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  • Hard News: Dirty Politics, in reply to Hilary Stace,

    It will probably take a bit longer for many of the population to ‘hear’ the message of just how dirty was the two pronged policy of attack politics run out of the PM’s office. Attack through blogs and friends in the media those who are a challenge, while leaving the man at the top untouched.

    There were a little over 2 years between the Watergate break-ins and the resignation of Tricky Dick, and all sorts of denials, cover-ups and obstructions of justice in between. How much faster would the Internet make things happen?

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  • Hard News: Dirty Politics,

    In the early days I think it was portrayed - usually by those trying to dismiss it - as a beltway issue. It's gone way beyond that now.

    Agreed, but the full effects of Dirty Politics are still to reach max strength. The least worst we can hope for is Key getting a 3rd term, but a lame duck one reliant on all of the minor parties who then proceed to wag the dog. And if David Parker's police complaint results in the Dirty Politics guilty parties going to the slammer, it's the beginning of the end. And what possibility of the housing bubble bursting and China sneezing?

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  • Capture: By Night,

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    Here's another Lux photo - of the nZwarm exhibit in the foreground - and this time I've managed to splice a 3D render onto it.

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  • Speaker: Telling Our Own Tales, in reply to Barnaby Bennett,

    The funny part about all that is that he ended up supporting Gerard’s thesis by making NZ media synonymous with Auckland media.

    And more specifically, it’s dominated bythe North Shore/Epsom point of view. If one short sentence could sum up the problem with today’s media landscape, it would be as follows: free speech has become cartelised.

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  • Hard News: Privacy and the Public Interest, in reply to Amy Gale,

    Be warned, though, that some (not all) technical writing positions[**] and many (probably not all?) testing positions do involve nontrivial amounts of coding.

    I have some coding knowledge - HTML I don't mind, dabbled in PHP years back, had a crash course in .NET C# as a side part of my existing job - but nowhere near enough to make a living from it.

    Some more 2nd opinions here.

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  • Hard News: Privacy and the Public Interest, in reply to izogi,

    I've had bitter experiences with university-level ICT courses, possibly attributable to undiagnosed ASD/ADD. Some years after flunking out of Otago, I approached the Open Polytechnic but they shut down their IT school some time ago, and they referred me to Massey Uni in Wellington. Everyone I asked who graduated from Massey's InfoSci course had nothing positive to say about it. There are numerous private courses that are more relevant to the industry, but most aren't NZQA approved and don't qualify for student loans.

    I'm keen to learn, and I seem to learn best at my own pace or on the job. But the old job-experience catch-22 continues to raise its ugly head. I'd be the ideal candidate for an ICT apprenticeship if they ever get implemented.

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  • Hard News: Privacy and the Public Interest, in reply to izogi,

    Knowing people in the industry often helps, sadly, and if you can figure out where to apply directly for an ICT job, definitely go that way rather than through an agency.

    Too bloody right. On the surface of it, it comes across as something of a closed shop. I'm hoping my mentorship can at least link with the right people, because from experience, ICT recruiting agencies generally aren't interested in anyone under a certain skills/experience threshold. In that respect, nothing seems to have changed much in over a decade.

    I came to grief horribly with coding at tertiary ed level, and I'd rather not have to reinvent the wheel all over again, so I think something like testing/QA, GIS or tech writing would be more suitable. Sometimes I even question if ICT is even the right career path for me, if my skills & experience count for nothing and the rungs in the middle of the ladder are all missing.

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  • Speaker: Telling Our Own Tales,

    And much of the lingering discontent in CHC is strongly related to Big Insurance dragging the chain. If it’s good enough to impose a “full, fair & final” deadline on Treaty of Waitangi claimants, then it’s good enough to impose full, fair & final on Big Insurance. The most likely stumbling block is Big Insurance’s old school ties with the Beehive.

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  • Hard News: Privacy and the Public Interest, in reply to ChrisW,

    It really annoys me when politicians organise the economy so that wages stay low (by keeping a large enough pool of unemployed that low-skill workers are desperate to get minimum wage) and then castigate the unemployed for not having jobs.

    There are new jobs being created such as in ICT, but they tend to be at the top rung of the ladder and have steeper learning curves than the low-skill jobs they replace. On top of that, the fact that experienced professionals are commonly imported from overseas speaks volumes about the under-investment in training in our parts.

    As it stands, I’m currently working in an industry that’s in danger of obsolescence, not unlike the car factory jobs of a generation ago. When I look at the ICT jobs advertised on places like Seek, they insist on several years’ experience with the right ‘tools’. I have the equivalent experience of an A+ Cert, but it seems to count for not terribly much when I look further up the ladder, and the financial barriers to retraining are very high – including, but not limited to the non-eligibility of student loans for the latest & greatest IT courses – and I’d rather not have to reinvent the wheel. I've secured a mentorship with the IITP in the hope of filling the missing rungs in the ICT career ladder, but so far I may have to go on a treasure hunt for the rungs myself.

    I’d be perfectly suited to Labour’s proposed ICT apprenticeship scheme, as most industry figures agree that it’s more a trade than a profession. I just hope the Nats can look past their dogma to even consider it.

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  • Speaker: Telling Our Own Tales, in reply to Joe Wylie,

    As someone put it, if it felt this strong here, and it had been centred in Wellington, there’d be nothing left there but a huge hole in the ground.

    And still on Wellington, the public sector austerity hasn't won John Key many fans in the capital. And even then, given it hasn't saved all that much dosh, it's turned out to be less about austerity, and more about yes-men in high places.

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