77 posts • joined Saturday 3rd October 2009 02:53 GMT
"Actually, I support that one. I refuse to buy any clothes where you pay extra for the brand name AND for the privilege of advertising it for them."
OOh you freetard you.
By putting their trademark into the item is the only way they can protect their IP (no copyright on clothes)
Re: And in A/NZ...
AC - I give you joy of the day.
Diogenes - "rebalanced" out of GSA in 2003
and so is my wife ,
No no not Brian , I mean I am Spartacus
Re: No major change
I agree, I have no problems with W8 , but I suspect like most people I rarely use the apps. Once I laid out my tiles in a fashion that suited me I was off. I use it on a "proper" box and a tablet, I also have a Mac sitting on my desk at home and to be honest I prefer win8 to Mountain Lion (I only bought it so that I could create resources for the iThings the kids use).
About 1/3 of the kids in my computing & multimedia classes have tried windows & of the 50 or so that have, only 1 thinks its a pile of excrement, they are still running it. A few (@12) colleagues have new laptops that came with it preinstalled and once I showed them how to connect to the school wireless, and access the schools drives are as happy a pigs in s..t, of these 12 or so only has has gone to win7.
Re: Happy to Comply?
I understand US Tax law is one of the few that allows people and corps to voluntarily pay more tax than they have to. Last I saw the amount actually received was @ 40k.
BillG, Warren (" tax is unfair, my receptionist pays a higher rate than I do") Buffett, and all the hollywood "intelligentsia" who want to increase govt spending or taxes have the perfect opportunity to donate a little something to the coffers and ease their consciences.
Keen gamers in my classes
I teach IT to years 8,9 & 10, and many of the boys have multiple game consoles and PCs with specs that make my eyes water. They were really looking forward to the new XBox, until they read this. They spend so much on hardware, they buy most of their games 2nd hand. In one class there is a "club" of 6 who will all buy the game 2nd hand on the same day.
Their hands are staying firmly in their pockets and all bar 2 /45 have decided to blow the money on new games.
12 Signs the paper is bulltish
demolition by Jo Nova.
1, Thousands of papers support man-made climate change, but not one found the evidence that matters ...
but he cannot name one paper with observations that shows that the assumptions of the IPCC climate models about water vapor and cloud feedbacks are correct. These assumptions produce half to two-thirds of the future projected warming in models.
2 .Cook’s study shows 66% of papers didn’t endorse man-made global warming ...
from the paper
1 944 climate abstracts from 1991–2011 matching the topics ‘global climate change’ or ‘global warming’. We find that 66.4% of abstracts expressed no position on AGW, 32.6% endorsed AGW, 0.7% rejected AGW and 0.3% were uncertain about the cause of global warming. ...
Though its irrelevant in any case. It only takes one paper to show a theory is wrong. Who’s counting?
3. Cook’s method is a logical fallacy: Argument from Authority. This is not science, it’s PR. ....
He assumes that “peer review” is uncorruptible (unlike every other human institution), that two unpaid anonymous reviewers is “scrutiny”, that climate-activist-scientists don’t work to keep skeptics out of the peer review literature
4. The number of papers is a proxy for funding
As government funding grew, scientists redirected their work to study areas that attracted grants. It’s no conspiracy, just Adam Smith at work.
5.Most of these consensus papers assume the theory is correct but never checked. They are irrelevant.
.... Cook gives the following as an example of a paper with implicit endorsement: “‘. . . carbon sequestration in soil is important for mitigating global climate change’. Any researcher studying carbon sequestion has almost certainly not analyzed outgoing radiation from the upper troposphere or considered the assumptions about relative humidity in climate simulations.
6.Money paid to believers is 3500 times larger than that paid to skeptics (from all sources). ....
Governments have not only paid more than $79 billion in research, they also spend $70 billion every year subsidizing renewables (an industry which depends on researchers finding a link between carbon dioxide and catastrophic climate change). Carbon markets turn over something in the order of $170bn a year, and renewables investment amounts to a quarter of a trillion dollars. These vested interests depend entirely on a catastrophic connection — what’s the point of cutting “carbon” if carbon doesn’t cause a crisis? Against these billions, Cook thinks it’s worth mentioning a 20 year old payment of $510,000 from Western Fuels?
