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If the public was a sovereign nation and the spy agencies some aggressive power, this would be seen as transgressing some boundary right?

So I should feel safer now right? Why is it that I don't? 
American and British spies hacked into the internal computer network of the largest manufacturer of SIM cards in the world.
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Trend Jeff! Trend!

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Amazon now bills for Web Services in Local Currencies

Just got an email offering the option to be billed in NZ dollars direct to my credit card. Great feature! No more handing over money to the banks to support my AWS habit. 

Now #googleappsforwork  - your move... As an authorised Google Apps Reseller I'm tired of paying out a good chunk of my meagre cut to banks in offshore fees every month. NZD billing please!
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Taupo Missions

Just getting around to submitting these to the database.  Here are first two missions in Taupo:

1) Taupo Graffiato Art Trail
Doesn't take 1.5 hours... the first two people took 8 hours each (I guess they got distracted or drunk before finishing). Takes about 20 minutes. Easy hacks, and a nice walk through Taupo town centre.

2) Taupo Secure Perimeter
A little more demanding. Requires capturing all portals. Helps to have a car as you're touring the outskirts of town. Took me about 50 minutes but I knew where everything was.

Enjoy!  - vrtual
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Fast Company: "Dr. Phil" With All Of The Dialogue Edited Out Is A Million Times Better Than Regular "Dr. Phil" http://google.com/newsstand/s/CBIwguOF2iA
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Cool collection of NZ music courtesy of +Flying Out 30 free tracks if you sign up to their newsletter. A great variety of stuff, something for (nearly) everyone.

http://flyingout.co.nz/pages/newsletter-signup

"Flying Out have decided to release a 30-track compilation featuring a song from each of the bands that performed at The Other's Way last year. 

The compilation is available as a free download for the next month to all our current, and future, newsletter subscribers, plus any one who attends our first The Other's Way Show for 2015, on March 5 (The Wine Cellar, Auckland).

Featuring a wide range of genres, from electronica, hip-hop, indie rock, punk and even a comedy piece, The Other's Way, A Compilation is a great showcase of some of the best New Zealand music to be released last year, as well as some brand new and previously unreleased tracks."
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I was going to say "Unbelievable" but unfortunately it is believable. But it doesn't make it any less shocking.
 
Post-9/11 American justice as revealed in "Guantanamo Diary," written by a prisoner. A Kafka- Poe- and Solzhenisyn-esque tale.

Mohamedou Ould Slahi, is a smart, educated Muslim electrical engineer who fought with Al-Quada in Afghanistan in the early 1990s -- at a time when that organization was indirectly supported by the U.S.

That is the factual evidence against him.

The rest is extrapolation and guilt by association: A distant cousin who became a spiritual adviser to Bin Laden. Slahi studied in Germany -- as did the 9/11 conspirators! He prayed at the same Montreal mosque as a man who conspired to blow up LAX. He knew the 9/11 planner.

Evidence enough, perhaps, for arrest, for questioning, of building a case against him. Then, following the U.S. rule of law, a trial if enough additional evidence is gathered. That is not what happens.

Nine days after 9/11, he is arrested at his home in Mauritania, and is shuttled to black sites in Jordan and Afghanistan before ending up in Guantanamo.

Why do they suspect him? His interrogators explain with their Kafkaesque logic:

“ ‘You’re Arab, you’re young, you went to jihad, you speak foreign languages, you’ve been in many countries, you’re a graduate in a technical discipline.’

“ ‘And what crime is that?’ I said.

“ ‘Look at the [9/11] hijackers: They were the same way.’ ”

He is tortured in an attempt to prove he was part of the LAX plot. Until the interrogators finally discover a long-known fact: Slahi arrived in Canada, and prayed at the mosque, after the LAX planner had already left that country. So they switch to another crime. A different prisoner, under torture, says he was involved in the 9/11 plot.

This is what now replaces a trial:

"...strict isolation; constant freezing temperatures “to the point I was shaking all the time”; stress positions, including hours of standing painfully bent over with his hands shackled to the floor; periodic dousing with very cold water that left him “shaking like a Parkinson’s patient”; beatings about the face and ribs; repulsive sexual abuse; threats to kill him and to kidnap his mother and other family members; and unending interrogation without sleep."

Evidence fails to materialize. Now only two charges against him remain: That he joined Al Quadea years ago (which he has never denied) and that he is still a member (which he has always denied).

Five years ago, a U.S. District judge granted his habeas corpus petition and ordered him released. The government appealed, and he is still in Guantanamo.

Is this the new America?
“Guantánamo Diary” is a profound account by a current detainee of what it’s like to be collateral damage in the war against terror.
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Imagined danger and propaganda, despite crime levels at lowest in 50 years, means a Dad has to face off to a gun-toting cop because he let his kids walked home from the playground alone... awesome.
We revisit the idea of free range kids and look at how the helicopter parents may have won, as evidenced in recent arrests of parents who give their kids independence. Continue reading →
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+John Curtis Not completely crazy, but on the spectrum. I see alternatives, though. We're planning on using walking school bus approach to make sure we know the area thoroughly and get to know other families. That should help abate irrational fears.
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Wow - this is nice. Just finished a meeting on Google Hangouts and this pops up. Much nicer than the black screen with "there's no-one here" written on it!
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I'm at The Most FM in New Plymouth with host Warwick promoting our jazz / funk experience, the band called Hot Tub!

We're playing Waiau Estate on Sunday afternoon from 3 til 6pm. Beautiful venue, gorgeous weather. 
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Good timing to follow up my post yesterday :-)

+Ian Apperley+Mike Riversdale+Josiah Spackman​
SAN DIEGO—Cautioning that the initiative was being instituted on a trial basis only, Forrest Logistics CEO Wayne Gartner announced Thursday that the company had recently begun experimenting with valuing its employees.
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Just re-read this great post from +Ian Apperley out of my +Pocket collection.

Rethinking workplace rules shows counter-intuitive (at least to our historical prejudices) but hugely beneficial results.

http://whatisitwellington.com/2015/01/12/boost-employee-productivity-work-less-work-out-of-the-office-and-take-all-the-leave-you-want/

Without really thinking about it, this is what we ended up with with our +beany.biz company. Each of us have a responsibility to make the company work. I'm paid a fixed amount each week, an amount that is seen as providing good value to beany and in return I work whenever, wherever on areas deemed important by myself or the collective brain. Sometimes 2 hours a week, sometimes 40 or more.  I manage a number of my projects like this and it suits me (and them) just fine.

It instills in me a great sense of pride in the work I do, respect for others I work with, plus the freedom to enjoy my family and pursue extracurricular activities which rarely fit a typical 5 day week, 9-5 calendar.
Welcome to 2015. Here's hoping that you had a decent break and the weather treated you well. Hopefully, you will be treated well by your employer this year and here's something for you and the boss...
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+Josiah Spackman​ people are strange and they surprise you in very strange ways, especially in adult situations and not when treated like numbers or children. But that's a massive change for many organisations.
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Cloud-services evangelist, champion of the SME and (ex-)developer of Motion Capture Pipelines at Weta Digital.
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    Director, 2011 - present
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    Motion capture pipeline architect, 2002 - 2012
  • Stimulus NZ Ltd
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