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November 25, 2009

Doublethink

From Anglican Church wants school trial of ethics classes scrapped:

Bishop Davis said allowing a secular organisation to deliver its program at the same time as the current religious teachings set a “dangerous precedent” if other groups wanted access to students.

Translation: It’s ok to brainwash students with their parents’ permission if you’re a religious organisation, but not if you’re secular.

I wonder what the Anglican Church’s reaction would be if the Scientology brigade gained access in that religious time slot?

Trialling special ethics classes was also a vote of “no confidence” in teachers, he said. Bishop Davis said the Government should realise that values of truth and honesty were modelled each day by teachers in the class room.

Is there such an ethical hole in the current system?” Bishop Davis said.

Translation: Hello children how are you? All the truth are belong to us.

Is Bishop Davis saying that religious classes don’t need to cover ethics or honesty? See, I can doublespeak too. After removing ethics, morals, truth and honesty from religion we’re left with a fanciful story of a man who heard voices in his head and believed himself God.

If so, then teach it as a part of the curriculum rather than allowing a non-religious group to enter the realm of the special religious education system.”

My translation: step off our turf.

I’d like to know what the ‘special religious education system’ entails, because it sounds particularly nasty.

posted by Andrew

November 20, 2009

Chrome OS

No thanks. I’m hardly the target market for Chrome OS, but I fear (FEAR!) the privacy and security implications of moving to a non-local-storage model for everything I work on, especially when encryption of my data has no long-term guarantees whatsoever.

I appreciate science fiction’s portrayal of the future as a ubiquitous info portal (Accellerando) but this stretches my trust beyond its limit regardless of whether a company or government is in charge of the buy-in.

Diversification is the only safe route here. I want to see a plethora of physical-body devices with unique, user-programmable, layered encryption systems. I don’t want the data to be stored in a generic interoperable format; design an interoperable API instead. This abstraction means I can disable API access and my data is physically protected.

Google and co have clearly determined (I think correctly) that the way to ensure long-term freedom of the human race from tyranny is to enable unbroken communication, access to information and learning resources, and demand us to be altruistic and honest for fear of the greater trust-web being broken. I seriously think we’ll reach a point where the trust-web will be so important that it’ll become sacrosanct, with violators given the future equivalent of corporal punishment: the denial of access to information.

We see the roots of this in our economic system, where the greater good is served by maintaining faith in the value of others. Note how many regulations we need to hold this system together against the multitudes who want to cheat and scam for personal benefit; when exposed their punishment is the denial of further influence upon the system.

Until we make a diety of the trust-web, security and privacy are the biggest concerns. We should always have an exit, an opt-out in the form of personal encryption and removal of our data from the public eye. I don’t trust centralised systems.

posted by Andrew

November 15, 2009

Reality disconnect

mrlastweek sez: finally it’s dawned on hixie, HTML5 is suicide without the W3C. A bitter pill he has commissioned his underlings to swallow. bravo madge!

Mark Pilgrim: The ones that win are the ones that ship.

Take as you will.

posted by Andrew

November 12, 2009

Thinking of buying an iPhone?

This walled garden also has a lead dome and watchtowers.

posted by Andrew

November 8, 2009

Astounding

From Synch or sing: Brit’s ‘fake’ defends singer:

Charmaine Allerby, 24, who has a ticket to Spears’s Sydney concert, prefers [that Britney Spears lip-synch].

I’d probably be disappointed if she was singing because I know she doesn’t have a great voice,” she said. “So I’d rather that she didn’t sing.”

Ms Allerby spent more than $200 on a ticket was to catch the spectacle of Spears’s first Australian tour.

posted by Andrew

November 6, 2009

Awesome contemptuous quote

From Pop stars could be forced to disclose whether they lip-sync under new laws:

Consumer Action Law Centre chief Carolyn Bond said there could be an argument that not disclosing lip-synching in marketing material broke misleading advertising rules.

Consumers should be protected, even those who go to a Britney Spears concert,” Ms Bond said.

posted by Andrew