There has been a lot of discussion recently about the concept of a Basic Income (Wikipedia), largely due to the efforts to change the Swiss constitution to provide a Basic Income . The concept of a Basic Income is that residents get a fixed payment without having to be sick, disabled, looking for work, or [...]
There’s been an ongoing news issue related to the NSA that I’m not going to directly comment on, Charles Stross has one of the more interesting comments about it . One of his major points is that any success at government secrecy relies on the type of work environment that existed 40+ years ago. Corporatism [...]
Seven hours ago I was handing out how to vote cards for the Greens at the 2013 Australian Federal election. I was hoping that either we would have a Labor/Greens coalition or an outright majority for Labor. Unfortunately we got a Liberal majority in the lower house and it looks like some extreme right [...]
Today I was in the center of Melbourne and I saw two stands run by Muslims advocating their faith. They had a selection of DVDs and brochures to give away and seemed friendly enough for anyone who wanted a chat. I think that this is a good thing, if the majority of the Australian population [...]
Brianna Laugher wrote a blog post about the speaking stack used in the free software activism BoF at LCA 2013 .
Occupy Wall St uses what they call a progressive speaking stack – this means that white men step back in the queue and people from marginalised groups step forward .
During the free software [...]
Rusty wrote an insightful post titled “What Can I Do To Help?” about reactions to new ideas . He suggests that people make an effort to have a positive approach when someone talks about a new idea, it’s quite common for people to point out reasons why the new idea might not work out which [...]
Care2 has an interesting article about people being offended by a picture of a poor Afro-American boy using an iPad . It seems that people object to poor people having what is in many ways the greatest educational tool available because it can also be seen as a status symbol. I wonder if one of [...]
After a lecture at LCA 2011 included some inappropriate slides there was a long discussion on several mailing lists about the issues related to this. In February 2011 I wrote a blog post debunking some of the bogus arguments in question . Of course the matter didn’t end there, at LCA 2012 I was drawn [...]
I own two mobile phones at the moment, I use a Samsung Galaxy S running Cyanogenmod  (Android 2.3.7) for most things, and I have a Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 running Android 2.1 that I use for taking photos, some occasional Wifi web browsing, and using some applications.
Comparing Android Hardware
The hardware for the [...]
There is an interesting interview with Richard Wilkinson on ted.com about the damage to society that is caused by excessive inequality . The conclusion is interesting, it seems that one part of the solution is to send the message that excessive greed is anti-social. The demonstrations against the greedy 1% seem likely to do some [...]