* Posts by Diogenes

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Telstra's 'future of medical diagnosis' needs just 5Mbps

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But you get at least more roads for your money today...

Niece in Wollongong final year of nursing, in the whole exchange not 1 free ADSL port,- getting FTTP in 4 years in no use to her today, She now has FTTN

Students on Central Coast, again not a single port available , and Telstra simply could not add more DSLAMs as the building would have needed to be built and the power to the exchange upgraded. No use to students today to get FTTP sometime after the first 5 year plan was completed - They now have FTTN

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Workers rejoice! Marx’s vision will become reality, argues SAP veep

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Totally misses the monopoly argument

Sure tech can provide lots of competetition and lower barriersto entry, but even a well funded alternative to uber or airbnb will struggle, as even Sir Richard Branson found . Give any tech marketplace just 2 to 5 years and it will settle into a pattern of a 600lb gorilla, a 300 pound gorrilla, and who?

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Australian pre-election leaders' debates take to Facebook, not telly

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Re: Facebook <> Media

Me neither. Only 2/6 of my year 12s have it, 2/11 year 11s, and about 15 of my year 10s.

Given kevin turnbulls rapidly deteriorating "base", it is just another sympton of we "don't matter' how THAT remark will come back to bitepoll guru Mark Textor

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Samsung: Don't install Windows 10. REALLY

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Sammy must use the same hw vendors as NSW DoE

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/08/31/printer_drivers_ate_homework_says_nsw_dept_of_education/

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Victims stranded as ID thieves raid Aussie driver licences

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Re: circumvent

Nope. They are for life.

When I moved from NSW to Queensland my NSW drivers licence # was 1234XX*. I had a new licence issued in Qld & surrendered my NSW licence. On moving back to NSW 22 years later I found I was issued licence number 1234XX*.

*Not actual number.

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Telstra gets AU$180 million to run national cancer register

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The real question

Why are the Feds keeping such a register anyway ?

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Google-backed solar electricity facility sets itself on fire

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Re: Is it just me?

Neat - if you not a bird. The US Fish and Wildlife service investigated this plant and there were hundreds of bird carcasses collected from under the mirrors, including one Peregrine falcon.

IIRC they spent somewhere north of $2m on building a fence to keep some tortoises out.

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Re: Gas-powered solar...

According to the Press Enterprise in Riverside, Calif. , Ivanpah emits enough CO2 that it will “be required to participate in the state’s cap-and-trade program to reduce carbon emissions.”

In its first year, Ivanpah emitted 46,000 metric tons of CO2. That’s about as much as a Frito Lay plant in Bakersfield emits.

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NBN leak pits minister against AFP commissioner

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parliament has been dissolved therefore no privilege therefore do not to be placed under seal

Following the double dissolution there are no members of the house of representatives and no senators. There is no House, no senate and no committees. This is the meaning of dissolution,

Stephen Conroy is not presently a senator. He is a former senator and a candidate at the forthcoming election. Therefore he does not have parliamentary privilege.

The House of Representatives Practice (6th edition), p. 224 states:

Dissolution has the following effects on the House of Representatives:

. All proceedings pending come to an end—that is, all business on the Notice Paper lapses.

. Members of the House cease to be Members, although those who renominate continue to receive their allowances up to and including the day prior to the day fixed for the election. Ministers, however, continue in office and the Speaker is deemed to be Speaker for administrative purposes until a Speaker is chosen in the next Parliament.

. Any sessional or other such non-ongoing orders or resolutions cease to have effect.

. All House committees and joint committees established by Act or resolution cease to exist.

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Girls outpace boys in US IT and engineering test

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Easy peasy to change the stats

Have a large portion of your male staff "identify" as female , it is after all just a tick box.

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Which keys should I press to enable the CockUp feature?

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An older variant of the typography baseline shift

Sent an auditor insane playing with Advanced Function Printing for the IBM 3800-3. Firstly I moved individual characters in fields around, and wrote a little proggie that intercepted the print stream & moved lines in what was supposed to be a sorted list around into random positions (I was "loaned" a Red book with the internal commands by a friendly IBM SE)

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Waleed Aly's NBN intervention is profoundly unhelpful

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Sorry to down vote you .