7. Keywords searches may miss the most important skeptical papers. ....
Many skeptical papers don’t use the terms “global warming” or “global climate change”: eg Svensmark (1998), Douglass (2007), Christy (2010), Loehle (2009), and Spencer (2011). Were they included? Perhaps they were, but they don’t appear to match the search terms in the methods. These are just a few seminal skeptical papers that might have been missed.
8. Some of these abstracts are 20 years old — does two decades of new evidence change anything?
Twenty years ago the IPCC was predicting we’d get warming of 0.3 degrees C per decade. The warming trend came in significantly below their lowest possible estimate, no matter which major dataset you consult.
9. Naiomi Oreskes found 928 papers with abstracts that didn’t explicitly reject man-made global warming. So? Skeptics found 1,100 papers that support skeptical views. ....
Given how much money has been paid to find evidence, the question real investigators ought to ask is “Is that all they found?”
10 You want authority? Skeptics can name 31,500 scientists who agree, including 9,000 PhDs, 45 NASA experts (including two astronauts who walked on the moon) and two Nobel Prize winners in physics. ...
11 What about Science Associations? But they are not masses of scientists — just committees of six ...
Most science associations never ask members to vote, (or when they do, they have bizarre rules like the Royal Society, which recently asked members to vote Yes or Yes to inviting Prince Andrew to be a fellow).
12. Cook pretty much says this is not about a scientific argument — it’s a tactic to change public opinion through repetition of the fallacy ....
The first sentence in both the introduction and the conclusion tell us that the point of this paper is about public perception and government policy. It is not about the science. It is to help change public opinion. There was no attempt to find out whether there was a scientific consensus — as in a consensus among all scientists.
On the bright side
I can't see my employer going for the cloudy version (corporate licence - 1000's of machines) for many reasons, including 1) the cost and 2) managing the upgrades across the board. See they bought into the hype of using 21st century skills to create interesting assignments eg - "you're doing science - create a flash animation of an atom - for your assignment" (poor science teacher has never heard of flash, let alone knows how to use)
The bright side is I will not have to upgrade my teaching materials for new versions every time they come out, and play the "where did they put the fartvergnuegung filter in THIS version" game
I will believe it when I see it....
Since 2002, the Geodynamics Annual Reports have spoken of the construction of demonstration power plants as being the key to completing Stage One of their plan.
In 2009, a major blow-out occurred at one of their drill sites, engulfing it in steam. Fortunately, no-one was injured. At the time, Geodynamics claimed the blow-out would delay the commissioning of the demonstration power plant by 6 to 9 months. In other words, it would be up and running by about the beginning of 2010. (!!!!!!)
That 1MW plant was supposed to have been a 20MW plant
In the meantime, the Rudd Government awarded them $90 million, the largest grant ever awarded to a renewable energy project in Australia. Despite the fact that Geodynamics has not yet generated a single watt of energy, it has now been given $100 million of taxpayers’ money.
From its 2007 Annual Report "... working towards a 50 MW commercial demonstration plant expected to be operating by the end of 2011. It is then planned to expand this in nominally 50 MW modules to 500 MW by 2015."
For Kyza ... It will generate electricity sufficient to power around 1,000 homes, and more than enough to meet Geodynamics’ site needs.
I would like to thank the Ambassador
As, in Australia, given situation normal I would not normally have bothered to even look for a legal version until the DVD was released. A quick visit to the apple store sees me legal for a sum I am prepared to pay, :-)
here comes Godwin
The certain ex painter who shall not be named was famed for the frequency & noxiousness of his nether eruptions - he was a veggo.
Icon : And because he was a a non smoker nobody could light a match
He can't be elected !
His "election" will be challenged in the Court of Disputed Returns, and there is enough indication that his election will be deemed invalid (he has been away from Aus for too long). In that case there will be a recount as if he was not a candidate & somebody else elected instead - who mkay or may not be from his party.
Re: Perhaps not now,
Here in NSW we have so many PE trained staff, nearly every school has a PE trained teacher temping in another faculty, most of the causals that replace me when I am off for whatever reason are either art or PE (very very few IST, IPT, SDD qualified casuals in our region Hunter/Central Coast ). One casual said that if every currently employed PE teacher were to resign tomorrow, there would still be 1.5-2 teachers for every vacant position. It is a similar story in other states as well.
