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CeBit and other stuff.. [May. 22nd, 2008|09:35 am]
Bob Bain
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I spent yesterday a) at the Financial Services Institute of Australasia FINSIA (of which I am a Senior Associate - SA Fin) listening to a "free to members" mini seminar regarding "Emerging and Profitable Companies" (three all in the medical arena).

It was noted that 1 billion people in the world today snore (which is an illness)

After that it was back to CeBit where I picked up quite a bit of useful information and LOTS OF FREE PENS !

I noted that I could possibly become a wireless access point for the Werrington shopping complex (if my broadband connection extends that far) via a company from New Zealand. The deal (for anybody) is that if people connect to the public signal rather than the private signal it's possible to charge for access and the revenue would be 50% to me and 50% to them.

I didn't hear Senator Conroy's Address to the CeBIT Ausinnovate Conference, Sydney as I don't have the money to attend what are expensive seminars.

In Australia, the most recent ABS data shows that last year there were more than seven million internet subscribers. They also show that—where available—there is an increasing demand for higher speed broadband services. The internet is viewed by some as an essential facility—in much the same way as gas, electricity and the telephone. And a recent report by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) indicated that Australians already see the internet as an essential part of their lives. Seventy per cent of household consumers indicated that broadband is a ‘critical service for the future’

All of these figures suggest that we are in the process of a profound social and economic revolution

No kidding ! Even the Minister has discovered the Internet. I can only hope he understands the social aspects of it.

via Mike Meloni (Somebody think of the Children)

Moral backlash over sexing up of our children

Miranda Devine
May 22, 2008

Opening tonight at the elegant Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery in the heart of Paddington is an exhibition of photographs by Bill Henson, featuring naked 12 and 13 year-olds.

The invitation to the exhibition features a large photo of a girl, the light shining on her hair, eyes downcast, dark shadows on her sombre, beautiful face, and the budding breasts of puberty on full display, her hand casually covering her crotch.

Such images presenting children in sexual contexts are so commonplace these days they seem almost to have lost the capacity to shock.


I believe Miranda Devine may be related to Frank Devine who was at one stage the edtior of Reader's Digest where I worked for over two decades.

There are three podcasts on this site at the University of New South Wales where the issue is discussed.

Too Much, Too Young? Young people and new media
Presented by Professor Catharine Lumby

15th May 2008

We are living in times of heightened public fear about the impact new media genres and technologies are having on the lives of children and young people. There are concerns that young people are substituting online interactions for real life relationships; that raunch culture is forcing our girls to grow up too young; that gaming is creating a generation of boys who are addicted to virtual violence; and that children are being exposed to adult material and adult predators online. What does recent research tell us about young people and new media? What should parents, educators and policy makers be doing to protect them? In this lecture, Professor Lumby will locate these concerns historically and examine new theoretical models for understanding them which point to practical solutions.


I am still waiting for the .mp3 version of Dr. Lumby's address to the Sydney Institute which I attended on Tuesday evening
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