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

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Re: AGW == socialism

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

The follow the money argument runs both ways

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Re: when

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

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

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Re: I'm not sure

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

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

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

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"This call may be recorded for training purposes"

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

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

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You Always Have Other Options !

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

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

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2038 problem ?

Just getting in early ?

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Lords try shoehorning law against REVENGE SMUT into justice bill

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We already do this at school

and it is right royal pain in the...

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

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

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

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Re: Security from Whom?

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

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

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British and European data cops probe Facebook user-manipulation scandal

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Filter bubbles anyone ???

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

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

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

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Re: Why a *National* curriculum

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

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

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

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Headmaster

As a teacher

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

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

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

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

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

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

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For all the metro haters

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

<Nelson Munz> Ha Ha </Nelson Munz>

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NBN Co reveals THOUSAND-node FTTN trial built by Telstra

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Great news for Gorokan

aka Mt Druitt by the Sea :-) .

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

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

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In the not so dim distant past ...

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

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

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Waaaaayyy tooo late

Admittedly a small sample of 1 school but ..

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

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

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

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Finding the formula for the travelling salesman problem

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Re: you could use minutes of travel

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Unregistered car drivers rejoice! Cops kill buggy auto plate recognition

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Re: WA behind the eastern states again ?

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

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

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

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Paris Hilton

Re: Angelina Jolie

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

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

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

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Over my cold dead body

- oh wait

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600 school sysadmins sacked in New South Wales

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Re: That sounds like American politics...

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

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

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Headmaster

Not the way it works

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

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

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

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

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

Other sleeper issues -

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

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

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DOCX disaster recovery: How I rescued my wife from XM-HELL

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Re: WTF

I've had MS in all incarnations except 2010 (don't have 2013) issue a message totally unrelated to IO or the actual task being done (eg I am trying to redefine a style, and it tells me I can't insert an image or somesuch), die, and the file you are working on disappearing as if it never existed. Happened rarely, no more frequently than once a year So I now close & copy doc every 2 or 3 pages or so

I remember opening WP 5.0 & 5.1 files in SPF-PC to fix some spectacularly garbled tag fest (usually my fault - badly coded macro)

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Apple: Scrubbing may not yet have cleansed iThings of BLOOD

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Boffin

Routine filing - not investigation

"Why else would the Securities and Exchange Commission be investigating Apple for sourcing from smelters that are from "Conflict Regions"? "

Its not, read a little wider and you will learn even more ...

As Apple is a US company, it has to file audits with the SEC under provisions of the U.S. Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, Section 1502 (“Dodd-Frank”) on conflict minerals. I sure over coming months we will see filings from IBM, Microsoft, Intel, HP and Dell.

This is also why the SEC doesn't care about what Samsung or Nokia, or Sony or Nintendo etc etc

And my 2c - if really was THAT a big deal the corporations would be trumpeting being conflict free it far and wide

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Google's driverless car: It'll just block our roads. It's the WORST

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Re: What about the empty Google cars?

Great , between school and after hours activities (sport, ballet etc) parents will never need to interact with their offspring

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Coat

Jeremy Clarkson ???

Will he be able to tip one over ?

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Black Helicopters

Re: I will be the one to say it

I don't know about british unions , but Australian ones used to have "go slow" or "work to rule" campaigns. Just by following every jot and tittle of the rules/procedures, productivity and throughput plummet

This, coupled with the traffic prediction, will see the "sorry Dave, I can't let you do that" (stop for breakfast, emergency toilet stop, skive of down the shops first, chuck a sickie etc etc )

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Poll: Climate change now more divisive than abortion, gun control

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Childcatcher

Ergo sum

Leftists believe everything they are told and do not question authority :-)

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Game of Thrones written on brutal medieval word processor and OS

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after reading this

I dug my old P5 out of the storeroom. I had installed DOS6.2, WP5.1 and SPF-PC ( to give the "mainframe experience") & I have a few old DCF documents, and PL1 code saved to show my year 11's how we wrote code and documentation in the "good old days" (and to demo cli vs gui) - I kept a M series keyboard & an old CRT monitor as well . No mouse :-)

I must have great muscle memory because I knocked up a formatted document in WP pretty quickly and never reached for the (non existant) mouse once. To be honest after playing with WP for 10 minutes I was seriously tempted to keep the old box out for creating the "guts" of my my classroom materials, using the W7 and mac mini for browsing , finishing & printing only.

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Qld government in social media policy linkrot FAIL

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Re: And this is the same government

nope .

Unless something changed in the budget on Tuesday night Centrelink (aka Satanlink) is run by the Federal Government. This is the Queensland Government's problem.

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How to catch a fraudster – using 'top cop' Benford and the power of maths

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excellent

Beautifully timed. Read this last night, and today replaced a maths teacher (as an extra he wassupervising Naplan) and was teaching year 12 probablity.

Had me intrigued so I looked up the other methods

Used this article as the intro

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Boffins debunk red wine miracle antioxidant myth

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Boffin

"seriously anything?"

Given a family history of gut cancers (pancreas, liver, stomach etc) in the female line of mum's family, mum religiously followed all the advice she was given to prevent same. She spent her 71st birthday whilst doing the trek to Everest Base Camp (that was after walking the Hume & Hovell Track in a week (440km) as a warm up) , 2 days after her 72nd birthday leukemia killed her (3 months from diagnosis to coffin). No amount of fruit (she only ate organic meat, or chicken or fish - no more than 100g a day, 3 times a week - exactly as recommended) or exercise (she cycled 200km a week until her final illness (2 100km circuits)and did overnight hikes at least once a month) will stop you dying.

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Microsoft may launch several new Surfaces on May 20 – report

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Re: "4.4 per cent of the market"

In my year 8 , 9 & 10 classes its roughly 1/3rd each , seniors(11 & 12) 1/4 win, 1/4 apple, 1/2 android within roughly 1 or 2 out of 150 and 1 or 2 out of 60 respectively

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HALF of London has outdated Wi-Fi security, says roving World of War, er, BIKER

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Headmaster

Re: He is NOT a biker

BIKE riders ride BiCYCLES not Bikes

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Google+ maker Vic Gundotra: My work on this 'NETWORK THINGY' is DONE

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Re: 90%

Read the amanda blain below & thought seeing I already have the account (was forced to create one with when setting up a nexus7) I thought I would see what the fuss was about.

Initial thought elicited a NSFW comment . Poked around for 30 minutes & still an anagram for "this". Lots of narcissists trying to look profound.

Then I was reminded of the Vincent Flanders (web pages that suck) rule - "if a man from mars can't work out your site within 4 seconds you are doing it wrong" so I probably spent 29 minutes & 56 seconds too long in it.

Honestly I am thinking about rooting the device so that I can get get rid of the googly goodness" like g+, gmail, people, play..,. drive, currents (what the hell is that ?) (and the added benefit of being able to plug in otg usb storage :-)

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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

Diogenes

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?

Diogenes

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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