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Some tips for subscribers who use their phones to view Whaleoil

For those of you who like to use your phone to view Whaleoil I have some newly learned tips to share with you all. Please share this information with others on Whaleoil if you come across someone experiencing problems in backchat or elsewhere.

When you want to login to Whaleoil on your smartphone…

1. Click the hamburger?icon and the sidebar will pop out

2. You will then see the link to login

Once you have logged in select SAVE my details so you will not have to enter your password and username every time.
If any of you have any other tips that you have learned please share them in the comments as it may be different for different phones.

Do you have ‘Text Neck’?

Have you heard of ‘text’ neck’?

I hadn’t until yesterday but apparently this is rife now and causing alarming injuries.

I wonder how long before ACC starts to record injuries as being caused by texting.

?Resea?rchers?at the National Library of Medicine have just found out that there is an epidemic sweeping America called?and this is possibly the best name for a medical condition since “micropenis”?”text neck”.

Text neck. Text. Neck. It’s when you look down at your phone too much?when walking down the street, perhaps, or when you’re sitting in front of me at the cinema, or at the bar instead of talking?and the weight of your big dumb head plus the Earth’s gravity puts unbearable strain on your neck and spine. The condition can cause muscle strain, pinched nerves, herniated discs, and, over time, even remove your neck’s natural curve. And all because you had to keep an eye on your group text message while someone went through a bad breakup. All because you were taking a screenshot of a fun interaction you had on Tinder.

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What a time to be alive

To think one day we’ll look back at our “smart phones” we have today and think them to be laughably simple…

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Scientists from the University of Queensland in Australia have discovered that mantis shrimphave an incredibly useful ability – the marine creatures are able to see a variety of cancers inside our bodies. And they’ve now replicated that ability in a camera that could eventually be put into a smartphone.

Mantis shrimp can see cancer, and the activity of our neurons, because they have unique eyes, known as compound eyes. This type of eye is superbly tuned to detect polarised light – a type of light that reflects differently off different types of tissue, including cancerous or healthy tissue. Read more »

Thursday nightCap

Time for the Green Taliban to give up their smart phones and iPads



Think mobile devices are low-power? A study by the Center for Energy-Efficient Telecommunications?a joint effort between AT&T’s Bell Labs and the University of Melbourne in Australia?finds that wireless networking infrastructure worldwide accounts for 10 times more power consumption than data centers worldwide. In total, it is responsible for 90 percent of the power usage by cloud infrastructure. And that consumption is growing fast.

What is the digital equivalent of public transport?

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Nice tat Anne. How much do you think she paid for that?

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You remember Anne from yesterday? ?The Anne that can’t find a place to live, and has no money for anything? ?Well, she recently added the above work of art to her back.

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Poor Anna. Hero yesterday, villain today



Further to my posts from yesterday,?here, and?here, and today’s here, where I take an article of Anna Turner at The Press and show her not to Pimp the Poor by slanting government inaction where there isn’t any, it turns out The Press has had an editorial change of heart on the issue.

Anna Turner may no longer be as motivated to Pimp the Poor, as?her own paper has thrown her under the bus?in an editorial today:

Getting a clear and accurate picture of the housing market in Christchurch since the earthquakes is not easy.

Anecdotal accounts of a shortage of houses available to rent or buy and of rocketing prices abound, but there have been few hard figures about the wider reality.

The suggestion by some that a few desperate cases of hardship represented a wider crisis was not accurate.


A lesson for the MSM: Stop pimping the poor



Further to my posts from yesterday, here, and here, and with the help of the commenters and the Tipline, I would like to show?Anna Turner?from The Press that she doesn’t really have to aspire to take “Pimping The Poor” crown off?Simon Collins.

Just about every time you look, the stories don’t stack up. ?Either they are Labour Party (or Green Taliban) ringers, or the people paraded as an example of how the government is failing the most?vulnerable?in society falls apart when some non-cursory attention is directed their way.

I have already torn the assertions that??AJ McIlroy and?Anne Bovey are unable to find an affordable place to live apart. ?I also have torn their assertions that they are dirt poor apart. ?And so, today, we continue to expose that?AJ McIlroy and?Anne Bovey are nothing more than attention whores and professional victims with a public trail of destruction in their wake.

Just a little Googling could have saved you some professional and personal?embarrassment?Anna.

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A cool app for political parties

With the advent of smart phones it wasn’t going to take long for a political party to start using them for canvassing with an easy to use app.

Screen shot from the Obama campaign's iPhone app.

It?s been the science-fiction dream of political operatives for years: an army of volunteers, connected to the Internet as they walk from door to door, looking up names on a device and entering their responses electronically.

President Obama?s campaign appears ready to make it a reality with the release of a new iPhone app that will replace the ubiquitous clipboard for Democratic canvassers.

Screen shot from the Obama campaign?s iPhone app.

The app, which is available on Tuesday, will allow supporters of Mr. Obama?s to download a list of names in their neighborhood from the campaign?s central database. No longer will they have to stop by the local campaign headquarters to get started.

And once they knock on a door, the response ? positive, negative, on-the-fence ? can be wirelessly slung back to the campaign?s computer system instantly.

The campaign is betting that the technology will vastly expand the number of supporters who will beat the pavement for Mr. Obama in the final 100 days before the election in November.

This would be awesome for all the canvassers out there. I wonder of Peter Goodfellow can put down his clipboard and pencil ling enough to convince the other fuddy-duddies of the board to put down their clip-boards and pencils to look at something like this….it might be an easy way to get the Young Nats interested?in proper canvassing and door knocking.

If Sean Topham was smart he will suggest it quietly to Peter Goodfellow so he can bring it up at the board as if it was Peter’s good idea…god knows he needs some. Then again?they will probably just pretend people don?t like door knocking?

What’s the bet Labour has one for the next election

The Hipkins Standard, Ctd

? NZ Herald

I blogged about the Chris Hipkins’ Standard with regard to Board Appointments. Well Chippie has been at it again, creating another level to “The Hipkins Standard”:

“The fact that these people are going ahead and downloading huge amounts of data suggests a certain laissez-faire attitude to spending public money.”

Hipkins said most hotels and airports provided free WiFi, which should be used instead of the internet on smart phones.

“If they are downloading a work-related app then that’s fine but if it’s the latest version of the Angry Birds then that’s not something they should be doing on mobile phones.”

Did Phil Goff use parliamentary services provided bandwidth to download his version of Angry Birds?

I might have some sympathy with Hipkins’ claims if he would open up the?communications?costs for Labour MPs. Yet again we see why the?Parliamentary?Services expenditure must be opened up to the OIA.