March 31, 2010

Google: Our stand for digital due process

Court OKs Repeated Tasering of Pregnant Woman | Threat Level |

A federal appeals court says three Seattle police officers did not employ excessive force when they repeatedly tasered a visibly pregnant woman for refusing to sign a speeding ticket.

They shoulda just used their nightsticks and saved electricity. Fuckers.

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March 30, 2010

ADD a blessing or a curse for a creative

Excellent Presentation from @maldamkar from Ignite Sydney in October 2009. I see so much of myself of this in the slides.

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March 25, 2010

Customer Experience, Apple Style

I just had to go through my entire iPhone Camera Roll to identify Photos and Videos which hadn't been taken on the iBone.


Apple think that you shouldn't be allowed to get your Photos off your iBone if you have the temerity to save MMS or Emailed Photos into your iBone Camera Roll.

But they don't stop you from saving them there, and don't tell you it will stop you from getting ANY photo off the iBone. Not only that, there isn't an alternative location to save them.

Even if there are technical reasons why they want to prevent Photos not taken from the device to be able to be pulled into your iPhoto (or even using Image Capture), preventing the computers Image Management from even recognising the device is some sort of bug. Exacerbated of course by not even correcting the Image Management on the iBone so that it stores these Images or Videos in a separate hierarchy.

Exacerbated further by Apple not even appearing to recognise the bug, which appears to have been spoken about online for at least 12 months and probably longer

Thank Christ for DropBox etc.

See more information on this ridiculous #fail by Apple.

Another Football Club dies only to be reborn by its only real shareholders

So a modern, enlightened vision for a football club is taking shape in the ruins of the old, in which clubs are just companies, up for sale to just about anyone. The wider lessons of Chester City's gruesome demise should be heeded across football...
After years of supporters' loyalty being taken for granted, the end for the Chester regime arrived because the fans finally became mad as hell, and then decided they were not going to take it any more.
As I wrote recently, this will continue as long as football exists. Love for the Game, passion for your local team will always mean when the scumbag speculators and shady businessmen walk away, the only real shareholders will bring it back to life.

March 24, 2010

Delimiter – Media companies don’t get it: Open market = sales via @iDarryl

in Australia, the process of trying to get people to sell you content is a frustrating one that makes piracy the safest and easiest way to get content

I have money, you have content. I want to give you that money to see your content. Sounds Logical? Not to the numbnuts.

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The 9 Types Of "Social Media Experts" - WOOT! A definition of #SMEG's

To be sure, there are some people working in social media who really shouldn't be - but I don't believe this number is as high as others would say. Instead, I think that many people who could be great at certain roles are simply trying to fill the wrong role. So, to help, I thought I would share what I think the 9 types of social media experts really are.
Note the 'working in social media'. Tut, tut, typical marketer position on 'What is Social Media' For the record, here is my view, previously shared on Mumbrella:
I’m against it. Social Media that is. Especially in the sense that it is only about “creating successful measurable campaigns”. I call this thing called social media “online conversation”. The social part of this “online” media being the facilitation of the conversations with a huge new channel. Yes you marketers use it, sometimes successfully. But don’t tell me you have some ownership of it. I’m against it. We all “own” social media. And we’ll do what we damn well please with it.
Also, the author isn't Irish, it is illegal for him to use 'To be sure' in a post without prior Authorisation from the Murphia.

Update, if you want to know what #SMEG means, it is now defined at

March 23, 2010

Volvo, an example of Australia being behind in the reduction of Emissions

My Dad recently bought a Volvo C30 with DRIVe technology. I'm not going to evangelise it's features here, but if you go to the Irish Volvo Site and click through the DRIVe part of the website, you can see the details.

Now, I'm not saying I'm going to buy a Volvo, and the C30 wouldn't meet my needs, so I checked to see how far I could go on one tank of fue in an S80, and  noted it knows where I am, so I was told I could drive to Adelaide and Rockhampton on one tank.

Wow! Thought I, thats nearly 1200kms!

So I went to the Australian site and immediately spotted some subtle differences.


Can you tell?

How about you check the engine options on the S80 in the Australian Site with the Irish one.

