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Organic food: Pricey, not particularly healthy, won't save you from cancer

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not fewer chemicals just different

see reference above to 2 applications of man made vs 7 applications of "natural"

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NSW government gets into the smartphone case business

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Shirley opal could be a case study for pay by bonk

Title says it all

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FINALLY Microsoft releases Office for iPad – but wait there's a CATCH

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Re: 5 people editing one document simultaneously

I can. Group work at school. Gets right away from Billy has the document in his account & he's away to today so we can playz gamez.

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Apple vows to add racially diverse EMOJIS after MILEY CYRUS TWITTER outrage

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Being of "middle eastern" appearance

I want sort of olive/brown - I want bearded faces and non bearded and mustaches. While we are at it, how about a set of orthodox jewish ones (you know the ringlets & hat). Oo Oo also a full set ofniqab female faces - crying, smiling , surprised etc. Oo Oo what about sets of tattooed people as well for our Polynesian & Maori friends

Ah to think that I have been on this earth for nearly 55 years, and until today I had never heard of emojis.

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Turnbull Twitfight - we're backing Mal this time

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Having ADSL2+ doesn't actually mean you have it either ...

I have been having issues with my broadband - happily connecting at 14M , at 7am downloading speed test are a happy 80% of that rate at 7.30pm I get about 5% of that number (a super speedy 0.8Mbps).

Looking at my ISP forum at another place, 9/10 threads are "for the last 2 -3weeks my download speeds on xyz exchange have been awful", and reporting similar sorts of speeds/results). Just scanning all the ISP forums its seems that 2 other ISPS have the same problem, but not as badly.

My exchange & the next one (the other side of a lake) over has no available ports , and Telstra won't add any 'cause of the NBN - even though none of its exchange area was on the original 5 year , or modified, or further modified, or latest 3 year plan.

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CSIRO breaks Australia into 90m x 90m grid to map soil carbon

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innovative prediction methods

In other words a wild a**e guess

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Fibre fanaticism overrode proper NBN planning says report

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Re: Who wears duty of care ?

All that is already there. All states have the equivalent of a "school of the air" and have done so for many years. I had a chance to look at the one based at Dubbo when I was on a prac in the Central West. I am now in a metro area and envious of the technology - to cost to roll that out to every student in every home would be insane.

Kids don't need to leave the house hahahahahahahahaha.

That might have worked 50 years ago when mum was home to supervise the kids, and there usually was a mum AND a dad, and kids actually had some respect for their parents, and parents were parents - not 'besties'. At my school the bulk of kids are in single parent families and mum is forced to work (even if that "work" is attending a job network provider 12 hours a week). We have parents dumping their parental responsibilities onto us all the time and beg us not suspend little Johnny because they don't want him at home. We had a ministerial because we had one extremely violent special needs kids kept at home for a term because the public works had fallen badly behind in the works required for us to be be able to safely handle him - mum certainly did not want him at home all day.

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Re: Market failure?

I also remember in a small town in Queensland's Granite Belt (Stanthorpe) the local ISP was laying fibre to the premises 8 years ago. At the time they would only be offering ADSL2 speeds, but with more reliability - every time we got a good electrical storm much of the phone network would go out

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Who wears duty of care ?

You would still need a teacher IN the classroom to supervise. Legally we are not supposed to teachers aides unsupervised , or even duck out of the classroom for a minute without another teacher in the room - you see if one of the little darlings hurts themselves then YOU as the classroom teacher are liable. That classroom teacher would also need to ensure the kids are actually working, rather than playing on their phones (as some of kids were doing during an video incursion with the scientists at Mawson in the Antartic), or playing coolmathsgames etc etc etc

After 3 years as a teacher I am going to back to paper based activity books & textbooks for theory part of my IT classes . The kids I have really hate video tutorials - especially if they have yank or pommie narrators, and I don't have enough time to build a full set to replace them, and the elearning type activities I do for them are not treated as being "real" like the paper ones (even where I have taken the easy route & made a paper sheet a word or adobe "form".

Digital natives my a**e !

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Is the government's NBN policy changing your vote? Greens Senator Scott Ludlam thinks so

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Not in a billion years

Even though I live in an area with truly awful mobile coverage , neighbours are all standing on their front porches to make/take calls, the result of which is that I know about my neighbours affairs than I really want to, and am at the end of a truly awful piece of copper, I would never ever vote green.