I am on the end of long piece of string tied between 2 string cans on a really good day, at 2am I get 12mb, when the kids get home from school or if it rains - 1-2mb . I would rather a good solid 25mb within the next 3 months (when our FTTN node goes live), rather than wait for 2020 to get the Rolls Royce solution.

As South Korea has had super doper fast internetz for years - what is the killer app use there that would make me want to reach my hand into my pocket to buy the Rolls ?

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Snowden WAS the Feds' quarry in Lavabit case, redaction blunder reveals

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Re: I wonder...

@John Presland,

the Viet Minh used the same tactics against the French between 45 & 54, Where did the AC who raised the point ever mention 60s & 70s ? BTW The FLN (Algerian Socialists) used the same tactics against the French as well.

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Flying Scotsman attacked by drone

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It could be the bounce wot kills u

Head on little effect, depending on where it it hits the smokebox. as the debris could bounce & take off the safety valve, or take the head off the driver who has his head out of the window.

Odds very small

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BBC telly tax drops onto telly-free households. Cough up, iPlayer fans

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Australia has been there done that. I do not watch ABC or SBS, but still contribute whether I want to or not. I wish our government would remove funding for both services.

It has grown so large & powerful, pollies form both sides fear the consequences of cutting funding. It s "free" services are also canabalising sales form other news outlets, especially the ones on the same "side" as the ABC such as Fauxfacts (sorry Fairfax)

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Raspberry Pi 3 to sport Wi-Fi, Bluetooth LE – first photos emerge

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Re: Missing the point

have an upvote.

Would allow teaching of networking & setting up servers which would be a lot less expensive than doing it the way we do now.

Set up as a server I could do some decent testing of more complex websites submission of forms especially) of website s & apps, especially now that parse is being shut down

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BOFH: This laptop has ceased to be. And it's pub o'clock soon

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Re: Quibblage

What is the Law called that states 2 identical computers (sequential serial numbers even), with exactly the same configuration, with 2 identical USBs will take wildly different time to complete a program instillation ?

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US Congressman calls WIPO 'the FIFA of UN agencies' at hearing

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Smith said the Australian ambassador to Washington had declined to give evidence but he repeated his invitation to talk to the committee either publicly or privately.

Firetrucking Joe Hockey, he was a lazy child of unmarried parents as Treasurer of our beloved land.

Given that our "beloved" former PM has put his hat in the ring to replace Spanky Moon, as Gen Sec, expect the whole UN to become even more dysfunctional

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Yelp minimum wage row shines spotlight on … broke, fired employee

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Re: Several Problems

The aunt & uncle who live in SFO do call it the Peoples Democratic Socialist Republic of SFO, As soon as they resolve a boundary dispute with a neighbour they are out of there.

They love it, but the city govt is squeezing owners & landlords to get the last bit of juice out of the pips (amazing how that happens hen a majority of voters are tenants).

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What we all really need is an SD card for our cars. Thanks, SanDisk

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It really gets hot in acar

http://www.carsguide.com.au/car-news/queensland-heat-melts-car-dashboard-39711

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Budget cuts bite National LIbrary of Australia's digital archiving ambitions

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Standard Trick

Well done El Reg, you are falling for the standard trick when a government organism is faced with a budget cuts ...

Thomas Sowell expressed this trick the best ....

Imagine a government agency with only two tasks: (1) building statues of Benedict Arnold and (2) providing life-saving medications to children. If this agency's budget were cut, what would it do?

The answer, of course, is that it would cut back on the medications for children. Why? Because that would be what was most likely to get the budget cuts restored. If they cut back on building statues of Benedict Arnold, people might ask why they were building statues of Benedict Arnold in the first place.

The example was deliberately extreme as an illustration. But, in the real world, the same general pattern can be seen in local, state and national government responses to budget cuts.

At the local level, the first response to budget cuts is often to cut the police department and the fire department. There may be all sorts of wasteful boondoggles that could have been cut instead, but that would not produce the public alarm that reducing police protection and fire protection can produce. And public alarm is what can get budget cuts restored.