Anyhoo, getting back to THIS analysis, there are 2 other strands that are ignored in this analysis is the private RTO's - but these cater mainly for foreign students, and at school we also offer the VET qualification of a cert iii in Information, Digital Media and Technology. If students are keen enough, and region has it on its scope they can get a partial cert iv as part of the HSC.
Re: Vague Goals
AAArgghhh just looked at the detail of just of these ...
10.1 Explain how text, audio, image and video data are stored in binary with compression
• explaining exclusive or (XOR) to develop simple cryptographic ciphers and hashes to ‘secure’ communications
• explaining the use of the Unicode charts to look up characters from Asian languages
• explaining simple compression schemes, for example run length encoding
• explaining the difference between lossy and lossless compression
Dot point 2 - coincidentally I am trying to explain the different encoding techniques and why we have them & my class don't give a rats .... , I had mild interest with ASCII especially when I showed some ASCII art, and total disinterest with unicode - the most common almost printable response was "why can't the ****s just use english characters ?".
From a 30 second glance at just the year 9-10 stuff - it is going to be difficult to develop a coherent program that doesn't do theory for the sake of theory eg we cover some of this stuff already in IST - - dot point is covered in a unit on the internet & protocols, dot point 2 sort of covered in a Software Dev unit, dot points 3&4 covered in a digital media/multimedia unit - where the stuff actually makes sense to teach it.
What hurts most is that Digital technology has become All about software development , and it says multimedia will be taught across subject areas (yeah right - today I had to teach my year 9 class about using styles in a document !) as well as an instance of Design & Tech .
Honestly from a very quick read I think the year 9/10 stuff would make the basis of a great year 11/12 Software Dev course. What I have read assumes greater maturity on the part of year 9/10 than is the case - certainly in my low SES group (ie over 30% of the school is in the lowest income quartile measured on Myschool.com) . The buggers advising ACARA are from selective schools or schools where most students are in the highest income quartile).
Needs a closer read drowning in the motherhood stuff at the start.
Re: Water fall ---- Agile - it's a spectrum
Funny I opened the report and did a search on "Microsoft" - you know what, I didn't find it anywhere.
When I can get as many resources for open source as I can for closed (think lots of books, youtubes etc etc) as I can for VB, C#, Access, XCode development and the Adobe web suite I will switch over. I just don;t have the time to do the paper warfare I need to do eg I just spent the last 4 hours working on Individual learning plans for 25% of my class because they have some intellectual impairment, are below the national literacy standard, have Aspergers, ADD, ADHD, ODD. OCD, Fragile X, Brittle Bones, hearing & sight impairment, a broken wrist or (...) - or any combination of the above and I have only done half of what I need to - I need to get these to our HT Welfare & AEO by Monday Morning it & will probably waste a few hours incorporating suggested "improvements" next week. Then I have to write assessment tasks that encompass these kids as well as the 3 G&T students I have - my HT needs these for Monday. I am now taking a mental break (aided by a G&T) before writing a tutorial that 15yo kids with a reading age of a 8yo can follow - and I am using a combination of Adobe Captivate to record and grab screen shots , Adobe Indesign so that I can format it, and create the 3 different versions I need easily (font & image size).
Sometimes the path best taken is the path of least resistance.
Re: If they are going to teach SQL
Tried and failed - year 9 & 10 just don't have the maturity, patience or INTEREST - they just want to get in and do things - I am assembling a collection of code & DB designs to submit to the Daily WTF - but surprisingly
it works - somehow they make it work.
I know some of the teacher reps advising ACARA, they are the same ones who created an updated Software Design & Dev syllabus that does not mention the word database once , and couldn't understand why that should have been at least a further study option like - a "Software Developers view of Hardware".
I am printing the draft out to read in my free time and have sent it on to my head teacher for consideration. I have a bad feeling that they are going to take all the fun out of IST - years 9 & 10 where I have lots of options and can tailor for the kids interests (and the antiquated c**p that pretends to my computer lab - honestly celeron D's 1 mb of ram and XP and 15 inch monitors) - and they finally get the laptop spec right and then the school decides not to issue them to the kids (~$%~!@%$@^ !!!!!!)
(BTW I did 25 years as a Software Engineer before becoming a teacher 2 years ago)
Re: American Broadcasting Corporation?
