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Comment: Re: War between Google and Microsoft getting hotte (Score 1) 178

by michaelnz (#45312469) Attached to: Google Attacks Microsoft Again: Android 4.4 Ships With Quickoffice

You do realise that Google has been using its Motorola patent portfolio to sue the exact same companies that are suing it, right?
http://www.fosspatents.com/2013/08/googles-motorola-files-new-german.html?m=1

Google can't claim to be the good guys here.

Book Reviews

CyberForensics 58

Posted by samzenpus
from the read-all-about-it dept.
brothke writes "CyberForensics: Understanding Information Security Investigations is a new book written by a cast of industry all-stars. The book takes a broad look at cyberforensics with various case studies. Each of the book's 10 chapters takes a different approach to the topic. The book is meant to be a source guide to the core ideas on cyberforensics." Read on for the rest of Ben's review.

Comment: Re:And yet- (Score 1) 828

by michaelnz (#33097464) Attached to: What's Wrong With the American University System

Todai and Tokyo are the same University so I think you're a little confused, Todai is just short for TOkyo DAIgaku (university). I'm assuming the third Japanese university you're talking about is Waseda. I studied my undergrad degree there and I can tell you the Japanese (or most East Asian) school systems are not as great as you're making them out to be. Japanese students have a real problem with critical thinking, something that American K-12 does quite well. In Japan students, from a very young age, are mostly taught how to memorize and take tests. That's what mostly gets you in to universities.

Once in University (even Todai and Waseda) students don't really need to attend classes and I found that in general the standard of critical assessment was well below American, Australian and New Zealand University standards (I've studied a little at each also).

But those kids today! And the schools! So much worse than when I was a kid! Get off my lawn! Wargle gargle!

Comment: Smaller Countries and Maintaining Industries (Score 1) 1115

by michaelnz (#32863416) Attached to: Has Any Creative Work Failed Because of Piracy?

I think I have a complicated view of the entire copyright idea (shorter time frames with stronger enforcement is my preference I think) but here in New Zealand we have a very difficult time maintaining our local film and television industry and piracy can have a much stronger impact than in the states. Recently the film "Boy" (which is fantastic and very very local in style) has had some trouble because it's already being pirated before it has even had a chance to be released internationally. It's not like the producers wouldn't like it to have a large international release on the same day or something like that but it's just not an option with our small industry. Here's some more info on it:

http://tvnz.co.nz/entertainment-news/boy-illegally-uploaded-internet-3606531

+ - Snugalugkins - The Story of a Crazed Robot Bear->

Submitted by michaelnz
michaelnz (701047) writes "Snugalugkins is a short film that we thought, shot and wrought in 48 hours for the New Zealand 48 Hours Film Festival. It tells the story of a man being stalked by a Teddy-Ruxpin-esque bear that sings inappropriate songs at inconvenient movies. We're trying to get as many views as possible so that we can win an award for our little short. Hope you like it."
Link to Original Source

Comment: Re:Douglas Adams would be delighted (Score 1) 257

by michaelnz (#28519005) Attached to: Standard Cellphone Chargers For Europeans

Although I'm sure Douglas Adams would be a somewhat happy with this development as it moves us in the right direction I think the thing that pissed him off the most was all the different electrical socket plugs the world has. There should be a standard 110-120v plug (probably go with North American) and a standard 220-240v plug (one that can fold in easily), and then a symbol that can be etched in to either plug to signal that the device supports being plugged in to either voltage. This would go a long ways for manufacturing costs and simplifying things for world travelers. Plus it would make Douglas Adams very very happy, whichever planet he's on.

Comment: Re:But it never works the other direction (Score 1) 548

by michaelnz (#28511937) Attached to: Exchange Rates Spell High Prices for Windows 7 In the EU

Same in New Zealand. There was a time when the NZ$ was at 80 cents to the American dollar. CDs, software and books never went down, consumer goods stayed mostly the same. You think with a stronger dollar we'd have more buying power but it was less. The down side is that when us small countries have our currency value get raised it becomes a negative because our exports become more expensive in other countries. It's kind of a double whammy, nothing's cheaper but it's harder to sell our own stuff.

Comment: Re:New Zealand of course (Score 1) 1359

by michaelnz (#28499049) Attached to: Emigrating To a Freer Country?

Don't feed the troll. By American Republicans' definitions New Zealand would be a communist state. We have 12% GST on everything, we have a forced accident insurance that removes many rights to sue, we have universal health care, we have strong regulations of everything from finance to farming, we have no GE, the current "conservative" party is in power by the slimmest of majorities and only won by running on nearly all of the same policies that their "communist" predecessors enacted. They've also done some incredibly unpopular things with the current Auckland election reforms, betraying their base, and will likely be voted out in two years time. New Zealand is on the left by American and UK standards and this guy comes in screeching about Obama worshippers and communism so you know to dismiss his opinions, the facts don't support him.

Comment: Re:New Zealand of course (Score 1) 1359

by michaelnz (#28493293) Attached to: Emigrating To a Freer Country?

New Zealand, the last Western bastion without a socialist government. (Well... in name anyway) We just had elections and kicked out the socialists while even the USA has embraced socialism/communism/totalitarianism under Obama. Damn, even the Aussies got damn socialist government.

Unfortunately we do have a democracy (Force by numbers) which unfortunately doesn't equate to freedom which is what you desire. The best country for you currently would be New Zealand but if the USA once day remembers what it's true foundations are and starts adhering to her constitution then the USA has got to be the best place for any freedom loving person.

You throw around socialism rather quickly. Labour, the party that has been in power over the past 9 years until the recent election could only barely be considered socialist. National party managed to win mostly from a "it's now our turn" campaign and if they try to undo many of Labour's policies they'll be out next election.

I've never heard anyone refer to democracy as an unfortunate circumstance and I doubt the original poster has any desire to live in a non-Democratic nation as those have a tendency to have the least amount of privacy or freedoms.

Most New Zealanders value their current "socialist" health care system, zero fault insurance, and employee protections. Most New Zealanders are incredibly supportive of Obama's election and hated Bush. The way you throw around "socialism/communism/totalitarianism" I'm surprised you didn't equate us to Stalinist Russia.

One of the down sides of New Zealand's current parliament structure is that whatever party collation manages to gain power they can essentially pass every single piece of legislation they want as parliament members are selected by party leaders based on loyalty rather than individual states based on local representation.

Comment: Re:New Zealand Immigrant - Consider Many Things (Score 1) 1359

by michaelnz (#28493197) Attached to: Emigrating To a Freer Country?
Yeah, it's not New York or Sydney or San Francisco but it's more diverse than most US cities and, as it's the center city for an entire nation it's much more than what it's size would suggest. It's frequently rated within the top 5 cities in the world to live in. That says something.

Comment: Re:New Zealand Immigrant - Consider Many Things (Score 1) 1359

by michaelnz (#28492541) Attached to: Emigrating To a Freer Country?

NZ is ok if you don't mind a nation which is basically a gigantic rural small town...

I disagree with that. Auckland is incredibly metropolitan and diverse. No rural town I've ever lived in had the diversity of Auckland, nor were they on some of the most beautiful coastlines in the world. That said if you're going to be living anywhere but Auckland or Wellington you'll be in a rural setting with maybe even limited internet access and a lot less diversity.

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