Category Archives: Law & Government

NZ mass surveilance operational PM lied

Just a week from election in New Zealand It has been revealed that mass electronic surveillance has been occurring despite government denials.

While in Australian the debate has been about meta data, in New Zealand complete content has been spied on.

https://firstlook.org/theintercept/2014/09/15/new-zealand-gcsb-speargun-mass-surveillance/

John Key New Zealand’s current prime minister and former US federal reserve employee, made specific assurances that such spying was not occurring.

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Will this hurt his election chances? Quite likely.

 

US senator Elizabeth Warren demands jail the banksters

Elizabeth Warren US senator ( image from Washington times)

Elizabeth Warren US senator ( image from Washington times)

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/sep/9/elizabeth-warren-demands-jail-time-wall-st-bankers/

Abbott simulator

I was thinking of a serious look at 9/11 but I really didn’t feel like it. So for now something unrelated to this auspicious date, and somewhat more entertaining.

 

http://www.abbottsimulator.com/

You should see something like this:

Abbott stop the boats simulator. Oh the LOLS.

Abbott stop the boats simulator. Oh the LOLS.

 

Something a little lighthearted on a day when we might be a bit glum.

3 days of Islam in Australia

 

Just In 3 days these news stories for Islam in Australia.

Just In 3 days these news stories for Islam in Australia.

 

This is why people fear the spread of Islam and mosques in Australia

This is why people fear the spread of Islam and mosques in Australia

Victoria

Bendigo mosque wants to remove restrictions including opening hours, limits on political discussion and a cap on the number of worshipers.

http://www.bendigoadvertiser.com.au/story/2528866/mosque-group-seeking-changes/

Limiting political discussion in a mosque may be unconstitutional. Sorry I believe the  Corneloup case set the precedent for the occupy case,  the term burdening as not being interfering,  but sure demand a double standard.

http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/bendigo-mosque-permit-condition-may-be-unconstitutional-says-judge-20140815-104mln.html

 

New South Wales

Liverpool, Sydney; mosque auctions ISIS flag for $2000. But they try to tell you they are not connected to terrorism.

http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/nsw/hate-for-sale-as-muslim-flag-adopted-by-jihadists-goes-to-auction-at-sydney-mosque/story-fni0cx12-1227050847756?nk=2abd62f704b0dc421e7786066eb6a5b8

 

Queensland

 

Underwood, Brisbane; federal police raid Islamic bookstore, firearm seized, apparently a makeshift shooting range was inside. Nine other warrants executed in the Brisbane area.

http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/queensland/logan-islamic-centre-raided-by-australian-federal-police-20140910-10eunu.html

 

 

Currumbin, Gold Coast; Mosque gets approval despite significant protest from locals.

http://www.goldcoastbulletin.com.au/news/gold-coast/the-gold-coast-city-councils-planning-committee-has-recommended-a-controversial-currumbin-mosque-be-approved-sparking-anger-from-100plus-protesters-at-the-meeting/story-fnj94idh-1227053394815

 

Federal and state government

Terror level close to being raised. I wonder why?

http://www.news.com.au/national/top-cop-ken-lay-warns-risk-of-terror-attack-on-australian-soil-as-high-as-postseptember-11-asio-considers-raising-threat-level/story-fncynjr2-1227053099713

 

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-09-09/asio-seriously-considering-raising-australia27s-terror-threat-/5731800

Net Neutrality debate: prevent internet ransom

The internet

The internet

In the USA there is an on going debate about net neutrality which is a complex topic.

Basically the issue is large communications infrastructure providers are attempting to ransom content delivery companies for speed (bandwidth) or priority access to their own customers.

This is relevant for the world as many major internet services are hosted in the USA and reliant on their network policies and speeds.

Vi Hart ( who normally explains mathematical concepts ) gives a really good explanation of the net neutrality issue.

* Netflicks is an online movie service obviously reliant on good internet speeds.

More information at:

https://www.battleforthenet.com/?from=banner

IT students dwindle due to 457 Visa rorts

The IBM 5150 released on August 12 1981, this is where we get the term PC from and much of the basic architecture still in use.

The IBM 5150 released on August 12 1981, this is where we get the term PC from and much of the basic architecture still in use.

 

So a few days ago ‘The Age’ (our local rag) ran a story about High school student abandoning  IT as a field of study.

The article was good enough, but the comments were an absolute goldmine of insight into the problems in IT in Australia

http://www.theage.com.au/it-pro/expertise/it-crowd-shrinking-as-vce-enrolments-plummet-20140907-10dizx.html

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  • I have worked in the industry for nearly 20 years. The jobs are slowly disappearing to overseas cheap labour pools and imported 457 workers who claim to have the skills and are willing to work for far less than is reasonable.

