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Archive for December 7th, 2008


Posted by Dave Bath on 2008-12-07

This can’t last long… my inclusion in the first 15 of the Oracle personalities at the excellent  Still… it’s nice to know how much something I started off has developed, and so far, I’m sure I’m the least august of the members of that 15 (which is VERY high-powered).

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Pollies who have done a good job… know any?

Posted by Dave Bath on 2008-12-07

Can anyone suggest a current federal minister that has been doing a good job, without selling out to party or vested interests?  I ask because good outcomes and efforts, particularly if they deal with long-term issues or efficiency improvements, are almost never newsworthy, and any such efforts deserve some public praise.

However tempting, please don’t make comments like "Senator Conroy has done a great job bringing right-wingers and left-wingers into common cause through his censorship efforts".

If you can include a link to a post or MSM report about the issue(s) the minister has addressed, that would be even better.

I’m serious… there must be some of our ministers deserving praise, even if it is simply by giving the good permanent public servants in their agencies a free hand to make the improvements they’ve been waiting to do for ages.

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Oops! I misinformed you!

Posted by Dave Bath on 2008-12-07

When I get better information, I like to issue a correction, even if the substance of my argument is unaffected.  So, a clarification about a post on Conroy’s Great Wall of Oz plans…

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Carbon offsets for beer – flawed analysis?

Posted by Dave Bath on 2008-12-07

Cascade breweries has released a “Green” beer, advertised as “100% Carbon Offset”, and have a page on their website about the carbon-lifecycle analysis of their product.

Mind you, the analysis is missing the greenhouse contribution of beer farts.

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The major inhibitor of open government and commercial efficiencies?

Posted by Dave Bath on 2008-12-07

When there is a trivial technical enhancement to a ubiquitous type of utility that could dramatically improve efficiency and governance, both of societies and within organizations (even commercial ones), and even make life easier for individuals, why doesn’t it happen?

Consider email messages, and the huge proportion of the information base of an organization contained in email rather than normal reports, etc.

Now consider how difficult it is to find information within a mailstore by detailed topics: not just the subject lines, but proper metadata that is required under recordkeeping acts and regulations in web pages of agencies.  Consider the costs of this, especially in relation to FOI requests.

What is stopping this level of metadata being included in email?  Almost nothing but a few hours by coders of user presentation layers of mail clients.

The silly thing is, all the components are in place, and mail clients from the Elder Days had the capabilities in user interfaces.

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