Steve Jobs

PPTA opposes courses because kids might get a job out of them

You really have to wonder about the state of mind of teachers who oppose literally everything in education, including the possibility of students getting jobs.

Russell Blackstock reports:

It is 7.40 on a humid Auckland morning and a dedicated group of wannabe IT experts is already lining up outside a classroom at Avondale College in the west of the city.

While waiting for their teacher to arrive, the students are busily updating their social media pages and browsing news sites on smartphones and hand-held tablets.

Most of their school friends are barely out of bed, still at home wolfing down breakfast.

The youngsters ? aged 13 to 17 ? are enrolled in the school’s new Innovation Programme, a partnership with United States giant Microsoft. The kids are hoping for a headstart into computer industry roles such as software and game designers, solution architects and project managers.

Bill and Melinda Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Steve Jobs ? the computer whizzes of the past taught themselves to code at home in their bedrooms, but the geeks of the future will learn in the classroom.

The classes run from 8am every weekday before the regular school day starts.

The students also attend for three hours most Saturday mornings and even during the holidays.

So they even volunteer to attend classes outside of normal school hours…perish the thought that they might just be enjoying the courses.

David Officer is just 13 but is already devising a programme to help teachers mark students’ work.

Madeleine Day, 16, is developing a mobile asset-management system that she hopes will help the fuel industry make complex calculations about weights and measures.

“The course is fantastic and is geared towards preparing you for a job or further education,” Day says.

“I would like to become a software engineer or work in the gaming industry, ideally for the likes of Microsoft or Google.”

Sounds promising…but wait here come the whingers.

Not everyone agrees?that public-private partnerships are a good thing. The Post Primary Teachers’ Association has expressed concerns at such ventures.

John Guthrie, senior lecturer at the University of Otago’s Business School, warns that large corporations like Microsoft can simply use such courses to capture future customers and headhunt employees.

“It is not unlike a bank targeting youngsters and encouraging them to save with them,” he says.

“The hope is that if they get them early enough, the kids will become customers for life. It makes good business sense.

So the kids might end up with a job at the end of school? ?Yes, I can?see why some would view that as be a disaster. The teacher unions wouldn’t want kids to succeed now would they?


Source/ NZ Herald

Climate Change deniers asked to dump their Apple stock – by Apple


Looks like they lost a loon in Jobs and got another to replace him.

Apple chief executive Tim Cook has shocked some in the United States with an impassioned attack on the single-minded pursuit of profit – and a direct appeal to climate-change deniers not to buy shares in his firm.

Eyewitnesses said Cook, who succeeded Steve Jobs as boss of the technology giant in 2011, was visibly angry as he took on a group of right-wing investors during a question-and-answer session at a shareholders’ meeting. ? Read more »

‘Hand of God’ spotted by NASA


via NASA, oddly enough.

Looks like a virtual reality glove to me.

Probably just Steve Jobs then.

Oh…. “Hand of God”… gotcha now.

Steve Jobs wasn’t as smart as people think

Being a Google fanboi, and having been maneuvered into getting the kids iStuff, I have taken perverse delight in this #FAIL in design.



Now that Jobs is dead, is Apple dying? Introducing the ‘new’ iPhone 5S


Does innovation create or destroy jobs?

I found this interesting piece on the decline of print media jobs being replaced by social media jobs.

It asks whether or not?innovation create or destroy jobs?

The rush of new ideas and new technologies can turn formerly rock-solid companies into sand that melts away even as we watch. ?The sale of the Washington Post is a case in point. By making that deal, ?the Graham family is acknowledging that they could not see a good strategy for survival.

We know what will happen next: Fewer journalists will be working at the Post a year from now than today. ?The Grahams allowed the operation to run mammoth losses which Jeff Bezos, rich as he is, will not tolerate. ?Many people will suffer.

But remember this: Old industries can decline even as new jobs growth. In fact, the field of journalism is going through a massive innovative spurt that is creating jobs even as others are being destroyed. About a month ago I did a?post?on exactly this subject, where I looked at unpublished BLS data and help-wanted data from The Conference Board. ?Here?s what I found:

  • Employment at newspapers is ?down about 5% over the past year.
  • The number of help-wanted ads for ?news analysts, reporters, and correspondents? is up 15% compared to a year ago.
  • More people are telling the BLS that they are working as a news analyst, reporter, or correspondent compared to a year ago.
  • Roughly half the want-ads for news analysts, reporters and correspondents contain the words ?digital?, ?internet?, ?online?, or ?mobile?.? Read more »

Peter Dunne is the new Steve Jobs

Why is Peter Dunne the new Steve Jobs?

Because he now wants to bring us the iTax.

A tax on work phones, work tablets and laptops that might get used for personal use.

A planned tax on the personal use of work laptop and cellphones is potentially even more controversial than the recently-scrapped car park tax, the Government concedes.

The move by Inland Revenue has sparked a reaction from the group that successfully overturned the car park tax, signalling it could side with the big telecommunications and internet providers over the issue.? Read more »


Steve Jobs on the problem in Education

Steve Jobs didn’t believe that you could fix education with?technology:

I used to think that technology could help education. I?ve probably spearheaded giving away more computer equipment to schools than anybody else on the planet. But I?ve had to come to the inevitable conclusion that the problem is not one that technology can hope to solve. What?s wrong with education cannot be fixed with technology. No amount of technology will make a dent.

It?s a political problem. The problems are sociopolitical. The problems are unions. You plot the growth of the NEA [National Education Association] and the dropping of SAT scores, and they?re inversely proportional. The problems are unions in the schools. The problem is bureaucracy.


Steve Jobs on Obama

Steve?Jobs supported Barack Obama but felt let down by him.

“I’m disappointed in Obama. He’s having trouble leading because he’s reluctant to offend people or piss them off. … Yes, that’s not a problem I ever had.”

Yep and there ar e fair few Kiwis that feel the same way about John Key.

Being strategically mean

Awesome, Steve Jobs was strategically mean to people.

“He’s a very, very sensitive guy. That’s one of the things that makes his anti-social behavior, his rudeness, so unconscionable. I can understand why people who are thick-skinned and unfeeling can be rude, but not sensitive people. I once asked him why he gets so mad about stuff. He said, ‘But I don’t stay mad.’ He has this very childish ability to get really worked up about something, and it doesn’t stay with him at all. But there are other times, I think honestly, when he’s very frustrated, and his way to achieve catharsis is to hurt somebody. And I think he feels he has a liberty and a license to do that. The normal rules of social engagement, he feels, don’t apply to him. Because of how very sensitive he is, he knows exactly how to efficiently and effectively hurt someone, And he does do that.”

Jobs believed it was his duty to be tough on people:

“I don’t think I run roughshod over people, but if something sucks, I tell people to their face. It’s my job to be honest. I know what I’m talking about, and I usually turn out to be right. That’s the culture I tried to create. We are brutally honest with each other. … And we’ve had some rip-roaring arguments, where we are yelling at each other, and it’s some of the best times I’ve ever had. … Maybe there’s a better way, a gentlemen’s club where we all wear ties and speak in this Brahmin language and velvet code words, but I don’t know that way, because I am middle class from California. … I was hard on people sometimes, probably harder than I needed to be. I remember the time when Reed was 6 years old, coming home, and I had just fired somebody that day, and I imagined what it was like for that person to tell his family and his young son that he had lost his job. It was hard. But somebody’s got to do it.”

I get that, every word.