Here is a list of some things. Many of these have been mentioned in conversations in most forms of media about sexual activity and rape over the last couple of weeks: Drunk Out late at night Wearing skimpy clothes Age of participants Up for it Knew what you were getting into Not brave enough to […]
The Intel-based Surface Pro 2 is a beast. You can get one for $1299, but fully kitted out it will cost you closer to $2500. That high-end model is stupendous: 8GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD, it runs faster than most laptops and is still incredibly small and light. I don’t exaggerate when I say that the Surface Pro 2 is the best bit of Windows hardware anywhere.
There’s something about Twitter that brings out the troll in me. I’m not sure what it is, but it feels like more often than not I’m responding to public figures with ranting negativity. To be fair, I’m often responding to examples of deep stupidity, but that doesn’t mean I have to reply likewise. It shouldn’t […]
We have been living under the misguided impression that we are not being watched because the actors who would watch us are inherently law-abiding and moral. The reality is that they haven’t been watching us because it required effort.
I hope you can see from my explanations above that the activity we have witnessed regarding National Party websites and bank account “hacking” are worlds apart. The former in no way proves the latter, as you stated.
Conflating the two does nothing to advance discussion around how we can embrace or enable legitimate online protest while also dealing with illegal activity in an increasingly connected world.
I gave a talk at Gather last weekend. It seemed to hit a couple of nerves. Here are my slides, which are mostly pointless without my words. I’ve included my notes to help, but they just give a weird insight into the way my brain works, because the words I spoke bear not much relevance […]
It’s bloody hard to pick a winner from this bunch. They each have their upsides and some very minor downs. The HTC One camera is a disappointment but it looks smashing; the Samsung feels cheesy but is incredibly light and has a fantastic camera; and the waterproof Z could come in very handy, while Sony have also done amazing things with the modding community.
The key issue with Novopay, and the school payroll system, and many other huge black-box IT projects (yeah, I’m looking at you, $1.5bn IRD replacement system), is the approach of replacing the system as a whole. Forget about the elephant, let’s look for a system of interconnected components that – as a whole – gets us to where we need to be.
I’ve worked on “enterprise grade” software for a large chunk of my career. Do not get me wrong: I could not build a payroll system capable of running the NZ School payroll without error, but I do know a grade-A clusterfuck when I see one. This post attempts to cut through some of the veiled […]