    Why would anyone want to study a subject or career that clearly has a poor future in this country?

    Ask Telstra for example how many jobs they plan to send to “Asia” over the next year alone.

    Commenter
    Martin
    Location
    Sydney
    Date and time
    September 08, 2014, 7:37AM
    • Australian IT is a disaster, remember myki and hundreds of other projects paid for by taxpayers that are all over budget , late and don’t work well.

      Commenter
      preacher
      Date and time
      September 08, 2014, 8:09AM
    • Ive been in IT for 35 years and its never been this bad, and its all a result of failed Government policies

      Offshoring and 457 visas have decimated Programming, Testing, Business Analysis, etc. The last project I was on there was a team of 20 people on 457 visas.

      Abbott has relaxed 457 visas so its only getting worse.

      If your thinking about a career in IT, you’ve got bugs in your head

      Commenter
      IT DOES NOT COMPUTE
      Location
      Melb
      Date and time
      September 08, 2014, 8:23AM
    • Offshoring and 457 Visas are destroying/have destroyed the local IT industry. The hilarious thing is overseas workers come in on 457 Visas (weren’t they meant to be for positions where we don’t have the skills locally) and upon arrival they do not have a clue. They are shielded by the resident overseas workers to hide their incompetence. Projects are taking longer and have more bugs in them than ever before. And don’t get me started on their can’t say”no” issues.

      Commenter
      Gilly
      Location
      Melbourne
      Date and time
      September 08, 2014, 8:57AM
    • +1 Yep its going down hill faster and faster. To anyone thinking of a career in IT forget it.

      Commenter
      Tim
      Location
      Melbourne
      Date and time
      September 08, 2014, 9:20AM
    • Your right, overseas cheap labour, view source code and see note for example rajah said do it this way and that way etc, and upgrades to complex sites like TAB racing became worse and primate, upgrades to westpac BPAY atrocious enough for me to complain yesterday, but execs never check these upgrades nor are there customer complaint avenues. We see many script and hidden cache crashes via programmers not meeting updated flashplayer requirements and see new versions grow 10 times in size but do far less, excessive programming is excessive load. I think we need better quality training rather than worry about drop-out load

      Commenter
      Brian Woods
      Location
      Glenroy
      Date and time
      September 08, 2014, 9:57AM
    • Yep, and as Telstra is trumpeting Magda Szubanski in its ‘we love our customers’ advert, it continues to ship customer support functions to Manila and elsewhere, and 457 visas appear to have become the latest immigration portal. Google, “457 visa to permanent residency” to see how much effort is being put into this channel. IT as a career choice in Australia? Only if you are really passionate about it, and prepared to fight to get ahead.

      Commenter
      OpenWindow
      Date and time
      September 08, 2014, 9:57AM
    • The Department of Immigration and Border Protection’s most recent 457 quarterly report put the average salary for applications granted to 457 workers in the Information, Media & Telecommunications sponsor industry at $87,200 and for the Professional, Scientific and Technical sponsor industry at $96,500. I am unsure how those wages are unreasonable.

      Commenter
      teh krazy
      Date and time
      September 08, 2014, 10:13AM
    • I agree with all of the above. As an employer who is looking for client facing web developers. What a joke the so called ‘education revolution’ sausage factory has produced a whole lot of It paper graduates who will never get a real job in IT. More quality less quantity required. The reason is the ‘education revolution’ desperately needs new foreign paying students. Everybody knows most are going to be useless in the workplace. But the carrot is handing out visa’s and ultimately passports via this useless education. So tell your kids don’t even think about a career the government has sold them down the river.

      Commenter
      DifferentLens
      Location
      Melbourne
      Date and time
      September 08, 2014, 10:37AM
    • @teh krazy
      The point is not the salary per se. The point is a 457 Visa should NEVER be granted to an IT worker as we have a plethora of qualified people here in Australia. The salary point is a whole other issue. If you have ever had anything to do with the outsource industry in IT you would know what most posters here are talking about.

      Commenter
      Gilly
      Location
      Melbourne
      Date and time
      September 08, 2014, 10:46AM

 

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This will piss off all the right people!

Is there anybody in the world not offended by this, apart from Russians? Good, I’m glad you are offended.

Putin

Minister of Vacuum cleaners

Its spooky when you create an example of the insanity of central planning by selecting a product at random and then explain how central planning would fail in managing supply of said product.