Probably quoting a press release & they couldn't be bothered converting to El Reg units
Ouch, many schools, including mine, are paying the TSO a little extra to also be the computer coordinator, rather than paying a teacher wage. I was asked if wanted to do it & have my teaching load reduced 50% - but the problem is NIRTS problems always seem to occur when you do have a class and then all your "down" time is spent on admin & chasing suppliers, which is not fair on the kids so I respectfully declined. I have already spent the greater part of every free period over the last 3 weeks resetting passwords for staff and students.
With all this talk of blocking routers, we forget that other great tool of stupidity the smartphone. The department blocks youtube, fb, twater etc for students at the poxy server, so when little Mary is facebook feuding with little Sally, they do by phone, ditto when little Johnny wants to watch something on youtube.
It should be legal to block mobile phone signals at school - it would make life so much easier for teachers
Why would anybody be recording an Australian cinema release? Its already been out on the Interwebz long before it reaches our land which is girt by sea. And for the 2 or 3 films premiered here, they release same weekend OS.
When the current season of Revenge & Once Upon a Time started I was reading about the episodes on Whirlpool before they had even been shown in "real time" on the US West Coast
Re: Odd system
But what about duplicates like Texas(USA) vs Texas in Queensland, or Roma(italy) vs Roma(Qld) or Athens(Greece) vs Athens(Georgia- Usa) or indeed Georgia (USA) vs Georgia(former Soviet Republic) or Newcastle (on Tyne) vs Newcastle (on Hunter) unless they put a country tld on the end of the gTLD eg .roma.it vs .roma.au (now my brain really hurts)
Re: Justice is served
Not so fast ...
IPCC4 claims to use only peer reviewed materials, and as we have found actually includes press releases which have no basis in fact or egregious errors, and in fact just recently in Oz 2 peer reviewed papers have had to been withdrawn due to horrednous errors.
The BBC claims to had the top 28 in the field (or somesuch) but how do we know ?
I am sure of I were to get, say, 28 salesmen form Sachs Goldman in the room I could convince the BBC to have an IPO .
Ask the fashion industry ref TED talk by Johanna Blakley: Lessons from fashion's free culture
Re: Job requirements
As part of a discussion as to why our senior kids are not picking IT subjects next year (old boring syllabus, horribly slow computers at school big reasons, as well as lack of work/outsourcing) , I made a bet with my Head Teacher last Friday that I would be able to log on to Seek (.com.au) and find at least 1 job for a Windows 8 developer with 2 years W8 apps development experience, given W8 had only been officially released 6 hours before, and officially VS2012 only about 2 weeks before that.
I hope the lotto ticket he bought me wins the $100million tomorrow night :-)
Re: 'Facebook's European headquarters are in Dublin, Ireland.'
SWMBO & I recently visited the US & have finally worked out why the put the US flag on everything ,,,,
They are sooooo bad at geography they need to be reminded of where they are all the time :-)
So our Auntie is claiming the copyright on ...
Grand Designs, Time Team. QI, Thomas the Tank Engine and Sesame St ???
Visser could get around the copyright request by removing all the ABC copyright material such as the News 7:30 report , The Drum etc. as IIRC the XML indicates actual ABC copyright.
Now if you actually don't use the gui how would you know what the T&C's of the site are, so how could you be in breach (you are actually NOT using the site - just the API) ?? The XML is quite easy to obtain, and the only possible circumvention is making a request to get a token (also easily deduced if you use something like UrlSnooper).
Also not stated was...
... the fact that for the "warmists" Lewandowsky sent the invitations, for the "skeptics" his totally unknown reasearch assistant did. To quote Jo Nova "He did it through another name, Charles Hanich, an assistant who was not named on the paper, so how would skeptics know to look for it?"
And to further quote Jo
"Once Steve McIntyre figured this out (not with any help from Lewandowsky) he found 2 emails which he had not noticed or replied too. The other blogger at JunkScience not only got an email but posted it with the warning that the survey looked dodgy: “Basically it seems to be fishing for conspiracy theorists in an effort to associate them with CAGW skepticism. I suspect Hanich & HREC are likely to get a lot of complaints about this framing.”
For the record
I believe climate is changing.
I do not believe that man has more than a small influence on the change.