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Yahoo! is! up! for! sale! – so! how! much! will! you! bid!?

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Re: Whoa, High rollers!

How about - you pay me to take this stinker of your hands ?

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When asked 'What's a .CNT file?' there's a polite way to answer

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Re: A little knowledge...

school teachers tended to be hell for me. They are always right about everything, never listen, always know better, even if they fail to understand what they are talking about. Apologies to teachers not like this, I know you exist.

I feel your pain. As the one and only IT teacher in the school ...

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Telstra proclaims free data day to make up for epic TITSUP

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If it was AXE node

then I would understand , unless things have changed enormously since I used to play with exchange management software eg to connect a customer the command was SULII, to disconnect SULIE

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German Chancellor fires hydrogen plasma with the push of a button

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Re: re.Mutti

Earlier this year my cousin,a Frl Dr.-Ing who lives in Hamburg, has stopped calling her Mutti, and has started calling her another name, replacing the M with an F in her regular emails to me.

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Internet idiots make hoax bomb threats to UK, Aus, French schools

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How to discourage done right ...

The boss called an assembly yesterday to go over the evac & lockdown tones for the new starters.

He did say that every threat so far has been a hoax, but we will evacuate to the oval regardless. He pointed out that the oval has no shade or cover & the forecast for the rest of the week is either a hot & humid 30c or rain. He then went on to say that if we do evacuate, we will be sitting on the oval until police have checked the whole school, which will take between 3 & 6 hours, even if the threat is called 30 secs before the going home bell..

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UK taxpayers should foot £2bn or more to adopt Snoopers' Charter, says Inquiry

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use existing budgets !

It should come out of the existing budgets of security services, councils and anybody else that has asked for access (RSPCA etc)

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Most of the world still dependent on cash

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Back in the days of the cold war

there was a study done, where the FBI determined it was cheaper to track a member of the Soviet Embassy whenever they left said embassy if they gave them a no limit CC , than to use real live agents, Between that a modern mobile phone ...

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The monitor didn't work but the problem was between the user's ears

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I've encountered a few people who referred to the monitor as the 'computer', and the PC itself as the 'hard disk', and I've never been in (paid) IT support.

My head teacher for the last 4 years does this. I correct her every time. I thought thing would change wen she got a portable hard drive - which she calls the usb.

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'No safe level' booze guidelines? Nonsense, thunder stats profs

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Re: What about the healthy mediterranean diet?

You mean the one pulled out of Ansel Key's a**e ?

He happened to visiting the island where made the observations (sorry can't remember of Rhodes, Malta or Crete) during Lent ( lots and lots of no meat) , and naturally assumed this was "normal" & thus the "Mediterranean" diet was born.

Ansel Keys - deserves a place in the innermost circle of heck for the damage he has wrought

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Put your private parts on display if you want to keep earning a living

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Re: Opportunities for the over 40's

No, what our wildlife excels at is the infliction of mortal, insufferable, prolonged, Dantean-level agony - without actually granting the mercy of mere death.

I have been listening all day to the screech of a large(>100 <500) flock of Corellas on the oval behind me. - my little project has not been going at all well

https://youtu.be/YbSH6bUbGEc

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Rebels defeat the Empire (again) by giving BB-8 an API

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dude. you need to grow up

I am not odd, nor do I wear a cap

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Apple coughs up $350m – 2.3 days of annual profit – to make Italy's taxmen go away

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Like the late great Kerry Packer

IIRC he managed to defer paying his company taxes from the 1960s until the 1990s - again IIRC the difference was 4 months income vs 4 days ...

"I don't know anybody that doesn't minimise their tax," Mr Packer growled as he stirred his delicate parliamentary china cup of tea with a teaspoon. "I'm not evading tax in any way shape or form. Of course I'm minimising my tax. If anybody in this country doesn't minimise their tax they want their head read. As a government I can tell you you're not spending it that well that we should be paying extra." (1991)

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Lettuce-nibbling veggies menace Mother Earth

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fruit & vegetables are what food eats

heading says it all

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Assange inquisition closer after Sweden, Ecuador sign pact

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Re: One Swedish Charge left

Honestly if the Septics were that serious about getting their hands on him, it would have been much easier to extradite him from the UK rather than Sweden.