Nor did I chane my vote because of the nbn , you see I always knew they would do only the easy bits , then run out of money and never get around to doing us. Meanwhile exchanges area like long jetty that had multiple ISP dslams in them which gave the customers choice have had nbn rolled out, the next large exchange has run out of ports and Telstra won't upgrade and that exchange was not even in the original 5 year plan.

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Apple to maintain phone profit lead through years of 'enormous transition' – report

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Small and unscientific survey of high school students

I teach ICT to about 160 kids across years 8-12. I track the technology they use so I can create resources appropriate to the devices. Only @ 10 kids either have no mobile phone or only a feature phone. This number has been constant for the last 3 years.

The current smartphone breakdown is approximately

20% Apple , 20% WinPho & 60% Android. -

12 months ago it was 40% Android 60% Apple and 1 or 2 with winphones.

2 years ago it was %60 apple 40% droid and 2 blackberries.

From what I see around the school when doing yard duty this is representative of the whole 1100 @ school

Interestingly the yr 9 class App Development is exactly 1/3rd each (24 students - 8 winpho, 8 Apple & 8 Droid (all on jellybean or kitkat)). Even more interesting is that the fandroids and winners mock the fanbois (these are names the 3 groups have given themselves as I split the class on technology lines).

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Microsoft asks pals to help KILL UK gov's Open Document Format dream

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In 1983 I was using IBM's DCF which is a SGML subset. With the addition of stylesheets that became popular when the 3800 & 3820 printers were introduced it became possible to format some really nice documents.

This is also why I had no trouble converting to HTML/CSS in the late '90s, and little problems with creating EPubs today. With the appropriate stylesheet you should be able to publish for web, print whatever easily

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Re: There's a serious error in this article everyone has missed

Dunno, I suspect its the same place we CAGW sceptics get paid from.

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BOFH: He... made... you... HE made YOU a DOMAIN ADMIN?

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Re: Upgraded!

I started in a company where they rolled out 3270 terminals to all devs about a month after I started (when I started it was 1->4). The boss was a clean desk fanatic and we everything had to be put away even if we were just moving 5 yards to get to the tea lady's trolley & the desk was sight the whole time.

To enforce the locking of computers he had me develop an SPF script that he could link to the F3 (Save & quit ) key if he saw an unattended terminal. It was known as the finger , and did a very very slow roll up the screen (ASCII art of "the finger" ie middle finger extended). Given the speeds of the terminals and the loops I was asked to put in it took 5 minutes to run. Its use was no longer required after about 2 weeks,

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Conspiracy theories rage as 100 website defacements hit Singapore

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And Indonesia naming ships after terrorists is not a motive ???

Tensions are currently high between Indonesia (which is going to elections soon) & Singapore as Indonesia planned to name a ship after two navy sergeants who bombed an office building in Singapore in 1965, killing three people.

The bombing at Orchard Road was one of several explosions in Singapore during Indonesia's policy of "Konfrontasi", or confrontation, from 1963 to 1966. The then-Indonesian president, Sukarno, was vehemently opposed to the formation of the Federation of Malaysia, which merged Malaya, Singapore, Sarawak and Sabah in September 1963.

But tensions still festered, especially after Singapore hanged the two marines in 1968. A special gesture by Singapore's first Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew was required to mend fences.

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Australia's digital technologies curriculum published after two-month delay

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Can somebody please translate these phrases into english ?

"analyse the properties of networked systems and their suitability and use for the transmission of data types” and “use structured data to model objects and events that shape the communities they actively engage with"

or

evaluate their solutions and existing information systems based on a broad set of criteria including connections to existing policies and their enterprise potential. They consider the privacy and security implications of how data are used and controlled, and suggest how policies and practices can be improved to ensure the sustainability and safety of information systems

Well actually I am happy with structured data to model object and events - that I do understand

and "evaluate their solutions and existing information systems based on a broad set of criteria"

and "they consider the privacy and security implications of how data are used and controlled,

The rest is gobbledygook & if I get up at a subject selection evening and spout that nonsense for year 9/10 I will soon be out of a job !

