Mar 27 2012

UK Stupidity – Student Jailed Over Tweets

Category: InternetTeknovis @ 8:53 pm

Liam Stacey, a 21 year old student, has been jailed for comments he made on Twitter, according to Student jailed over Muamba comments.

I have not seen the exact comments that Liam made, so I cannot comment on whither or not they were racist. However, regardless of their content, I firmly believe that Liam has the right to say whatever he wants (online or otherwise).

It is also a sad day for the UK! I am amazed that its judicial system has been reduced to this level of stupidity by policing teenagers’ comments on social networks.

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Mar 26 2012

Google Versus Facebook as Employers

Category: Infographic,InternetTeknovis @ 5:39 pm

I came across this interesting infographic in Job Wars: How Google Stacks Up Against Facebook over the weekend:

Google Versus Facebook (Copyright Mashable)

Google Versus Facebook (Copyright Mashable)

Enjoy!

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Mar 23 2012

Nissan Leaf Blog

Category: TransportTeknovis @ 8:25 pm

I previously wrote how I love the Nissan Leaf in Nissan Leaf. I have not yet spoken to anybody who owns and drives ones, but I did come across a very interesting blog today by an Irish owner – Irish Electric Dreams.

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Mar 21 2012

Sean Sherlock Makes a Fool of Himself

Category: eGovernment,InternetTeknovis @ 4:58 pm

Sean Sherlock is the Irish Minister (albeit a pseudo minister) who is responsible for research and innovation. Unfortunately, he is also a bit of an idiot :( He is one of many Irish politicians that has very little understanding of the Internet, yet he still embraces creating legislation relating to the Internet.

He recently gained a lot of publicity for championing a piece of legislation referred to as “Irish SOPA”. Naturally, he decided to pursue this shortly after it was abandoned in the US! At the same time Sean and his government colleagues want Ireland to become a major international centre for IT excellence. Yes, it is a sad reflection of this country that our politicians are so inept :|

This week I came across a site detailing how Sean has violated copyright several times on his own web site! The details are in Sean Sherlock TD violates copyright on his own site…, and it is very interesting reading!

Sean, you are truly an embarrassment to those of us working in research and innovation!

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Mar 19 2012

Human Hotspots at SXSW

Category: Internet,NetworksTeknovis @ 5:43 pm

There was a lot of discussion last week about using homeless people as mobile hotspots at SXSW, as described in Use of Homeless as Internet Hot Spots Backfires on Marketer.

I think that it was a good idea, but badly executed :o It was good to employ homeless people, but they should have been paid a better wage, and they should not have been objectified by their t-shirts.


Mar 18 2012

The Promo Bay

Category: InternetTeknovis @ 9:08 pm

I love the message that was posted on the homepage of The Pirate Bay over the weekend!

The Promo Bay (Copyright George Barnett)

The Promo Bay (Copyright George Barnett)

Brilliant messaging!

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Mar 17 2012

Irish Google Doodle

Category: InternetTeknovis @ 11:10 am

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day everybody!

Given the day it is, I thought that I would write about a very Irish themed Google Doodle! No, not the slightly bland St. Patrick’s Day doodle that is being used today.

Instead, the doodle created by Irish student Patrick Horan, as described in Ireland’s winning Google Doodle graces homepage today.

Patrick Horan's Google Doodle (Copyright Google)

Patrick Horan's Google Doodle (Copyright Google)

I really like the steampunk look of it!

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Mar 16 2012

Public Sector Pensions in Ireland

Category: EconomyTeknovis @ 7:37 pm

If anybody is wondering why Ireland needs to borrow so much money, then there is a good clue in Keep your pension pot away from the sharks:

THESE ARE good times for more than 7,000 public servants who have just retired on pensions that many in the private sector would die for. Many of the 7,700 public sector (ex) workers have now cleared their mortgages, reared their children and are still relatively young. And as if all that wasn’t good enough, they have also just received six-figure lump sums as part of their pension deals.

Honestly, I think it would be better for Ireland if we could no longer borrow money until we stop spending it so foolishly!

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Mar 15 2012

Irish Universities Exit Global Top 100

Category: Third LevelTeknovis @ 2:44 pm

The decline of Irish universities continues, and there are no longer any in the global top 100, according to No Irish universities make top 100 list. (I wrote about this most recently in Irish Universities Fall Further.)

However, I disagree with one issue in the article:

Today’s list will raise renewed questions about a long-term funding base for higher education. Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn has signalled that the student contribution fee, currently €2,250, will rise to €3,000 within three years.

But university presidents say even this will not be enough as their budgets are only about 60 per cent of those available to comparable colleges in the UK and the rest of the EU.

I am not convinced that the fall can be attributed solely to revenues! I also think that we radically need to restructure the costs (particularly the staff costs) within education.

In my experience the abilities and calibre of Irish students must also be a factor, and these appear to be in free fall :(


Mar 14 2012

Stupid Application of Stupid Law

Category: InternetTeknovis @ 12:02 am

I read Teen charged over Facebook post this evening, and frankly I am amazed at the stupidity of this charge! (It is a very short article, so I will include it here.)

A teenager has been charged after making comments on Facebook about the deaths of six British soldiers in Afghanistan last week.

Azhar Ahmed (19), posted the comments on his profile page and has been charged with a racially aggravated public order offence, according to West Yorkshire Police.

A police spokesman said Mr Ahmed, of Fir Avenue, Ravensthorpe, West Yorkshire, was bemoaning the level of attention the British soldiers who died in a bomb blast last week received compared to Afghan civilians who have died in the war.

Mr Ahmed will appear at Dewsbury Magistrates’ court on March 20th.

Making prosecutions against teenagers based upon Facebook comments seems extremely petty to me! Teenagers make stupid comments (it is part of being a teen), and any adult with a bit of sense would just ignore them! Crime must really be low in the UK if this is what the police spend time investigating!

Secondly, without seeing his original comments, his reported comments do not appear racist to me!

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