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Putin's Russia outlaws ECHR judgments after mass surveillance case

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Re: Must be a big consitution

Article 29 clause 2 seems to trump everything else - especially as it is not defined as to what propaganda is

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'Dear Daddy...' Max Zuckerberg’s Letter back to her Father

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Re: inserting the corruption and inefficiency of government into charit

The Sunday Age is reporting that Shane Warne’s charitable foundation is under investigation by the consumer watchdog over concerns about financial and reporting practices.

They have revealed “The Shane Warne Foundation raised $1.8 million in three years but donated an average of only 16 cents of every dollar to institutions that care for sick and underprivileged children… instead spending the majority of its funds from 2011 to 2013 staging glitzy celebrity events and employing a member of the cricketing great’s family.”

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Report fingers China for assault on Australian weather supercomputer

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Re: Excuses

Oh very good - play the (wo)man. clap clap

You mean the weather bureau didn't "homogenise" all the data sets and won't explain its working (the very antithesis of science) ?

You mean these homogenised datasets don't have some minima higher than maxima ?

What would you say if you knew that the official Perth thermometer was accurate at recording minimums for most of time in October in the eighties, but 0.7°C too warm all of December, and 1.2°C too cool in January? Bizarrely that same thermometer was back to being too warm in February! Try to imagine what situation could affect that thermometer, and require post hoc corrections of this “monthly” nature. Then imagine what could make that same pattern happen year after year. All those weather reports we listened to in Perth in 1984 were wrong (apparently). And this bizarre calendar of corrections is turning up all over Australia.

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Australian health records fed into big data maw ... because insight

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Dr already has an note on file

Just curious, and a quick google shows that trials of the opt-out will begin next year - but when does the rest of the "opt-outedness" begin?

I would hate to think that I will be opted-in before I get a chance to opt-out.

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Sneaky Microsoft renamed its data slurper before sticking it back in Windows 10

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Re: Phone Call and SMS Data

I dont own a smartphone, so i don't care if it synchs or not

I have several different devices that for one reason or another (cpu/ram/camera/form factor/ hdd size) are used for different purposes i don't want the sodding things linked and synchronised - i accidentally filled a128 gb sdd with 1tb of data synching from the cloud had to reinstall everything. No i don't need my banking app, on the machine i use for dev, or making podcasts.

I really hate how kindle tries to synch, i can have the same book open on several devices, each on a different page as i am trying to write a lesson or prepare a podcast, even though i have told it "no sinkee pliz", and clicked the I understand that my experience will be suboptimal as far as amazon are concerned button, it still asks every time .

So why does it need telemetry data?

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What the world needs now is Pi, sweet $5 Raspberry Pi Zero

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Re: Overpriced

@daswezel,

Have an upvote, i was thinking of doing the same, and another ro connect to the DCC controller to set up an auto sequence for running at exhibitions

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Android Studio 2.0 preview gives developers instant preview of code changes

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Re: I haven't dabbled in Android development

Yep that might work if the machines are no locked down with the appropriate BIOS setting diabled - even so - Genymotion works a lot faster on my home machine than the native emulator even running HAX

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Genymotion instead of native emulator

Genymotion works much better. My students can actually make a code change & test at least thrice a period, instead of once providing they fire up Genymotion before they start Andorid Studio. They now believe me when I talk about the "good old days" where we desk checked everything a few times before submitting a test job on the mainframe. (2 runs a day if we were lucky) and actually started doing the same (deskchecking and code reviews - that is)

I must be doing something wrong - I can't get the new build to get past the splash screen or remember the poxy settings - oh well. will wait a few days and try again

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Remember Windows 1.0? It's been 30 years (and you're officially old)

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Re: At Least Get an Old Person to proof-read the article

Windows 286 , then 386 user here - came with, IIRC Micrografix Designer - used it to design many systems. Remember using dos 3.0 on the PC AT when it was released, solely for Project Manager Workbench . Win286 looked really odd on the Tosh t3100 i was issued.

