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+ - Kim DotCom can sue NZ Government->

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StueyNZ writes "The byzantine extradition case for Kim Dotcom wends its way through the NZ Appeal Courts. After a previous court ruling that the NZ spy agency, GCSB, acted unlawfully by assisting the NZ Police and FBI in apprehending Dotcom; a 2nd ruling was made that the GCSB could be sued for re-dress by Dotcom alongside the NZ Police.

Obviously, the NZ Govt doesn't want the GCSB exposed to any more publicity than it has to, and so it appealed the ruling, essentially applying to leave the NZ Police to carry the can on the damages case that Dotcom can bring.

Today's appeal court ruling means the GCSB is unable to duck behind the NZ Police while Kim Dotcom grandstands, but will have little or no effect on the extradition hearing which is still set down for August this year.

TL;DR — The liklihood of Kim Dotcom actually being extradited to the US hasn't changed today, although he does get another legal forum to grandstand from."

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Comment: We don't want critical thinking ... (Score 1) 265

by StueyNZ (#43017987) Attached to: Tech Leaders Encourage Teaching Schoolkids How To Code
No! No! No!

We the management don't want critical thinking in our employees. We want skilled coders who will shut up and do as they're told.

No critical thinking. No analysis of the content of the latest bunch of lies (ulp, I mean management team talk to the staff). and certainly no telling us we're full of shit when we are.

Comment: Re:my whole class was taught to program in high sc (Score 1) 265

by StueyNZ (#43017945) Attached to: Tech Leaders Encourage Teaching Schoolkids How To Code
...and as we testified to an adjudicator in a wrongful dismissal case a few years ago:

Jack's argument is that we didn't offer him enough of the right training to become a better programmer.

Our argument is that we gave the same training that 80 other programmers got...programming is like Opera Singing, if you don't have the talent no amount of training is going to make you good at it. Unfortuntely Jack made a mistake when he thought he'd go into programming as a career.

On the other hand teaching all kids to at least write a little programme, may help identify those with the talent early enough to get them trained into great programmers.

+ - Does the Higgs Boson Reveal Our Universe's Doomsday?->

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astroengine writes "If calculations of the newly discovered Higgs boson particle are correct, one day, tens of billions of years from now, the universe will disappear at the speed of light, replaced by a strange, alternative dimension, one theoretical physicist calls boring. "It may be that the universe we live in is inherently unstable and at some point billions of years from now it’s all going to get wiped out. This has to do with the Higgs energy field itself,” Joseph Lykken, with the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Batavia, Ill., told Discovery News. "This calculation tells you that many tens of billions of years from now there’ll be a catastrophe.""
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+ - Firefox 19 Launches On Desktop, Android Version Has Lower CPU Requirements

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Mozilla on Tuesday officially launched Firefox 19 for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Android. The improvements include a built-in PDF viewer on the desktop and theme support as well as lower CPU requirements on Google's mobile platform. You can see the official changelogs here: desktop and Android."
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+ - First bionic eye gets FDA blessing->

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coondoggie writes "The US Food and Drug Administration today approved what it says is the first bionic eye, or retinal prosthesis, that can partially restore the sight of blind individuals after surgical implantation. pecifically the Argus II Retinal Prosthesis System includes a small video camera, transmitter mounted on a pair of eyeglasses, video processing unit (VPU) and an implanted artificial retina. The VPU transforms images from the video camera into electronic data that is wirelessly transmitted to the retinal prosthesis."
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+ - Can You Potty Train a Cow?->

Submitted by sciencehabit
sciencehabit (1205606) writes "Think potty training a child is hard? Try teaching a cow when and where to do its business. The bovines can defecate nine to 16 times daily, and pee seven to nine times, creating big hygiene problems on dairy and beef farms. So cueing the animals to go in the right place would be a big help for managing manure. But past techniques—including training cows to respond to mild electric shocks—have proven ineffective or impractical for wide use. To see if they could come up with a better potty prompt, the scientists tested a series of stimuli on a dozen Holstein cows. The milkers stood in or walked through a footbath filled with water, for example, or had air or water sprayed on their feet. Alas, "[n]one of our tests reliably stimulated defecation," the team reports. Maybe bovine diapers instead?"
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Comment: Re:Been happening for hundreds of years. (Score 1) 544

by StueyNZ (#42281505) Attached to: Is Technology Eroding Employment?
too right !!!

Both my grandfathers worked (early to mid 20th Century) in skilled manual labour for 44 hours a week (8hrs Mon-Fri and another 4 on Sat mornings), and both grandmothers did part-time work to make ends meet.

My Father worked in skilled labour (late 20th Century) for 40 hours a week (8 hours Mon-Fri) - mother stayed at home. Things were tight, but they raised 3 teenage sons on one mid-level govt salary.

Now in the 21st Century - I could live the way my parents did on 25-30 hours a week - unfortunately my boss wants me here for 40. So I have a much higher standard of living than my parents. Govt workers only do 37.5 hours a week now.

The number of hours per week worked per person is trending downwards. Our grandkids will be working 20-25 hour weeks; and will stare in wonder at us old farts that worked 40 hours a week. We need to confront the problem of what all our grandchildren are going to do with their the extra free-time.

Comment: Lazy reporting by Forbes (and sloppy analysis by R (Score 5, Insightful) 94

by StueyNZ (#42172507) Attached to: The Countries Most Vulnerable To an Internet Shutdown
The most telling comment from the actual orginal post reads:

"Ten providers also seems to be the threshold below which one finds significant additional risks from infrastructure sharing — there may be a single cable, or a single physical-layer provider who actually owns most of the infrastructure on which the various providers offer their services."

How many of the 61 at "severe risk" countries are micro-states in the middle of the ocean with a single cable connecting them to the internet? More than half; so nothing too sinister about the size of the "severe risk" category.

Oh - it's nice to see that New Zealand has cemented its place in the list of nice countries who are "extremely resistant" by having more than 40 ISPs - unfortunately there's only one organisation that controls the two connections out of NZ on the Southern Cross Cable So the home of that fiendish master-criminal Mr K. Dot Com should rightly be lumped in with Syria, Libya & that famous hot bed of international crime, The Cook Islands.

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