If people are especially concerned about oppression of indigenous people or other oppressed groups then I'm really happy about them trying to do something about that. There are often very real issues of discrimination which need to be addressed. Read more
The political terms Left and Right were coined during the French Revolution, referring to the seating arrangement in the Estates General; those who sat on the left generally supported the radical changes of the revolution, including the creation of a republic and secularisation. The left represented the values of the Enlightenment - universal human rights, rationalism, science and progress. The right were the old school - aristocratic, feudal and religious. Read more
Peak Oil is pushing up energy and food prices all over the world. WikiLeaks is discrediting various power structures globally. Countries that have had a simmering discontent for a long time are starting to crack under the strain. This time the riots are more serious than 2008, the year of the first oil (food) price spike.
All of these news stories are very recent: Read more
On 9.04 when you install mono from the repos by following these instructions, (and opt not to install ASP.Net 2.0 and just go with the default of 1.0) then you end up with a mis-configuration of the web server - it's looking for the 2.0 version of the .Net framework when all you have is 1.0. This will be evidenced by these lines in /var/log/apache2/error.log Read more
I've written a wee Greasemonkey script which detects when you're looking at a nzherald news article that has multiple pages, and redirects you to the version of the article which is a single longer page.
I spent some time driving over the holidays, and came up against a surprising amount of SUV's, tearing around on dirt roads towing boats, jet-skis, etc. The below rant I ran across on the intertubes sums up by feelings perfectly Read more
It appears that New Zealand is becoming a bit more of a police state, with pretty much all internet activity able to be monitored. This feels a bit creepy, so in response I've taken the 10 minutes necessary to learn how to encrypt my email. Read more
The unemployment benefit will only last for 1 year. Yes, during in the worst recession in 70 years
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(amount of emissions required to get to 350 ppm / population of the earth) = allowed emissions per capita allowed emissions per capita * number of people in country = country's future emissions level for each country country's current emissions level - country's future emissions level = required cuts per country end
Everyone in the world has the same right to pollute as much as anyone else. It makes no difference which side of a line on a map that they live, because the atmosphere is global. Read more