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Facebook adds 50+ gender options: Stalking your 'Friends' just got more LGBT-friendly

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Re: the seem to have missed out 99% of the population

No they are still there - the 58 or so options come up only if you choose "custom"

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Re: Cut-off point

Exactly

#59 "4th grade jewish boys who want be black basketballers"

#60 "male who wants to be a dolphin"

South Park S09E01 :-)

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iTunes radio tunes in to Australia for first launch beyond USA

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Re: Playlists only based on songs not albums

I've been trying it this arvo whilst marking some assignments. Getting nicely in the zone with 2 or 3 tracks on the Early Music Station , then whammo, an ad for Mr Norman's "Tech" & Furniture Emporium delivered at its standard 120 decibels- I manged to last 2 rotations , then back to Tunein streaming Avro Baroque (bliss)

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Re: Playlists only based on songs not albums

When I last tried a "smart" comparison it seems to recommend heavy metal for Beethoven & Wagner - and things like Tallis, Pretorious and Vivaldi totally confuse the poor things

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HP to hire 400 people in Oz 'innovation centre'

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Re: auto-workers to retrain as software developers

Oh look a flock of backward flying pigs.

Whilst some might have the "right" thinking patterns &/or interest , years of work in an extremely union dominated workplace might not bode well for innovation or collaboration

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A Year of Code timeline: History of a HYPEGASM

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BINGO !

"Thirty years ago, I was running workshops on teaching with LOGO. I gave it up after realizing that to most of the participants, the goal of LOGO was not to learn how to solve interesting problems, but to `trick' the turtle into drawing cute pictures."

Have an upvote sir.

For the last 2 years I have been trying to get low achieving year 8 classes interested in coding. I have tried Scratch, I have tried Alice, I have tried Python, I have tried VB - javascript & even flash (not so much the coding but the animation) nothing & I mean nothing works. BUT when asked they all want to create a first person shooter like COD. (sigh)

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Speaking in Tech: $65 JUST for internet and my ISP has the BALLS to throttle a service?

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You have described the way the current telephone network works. Nodes will be no more than 500m from the home

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STRIPPED DOWN and EXPOSED: Business kit from the good old days

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Return to the Titanic (2014)

Given Hollywood's penchant fro remakes you could make an hour long documentary* on opening of the safe, raising all the speculation here

*Reference is to the 1987 1 hour doco dramatic opening of the Assistant Pursers' safe assumed to contain a small fortune in jewelery that went down with the Titanic - had a single diamond bracelet (I misremembered that it was empty) - I note the video of the original is available on youtube

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Stephen Fry rewrites computer history again: This time it's serious

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Re: According to Cringely*

Yep, you pretty much got it right - except that Kildall was too busy , and his Mrs & the ESPECIALLY the lawyers kyboshed signing the NDA (just watched it yesterday ready to show incoming yr 11 Software Development class in licencing topic in about 2 weeks time :-) )

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UK.gov recruiting 400 crack CompSci experts to go into teaching

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Re: Waste of time

I teach ICT after having had 20 years industry experience as a developer (always a better analyst/architect/PM than coder though) , I model trains - am I doubly aberrant ? :-)

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Headmaster

My experience

Started as a trainee programmer in '83, finished up a PM in '03, and decided to go into teaching. I know the subject content backwards, forwards and sideways. I am about to start my 4th year as a teacher, and only just now am finding my feet.

You will struggle with the irrelevance of the syllabus , pitching the content at the right level, and because everybody went to school - they are an "expert" on teaching so expect to cop a lot of carp about the short days and long holidays (Hah!) from your "friends". I work just as many hours now as I did when I ran a 10million project with a team of 40 for a large multinational (and now paid 1/2 as much as I was then).

Imagine if you will that you are concurrently running 5 project teams of 20-30 each. They all change over every 50- 60 minutes, many are there on sufferance (ie no professionalism) You to do biannual staff evaluations, as well as walk through every piece of work product yourself. Be prepared to sworn at, (by parents as well !), be prepared to be micromanaged by the next 3 levels of management up

But then, it is gratifying to see the lightbulb go off when a kid who has been struggling finally "gets it". Its great to see the chicks fly and do well at uni in CS courses.

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Never mind bungled Universal Credit rollout, Maude wants UK to be 'most digital' gov by 2015

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Headmaster

Re: DVLA?

NO but lets consider this scenario instead..

Click renew licence online.

Popup "You need a current passport to continue. Do you have a current UK passport" y / n

if (answer==No) {

showmessage "Thank you - please print out this form and mail to ..."

}

else {

what the original poster described

}

This is simple usability stuff I teach my year 8 students. If there is a go/nogo decision ask that question first !

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ANYONE on Google+ can now email you, with or without your Gmail addy

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Sorely dissapointed "friends"

My "friends" will then be sorely disappointed.

