design & development to things that might of interest, reminders for homework etc expecting to have to create a facebook or twitter account but 0/24 used any form of social media. I have changed to my plan to increase the number of texts I send

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This Changes Everything? OH Naomi Klein, NO

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Re: The Register should write about what it knows, this article is a FAIL.

What is the optimum Co2 level for the earth ? Is it 2,000 p.p.m. - late Palaeocene, 500ppm - Miocene, <210 - Paleozoic or todays smidge over 400ppm ?

For that matter what is the optimum temperature for the earth ?

Much of the "global warming" that has taken place to date appears to random undocumented adjustments to raw data (Australia's BoM and its laughable ACORN dataset is a case in point - it has at least shared its data, but not methodology unlike 92% of climate "scientists") - NASA's satellite measurements show no warming for 16 years - and its not hiding in the deep ocean either.

Nearly every "the end of ...is nigh" prediction made by the "experts" since club of rome in 1972 has not come to pass (Drs Suzuki & Flannery come on down).

I will believe we have a problem when those in charge actually reduce the number and size of houses they own & the amount of energy they use (hello Al Gore and "Brangelina"), sell waterfront property (4 ex environment ministers & Prime Ministers) , stop flying (is that you Greenpeace?) and holding massive conferences about climate change in exotic locations that require thousands of delegates(hello United Nations)

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Re: Not as simple as that indeed....

Have you seen the great stinking pollution lakes created in China so you can you can have nice "clean" ,"quiet" and "fresh" solar panels or bird killers ? Have you seen pictures of the working conditions of the poor SOBs who extract the required rare earths ? Where are you going to get that nice safe lead or lithium for batteries (for when the sun don;t shine & the wind don't blow) ? How are they going be disposed of ?

The problem is you may have super deep pockets to pay for all that c**p - I don't, and I resent subsidising people that do (eg here in NSW peak power cost is @50c kwh - under a now grandfathered scheme my neighbour gets a gross solar fit is paid at 60c kwh) - by definition I am subsidising my neighbour's panels.

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Whistleblower behind PM's daughter scholarship leak must wait for fate

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Re: Hero not Villian

The irony - it burns.

Posting under AC !

I would not deign to give anybody who writes for New Matilda the title of journalist.

Where are Hugh Grant & hacked off ?

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NBN Co adds 'burbs to copper map, claims 'speed up' rollout

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Inconsistancies

Hmmm, the Central Coast list looks silly in places. They have already connected up the entire Budgewoi Peninsula - there are no properties on it ! Funny they don't have Lake Munmorah or Budegwoi which are on either end of the Budgewoi Peninsula listed (many people think the town of Budgewoi is ON the Peninsula)

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Forget passwords, let's use SELFIES, says Obama's cyber tsar

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Re: torture and kidnapping - bin done

I remembered a case ...

google malaysia car finger

2nd result give this august site

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2005/04/04/fingerprint_merc_chop/

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Australia throws coding for kids a lifeline in industry plan

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Left hand meet right hand

I suggest that this was set in train assuming the National Curriculum for DT would go through relatively unscathed.

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Greedy datagrabs, crap security will KILL the Internet of Thingies

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Re: at the end of the day*

Your supermarket probably already knows what you put in it - even more so if you use a loyalty card.

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Can do better: Tech industry report on Australia's tech curriculum

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Re: Not entirely sure this is all as bad as is being made out...

Have an upvote sir.

Reading the incoherent sentences my year 11 Software Design Class gave me in their short answer questions made me cry.

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Something had to give

Whilst ElReg rightly concentrates on the Technology syllabus, PDHPE, (thats PhysEd) and CAPA(The Arts) and Geography have been sent back for more work as well. The Big 4 (MESH) also need major work done on them. This is most true at Primary level - more needs teaching than there are hours available and something has to give especially in light of the fact that under the Gonski Act (Education Reform Act 2013) - the former government gave us 4 targets (3 of which relate to retention & indigenous education) the first of which is to rank in the top 5 for reading and arithmetic for PISA.

The technology assessor compared the proposed curriculum to curricula in countries that rank ahead of us (which at least the US, UK do not do) and the review report as whole said there needs to be more emphasis on teaching the basics of the 3Rs and more depth and fewer other subjects (The Arts were singled out as a "fewer" ). Now that ALL the curricula have been written & released everybody is trying to work out how to fit it all in.

Primary schools these days tend to do work on cross-curriculum projects in which they knock of dot points for various syllabuses in a unit of work (say design a playground for the school - english vocab, maths - area & science - suitable materials ,PD - suitable equipment to target muscles and perhaps look at a historical playgrounds for history). There are exceptions which are taught discretely - such as music, foreign languages(now also compulsory) and sport. Then let's not forget visits by the various Foundations promoting cybersafety, non smoking, activity, mental heath, antibullying, road safety, police talks, anti grafitti, danger of ingrown toenails(sorry made that last one up) - it would be difficult to carve out time for another subject.

