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Look, it’s a slow news day.  You can suffer this with me.

An inmate with more than 100 convictions was taken to North Shore Hospital after allegedly hiding drugs and a mobile phone in his rectum.

Patched Mongrel Mob member Paul Cloke is said to have raised suspicion among prison guards at Auckland Prison, Paremoremo, by acting “bizarrely” in his cell.

He was kept in an observation room before being sent back to his cell in the prison’s West Wing with other medium-security inmates. But a prison source said that the next morning guards noticed something was seriously wrong with Cloke. Read more »


Photo Of The Day

Rare Historical Photos

Rare Historical Photos

Crowded ship bringing American troops back home.

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Compulsory viewing for all parents:

Going to the UK? Don’t take your phone


via chrisd.ca

via chrisd.ca

Alanah Eriksen reports on an interesting development in the UK

Thousands of Kiwis travelling to Great Britain face having their phones seized and personal data downloaded and stored by police.

The issue has been highlighted by David Anderson, a British reviewer of terrorism laws, who is calling for checks to ensure they are not being abused.

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IWI rating 5 out of 5

IWI = I Want It

Same as iwi.

This has a Whaleoil IWI rating of 5 out of 5.

from Mashable

So what does the PlayBook have to offer? It turns out, quite a lot. Featuring a 7″ screen (much like the newSamsung Galaxy Tab), the PlayBook sports a 1Ghz dual-core processor, has 1GB of RAM, and touts the ability to multi-task and run Flash 10.1.

To a large extent, the PlayBook looks like it’s a showcase of RIM’s acquisition of QNX. QNX Neutrino is the base of the new OS.

RIM is selling this as the first “enterprise-ready” professional tablet.

Check out the specs:

  • 7″ LCD, 1024 x 600, WSVGA, capacitive touch screen with full multi-touch and gesture support.
  • BlackBerry Tablet OS with support for symmetric multiprocessing.
  • 1 GHz dual-core processor.
  • 1 GB RAM.
  • Dual HD cameras (3 MP front facing, 5 MP rear facing), supports 1080p HD video recording.
  • Video playback: 1080p HD Video, H.264, MPEG, DivX, WMV.
  • Audio playback: MP3, AAC, WMA.
  • HDMI video output.
  • Wi-Fi – 802.11 a/b/g/n.
  • Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR.
  • Connectors: microHDMI, microUSB, charging contacts.
  • Open, flexible application platform with support for WebKit/HTML-5, Adobe.
  • Flash Player 10.1, Adobe Mobile AIR, Adobe Reader, POSIX, OpenGL, Java.
  • Ultra thin and portable.
  • Measures 5.1″x7.6″x0.4″ (130mm x 193mm x 10mm).
  • Weighs less than a pound (approximately 0.9 lb or 400g).
  • Additional features and specifications of the BlackBerry PlayBook will be shared on or before the date this product is launched in retail outlets.
  • RIM intends to also offer 3G and 4G models in the future.
  • Australasia has failed Fiji, says ex-PM

    Australasia has failed Fiji, says ex-PMAustralian and New Zealand diplomacy has failed Fiji, former Prime Minister and World Trade Organisation Director-General Mike Moore said yesterday. Australian Foreign Minister Stephen Smith defended his country’s approach on TV… [NZ Herald Politics]

    Mike Moore is right on the money about Fiji. Both Australia and New Zealand with their arrogant “we know best” attitude have not done Fiji proud.

    In fact we have probably exacerbated the situation.

    “This represents a huge diplomatic failure by New Zealand and by Australia over several decades,” he told Q and A.

    “Foreign policy is projecting and protecting your interests and promoting your values and building up over many years those values and those interests. We have failed.”

    Mr Moore said “a game changer” was needed to look at the problems rather than take a critical approach.

    “There has to be a game changer there, and to allow people to move, keep their dignity and keep their faith.”

    Exactly. Tough talking, sanctions and travel bans have been spectacularly unsuccessful. Time now for a different approach. One of offering assistance to remove the impediments to true democracy in Fiji. By impediments I mean a culture of nepotism, graft, bribery, corruption and racism. Setting a new non-racist constitution and aiding iji in establishing a census would be huge hurdles we should be assisting with.

    But no, instead we will focus on getting the hopelessly corrupt UN to stop using Fijian Peacke-Keeping troops. Oh right, that’ll work.

    A headline you won't see here

    "Labor backs ranking schools on test scores"

    Nope, you won't see that headline in New Zealand because in stark contrast to Austrlian Labor our NZ socialists fast in the grip of the unions couldn't possibly allow comparison of schools.

    [quote]Opposition education spokesman Stephen Smith said the results of standardised tests in years 3, 5, 7 and 9 should be made public, Fairfax newspapers reported.

    This would identify struggling schools, assist public policy decisions and identify the need for early intervention, Mr Smith said.

    "If we can improve those kids' outcomes, we can improve our secondary school retention rates, and then ultimately we'll reduce the number of kids who eventually fall into unemployment or low-skilled jobs, which subsequently disappear," he said.[/quote]

    Bizarrely the exact opposite is true of New Zealand where it is Labour that is trying to hide details about schools and National that is wanting the details published for all to read.