Tuesday, January 25, 2005
Orewa Mark II
You've got to hand it to the Orewa Rotary Club.... one would guess they'll need a bigger room for this event next year.
The full text speech is here...
Now I can't say I'm inclined (or have ever been inclined) to vote National. Too many biggots and law and order crusaders (yes Mr Ryall and Mr Smith!) for me. But, I think in Don Brash they have a leader who might just be able to keep those elements in check... a man with at least liberal (classical) leanings...
But, a few quick notes to Mr Brash...
“National will fix the disincentives in the tax system by giving tax cuts to all working New Zealanders. We are now focusing on correcting the incentives in the welfare system”
The only way to really fix the disincentives in the tax system is to flatten it.
“It should go without saying that that group includes those 65 years of age and over who are in receipt of New Zealand Superannuation – superannuation is not part of the welfare system. The next National Government will maintain Superannuation unchanged.”
Like hell it's not! We need to encourage savings- people shoould not be sponging off the taxpayer because they haven't saved. We need to create a taxation system that encourages saving, phase out national super over time and leave a basic safety net for 65+ers....
“Since 1975, a period over which New Zealand’s population has increased by some 32%, those on the Sickness Benefit have increased by almost 500%, while those on the Invalids’ Benefit have increased by almost 700%.
Since 1999, New Zealand’s population has increased by 6%, while those on both the Sickness Benefit and the Invalids’ Benefit have increased by 40%.”
And I would guess that our per capita spending on health care is going up too..... it's as though we've been beset by some invisible plague... If I could ask one question of the Minister of Social Welfare it would be this above question.... it SURELY needs and answer and the ACT and National should ask it from the rooftops until they are blue in the face.
Politics|Tuesday, January 25, 2005 8:30:28 PM UTC||
More Cool Code Rush Stuff
Developer Express is happy to announce that Mark Miller, chief architect of our IDE Tools division, will be presenting a live MSDN Webcast on Tuesday at 12:00 PST (GMT-08:00). The online course will demonstrate how to extend Visual Studio with DXCore* plug-ins.
The session will start with an overview of the architecture, followed by three live coding demos showing:
* How to paint on the VS editor.
* How to replace the VS clipboard ring with a really cool one.
* How to build a custom code metrics analysis tool.
The first demo will be in VB and the last two in C#.
Mark will be using both CodeRush & Refactor! to write code, so this will also be an opportunity for non users to see the kind of programming speed that is possible with CodeRush & Refactor! combined.
To register for the class (or to view the session later after it's been recorded), click this link:
Then click the "Register for event" button in the column.”
.NET|Tuesday, January 25, 2005 1:31:40 AM UTC||
Monday, January 24, 2005
Good News For Kognition Alumni
One of my company student interns, Mengqiu Wang, received a prestigious University of Otago International Scholarship.
Quite chuffed... he and some of the other members of the team have been working on a REALLY kick ass project over the past few months with .NET on an interesting new platform. Can't say much more than that as we're still under NDA.
Well done Mengqiu!
.NET | Kognition|Monday, January 24, 2005 3:26:43 AM UTC||
Sunday, January 23, 2005
Te Wananga o Aotearoa
Before I write this article let me say that my libertarian leanings see me fundamentally opposed to any government intervention in what a company may be named...
But wearing my pragmatic hat....
Listening to nat radio this morning about the debate of this Wananga using the name 'The University of New Zealand. University is a controlled word (Education Act I think) as far as naming an institution. The Wananga claim that because University is a direct translation of Wananga that they should be permitted to keep using the word. Here is my argument. Given that a) Maori is an official language of New Zealand and b) University is a direct translation of the Maori word Wananga (e.g. Wananga o Otakou- Otago University)... then Wananga should also be a controlled word under the Education Act also. i.e. Organizations should not be able to call themselves either Wananga OR University without the appropriate approval.
Politics|Sunday, January 23, 2005 7:17:14 PM UTC||
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Monday, January 17, 2005
Back From The Brink.....
So I fell off the blogging wagon for a few months due to too much work. I'm back in action now... watch this space.
Rambles|Monday, January 17, 2005 10:30:23 PM UTC||
It's XML Stupid
Scoble has been fanning the flames around the copyright nature of blog material. Wearing my techno-legal guy hat for two secs... how about incorporating some sort of license metadata into the RSS standard... that's what XML is for isn't it? It's eXtensible for a reason.
This would allow publishers to indicate to aggregators how their content may be used- it's almost like DRM but without the big stick. Like an advanced form of robots.txt. It could allow things such as a copyright/attribution notice to be appended and so forth.
PoliTechLaw | Rambles|Monday, January 17, 2005 10:29:06 PM UTC||
Friday, November 05, 2004
Jeff Barr has a post about a recent talk by Don Box on web services....
Good ol' New Zealand even gets a mention....
The original title of the was WS-Islands. Hes going to walk through the various standards in the talk, and attempt to explain and justify each one.
ws-NewZealand, a lovely place to visit exactly once per lifetime. Here are specs lke that. ws-eventing, strictly speaking it is not needed. But theres a desire to do pub-sub. Microsoft ships a simple version, IBM ships WS-RF, a three volume spec. ws-atomictx, good for the three people building transaction managers. ws-enumeration.
.NET | Human Aggregation|Friday, November 05, 2004 9:29:50 PM UTC||