Funnily enough with the windows 1 .. 10 similes, I was reading the other day about OO UX , and was thinking congrats - they have just rediscovered CUA,and its OOUX, wheel turns full circle.

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Prudish Indian censors cut James Bond Spectre snogging scenes

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Well done

Those scenes should have been left on the cutting room floor. I realise that they were "Merely corroborative detail, intended to give artistic verisimilitude to an otherwise bald and unconvincing narrative" but sadly the artistic verisimilitude was unconvincing.

I am surprised the fright bats & white ribbon brigade haven't come out in protest at the Monica Bellucci scene (not that I want this, just expressing my surprise given the high profile domestic violence has in Oz atm)

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Re: Censorship is weird

Just this year one of the aussie channels cut out the running gag in "Follow that Camel" - "that's a funny way to check my ... ooh .. " and the final bit where they show the face of the baby (Commandant Burger played by Kenneth Williams) after Bo & Lady Jane are married.

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Kids' tech skills go backwards thanks to tablets and smartmobes

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Re: Not surprising

Just the point I wastryingto make with my post

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Re: As an ICT teacher I am not surprised

@lucrelout ...

The course is called Society & Culture. The report is a 4k word thesis which is marked by the same people that mark the exam. Given the content there are not many examinable "facts" that can be regurgitated , but they demonstrate an in depth understanding, and application of the concepts

There are specific formatting requirements, which, if not complied with will result in a mark not much better than a basic pass,and these requirements are designed to stop thepfaffing around looking for the nicest font, making text unreadable, and allow the marker to concentrate on the content, not the presentation.

Iknow there are arguments that we shouldn't be teaching just office, but i since the beginning of this term i have no control over the software installed on my machines - we have to use a corporate build which is incredibly frustrating as the catalog doesn't contain what i have been using to teach programming - guess who will spend much of the long break rewriting resources.

The point I was trying tomake is that these kids have used office(whether that is good thing I leave to you) for nearly 12 years of schooling, and they had no idea thatctrl+ enter gives them a new page, or the use of styles.

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Re: As an ICT teacher I am not surprised

If it wasn't for my senior Software Design & Dev classes (syllabus only slightly modified since 1999) I would go insane. At our place, English are supposed to teach Word, Maths Excel , and HSIE - Powerpoint. I often do lesson swaps with my collegues in the TAS(Home Econ & Industrial Arts) faculty - I will take a year 7/8 class and show them how do things they do not know how to do, and they will take my class in return (the few occasions my guys get a worksheet)

Edit - forgot to add "digital natives - my a**se", they know how to do SOME things well, the rest, just as clueless as my 90yo step father is

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As an ICT teacher I am not surprised

We are always chasing the latest shiney shiney to make the learning relevant assuming that just because little Johhny/Mary has been using a 'puter since primary he/she knows the basics.

Just today I had to show students who have started their HSC year , how to add a footer, how to use heading styles and edit styles and create a table of contents for a document that make up 60% of their final mark. On Monday I will be showing the built in referencing tool, and how to turn stats on so they quickly do word counts as there are strict word limits on individual parts of the document. For some Ctrl+Enter, Ctrl+End , and Ctrl+Home, were a revelation as were Ctrl A,C,X,V,S & P !) .

In NSW some of the skills tested are explicitly taught in options in an elective (Info Software Tech) , not the core curriculum. And given the skills being tested not a single one will be addressed in the National Curriculum. Furthermore we are not likely to see a change in NSW for many many years.

For Simon & any parents of NSW students who are interested - google ICTENSW - find the post "Australian Curriculum: Technologies & Computational Thinking – Implications for NSW" & watch the podcast at the bottom of the page for BOSTES's official line in NSW.

Setting up a crowdfunding website - FMD - THATS a skill I use every day /sarcasm

Upload a video - noice - except in NSW all the video upload sites are blocked for students (except year 12) so how the hell do you teach THAT ?-

Getting data - check. Taught my kids how to use a weather data API - "Whats that skippy?", we can't get through the proxy server - well that was a waste of a double period.

DOLTS !

minor edits - I tend to write Kleistian sentences

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