Category Archives: SciBlogs

Big brains, big ideas, big discussions make Multicore World 2017 an important place to be


One of the dirty little secrets of computing is that the power of the processor(s) is currently way beyond our ability to program them. It’s as if you have a V8 powered car but only feeding fuel into one cylinder. … Continue reading

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Why we need to go back to the future (and give it a name)


Here’s a counter-intuitive notion, that if we’re smart, could allow our analogue agricultural systems to thrive in a digital world. But to do so we MUST own our story. My contention is, the more society connects to the cloud, the … Continue reading

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Why we should give some serious thought to a Science and Innovation Council


It’s that time of year when we fly  kites, give voice to possibilities. So, given we have a new Science and Innovation minister, namely Paul Goldsmith, how about exploring whether now is a good time to put seriously explore forming … Continue reading

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Perhaps the TIN100 deserves an ex gratia payment?


Perhaps Greg Shanahan and his TIN 100 team and reports are deserving of an NZ Inc ex gratia payment. Because arguably they’ve been most responsible for bringing hi tech out of the closet, making it cool(er). (OK, the Hi-Tech Awards … Continue reading

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This ‘greaser of the (supplying internationally) tracks’ will be really good for NZ science


I’m sort of embarrassed that I’ve never heard of Science Exchange before. It’s been going for over five years, started in the US by a couple of Kiwi founders, and has grown well beyond start up to having recently secured … Continue reading

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Open Source at work, Open Society working in Taiwan


There was striking evidence that Open Source can lead to Open Society at the first day of OS//OS at Wellington’s Michael Fowler Centre on Monday August 22. One of the keynote speakers, Audrey Tang from Taiwan, outlined how a quiet (and … Continue reading

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Is it really possible to cross-credit open source to open society?


Every party needs a grumpy uncle…so let me be that curmudgeonly guy for the upcoming Open Source//Open Society conference. (Early spoiler alert – I’m going to some of OS//OS. There’s too many thought provoking speakers, too much opportunity to touch … Continue reading

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Why there’s an opportunity cost in not being in a Biz Dojo


A few months ago I shifted work premises to become part of Australasia’s largest co-working space. My move to Biz Dojo has been great. I wrote a blog last year about its plans to expand its model overseas. As I flippantly … Continue reading

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Fishing for a complementary use of fire reservoir ponds


Years ago for a farm management report at Lincoln University, I wrote a tongue-in-cheek plan around the integration of goldfish in troughs on dairy farms (we’d spotted the use of such technology to help keep the troughs clean). Well here’s … Continue reading

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‘We don’t have enough developers’ – a homebaked remedy


There’s more than one way to bake the cake of “we don’t have enough developers”. Universities produce some, polytechs some others. Many are self-taught. Enspiral in Wellington through its Dev Academy has a fulltime nine week course that turns non-coders … Continue reading

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