- Google’s Self-Driving Cars Still Face Many Obstacles | MIT Technology Review
Impressive progress hides major limitations of Google’s quest for automated driving.
- New Statesman | Crowdfunding is doomed – there are too many fingers in too many apple pies
Some guy in some 0.1-horse town in the ass-end of America’s great nowhere put up a crowdfunding appeal on the web: “I want to bake an apple pie for my mom but I don’t have the money to do it.” A couple of days later there was $49,000 in his bank account. I like to think he’ll now bake many, many apple pies and deliver them widely throughout the States to the needy – like some Johnny Apple-Pie-Seed, but in all probability he’ll just trouser the cash.
- These ancient manuscripts show China dominated Vietnam in the 1800s, too – Quartz
One of Chinese officials and diplomats favorite, oft-cited historical fact is that for many centuries, China has not been a colonizing power (link in Chinese), but has instead been a frequent victim…
- Design highlights | Open House London
Open House London is your chance to explore hundreds of inspiring buildings in London for free, organised by Open-City.
- [toread] Comparing ethnicity on death registrations with ethnicity on birth registrations – Statistics New Zealand
The ethnicities that are recorded on a person’s death registration do not always match the ethnicities that are recorded on their birth registration.
- Google New Zealand Blog: Google for Nonprofits launches in New Zealand
- [toread] Socratic – Learn and help others learn | Socratic
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- Heritage as told by colour palettes | Blog | National Library of New Zealand
A Wellington illustrator turns our heritage colour palettes into gorgeous sketches.
- Juha Saarinen: The spies that searched – Technology – NZ Herald News
How do intelligence agencies find that needle in the absolutely humongous haystack of surveillance data? Thanks to former United States National Security Agency (NSA) contractor Edward – New Zealand Herald
- Electoral Commission releases party and candidate lists for 2014 election | Electoral Commission
The Electoral Commission has released the nominations for the 2014 General Election, with 15 registered political parties and 554 candidates contesting the election.
- How a Norwegian public radio station is using Snapchat to connect young listeners with news » Nieman Journalism Lab
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- New Zealand statistics to be released in September 2014
Google has launched Project Wing – deliveries made by self-flying vehicles. The project’s at an early stage and Google is looking for partners to take the idea further. The video shows dog biscuits being delivered to an outback farm in Australia.
- Intel reveals world’s smallest wireless modem for the Internet of things | VentureBeat | Gadgets | by Dean Takahashi
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- Australia follows EU, US in allowing mobile devices in-flight
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- Most smartphone users download zero apps per month – Quartz
Mobile apps have skyrocketed in popularity and utility since Apple introduced the iPhone App Store in the summer of 2008. Apps now represent 52% of time spent with digital media in the US, according to…
- There are 19 registered political parties in New Zealand, 15 are contesting the 2014 election
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- Quartz has a new look—and for the first time, a homepage – Quartz
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Here are the releases Statistics NZ has planned for September (2014) – in case you want to diary anything of interest.
1 Sep 14
Overseas Trade Indexes (Prices): June 2014 quarter (provisional) – M
1 Sep 14
Overseas Trade Indexes (Volumes): June 2014 quarter (provisional) – M
2 Sep 14
3 Sep 14
Value of Building Work Put in Place: June 2014 quarter – M
4 Sep 14
5 Sep 14
Wholesale Trade Survey: June 2014 quarter
8 Sep 14
Economic Survey of Manufacturing: June 2014 quarter – M
9 Sep 14
Electronic Card Transactions: August 2014 – M
9 Sep 14
2013 Census QuickStats about income
10 Sep 14
Accommodation Survey: July 2014
11 Sep 14
12 Sep 14
Food Price Index: August 2014
15 Sep 14
16 Sep 14
Local Authority Statistics: June 2014 quarter – tables
17 Sep 14
Balance of Payments and International Investment Position: June 2014 quarter – M
18 Sep 14
Gross Domestic Product: June 2014 quarter – M
19 Sep 14
International Travel and Migration: August 2014 – M
22 Sep 14
Christchurch Retail Trade Indicator: June 2014 quarter
23 Sep 14
International Visitor Arrivals to New Zealand: August 2014 – report
23 Sep 14
Child and youth prosecution statistics: Year ended June 2014 – tables
23 Sep 14
Criminal conviction and sentencing statistics: Year ended June 2014 – tables
24 Sep 14
Overseas Merchandise Trade: August 2014 – M
25 Sep 14
Balance of Payments and International Investment Position: Year ended 31 March 2014
26 Sep 14
29 Sep 14
30 Sep 14
Building Consents Issued: August 2014 – M
– M means there’s a media conference
1. There are 19 registered political parties in New Zealand (as at Tuesday August 26, 2014)
Yep, 19 (Mana and Internet are in there twice – once for each individual party and once for combined Internet Mana Party). The full Register of Political Parties is on elections.org.nz. In no particular order (and with links to policies pages), they are:
Maori, National, Green, Labour, NZ First, Act, Internet Mana, Internet, Mana Movement, Alliance, Conservative, United Future, Democrats for Social Credit, Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis, Focus NZ, NZ Independent Coalition, The Civilian, Ban1080, 1Law4All.