The real problem with central planning (a communist / Marxist economic paradigm) is that the real world is simply far to complex to model for a handful of bureaucrats. I used the example of vacuum cleaners and explained the insanity that ultimately you would need a minister for each product, of course each minister would need a salary and then attempt to manage  production and supply of vacuum cleaners. Ultimately this is  a fascist corporate monopoly and completely impossible to do.

After giving this example to a European tourist she mentioned that the European Union was about to ban the sale or importation of high powered vacuum cleaners.

I laughed hard.

This insane knee jerk reaction really made me laugh. I was imagining people hoarding vacuum cleaners soviet style. Then it actually happened.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2738082/The-great-vacuum-cleaner-stampede-Panic-buying-hits-shops-deadline-looms-Brussels-ban-high-powered-machines.html

Comrde these vacuum cleaners are traitors to the cause and must be purged.

Comrade; these vacuum cleaners are traitors to the cause and must be purged.

So the next trip of why Marxism fails is this, why are there so many different types of vacuum cleaners? Because people have different needs.

You might find your eye drawn to the red out lined words “Pets 2000W”, some people have pets and need more power to remove animal hair form the floor.

So how is the minister of vacuum cleaners going to know what kind of vacuum cleaner the people want? Why would he care? Where is the additional motivation for the minister to innovate or increase the efficiency of production.

After you start asking yourself these questions, you will realize the impossibility of central planning.

So why the sudden hatred of high power vacuum cleaners?

Supposedly it is an energy efficiency measure. Strangely these bureaucrats failed to notice an important trend (because of course they have no incentive to care at all). Central planners refuse to think of people as individuals and would rather people fit tot he economic paradigm rather than the economic paradigm needing to fit the nature of people as individuals.

 

The important trend:

The decoupling of electric power consumption with GDP. These days it seem we are either using as much power as we could possibly desire, and/or able to more with the same energy consumption.

 

Energy consumption needed to produce GDP has reduced and since 2010 seems to have de coupled (a less significant factor). From americanthinker.com

Energy consumption needed to produce GDP has reduced and since 2010 seems to have decoupled (a less significant factor).
From americanthinker.com

 

If you consider how much of the GDP is generated by computers (algo trading, software and data processing industry) and how much more efficient they have become in terms of teraflops per MW of the last few decades this chart make some sense.

 

Are you going to feel less or more comfortable at 23C than at 22C, there is even a limit to how fussy people want to be a about heating and cooling along with a greater focus on energy efficiency. It would seem the west has lost its appetite for electricity consumption.

So is it really going to make any sense to vacuum for twice as long with a 1000W vacuum  cleaner, than once with a 200W vacuum cleaner? No and I would bet there is a sweet spot where energy is reduced and cleaning is maximized. So any way would you vacuum all day just for the sake of it,?well no. We are talking about a device that get used  infrequently and for short periods of time.

I guess the minister of vacuum cleaners has to justify the high office he/she wants to hold.

 

I should admit now that I am a capitalist pig with two vacuum cleaners each of 1000W.

Pakistani pedophiles rape 1400 kids in 16 years: Rotherham UK

The more disturbing elements to this case are the following:

Authorities refused to act due to fears of being branded a racist, because perpetrators were Pakistani in origin.

Pedophiles were transporting children to be abused in a network style operation.

Fathers attempting to rescue their children were arrested by police.

http://www.theguardian.com/society/live/2014/aug/26/rotherham-abuse-report-finds-1400-children-were-victims-live-coverage

religon of pedosGo on, go and join ISIS, so you get your guts splattered all over the desert.

New Jersey police caught on camera assaulting citizen

Over six months ago this story emerged but despite the whole’ hands up don’t shot’ theme clearly displays here very little in the media frenzy. Police caught out by their own cameras. Its either the police are too stupid to remember this or the footage get ‘lost’ or redacted when its looking too bad for the cops.

Well this footage didn’t get’ lost’, and ultimately exonerated the citizen, police clearly are in deep trouble now. Occasionally in the internal squabbles behind the scenes in the police/courts/lawyer matrix, someone has an axe to grind and  they throw one of their own to the dogs.

http://7online.com/archive/9440401/

Special reminder to police: video cameras are commonplace now days (built into most mobile phones) and people have a habit of filming controversial events and then uploading them for all to see. You can’t win the court case if you lost the media war.

Video evidence is almost undeniable in court.

I wonder how long it will  be before our local Victoria police are again caught on camera assaulting the public for no good reason.

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