I believe the massaging of the raw data and an underestimation of the UHI effect is skewing the record
I believe Neil Armstrong landed on the moon
I do not believe the CIA assassinated Kennedy
I do not believe Harold Holt was taken by a Chinese submarine or the CIA had any involvement in the Whitlam sacking (for my fellow antipodean readers :-)
Right - got that
And hsi alternate histories
were well thought out as well - loved the "Stars and Stripes" series enjoyed HH's more than Turtledove's
Re: Is there a lawyer in the house?
When doing teaching degree had to put assignments in using turnit-in - I had a 500 word assignment that was about my disabled son's school experience come back as 75% plagarised - thing is I consulted no books or websites, quoted nothing other his individualised learning plan and school reports (which were handwritten & in my files) . So yes it very possible
Remember flying just after Sept 11
And was impressed with the diligence of our Australian equivalent by the fact that my nail clippers were removed (forgot to take them out hand luggage) ... but was even more impressed when I noticed that the 1st class passengers had been given steak knives with which to eat their Beef Wellington.
Re: Wrong - sillybus virtually unchanged since 1999
sorry for typos and missing words - at home with a stinking headcold
Wrong - sillybus virtually unchanged since 1999
"The NSW Higher Schools Certificate’s Software Development and Design course is unchanged since 2009"
Wrong ! It is fundamentally unchanged since the initial 1999 release, all the 2009 revision did was remove a few of the most outdated learn to/learn about dot points and shuffle some others off into the course specification.
After working for some of Australia's largest IT shops as Programmer/Analyst/PM for over 25 years before deciding to become a teacher I weep when I read the syllabus...
At an inservice tackled one of the authors of the "revision" asking where the word database was (not mentioned once!) and why the core wasn't smaller (do you really need to know how to code a binary search these days?) and some options to allow us to strand and tailor the course to our students eg an option on databases, on web programming, on object oriented programming (OO is 2 dot points or about 1 periods worth !) , on apps programming , different development methodologies(currently 1 periods worth) - no the kids need to learn this themselves (with help from their teacher) when they do their major project.
Many of the older SDD teacher are ex maths & science teachers who fell into the job who were in the first iteration about 2 weeks ahead of their students are now comfortable with what they know.
The Board of Studies doesn't help when in the current rewrite of the IT (VET) syllabus to match the new ICA11 package they decided the 3 strand option instead of the 5 that most teachers wanted, and cut out he units that the kids would most interested in and added the really boring ones as compulsory.
It also doesn't help when my budget (less computers supplied by the dept & the departmental Microsoft & Adobe licences) is about $2 per student per year ! If I wanted to buy a single licence to allow the kids to build an app using dragonfire would take my half my budget (I have a licence paid for by me and only installed on 1 computer which they turns on )!
Re: Isn't it the education system that's wrong also?
My current year 9 class size 26 - 2 female 24 male
My current year 10 class size 28 -1 female 24 male
My current year 12 class size 20 -1 female 19 male
My collegues photography class (y 9 only) 24 - 16 female 8 male (those 8 boys are also in my class)
Re: "Consumer grade"?
"When I see a Powerpoint presentations that is slicker than a well-prepared Keynote presentation then it will probably be time for me to eat my trousers." ... Would you like fries with those trousers
I have been to an inservice where the powerpoint was absolutely brilliant (more where it was dreadful). That presentation was built using the principles articulated in "beyond bullet points"( in my minds eye I could see the "beyond bp" "script" the presenter was using) , and I can refer you to several elearning blogs where powerpoint, done well is the base that is then manipulated in a tool like articulate or captivate.
Abandoned mine when I saw the "you live in australia tax"
SWMBO & I were looking at flying from Sydney to San Francisco to visit SWMBO's aunt. As she has flown the route many many times, and we are first timers we rang and asked for a few tips (eg stop overs & airlines to avoid).
She and us were looking at the same comparison site, at the same time with same search criteria , and both had currency set to AUD. Aunt was seeing prices 250-300AUD cheaper for the same flights and strangely "taxes" were lower as well.
We both went through the booking process all the way to just before the "yes book me" step together and she had fewer and cheaper "extras" shown in her "cart" so we let aunt finish the transaction and book from her end. In all we saved 655AUD between us (on flights originally quoted here at 2578 + booking fees(each)).