Yes I have a gmail/g+ account with google that does not contain accurate piece of data except the number of the gift card for the Play store as I needed to register something when I set my android tablet (ditto Apple and Microsoft devices).

Needless to say I never ever check that email account, I am not interested in all the c**p that I can't uninstall on my Nexus 7 or ipad (at least I can uninstall or stop the processes on windows & mac - yes I'm looking at you maps(both platforms - my use case sees no need for them), facepalm , farcetime and twatter).

And my students wonder why I just a little paranoid about google et al and don't Twatter or Facepalm. I look forward to showing them South Park S17E01 when we go back in a few weeks :-)

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Ho, ho, HOLY CR*P, ebuyer! Etailer rates staff on returns REJECTED

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Re: Priorities

prezactly. I am surprised nobody has commented on some unfortunate shadowing & creasing on the "Ho ho ho" lady directly below the 2nd "ho" :-0

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'Climate change is like Y2k!' - Oz senator

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Re: I wasted nearly 500k trying to prove we ddn't use any dates

Don't understand the down votes.

2 systems read exchange alarms and wrote details to a DB , another system then read that DB & updated users screens or issued a command to display/flash a coloured light in the exchange control room.

1 system issued commands to exchanges to update subscriber data to exchange (eg connect 02 5555 1234 to LI3-123 )

1 system updated other exchange data (call routing tables)

1 system acted as a dumb terminal to allow users to manually issue commands to exchanges

The hardware and OSs this ran on was certified y2k compliant - yet I managed to genuinely bill 500k to this project (loooong conference calls in which 1 had 2 minutes of reporting & 2 hours of listening to other people explain why their projects were behind, plus several flights to head office in Melbourne + fares & accomodation ).

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I wasted nearly 500k trying to prove we ddn't use any dates

trying to prove that NONE of my systems used a date to do anything but write a log entry. Ran greps using every date related term we could think of, and every standard c or java library call etc etc,, the auditors were coming back with requests. Even rolled clocks forward on test servers and user machines to prove we didn't have a problem, and still the auditors wanted even more evidence. Finally I just threw the source code at them and told them to run their own damned tests. I wonder how many really unnecessary were made by IT departments under the guise of y2k to get some long deferred maintenance done.

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Australian Technologies curriculum to be published but not endorsed in Jan 2014

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Follow the (no) money

The cynic in me says each of the STATE ministers has got an estimate from their Treasury how much this change would cost and has been told in uncertain terms the cash isn't there, don't sign up for anything !

Think

at least 1 days inservice for several thousand primary teachers (each casual costs @ $300 per day)

at least 1 day each inservice for either year 7/8 core teachers or Design & Technology teachers

ensuring every school has enough computers (I have the only lab in the school with what is regarded as a class set (30))

network costs for aforementioned computers + a trained TSO in every school (or a coordinator on 1/2 teaching load)

replacing GP classrooms with computer labs (with the best will in the world we cannot take out a classroom to replace it with a lab we are chockers and management actually want to remove a small lab of 10 computers suitable for senior classes so they can put classes of 20 juniors in there)

I understand some states currently do not have ANY mandatory technology in years 7 & 8 (Tassie?)

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Australia puts Digital Technologies curriculum in limbo pending review

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Re: Triumph of the ill (in the head)

What does Tony Abbot have to do with this ? It was a meeting of ALL state ministers - I understand our Minister Piccoli (known to his loyal minions as Pinnochio ) is quite keen on the new curricula.

How about this little gem full of motherhood statements (naturally the same BS is in ALL the new curricula with just the name of the subject area changed) ...

In the Australian Curriculum: Technologies the priority of Aboriginal and Torres Strait

Islander histories and cultures provides creative, engaging and diverse learning contexts for

students to value and appreciate the contribution by the world’s oldest continuous living

cultures to past, present and emerging technologies.

Students identify and explore the rich and diverse knowledge and understandings of

technologies employed by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in past, present and

future applications. They understand that the technologies of the world’s first and most

continuous culture often developed through intimate knowledge of Country/Place and

Culture.

Students identify, explore, understand and analyse the interconnectedness between

technologies and Identity, People, Culture and Country/Place. They explore how this intrinsic

link guides Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in sustaining environments, histories,

cultures and identities. Students apply this knowledge and understanding within Design and

Technologies and Digital Technologies to create appropriate and sustainable products,

services and environments to meet personal, local, national, regional and global demands.