As a HS ICT teacher I was worried that a poor introduction in primary and stage 4 would be counter productive as it would kill interest in computing as a subject in later school years(stages 5 &6) and then university.

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Australia bins standalone school computing curriculum

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Re: Mile wide and inch deep

the inch deep & mile wide was a criticism of the whole national curriculum in the review.

Whilst the big 4 (English, Math, Science & History) will need changes, it looks like Geography, CAPA & PDHPE will, with technology(s) need to be rewritten from the ground up.

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Australia's Digital Tech curriculum looks to be shelved for another year

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Re: hope burns eternal and futile

Ah yes the clod.

We have been offline at school for 2 weeks (council roadworks) made a right proper mess of my term start. Even our moodle was unavailable although physically on the premises because we couldn't get out to get the dns (some misconfiguration had it trying to resolve even if we were using the direct IP addy) - but no good to most kids a the wireless network was down (round trips to dec servers)

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Going by previous national curricula

It would have taken 2-3 years for implementation. The "bigger" curricula took a year rattling around the various state bodies (in NSW the Board of Studies) for them to "add" whatever "value" they do, then 1 year on pilot then 1 year full implementation.

There is an ICTENSW workshop next Monday night - hopefully we will hear something from our "trade" body (they are our official "stakeholders").

PS what is a curriculm ?

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No one wants iOS 8 because it's for NERDS - dev

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iOS ME ?

I have had the the damned thing crash so many times in the last 2 weeks I immediately thought of Windows ME. Watching videos, using itunesU, and reading books(ibooks) looking at my the usage/crash data I have nearly a dozen Latest-xxxx.crash" where xxxx is the name of the app - video, safari, newstand, books, weather, maps, store and a couple of apps that have all been updated since 8.0.2 was released

And then there are the videos & music that lock up itunes while transferring (and refuse to transfer one day, and happily transfer the next) and the continual update of everything in my itunesU libarary every time I copy a video or song - despite me telling the stupid thing (itunes/ipad) not to update or synch the itunesu courses.

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Woman says narco-cops used her PICS to snare drug lords on Facebook

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Re: Perspective people.

Offended ? Offended ? Something more than offended - by using her likeness the authorities may have endangered her life.

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Air-slurping solar battery will slice energy costs – boffins

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Re: Fantastic!

Now instead of costing 10 x nuclear power, it will only cost 8.5 x!

Also I wonder how long it it takes for the co2 payback - ie co2 mitigated against co2 required in construction & installation

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NAKED CELEBRITY PICS LAW BOMB dropped on ad giant Google

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Google could have gone the nuclear option

And not return any results for any of the celebrities - not in "the web", "videos", "images" etc.

I wonder what that would have done to the "celebs" business model

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Are you a fat boy? Get to university NOW, you PENNILESS SLACKER

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So no, this is not a matter of diversity, it's a matter of people being a burden on society through either ignorance or sheer laziness.

Define burden !

My staffroom (9 staff) has 7 "greyhounds". So far this year we have more sick days due to operations to replace/fix tears in shoulders (cricket), hips (jogging & football), knees (jogging, netball & basketball), and ankles (netball & basketball) and days off due to sprains, and "corks" (oops nearly forgot about the suspected fractured jaw & eye socket) than the one lady who was off for 6 weeks on maternity leave & the flu season put together. No days lost to high blood pressure, diabetes, asthma or any of the other "obesity" related conditions.

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CURSE YOU, 'streaming' music services! I want a bloody CD

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have an upvote

being a fan of "real" music (ie with very very few exceptions nothing after 1900 - no not a typo 1900) it makes my skin crawl to think that even a cent of my money would help support Bieber (justin) not the guys & girls who play/sing Bieber (the one who wrote masses 400 years ago)

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Let it go, Steve: Ballmer bans iPads from his LA Clippers b-ball team

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Re: Many posters in this thread seem to think that all MS OS's crash frequently - they do not.

@ Glenn6 "He may own the team, but that doesn't give him the right to tell people which brands they personally use" - the article said that he wanted MS products used by the team and its organisation - cannot see here it say anything about personal use.

Actually it probably does - the members of the team agree to sponsor A products exclusively - that is one reason they get paid megamega bucks

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Re: Many posters in this thread seem to think that all MS OS's crash frequently - they do not.

funny, just this morning I had an iPad "panic" (all I was doing was watching a video ) - I have yet to see a win8 or 8.1 bsod on any of my computer lab (30) machines with 30 kids writing some really strange code

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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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