Monthly Archives: April 2015

Time for the state to shift its AHSS on higher education policy?

Ranking season is upon us with the QS rankings of subject areas (not, as is commonly though, Departments) now revealed. Again we find that despite the hype Irish universities are stronger in Arts and Humanities than in the STEM areas. This is in stark contrast to the financial flows to these areas and in even starker contrast to the government and regulatory thrust. Evidence of sustained internationally recognised quality in the AHSS (arts, humanities and social science) area does not translate into funding, support or recognition. Perhaps its time it did?

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Breda O’Brien doesnt get it..

Breda O’Brien doesnt get it.. Taking about some of the vile abuse she gets she notes

 

“It was really incredibly toxic at that time. I don’t want anyone to be in a closet but I felt that I was almost being forced into it. And I don’t think that’s fair to anybody.”

That you were being forced into a closet?

“Yeah. That there are certain things you believe in that you can’t say.”

Thats right Breda. You or I or the man next door or the lass selling the paper might believe that blacks are inferior to whites, that the nazis didnt do half enough of a job on the jews, that we should be allowed rape our spouses, or even that we can enslave migrants (a la Leviticus 25:45). But, you know what? We may think that, believe in it utterly, but in public we need to drink a tall glass of STFU. Because as a society we work only when we have a modicum of interpersonal tolerance.

via ‘Gays should abstain from sex – like all unmarried couples’ – Independent.ie.

I for one welcome our new data overlords

So twitter have decided to move all its non US operations to a structure that will be regulated out of Ireland.

Here (Second floor..) is the office of the Irish Data Protection commissioner. Are you feeling more or less confident now about your data integrity?

Twitter users are regulated from here..

Ireland – Not really a high tax economy, just a badly designed tax economy

We as a polity are not big on evidence based policy. We rather form an opinion, then seek evidence for it, or better yet stay silent. This leads to suboptimal decision making, to put it mildly. The emergent debate on tax shows this in spades.

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13 things that are wrong with Eircode…

What’s wrong with Eircode?

Lots. Much of this document arises from discussions and emails with Loc8. I am not affiliated with them in any way but they have always seemed to me to be at least as good if not manifestly better than Eircode. And FREE!!! I understand that the material here plus more was provided to the Minister in December but as of now no response has been recieved. Perhaps the Minister might read this?

  1. Poor Design
  2. No Meaningful Testing
  3. Database driven
  4. Major Data Protection Security risk?
  5. Only for dwellings
  6. No Logic – Easily Confused·
  7. Requires constant updating / Delayed Updates
  8. Difficult to integrated with software / devices
  9. Limited use for emergency services & may cost lives
  10. No use for utility companies or local authority infrastructure
  11. No use for transport company infrastructure
  12. Limited use for tourism
  13. No use for temporary events

What has Loc8 Code got to offer over Eircode?

  • Designed to be simple to use and communicate
  • Lightweight algorithm driven
  • Faster and more secure
  • Self‐Service option saves money
  • For everywhere on island of Ireland.
  • Install once NEVER requires updating
  • Ideal for all emergency services/public safety on the island of Ireland
  • Ideal for utility company / local authority infrastructure
  • Ideal for tourism
  • Ideal for temporary events
  • Ideal for wildlife surveying

A shoal of Red Herrings

  • Random versus Sequential versus Nested?
  • Not accurate enough?
  • Giving a postcode to an apartment?
  • Checksum doesn’t work?
  • What if you can’t self service?

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Eircode – Failing to meet the mark?

In 2005 the Irish Government issued a report on the desirable elements of a postcode. The report is here : http://www.dcenr.gov.ie/Communications/Postal/Postcodes.htm  In 2013 the Eircode system is announced. Here is how it stacks up against a free, existing, system (with whom I have no involvement)

In 2005 the Irish Government issued a report on the desirable elements of a postcode. The report is here : http://www.dcenr.gov.ie/Communications/Postal/Postcodes.htm
In 2013 the Eircode system is announced. Here is how it stacks up against a free, existing, system (with whom I have no involvement)