Friday, April 30, 2004

Personal Bugzilla milestone

Today has been a bit of a (geeky) milestone for me – I filed my first non-tech-evang Mozilla bug that isn't a DUPLICATE/WONTFIX/INVALID. Okay, it's only been filed for a day and it was HJ that confirmed it (it being him that suggested that I file a bug in the first place), but I'm quite chuffed. Ladies and gentlemen, bug 242198


End of industrial action

Members of the AUT have voted to end industrial action. This means that there will not be a return to industrial action and no ongoing action short of a strike will now end, and assessments will be marked etc. I'm glad that it's over and that we, er, didn't lose, but where does this leave us? Right back at the same place where we started – we've been running hard to stand still. Hopefully now we can take a breather and maybe start moving forward and aim for better pay and conditions. Mind you, I can hardly complain about the conditions of work at the university – today I got a 10 minute back massage paid for by the uni:-)

Thursday, April 29, 2004

Morals of the nation?

The BBC ran a story this morning about Des Wilson resigning from the ECB. As part of this, there was a clip from someone at the ICC saying that moral judgements should be made by governments and the ICC would stick to cricket (which I can't, unfortunately, find a link to at the moment). I find this position completely and utterly morally repugnant. It is up to the nation as a whole – and remember that ‘the nation’ is made up merely of the people in it – to decide morality, and leaving moral decisions to a small and exclusive group is the last thing that any democracy should want to do. None of us should shirk the responsibility to make moral decisions, and the ICC has behaved in a cowardly manner in doing so.

Thursday, April 22, 2004

The Quail has finally got himself a chick (so to speak)

Well, and it's not before time too. Seriously, I've been waiting for something like this to happen for an awfully long time and I'm glad that it finally has. All the best for George and Ailsa (nutters...)

Tuesday, April 13, 2004

Easter stuff

I went home for the Easter weekend. It was nice to see my family, and I had a good weekend, all round. Fire was involved :-). I got back on Friday evening, messed about a bit on Saturday and we had a Havan on Sunday (this was what involved the fire). The ceremony was quite short (by Hindu standards...) due to the fact that the Temple had doubled-booked the Pandit over which I shed no tears at all, given that the whole thing was in sanskrit and hindi, and I couldn't understand most of it. Still, it got family members round who I hadn't seen in an awfully long time, so that was nice. We were also celebrating my cousin's birthday the same weekend (despite the fact that his actually birthday isn't for several weeks yet, since they wanted to do it while me and my sister were around, bless...) so we went out for dinner the following day (Easter Monday) as well, having gone out walking in Gortin Glen Forest Park that afternoon. So a generally relaxing long weekend all round, methinks.

Monday, April 05, 2004

Identity cards take III

The Register has another good analysis piece on identity cards. This one takes the idea and runs with it for a long way, from both an usefulness point and an economic point. It points out the cost of such a system (not to mention some of the technical difficulties) and wonders about just how useful that it would be within the period of a generation. Not that I think that the government will listen to us. We're too committed (following both the US and EU down this route), but at least we'll be able to say "I told you so" when it all goes horribly wrong.

Friday, April 02, 2004

Identity cards (again)

The Register has an insightful piece on how (in)effectual that compulsary ID cards would be in fighting terrorism/illegal immigration. As the piece points out, very little research has been done in this field, and as much as anything else, I'd like to see some proof of its worth before the government spends an inordinate amount of money on the backend systems behind the ID card scheme.

Thursday, April 01, 2004

Two-way communication!

As you may have noticed, there is now an option for submitting comments to my blog now. This is still a bit buggy but feel free to comment on my posts from now on. The bugs are mainly CSS related and come from the fact that I haven't yet integrated the CSS from the comment system (BlogKomm) with my own style system. This will come over the next few days. Enjoy.

Update: I have now fixed the style problems with the Warm theme. The other themes will get updated whenever I can be bothered.

Update 2: That's all the themes now updated. Everything looks as expected in Mozilla and is sort of okay in Internet Explorer, but I can't be bothered tracking down and/or working around the problems in Explorer. Live with it.

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