At a talk entitled “The Age of Entitlement is Over?” at the [Sydney] Northside Forum, after recommending George Monbiot’s excellent article on grouse I used the Open Source program Minsky to model what can happen when a government runs a permanent surplus. The result is not what advocates of government surpluses expect. (you can download the model Prof.Keen used in Minsky).
In a nutshell, country economics don’t work on exactly the same basis as companies or households. Pretending that they are all the same is a really bad idea.
“iCamPRO has 8 built-in IR LEDs with a light sensor to trigger them on/off. Our patent-pending technology allows you to turn the IR LED lights ON or OFF from app.”
Nothing innovative. Not “non-obvious to an expert in the field” (European patent test). This is from an Amsterdam, The Netherlands based company. Speaking as a fellow Dutchie: embarrassing.
I hope and expect that the European patent office won’t grant that patent, as it just doesn’t pass even their basic tests. But think of why it was filed in the first place… what kind of stuffed business logic and waste of resources lies at the basis of that. Sigh.
An interesting analysis of basic income concepts, with field studies and related research. Debunking various myths (based on assumptions), it is found that it indeed does work, and it is cheaper (as well as less intrusive) than the complex social security net most countries have now.
How the trailblazing female journalist got her start at speaking truth to power. In 1885.
And what she wrote about then sadly still holds true today, in many workplaces. Example (speaking about her own experience)
A girl was engaged to fill a position that had always been occupied by men, who, for the same, received $2.00 a day. Her employer stated that he never had anyone in the same position that was as accurate, speedy and gave the same satisfaction; however, as she was “just a girl” he gave her $5.00 a week. Some call this equality.
Disgraceful. If you’re an employer, of course you (should) pay equal for a job, regardless of gender (or other such factors). Anything else is just plain wrong.
Business and companies in Australia make assumptions about contracting, and many are wrong. This can cost you.
In this talk at the OSDC 2014 conference I outline key aspects that the ATO looks at when determining whether a person is a contractor or an employee, and questions from the audience are addressed. Relevant resources are also noted.