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MH370 or ...?

MH370 or …?

When I saw those satellite images, my first reaction was… what makes them think that isn’t a whale…? ¬†Did we really send all those people in to search for a juvenile blue whale?




Half of US judges use social media

I wonder how many judges in New Zealand are very active on social media.

Nearly half of US judges are using social media – with most of them on Facebook and a minority venturing onto LinkedIn, according to the Legal Talk Network.

Research reveals that 46 per cent of judges are using social media but it presents a number of ethical dilemmas for them.

The Network gives the example of a judge in Georgia who stood down after it emerged that he had sent a friend request to someone who was on his future trail list as a litigant, ‚Äėlater releasing her on a personal recognisance bond‚Äô. Other judges and lawyers have also violated the Codes of Professional Conduct and of Judicial Conduct.

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Political Social Media – the “before” picture

The left are gearing up to make social media a major component of their 2014 election strategy. ¬†We’ve already seen evidence of Labour and David Cunliffe crowd sourcing some fact checks, spell checks and audits, and it will only increase in volume over the next 6 months.

Matthew Beveridge has done an awesome job looking at the social media “standing” of David Cunliffe, Russel Norman and John Key. ¬†He’s come up with some stats that gives you a picture of what “Social Media Goodwill” these people have now.

For example, the most retweeted tweets are:

Credit:  Matthew Beveridge

Credit: Matthew Beveridge

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Cunliffe continues to focus on the things that matter…like trolls


David Cunliffe says he is going to focus ont he things that matter to the NZ voting public.

You’d think that this would be the economy, or perhaps jobs, maybe health…even education given the support of the teacher unions.

But no…when your entire election strategy revolves around poorly spelled, error ridden, tweets and Facebook posts on social media then you really have to focus on the things that really matter…like controlling trolls….and what John Key is doing on his Facebook page.

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Unsurprising really, I haven’t used Microsoft products for years

I haven’t used Microsoft Office products in years.

I mostly live in the cloud and where possible use Google Apps and in the past have used OpenOffice as a viable alternative to Office.

Office applications became more and more bloated and the days of massive installations on hard drives to do basic things like simple spreadsheets and documents is long gone.

The advent of tablet and mobile computing has pretty much killed off applications like Office.

It may be one of Microsoft’s biggest squandered opportunities.

Tired of waiting for Office to be optimised for their mobile gadgets, a growing contingent of younger companies is turning to cheaper, simpler and touch-friendly apps that can perform word processing and other tasks in the cloud.

Take Artivest Holdings, a New York-based financial services startup that sells alternative investment products. The New York-based company uses an app called¬†Quip, which combines word processing and messaging, to handle all but the most sensitive legal and financial files.¬† Read more »

This makes no sense

Via the tipline

School bus in Japan:


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Ground Crew training session: Facebook edit history

Hi Team, welcome to another Whaleoil Ground Crew training session.

As we head toward the election, we need to make sure that our eyes and ears are finely tuned to what is being said and written out there.

A feature that many of you may not realise exists, is Facebook’s Show edit history function


It can be particularly enlightening to see what thought processes led to a final Facebook post. ¬†All the edits that didn’t make it are still accessible.

To use a Green Taliban example, their final revision said this

We’ve just announced a transport plan that’s great news for Kiwi kids, parents and motorists.

Check out #safe2school!

Safe to School requires no new spending and will deliver up to $4 billion in gains over 40 years.

The revision before it, this ¬†(focusing on the changes only) ¬† Read more »

Why I ditched Orcon

Tomizone on white

This week I finally left Orcon.

It has taken a wee while to organise, but I have finally cut the ties with Orcon.

And here is why.

Billy Big Steps should get used to wearing orange

Billy Big Steps should get used to wearing orange

They are associated with a crook. Someone who wants to pervert our democracy in order to avoid facing the music.

Kim Dotcom has a belief that if he is involved with a political party then he won’t be able to be extradited. He has had endless meetings about this, ignored legal advice and ranted at his sycophantic followers that his political party is his way to avoid extradition.¬† Read more »


Irish are drunks, Russians crazy, French are rude, and Maori … no longer exist

Further to yesterday’s article on Google being petitioned to remove autocomplete results for Maori, it appears Google have complied.

Two days ago, you would be able to do this


But if you do it today… Maori are now digitally erased from Google’s autocomplete suggestions.

Too embarrassing for all concerned apparently, these [CENSORED] Maori. Read more »

“Why are Maori so…” a month later

You may recall Whaleoil running this article on Waitangi Day


Here is how people take other people’s work and “build on it”

Steve Deane reports

The global internet search giant is looking into disabling the feature after a call from the Herald when Auckland University of Technology PhD scholar Steven Elers found derogatory terms associated with Maori.

Wow. ¬†The Herald and Auckland University no less. ¬† Read more »