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Today’s Trivia

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Welcome to Daily Trivia. There is a game to play here. The photo above relates to one of the items below. The first reader to correctly tell us in the comments what item the photo belongs to, and why, gets bragging rights. Sometimes they are obvious, other times the obvious answer is the decoy. Can you figure it out tonight?

Magpies are considered one of the most intelligent animals in the world, and the only non-mammal species able to recognize itself in a mirror test. (Source)

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Oh hell no

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A blessing or a punishment?

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Daily Roundup

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Want 2 Gigs of Google’s online storage – free?

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Just to pass this one before the offer expires (and it will expire in hours) – if you have any storage with Google, be it for Google Mail, Google Drive, Picasa, and so on, then they will hand you a free additional 2G of space in exchange for going through a brief security audit.

Free space and a more secure Google storage area.

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On a benefit? The government is spying on your social media

As a headline, it would upset the lefties.  I think it’s great.

A spokesperson for the ministry in New Zealand confirmed to RNZ that its investigators use social media when looking into potential welfare fraudsters.

The spokesperson said the use of social media usually occurred after an investigation had been launched.

However, if staff became aware of a potential fraud through social media they were obliged to notify the investigation team.

“Our investigators follow all sorts of lines of inquiry and publicly available social media provides an obvious source of information to follow up.”

The ministry said it used a range of techniques to detect benefit fraud including data matching with six other government agencies, which was the most successful method.

Privacy Commissioner John Edwards said it was important that any information from social media was verified by government agencies.”Just because somebody posts something doesn’t mean it’s true and can be relied upon.”

However, people could not object to information they put out for the world to see being used, he said.

“People have different settings that they put on their Facebook page and other social media … just being conscious that what you are posting may have a far wider audience than you anticipate is a really good thing to remind people of.”

As we’ve seen with the Cry Babies, we’re still in a phase where people simply are too thick.  But that will change.  Read more »

Little for Rongotai? Yeah nah

Labour veteran Annette King has confirmed she will stand again in 2017 but possibly only on the list, a step which would open up her Rongotai electorate for leader Andrew Little.Mr Little is currently a list MP and if he does not win an electorate he could be the first Prime Minister who is not also an electorate MP.

Although the party vote determines a party’s representation in Parliament under MMP, there is still some moral weight in being able to win an electorate and Labour is unlikely to want to take any risks.

Mr Little lives in the Rongotai electorate in Wellington – a safe Labour seat in which Ms King has been the local MP since 1993.

Asked if Mr Little had asked her to allow him to stand in the seat, Ms King said “that is hypothetical”.

“We talk to each other all the time, but I’ll make my announcement on what I’m going to do in the future.”

She said she would announce her decision “when I’m ready.”

King is smart enough to see this year out first.  Apart from the far-fetched scenario Andrew Little will be PM by 2017 and it would look silly if he didn’t have an electorate (would it?  he looks silly now), the plans hatched over smoky barbecues over the summer are still to be implemented, and Annette’s got enough scars to know to wait and see how all those turn out. Read more »