Via my good friend and fellow traveller Jaap van Till… every student in every school should have the opportunity to learn to code. Software is now in nearly everything around us, and many are needed to define and create it.
Even if you don’t (want to) create code yourself, a better understanding will help you get to what you want and need to do.
IFAW is the International Fund for Animal Welfare, Fred is the CEO.
They send out a set of postcards to people who have been active for their campaigns, hoping to trigger the reciprocity principle and receiving donations.
Fundraising is big business, and the biggest benefactors are the companies doing the fundraising, not the good causes.
Thanks for the postcards.
Contrary to your expectations in terms of the reciprocity principle (social psychology) that you’re trying to trigger with your marketing, I will not be making a donation, as I a) object to the approach and b) object to the amount of money that you apparently put in to things other than doing what your organisation is actually for.
Australia’s often-ignored cleantech sector is now bigger than car making and one quarter the size of the country’s entire manufacturing sector. A new report also highlights the big trends in 2013 – growing investment from overseas, a rush to an ETS whoever wins government, and a stronger focus on energy and resource efficiency.
A “global disaster” is unfolding rapidly in the Arctic as melting sea ice kick starts global warming feedback loops.
” three-quarters of the “permanent”, year-round sea ice in the Arctic has been cooked away in just 30 years. Over half of it has disappeared in just the last eight years. A vast expanse of ice larger than the European Union has vanished. What’s left is half the area and only half as thick.”
In 2008 I drove through the Upper Hunter. Less well known than the international tourist magnet aka wine theme park the Lower Hunter Valley. By the way I call it a theme park because while it contains over 120 wineries, only about 3% of Australia’s grapes are grown in the Hunter area. It can be nice to visit though, particularly the smaller places. But I disgress…
The Upper Hunter also has some awesome wineries (Callatoota Estate, for example – the owner likes his Chardonnay but I took a liking to the port) and it is of course much more quiet. That is, fewer tourists. We did have to dodge several large trucks and other vehicles on the small roads. Why? The Upper Hunter is being carved open for mining. My last experience on the ground there was, as I mentioned, in 2008. But take a peek at an aerial map of the area:
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Zoom in closer to the grey blotches and see for yourself – and the scale of these areas. A friend who recently drove through on his motorbike reported that he saw a hill disappearing.
It’s crazy. This is about short term profits and a long-term wasteland. Australia is short of quality top-soil. Once it’s gone, that’s it. You can’t just replant something later and expect it to all be fine. Not vineyards, or other stuff. The wine growers I spoke to were already telling about the dust on their vines and other aspects affecting their farms. And I figure that the new landscape is not much of a tourist attraction, either.
Working on upgrading an old 2008 laptop for someone from Vista to (also) run Linux, I ran into the most silly issue. Unlike “normal” laptops, the ACER Aspire 5315 does not control its CPU fan through its BIOS (ACPI) – the fan does run on startup, but stops as soon as you start an operating system. Vista then controls it again through a driver. So in a nutshell, unless you have something specifically controlling the fan, it doesn’t run. Obviously this makes the processor heat up considerably within a fairly short space of time (10 minutes or so) and causes the laptop to shut down (thermal protection).
It’s merely a hurdle and not a hindrance for installing Linux – it has a tool to handle this stuff, which needs to be installed and enabled before proceeding with the rest of the installation process.
My main point of this post is just calling out “how stupid” of ACER to design a laptop like this. It really doesn’t help at all. There are standard ways of doing this, and they just ignored it for this particular laptop. Other ACER laptops do things the standard way. Sigh.