Tomorrow when the war began…

Um, such a shame to have a loudmouth idiot in the role of #POTUS, especially given the juvenile lard-arse that “runs” North Korea! Let’s hope the Donald doesn’t get his nightmare!

US President Donald Trump has warned North Korea “will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen” if it continues to threaten the United States.

Key points:

  • Mr Trump made comments a day after Secretary of State Rex Tillerson left door open for dialogue
  • President’s press briefing was supposed to be about opioid addiction
  • Washington Post says Pyongyang has produced nuclear weapons for ballistic missile delivery

But within hours of Mr Trump’s threat North Korea’s military said it was “carefully examining” a plan to strike the US Pacific territory of Guam with missiles.

Mr Trump’s comments, delivered to reporters at his New Jersey golf course, came after Japan said it believed North Korea could have developed the technology to miniaturise nuclear warheads — which would enable them to be put on an inter-continental ballistic missile.

“North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States. They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen,” Mr Trump said during a briefing which was supposed to be about the problem of opioid addiction in the US….

Meanwhile, I have been away as I am getting used to the new version of Windows 10. I find myself forced to use Edge, which I don’t really like, as weird things are happening now with Google Chrome since the Windows upgrade. For example, “log in to Twitter” on Chrome simply vanished every time I tried to link to it, but no problem in Edge. Coincidence? I don’t think so.

And further to the burger question. I am at Illawarra Leagues and can attest that the following is rather good.

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And I did get my mouth around it! Just!

Wi-fi at Illawarra Leagues

Spent some of yesterday at Illawarra Leagues Club. Just a note about the club:

The club was formed in 1947, the inaugural meeting being held on Friday, May 2.

It received it’s license later that year, one of the first clubs on the coast to do so, but it was not until December 12, 1951 that the doors were officially opened.

Illawarra Leagues is the second oldest leagues club in the world, a fact that all those associated with the club are especially proud of. The oldest, NSW Leagues Club, is located in Phillips Street, Sydney.

And here I am:

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One reason I went there was to use their excellent wi-fi (45.9 mb/s) to at last update my Windows 10. That took a while even so, but I had no chance doing it from home. Then, sharing with T and C, friends at the club.

A good afternoon all round.

Baby HP may be moribund, but there is hope…

First off though, I am being a bit spoilt here in Wollongong Library with their free big screen access to the Internet via the NBN’s fibre optic cable! Fast!

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That’s a kind of farewell pic of Baby HP: see Computer tragedy (February 2014). And here is another.

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Now the news! Yesterday I had a phone call from a Wollongong friend offering to set me up with a new computer! I’ll let you know how it works out! Apparently he is one of a group of Wollongong friends. 🙂

Reblogging Darcy Moore

Darcy Moore is Deputy Principal of a local high school, an English teacher and a very well-informed practitioner of technology in education.  Today he is justifiably annoyed.

Many critics of the laptop rollout do not understand the the DER NSW scheme was the greatest equity policy in the last 20 years in education. Kids got opportunity and many flourished. This rollout also gave state schools a welcome boost in the eyes of parents. It certainly was not perfect but vastly improved opportunities for pedagogy and gave us a sense of forward motion. There were some teachers and schools that could have engaged more fully with the program but overall, the chalkboards disappeared.

I rarely feel angry or frustrated knowing that life is far too short for such emotions. One just needs to get on with it. However, last year, I became very angry after discovering that the ‘savage’ budget cuts in education made to balance the inevitable ‘black holes’ newly elected governments need not have occurred as there was an ‘accounting error’. Actually, 2011 had a moment of disbelief at the federal budget, then anger too which has not subsided. The results really make it difficult for school leaders and teachers to operate as effectively as we might.

In short:

1. Schools in NSW have had funding slashed at the moment a respected panel of educators advised government to provide significantly higher levels of support for those doing ‘the heavy lifting’.

2. The federal government agreed with Mr Gonski and panel but have not detailed funding arrangements for the states.

3.  The federal government has ended funding for laptops and support that commenced in 2008.

4. State schools are unable to plan for their technology needs in 2014 due to lack of funding, political and leadership direction on this issue of fundamental importance.

5. A policy of Local Schools Local Decisions is increasingly being reported as in disarray by the media at the very moment when our schools need to plan in the face of change and implement sound ideas quickly.

It feels very bad to stand in front of hundreds of kids and their parents and say this is the last rollout of Year 9 laptops and there is no plan – at any level of our organisation, state or federal government – to sustain this or introduce improved technology in 2014 that I can share with you at this stage.

How can this be?

Read the rest:

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A student view.