15 of these parties are contesting the election this year (September 20, 2014). They are:
- ACT New Zealand
- Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party
- Democrats for Social Credit
- Focus New Zealand
- Green Party
- Internet MANA
- Labour Party
- Māori Party
- National Party
- New Zealand First Party
- NZ Independent Coalition
- The Civilian Party
- United Future
2. The election is on Saturday September 20, 2014; polling booths will be open from 9am to 7pm
Don’t forget! ♣ Add it to iCal ♣ View it on a calendar and grab link to Google Calendar
You can see who’s standing in your electorate and where your nearest polling stations are on elections.org.nz.
3. You can enrol to vote any time between now and September 19 (September 18 if you want to use Telephone Dictation Voting)
If you haven’t enrolled to vote yet, or can’t remember, you can check/enrol fairly painlessly on elections.org.nz: https://enrol.elections.org.nz/app/enrol/#/
Vote by telephone dictation
If you are blind, partially blind or have another physical disability that prevents you from marking your ballot paper without assistance, you are eligible to vote by telephone dictation. You can register by calling 0800 028 028.
When you call, you will be asked to choose a secret question and answer that only you know. You will then be given a personal registration number. Your registration number and secret question are used to confirm that you’re already registered when you call back to vote. It means you do not have to give your name to the electoral official.
This video explains how telephone dictation voting is designed to let people who are blind or partially blind vote in private (ie without having to ask a friend to mark their ballot paper for them). Key points start kicking in at 2:50 but the whole video is worth a watch.
Be on the unpublished electoral roll
If you don’t want your personal address published on the electoral roll, you can request to go on the unpublished roll.
You will need to give your full name, address, date of birth, contact telephone number and produce evidence of your personal circumstances, such as:
- a copy of a protection order that is in force under the Domestic Violence Act 1995, or
- a copy of a restraining order that is in force under the Harassment Act 1997, or
- a statutory declaration from a constable to the effect that he or she believes that your personal safety, or that of your families, could be prejudiced by the publication of your name and details, or a letter from either a Barrister or Solicitor, your employer, a Justice of the Peace, or the like, supporting your application on the grounds that your personal safety, or that of your families, could be prejudiced by the publication of your name and details.
4. Timeline of key election dates published by elections.org.nz
|Monday 25 August, Noon||Bulk Nominations Deadline for registered political parties to bulk nominate their electorate candidates to the Electoral Commission.|
|Tuesday 26 August, Noon||Nominations close Deadline for political parties to submit list candidates to the Electoral Commission.Deadline for individual nominations of electorate candidates to Returning Officers.|
|Wednesday 3 September||Advance and Overseas Voting starts|
|Friday 19 September||Advance Voting ends Last day to enrol for the election.|
|Friday 19 September Midnight||Regulated period ends All election advertising must end and election signs must be taken down|
|Saturday 20 September||Election Day Polling places open from 9.00am to 7.00pm. Election Night Preliminary results released progressively from 7.00pm on www.electionresults.govt.nz.|
|Saturday 4 October||Official results for general election declared (including special declaration votes)|
5. What happens if disaster interrupts voting on election day
3. Under the Electoral Act 1993 (“the Act”) where polling is affected by an emergency of any kind, the range of options is:
a) If the area affected is local, the Commission can revoke and amend particular polling places and continue with the conduct of the general election in the rest of the affected electorate and nationwide;
b) If the event has wider effect, the Commission can adjourn polling in particular polling places, continue with the conduct of the general election elsewhere in the country and either:
(i) publish the preliminary results in the usual way despite voters in the adjourned poll knowing the preliminary results in the general election when they vote; or
(ii) not publish the preliminary results in the general election until the adjourned poll can occur.
4. Under MMP, if polling has to be adjourned in even a single polling place, the election of all members of Parliament and, therefore, the formation of Government is delayed for the period of the adjournment. For this reason, wherever possible the Commission will revoke and amend polling places and make alternative arrangements for voters rather than adjourning polling.
The growing pay gap between journalism and public relations | Pew Research Center The salary gap between public relations specialists and news reporters has widened over the past decade – to almost $20,000 a year, according to 2013 U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data analyzed by the Pew Research Center.
All the myths that are fit to print: Why your news feels familiar | Jack Shafer Few readers would confess to myth-seeking in their media choices, yet Lule makes the undeniable case that audiences prefer news when it is fashioned into something more eternal than pure information.
“Statue Selfies” Are the Next Great Internet Art Trend The “Statue Selfies” trend began on Reddit, where a user posted images of statues that appeared to be taking photos of themselves.