In this learning area, students explore how Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples’

capacity for innovation is evident through the incorporation and application of a range of

traditional, contemporary and emerging technologies and practices to purposefully build

and/or maintain cultural, community and economic capacity. Students apply this knowledge

and understanding throughout the processes of observation, critical and creative thought,

action, experimentation and evaluation.

The NEXT indigenous computer pioneer I hear about will be the FIRST !

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Diogenes

No big deal

Even if they had released as far back as August, no one would have been able to implement in 2014 anyway.

In NSW at least, it will be 2015 at the very earliest, possibly 2016, or more likely 2017.

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SHOCK REVELATION: Telstra manages its networks!

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Not sure if urban myth

but Telstra had an external driver to roll out the /A4 exchanges as quickly as possible as these have "external" monitoring built in. I remember this being discussed a the time as a piece of exchange data management software I was working on at the time was running a wee bit late.

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NBNCo leak: They would say that, wouldn't they?

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Re: Doomed to the dark ages

Yep so visionary that it was spec'd to carry only 4 lanes of traffic and the new railway to Northern beaches. How we'll did THAT work out?

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Re: Doomed to the dark ages

"Was to get fibre within the year only to be lost on the NBN map"

If you really truly believe that - I have this nice bridge to sell you between the Rocks and North Sydney.

Have friends at Gosford who, according to the maps, were supposed to already have had access, let me just say that that they hadn't even run the draw cables through the pits yet.

All Turnbull has done so far is pull the maps so they reflect reality rather than the ALP reality distortion field.

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Google underwrites Firefox another year, even as Chrome outpaces it

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Re: Not at all surprised

Yup, Mrs Diogenes very nearly installed it with the latest Flash update (normally I don't bother but she wanted the nagging message to go away) - I nearly installed it with some other stuff I was downloading.

Our TSO installed Chrome on the computers in my lab, so I uninstalled it - the kids whinged - so I put it back with ghostery installed on all browsers (Firefox, Chrome. Opera & IE) the kids are now surprised at how much "snappier" the "general" web has become (I have emailed microsoft to see if they have an A2 poster of the "keep calm" - when I start the internet unit next year I will get them to time some surfing with without ghostery & research just how many people are tracking them, ASIO. MSS & NSA aside :-)

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Pro-fibre-to-the-premises protestors call NBN Day of Action

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Re: Suck it up Australia,...

The vote compass questions were very poorly worded .. "How concerned are you with the asylum seeker question ?" would be answerd with a "highly" by those who want to use the Navy to sink the boats and by those who think we should send empty A380's to Jakarta to bring them here without putting them in any danger (obviously I am exaggerating the respective stances)

Me I am on the end of a c***y piece of copper & can only use a Telstra reseller... I am also NOT any any map that says (even only design) work will start with 3 years. I would rather get reliable comms within 5 years than wait 10 to get FTTP

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Richard Stallman decides Emacs should go WYSIWYG

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Don't use it

but I have fond memories of the simplicity of non wysiwyg wordperfect 5.0 & 5.1. Apart from the spil chucker and features grammer and readabilty stats I have no need for most "modern" features in wysiwyg word processors - and if the result did look mangled in print preview , you could easily read the "markup" to sort it out - and the lovely 10 variable macros that you could write to create "styles" .

Thinks this might be a nice programming assignment for my year 10 class (cackles evilly)

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Google SO CAN scan ALL BOOKS onto its sites - judge

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Re: Wrong on so many levels

Ah, but surely copying an extract is fair use - not copying the whole damned book and then just making an extract available.

In my example I could scan a 500 page textbook, and every day of term put up a different 5 pages , being careful to remove the previous day's pages. No one can honestly tell me THAT is the intent of fair use.

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Wrong on so many levels

If google only copied an "extract" that would fair use. Every book I have in my bookcase has words to the effect this book may not copied by any electronic means. I am sure that if I scanned a book chapter & put on my schools moodle, I am sure I would have my a**e sued off !

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Cloud, virtualisation and big data added to TAFE curriculum

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For crying out loud

I only just finished the upgrade form ICA05 to ICA11 so that I could teach a cert 3 level at school - I hope I don''t have to "upgrade*" for the 3rd time in 2 years.

The first "upgrade" was actually a downgrade from my brand new degree (level 7 on the ASQA scale) to a cert 3 (level 3 on the ASQA scale) - although the degree was only 12 months old because TAFE wont recognise our school awarded units unless we have the cert 3 as well (and they make a nice business doing the training )

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Google to deliver MOOC for Australian teachers

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Jumping the gun more than just a little bit.