SWMBO's aunt also passed on tip to clear cookies and cache when looking a flight comparison sites - otherwise you see prices creep up a little each time (something we noticed - every time we looked flights went up between $20-40 ). Curious to see if it worked I did a CCleaner run and restarted browser and saw the quoted price drop $100.
Now looking forward to dealing with TSA - sigh !
Re: No compromise?
I can't see how it could come close to competing with devices designed to do a specific task.
As a teacher I want I want I want...
tablet form to replace textbooks, internet access for research, stylus for taking notes in oneNote , selecting answers in moodle quizs, and even dashing off a quick sketch to show a design idea in IT subjects(or marking homework :-) ), + the keyboard to use if you need to actually type something.
Sadly the price will be to high for this purpose. ...
Excellent - he actually called it a tax !
Given that under 1900 chapter 12: 63 and 64 Vict of the Westminster Parlt (aka Commonwealth of Australia Constitution Act 1900) only the Commonwealth may impose taxes I am almost tempted to fire up on old machine with IE7 on it, buy something small and then sue the c**p out of him for charging an illegal tax.
Why set up a website ? Retype the thing, pass on to a friendly uni student who submits to to turnitin a wonderful service that highlights phrases such as "thus it can be clearly demonstrated that" as plagarism and have at it.
Oh we will be consulted
and the guvmn't will do whatever ASIO and the Keystone Cops (thats the Australian Fed Police for non Aussies) want
Re: Probably going to sound like a new age person here
Our benevolent government has promised 1 laptop per child in years 9-12, and the 1st group of year 9's with the laptops are now in year 12.
Teachers are encouraged to plan lessons around them, except on any given day 1/3 the class won't have them, 1/3rd will have a flat battery, and the 90% of the remaining 1/3 will be playing flash games or watching movies loaded on their flash drives.
Meanwhile they are so locked down, I can't install software I need to teach, and calls for Italc to be loaded so that teachers can monitor what students are actually doing.
At least I have a "proper" lab to work in where I have admin rights, and can load Italc and at any time in any given period 1/4 the class is locked out because they are playing - and they know I am watching.
Has the program been a success - read any research and it all says yes, ask a teacher and you get a very different response!
Not scientific but...
SWMBO had me set her privacy settings as she is not afraid to ask a male for help if needed whereas 19yo son did not want my help. Me I have the best privacy settings - no farcebook and all browsers in "porn" mode - & no not for that reason. Until it went t*sup I used scroogle instead of google & won't touch chrome.
When looking at SWMBOs feeds her friends (all female) put the most trivial intimate c**p on their walls (most friends & fof only) - SWMBO is not interested in most of this stuff (eg who saw this most incredible guy at work that she would like to f his brains out.) Sons stuff is usually of the "god I am hungover" or anybody know a good **** restaurant at **** or had a great time at ****'s party.
U u pick me ! pick me !
I know ! I know !
Have the feds build a very expensive website, and have each state do the same. Also the feds create a CD mailed to every old fogeys home that is patronising.
Mandate that the silly old buggers have to do the state course - but hide all the videos behind the new filter !
Sound cynical ??? Why this is what they did for cybersafety & digital citizenship for year 10 students (old folks homes = school, internet filter = departmental filter) .
Icon - although I have lost weight I still look like him !
and that aussie magistrate
was greated with a hearty "good f***ing morning your worship" by the prosecutor who lost that case. Surprisingly the Chief Commish was unmoved by her complaints about the language
Nothing surprises me about this mob
and sadly I am forced to be a customer of theirs !
"The wheels on the bus go round & round" or "I know a song that will get on your nerves" - I used these at work all the time when idiots would get sing the same stuff over again ...
Then again there have to be some classical earworms as well - Waltons Variations on a Theme by Tallis (and the original theme) - ride of the valkyries, opening bars to Beethoven 5 , close of 1812, nessum dorma etc
And as a current ICT teacher I second AC's comment. I have just installed Italc on the computers in the lab & am looking forward to seeing their reaction when school goes back on the 10th - pinkie to mouth, bwahahaha bwahahahaha etc
the cricket, tennis, NRL, and RU, womens netball, soccer, the tour de france etc etc
Taking the idea one step further the creators of the Block, Masterchef, Australian Idol, Australia's Got Talent etc etc could do the same leaving lots more time for good programming such as (...crickets chirp...)