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Archive for May, 2012
Originally posted on John Minto:
Published in NZ Herald – 30 May 2012
Education Minister Hekia Parata’s comment that she was once in a class of 43 students will resonate with older New Zealanders. Large classes were the norm in the 1950’s and 60’s and I have a class photo showing 57 alongside me at primary school in South Dunedin.
Today class sizes are closer to 30 than 50 and many will think the Minister’s proposals to use an increase in class size as a way to fund improving the quality of teachers is no bad thing.
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Originally posted on Kasama:
There are a number of substantive articles there with lasting value. Kasama will be publishing some of them over a period of time — to make them available more widely and to stimulate discussion over key political controversies.
As always, posting pieces here does not necessarily imply agreement with their arguments and verdicts.
Originally posted on TechCrunch:
Late last year, Yahoo filed for a trademark on the phrase “Yahoo Axis.” The filing raised more questions than answers at the time, but after six months Yahoo has finally spilled the proverbial beans — Axis is both a new search-oriented add-on for your web browser, and a new browser app for iOS.
Before I talk about what it’s like to actually use Axis, let’s first discuss why the hell they’re doing this in the first place. TechCrunch spoke to Yahoo’s Director of Product Management Ethan Batraski, and he told us his his job has been to figure out what search looks like over the next few years. Yahoo Axis was one of his answers.
“No one’s innovated on ‘How do I get rid of the search results page altogether’”, Batraski said. “That is what we want to do.”
Originally posted on Gigaom:
A number of German Internet users have received letters from a local law office in recent weeks, threatening them with copyright infringement lawsuits for allegedly distributing the science fiction movie Iron Sky via file sharing networks. There was only one way not to get sued, the letter informed them: Sign a cease-and-desist notice and pay € 800 (about $1012).
These kinds of costly cease-and-desist campaings against file sharers aren’t uncommon in Germany; hundreds of thousands of Internet users have been targeted by music labels, porn studios and others with similar demands in recent years, netting rights holders millions. Unusual about this case is that Iron Sky is a crowdsourced and crowd-financed movie, produced by people who made names for themselves with Creative Commons-licensed content that could be freely downloaded and reshared.
Iron Sky is a science fiction comedy, depicting a world in which the Nazis fled to the moon at the end of World War 2. It’s director Timo Vuorensola and its visual effects producer Samuli Torssonen previously rose to fame when they released the Star Trek parody Star Wreck: In the Pirkinning in 2005. That movie was offered for free online and clocked three million downloads within three months. The filmmakers have also in the past lambasted old media for their take on piracy. In a blog post from 2009, Vuorensola wrote: “Piracy in its current, most common form – the digital download – is not a crime.”
Originally posted on Beyond Highbrow - Robert Lindsay:
New York was like any other major city destroyed by diversity. Blacks and to a lesser extent Hispanics were becoming the dominant force in the city enabled by all the liberal bigwigs in the Democratic machine who embraced the Kumbayaa leftist rainbow dogma. NYC even elected a black mayor (not a widely known fact).
However crime was astronomical, bums littered the streets, prostitutes and sex shops dominated downtown. Watch films depicting NY from the 1970′s to early 1990′s. It was a hell hole.
Things were so bad that finally a tough on crime, no nonsense, anti-welfare, mayor was elected. The guy was accused of being a tyrant by minority groups but he made the streets safe, he was accused of hating the poor but he enabled the first waves of gentrification, he was accused of being a prude but he made NYC tourist friendly again. Rudy saved NYC from descending into Detroit or Oakland status. NYC has been firmly Republican ever since.
I have some questions for Conquistador.
Originally posted on NORTHLAND NEW ZEALAND CHEMTRAILS WATCH:
This is an Infowars.com interview with Charlotte Thompson Iserbyt served as the head of policy at the Department of Education during the first administration of US President, Ronald Reagan. While working there she discovered a long term strategic plan by the tax exempt foundations to transform America from a nation of rugged individualists and problem solvers to a country of servile, brainwashed minions who simply regurgitate whatever they are told.