I encountered targeted advertising for the first time a couple of months ago. I checked out some online airfares for flying to Sydney to see an international concert act. The following week I got targeted online ads from Webjet on two different websites for airfare specials for flying to Sydney for the exact day that I had planned to go. I found it quite unnerving, even though it was pretty obvious what had happened.
I'm not sure I'll be using the Webjet site in the future, even though I admire the smarts they've put into this.
Heh, Big Data to find criminals and terrorists. It’s hilarious how silly the idea is. How much money could be expended on computers, taken away from actual coppers and intelligence agents, how much it will actually reduce their chances of finding what they’re looking for.
The amount of money spent on anti-terrorism in the USA since 9/11 must be ginormous. Imagine how many lives could have been saved if it was spent on something mundane like preventing car accidents or smoking.
I heard that the increase in deaths from car accidents in the year after 9/11 when Americans became plane averse, so did more long distance driving, was actually a greater loss of lise than the 9/11 event itself. Perverse, eh ?
I find graphs like that (not your one) particularly annoying, in that they appear to be deliberately misleading. The graph on the left, a reduction is bad (though it takes a while to work that out becuase the graphs have similar shapes), and the graph on the right is portrayed as though a reduction is good. But when you delve into it, it's actually neutral - a reducing ratio may be (relatively) good for young adults, but it is bad for older adults. For society as a whole it could well be better to have an increasing ratio, as young adults are less likely to have dependents.
According to the draft Hansard, the Speaker didn't refer to "legal advice" :
Mr SPEAKER: This is a matter that is serious, but it is also a matter for which there is no precedent. I have decided, after taking advice and giving serious thought to this matter, to allow the member and his party some time to put the matter right. I accept that the points that have been made by Mr Mallard, by the Rt Hon Winston Peters, and by the Hon David Parker are made genuinely, but they are, in fact, challenging a ruling that I have made, and that in itself will lead to disorder. I have made my decision—[Interruption] Order! No. I have made my decision. My decision stands. But—
It was Winston Peters who first adds the word legal :
Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS (Leader—NZ First): I raise a point of order, Mr Speaker. New Zealand First wishes you to know that if your ruling is that we cannot see the legal opinion on which you make your judgment, then we are going to boycott this Parliament for the time being.
Thank you for this enlightening piece of writing. I am in awe of your patience and beneficence. Thank you for sharing.
Wrote up my submission, and went to submit it, but all I got was a message saying that submissions closed on 31-May-13. I know it's my own fault for leaving it to the last minute, but I'm still a little annoyed,
I did a project on 18th century piracy in primary school, and I've never understood why people want to dress kids up as rapists and murderers.
I think you have the wrong end of the stick here, Tom. Graeme blogs about Electoral Reform and other news that has legal quirks. This story did and so he wrote about it. The fact that there are other such stories is irrelevant. He chose to write about this one.
I do not believe it is
a partisan attempt to hawk a beat up
Richard Grevers wrote :
“chinese cycling speed” – 2-3 x walking pace, which is reportedly the most energy efficient means of transport known
Ben Wilson replied :
I’d believe it. Occasionally I’ve rambled around like this for 3-4 hours without feeling noticeably tired at all – it’s less effort than concerted walking for the same amount of time, and 50km slips behind you.
Was out cycling with my son and mentioned that cycling was more efficient than walking. He was a little incredulous. Four hours later, after exploring the Northwestern bikeway, and the Rosebank peninsula and the tunnel construction site, I reminded him of it, and he could immediately tell that he was a lot less tired than if we had been walking for that amount of time (and we covered at least 5x the distance as well).
I just wear normal clothes, as I haven't bought any clothing specifically for cycling since I was regularly commuting to varsity back in the 80's. Back then I bought cheap vinyl gloves (from Rendals for $2 a pair - they needed regular replacing, but were a lot cheaper than leather ones) and a padded jacket with zip off sleeves. On the bottom edge of the back of the jacket I sewed some high-vis reflective material (pirated from an abandoned, damaged, motorcycle cop's waistband, the rest of which I added some velcro to so as to make ankle "clips" for my jeans). In warmer weather, I rode in the jacket without the sleeves, but in colder weather I'd put the sleeves on as well but not actually attach them to the jacket. As I heated up as I rode, I would slide the tops of the sleeves down or up as necessary to regulate my temperature. Probably looked a bit weird, but, hey, it worked for me.