Seeing Like a Network — The Message — Medium Nice Plain-English piece about how to understand the networks we are using and where the threats lie.
Loan scheme to knock out ‘loan sharks’ – National – NZ Herald News Almost 1 million families will be eligible for low- and no-interest loans under a new Government-backed scheme aimed at saving low-income families from loan sharks. – New Zealand Herald
At-risk persons flown to NZ, figures reveal – National – NZ Herald News International airlines flew more than 1000 at-risk or ineligible people into New Zealand in a year, Immigration New Zealand figures reveal. – New Zealand Herald
An alternate reality for America’s struggling newspapers exists, but it’s in South Africa – Quartz Naspers paid just $34 million for a 46.5% stake in Tencent, which owns, among other properties, the highly successful WeChat messaging platform. Today its stake in the business is worth more than $50 billion.
World’s oldest eel dies in Swedish well – The Local The world’s oldest European eel just died in its home, a well in a southern Swedish fishing town, aged 155.
NZ-based equity crowdfunding platform set to go live – Computerworld New Zealand Snowball Effect, an online equity crowdfunding platform, will go live to the public on Wednesday after being granted its licence by the Financial Markets Authority.
Robotic suit gives shipyard workers super strength – health – 04 August 2014 – New Scientist Workers building the world’s biggest ships could soon don robotic exoskeletons to lug around 100-kilogram hunks of metal as if they’re nothing
Student eye checks after shock tests – Education – NZ Herald News A global charity will test children’s eyes in 16 low-income parts of New Zealand after an initial test found that 63 per cent of children at a West Auckland primary school needed full – New Zealand HeraldThe free-range egg scam: 2.47m eggs really from caged hens – National – NZ Herald News An egg farmer who admitted duping consumers by passing off 2.47 million eggs from caged hens as free-range has claimed the practice is widespread. – New Zealand Herald
Russian Hackers Amass over a Billion Internet Passwords | nytimes.com The hacked records, discovered by a Milwaukee-based security firm, include username and password combinations and more than 500 million email addresses.
Climate change will leave wine lovers drunker and poorer – Quartz This post has been corrected. On Jul. 17, Australia scrapped its carbon tax—hardly a surprising move given that the country’s prime minister, Tony Abbott, once called evidence of climate change “absolute…
Q&A: Can Airlifting Rhinos Out of South Africa Save the Species? Conservationists Dereck and Beverly Joubert are taking drastic steps in the face of rampant rhino poaching in South Africa.
IoT World – Duane Benson – The IOT Meets the Endangered Species Act Monitoring wildlife can help protect them without imposing undue inconvenience on human visitors to the wild.
Feinstein: CIA searched Intelligence Committee computers – The Washington Post
Head of the intelligence panel says agency appears to have violated the Constitution and federal laws.
What People Say At Work Vs. What They Mean
99 office cliches, translated.
Ninety-five per cent of world’s fish hide in mesopelagic zone
An international team of marine biologists has found mesopelagic fish in the earth’s oceans constitute 10 to 30 times more biomass than previously thought.
How much of the human body is made up of stardust?
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Let’s Pull the Plug on Power Cords | Motherboard
The electronics industry is finally putting wireless charging technology to good use.
Facebook Looking Into Buying Drone Maker Titan Aerospace | TechCrunch
Facebook, one of the primary backers of the Internet.org initiative, which aims to bring affordable Internet access to the 5 billion people in the world who..
I’m getting pretty sick of being nagged to install your damn apps.
Debunking Fukushima’s radiation myths – Features – Al Jazeera English
Japan’s ongoing nuclear disaster is scary enough, but some rumours and hoaxes linked to it are alarming and persistent.
UK spies stealing webcam images – report – Story – World – 3 News
Yahoo has called reports the GCHQ stole webcam images of millions of users as a “whole new level of violation”.
A Frog’s Escape
A short picture-story about helping a little frog climb out of a deep, dark, plastic bin. Save the frogs!
This list of 10 questions to ask when choosing between responsive design and native app looks sensible.
Here are two questions from the list, posted by Mark Rickmeier on Table XI (they do tech services):
7) Will you have difficulty getting App Store approval?
Apple asks developers to follow stringent guidelines when submitting to the App Store, and the approval process can take anywhere from a week to several months. There are certain areas that are regulated more strictly than others, such as in-app purchases and in-app subscriptions.
Moreover, other kinds of features easily achieved through HTML5 are banned in native iOS applications. For example, Apple regulations forbid iOS applications that take donations, a fairly commonplace transaction in responsive web designs. This is a serious drawback for nonprofits looking to reach potential customers and donors through mobile apps.
5) Are you trying to monetize content and encourage purchasing?If you have a product that offers potential for ongoing micro-purchases, then a native application is the way to go. A shopping cart on your website can facilitate this, but the in-app purchasing system is so simple and tied into all the rest of a user’s purchases on the platform that it is second to none.
You can read the rest of Mark’s post here.