Posts by Stephen Judd

  • Feed: My Life in Curry,

    Terry Pratchett has quite a lot to say about curry in his Discworld books, in all variants from the searing Klatchian curry to the sad swede and raisin echoes. There is a recipe in Nanny Ogg's Cookbook which is classic Anglo inauthentic curry.

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  • Feed: My Life in Curry,

    Random thought: when did restauranteurs start asking "do you want Kiwi hot, or (Indian|Thai) hot?"

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  • Busytown: School bully, in reply to Baxterabout,

    Just to pull one thing out of the morass of begged questions:

    internationally uncompetitive rates

    Is there any evidence that there is international competition in income tax rates? As far as I know, people generally do not make good on threats to move because of tax levels, neither is quality of life correlated with low taxation.

    Eg, if we look at Nordic countries vs the Anglosphere, the correlation seems to be that taxation is higher in countries with lower levels of inequality, better child health, yadda yadda…

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  • Hard News: Spring Timing, in reply to bmk,

    I work for Catalyst IT. Koha's one of the many FOSS things we do -- we have a team that does Koha consulting, hosting, and migrations.

    In NZ, Koha is popular with the specialist libraries. There's only one or two public libraries in NZ on Koha, but there are many large ones overseas, likewise not many tertiary institutions in NZ but large ones overseas. The issue in NZ is that for reasons of scale, libraries tend to form consortiums. When you consider that librarians from bitter experience hate and fear system migrations, and that support contracts usually have terms of years, you can see that most NZ libraries are locked up with expensive proprietary systems and the opportunities to convert larger libraries are fairly few. We'll be talking to a large NZ tertiary institution this week though :D

    I guess I don't see Koha as being "for schools" particularly. It's a great option for a school because it's free if you can run it yourself, and there are good hosting options from multiple vendors if not. But Koha can scale way beyond that. If Koha can work for the Delhi public library, which has to do crazy things like 1 hour loans, it can work for any NZ-scale library.

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  • Hard News: Spring Timing, in reply to bmk,

    IT librarian

    Sir, do you have a moment to talk about Koha?

    ;-)

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  • Hard News: Spring Timing, in reply to bmk,

    Companies hiring in ICT never want to take people with less than a couple of years of experience which means there aren’t enough experienced people to fill the positions and so on.

    I am happy to say that is not what I have been doing. I, and quite a few of my colleagues with hiring responsibility, like taking on new grads as junior developers, or better yet starting with students who are still finishing up (we pay our interns). Sacha's observations notwithstanding, we do invest in people by running in-houses course taught by our senior staff. The payoff is that after a year bedding in we get several years of high productivity from grateful people before they bugger off elsewhere. And they sometimes come back too.

    There's no shortage of candidates from my POV. There's a shortage of very smart diligent people with social skills. The experience and technical skills we can fix, the personal qualities are the hard part. (Am actually starting to think about the social skills too. They're clearly teachable, but it's less obvious how we should do that.)

    We don't ever use recruiters. I suspect it's in recruiters' interests to talk up shortages as it makes their services seem more valuable.

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: Going Large,

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: Going Large,

    I'm just going to leave this here:

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  • Hard News: The Web,

    Rex Croft must have registered vital.org.nz for me around 1998, so I've had my site, email address etc for at least that long. /namedrop

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  • Up Front: Floodland, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    Yep I’m in for a PAS working bee etc too.

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