Assuming the FINAL draft is released on time (sometime next month), in some states it will require the local curriculum body to adjust and reword to meet the requirements of the local Education Act - in NSW that is the Board of Studies, and the act is the Education Act 1908 !

Once that is done the state body will begin a round of consultation with its stakeholders (government, schools, principals association, teachers federation, P&C association, and teachers) and release at least 1 draft before the final syllabus is released. This process will take at least a year. Then in 2015 schools may have the option teaching the new or old syllabus for a year before full implementation the following year so 2016 AT THE EARLIEST for implementation.

Now in another document I have referenced in another post (google NSW curriculum support, click on TAS link & you can't miss it) the Technology Rep in the NSW DEC has stated that the Board of Studies will only look at the new curriculum as part of "its normal review cycle" which appears to be something like 10 years (thats how long the IST & SDD syllabuses for year 11 & 12 went between revisions). As IST, Tech Mandatory, and Industrial Technology were last reviewed in 2003 they are due.

I cannot see IPT & SDD being redone in the same time period to take account of the knowledge already learnt (ie a lot of the year 11 stuff looks like it has come down to year 9/10 syllabus), as they were only reviewed 3 & 2 years ago respectively.

I have two nieces that teach primary, and they are terrified of the impending changes, I pointed them CS unplugged and they are using those materials to teach some of the technology stuff that is in their existing syllabus

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FACE IT: attempts to get Oz kids into IT jobs are FAILING

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Back in the good old days

ca 1983 I was a graduate of the ACS's Computer Industry Training Program, did a "one size fits all" cobol course even though I was going into a PL/1 shop (and few others were going into C and RPG 2/3 shops). Still it was useful till nearly 20 years later to the day I found myself 1 of 75 people made redundant on the same day in Brisbane , and one of 500 made redundant that day nationwide by a very large organisation (cough *lue cough) when another large organisation ( cough *elstra cough) gave the contract an organisation in India. Two months later for the same reason another 500 were let go, and 4 months later another 500 or so. History is repeating itself as the same company is in the process of shedding just as many again.

I never had a degree, and was over 40 and unemployed a year (did a tree change & worked in a winery running the cellar door) - organisations were still screaming they couldn't get developers.

Fast forward 10 years, I now have my degree, but still couldn't get work ("overqualified") so went sideways into teaching 3 years ago.

By coincidence today I was given my class list for next years year 11 Software Design & Development class (very full with 25 students - supposedly 38 chose it - although as option 7,8,9, or 10 :-( , but it is the first time it has been run at the school in 5 years :-) ) . As I was doing some research for that class I found the minimum ATAR was @ 80 , except for UNewcaste Ourimbah. I currently have quite a few in year 10 and suspect that they should have been steered to IDT (VET framework) as the kids will not do well for the reasons cracked has given above.

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Australia hobbles self in tech tax chase

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Re: I like Australians

Why should we revolt ? The adults are back in charge again. Rudd had no problem with Murdochs's endorsement in '07 and believe you me Rudd & Gillard made Blair & Cameron look competent .

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Adobe exec puffs cloud shop: Online features are so 'compelling'... What are they again?

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Not inhaling here

Adobe really haven't thought this through for educational use. I am already sick of having to change all my teaching resources every time Adobe decide to change the UI or add features. With CC I am not even sure if something has changed until I reopen the software. There are many very useful products in the cloud software, but I will not use it .

When I can buy a key which allows me to install on 2 computers through my employers Work @ Home licence, and next year students will be able to download CS6 for free on their BYOD why upgrade ?

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Coalition to keep Digital Technologies curriculum

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Headmaster

The process seems a bit shambolic

Google issue - "nsw curriculum support technology" there is a techtalk on the page that best matches. In that techtalk is a description of what has happened since the 1st draft. I cried when I read it.

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US parents proclaim 811 'Messiahs'

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Headmaster

Oh yes we do !

"I think some folks who are moderately high narcissists see their children as extension of themselves, and there’s a lot we don’t know about how narcissists are as parents."

Ask any teacher.

For some reason we don't get many problems with the apostles (Mark, Luke, John, Paul etc) Jaydens and Jamies and (variants) are usually little 'soles - any funny spelling is usually just as bad, and "Angels" usually aren't. Their parents also seem to think that we only teach, and spend all our time and attention on their child

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