So Volvo, or whoever own you now - simple question, at what point are you going to bring cars - already available worldwide - with this interesting, emission and fuel reduction technology to Australia?

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March 19, 2010

It's our game, not yours - My Guest Blog for on the Football. Real football.

We might seem unpredictable, inane, exasperating, infuriating, divisive and yes annoying. But we are eloquent, heartfelt, poignant, spirited, sturdy, and, most importantly, loyal.

We are football supporters and we are coming your way. We claim a global passion about sport that your local sports really can’t match, hard as they try. We are expats, immigrants, sons and daughters of immigrants, Wogs, Paddies, Poms, Scots and Brazilians.

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March 18, 2010

Michael Moore: The Green They Steal, the Greed They Wear ...a St. Patrick's Day Lamentation

The rest of the day I'll spend wandering the halls of Congress with my shillelagh and shamrocks, doing my best impersonation of St. Patrick as I try to drive the snakes out of Capitol Hill. Wish me luck...

If Moore is right, this isn't Health Care reform, this is chipping away at the edges of Nixon et als failed legacy. I fear for Americans and am stunned at the apparent inanity of much of the response -e.g. "Tea Party"

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March 12, 2010

March 10, 2010

The Lines are open, but no-one is listening

I rarely watch Free to Air TV, not because it doesn't sometimes (okay hardly ever) have good content, but because of the quantity and (lack of) quality of the advertising - most especially those ads which aren't.

I really question, having sat through the Blackadder marathon last week on one of them, whether the advertisers actually think they are getting value? I'm sure the metrics are telling them yes - but if I was an Advertiser, I'd be querying it anyone remembered my brand halfway through a 4 minute ad break? Maybe that's the sweet spot for someone coming back from a piss or getting another Beer?

Anyway, I turned off most of Blackadder, as even that humour was getting abused by the shit it was being associated with.

I say, let them put as much cross-promotion and advertising as they like all day every day. The 'majority' of the population which currently watches these channels will soon realise there are myriad alternative ways to get Blackadder which no longer involves having to sit through 7 or 8 ads in one break for every 5 or 6 minutes.

Having an online complaints mechanism is very modern, but if there are no penalties and the outcomes are ignored, what's the point? Let them all kill each other anyway, they're all dead already. They advertisers which keep them alive just don't know that yet.

Fuck it, lets just cross-post our twitter hastag for Hey, Hey when it comes back to the Online complaints page.

That'd be awesome!

March 09, 2010

Whirlpool BB Survey #nocleanfeed

What should the Government focus on in terms of internet safety?

Educating parents 83.0%
Educating children 64.7%
Law enforcement 43.6%
Subsidising desktop filter software 42.2%
Subsidising ISP-level opt-in filters 33.3%
Mandatory internet filtering 2.9%

While 7.4% of those surveyed thought the filter was a good thing, only 2.9% thought money should be spent on it. So about a third of those who support it think it is the best option when presented with alternatives.

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March 04, 2010

Peter Dutton MP are you for or against the filter? | Darryl King’s blog ireckon

So I propose a simple two part question for you. This is the crux of the matter for me, and it may also be for a number of other voters.

My Questions:

Peter, do you support the introduction of any form of mandatory internet filter in Australia?

And if the answer to that question is no, will you push to have it removed if and when you next get into government?

I hope you get around to reading this Peter; I will make footnotes to keep my tiny speckle of readers informed on what you feel. Two quite simple questions, which in fact I believe could be answered with Yes or No responses.

I don’t need spin. I just want to know which team you are on.

I want a personal answer to a personal issue for me a resident in your electorate.

Excellent Work as Usual Sir!

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How NSW Went Septic |

Of course the prospect of a Liberal/National Party government in NSW isn’t much to get excited about, but comparatively, it’s a benign tumour.

The best way to prevent golden staph is to wash your hands. Let’s hope NSW voters do just that as soon as they are given the opportunity.

The idea of NSW Labour as Golden Staph! Wonderful Metaphor!

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March 01, 2010

kung fu grippe : Feed Me, Atlantic (too true)

Short version: If you’re hobbling the emerging medium in order to artificially prop up the flat-lined medium, your company is running the wrong way with extreme efficiency. Period.

Merlin Mann...enough said

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