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  • The Bidding Continues | James Purser
    that she was going step into the bidding war Today Gillard announced the following proposal A Regional Processing Centre to be established in Dili All arrivals by boat to be sent to Dili for processing thus ensuring that no boat arrival is processed on Australian soil There was no announcement of what would happen to the asylum seekers if they are found to be genuine how they would be housed in Dili I m assuming Australia is going to be spending up big to build the sort of infrastructure that s going to be required and if they would be allowed freedom of movement in Dili or whether it would just be moving the facilities at Christmas Island to another country So now we have a choice of off shoring policies for asylum seekers either we vote for Labor and off shore them to Dili or we vote for the Coalition and off shore them to somewhere else Sigh The thing that has annoyed me the most about this whole sordid piece has been the fact that Gillard has leapt with both feet into the asylum seekers are scary camp Rather than take the time to explain that Boat arrivals

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  • Julia Gillard - Woman, Atheist, Single, Labor Politician | James Purser
    this sense of wow it s all going to change has been building amongst certain parts of the community Except it s not not one bit Gillard may represent a number of firsts for Australia but what she isn t is Australias s first Labor Prime Minister and she sure as hell doesn t want to be the last She s already decided that the fears of western sydney regarding boat people need to be validated rather than managed and dealt with in any in depth manner The ETS remains dead sorry postponed until 2013 notice that s after the next election not just this one and the government will be negotiating with the Miners until after the coming election These are not the actions of a social reformer rather a political player trying to damp down the fires of discontent in the electorate so she can clear the way for the election Oh yes she s also declared that she s going to continue the Labor Party policy of denying gay couples the right to marry She has declared this as her personal belief so don t expect any movement on that any time soon Labor has been moving

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  • Dear Google: Why the hell can't I sell in the marketplace? | James Purser
    buy an ipod touch so I could start learning how to code for the iphone family Do you know why Because I can t sell apps in the android marketplace and neither can anyone else unless they re in a very small group of countries Sure I can distribute apps for free which I will be doing once the openaustraliasearchdroid and planningalertsau apps are at version 1 0 but seriously if you want to tap that market of iphone developers you re going to have to open up the market Why can t I sell any apps Is it due to the fact that the Google Checkout system doesn t appear to support Australian merchants either I ve tried looking for an official explanation but I ve struck out There s lots of assumptions and rumours but nothing there to re assure people that the issue is going to be dealt with soon Look Google I like you I don t trust you completely but that s another story I love Wave Gmail and your search rocks my world Hell I ve interviewed twice with your unique HR process The people I ve dealt with in Google have been decent enthusiastic and knowledgable let s not let a simple thing like a borked marketplace programme get between us hey Blog Catagories Tech google James Purser s blog Add new comment Comments strange they talk about chargebacks in AUD Permalink Submitted by Anonymous on Sun 27 06 2010 18 20 http market android com support bin answer py hl en answer 137996 reply I can buy but can t sell Permalink Submitted by James Purser on Sun 27 06 2010 19 36 You re allowed to purchase through the Google Checkout system but as far as I can work out you

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  • Australias First Woman PM | James Purser
    with seeing where PM Gillard takes the party and the country She is not a clean skin when it comes to the Governments policies up until now She as the Deputy Prime Minister has been neck deep in policy development and in fact was instrumental in convincing Rudd to drop the Emissions Trading Scheme this I think is the moment when the slide to oblivion for Rudd started So once the First Female PM gloss wears off she s going to have to work hard to convince the people that she s something different I think she s going to go to an early election possibly August September Her commitment to not live in the Lodge until her leadership has been validated by an election Yes I know she doesn t get elected as PM but the party leader affects the vote plus the move to cut off the mining tax as an issue would seem to indicate that she ll be clearing the decks and aiming for her own mandate For those hoping that a new leader might sweep out some of the dead wood in cabinet say a certain Communications Minister I wouldn t hold out too much hope Distribution of Ministries in the Labor Party are almost never the sole purvue of the Prime Minister It usually involves a complex political calculation based on which faction is dominant who owes who a favour and so on Given that Conroy is a leading light in the Right faction of the Labor party and that it was primarily the Right faction that put Gillard into the hot seat I don t think there s going to be much of a chance that he s going to want to let go of the NBN or in fact the Filter All

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  • OpenAustralia Search Droid - 0.2 Available | James Purser
    on Fri 11 06 2010 23 31 Just a quick note to let everyone know that version 0 2 is now out This version has definitely fixed the 1 5 1 6 version installation problems as well as the JSONArray issues I was having before I ve also been asked to consider building an iphone version of the app I m looking at what s required but the first step

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  • OpenAustralia Search Droid - Progress | James Purser
    OpenAustralia Search Droid so I thought I would give it another crack Over the weekend I ve brought it up to what I think is worthy of a 0 1 release and in fact have taken it a little further It is a very basic project something more along the lines of a teaching project but it has the following features House Of Reps Member Search By entering the name of the seat you will now get very basic information about the member including a picture of the member and a listing of the last 20 Hansard mentions Note this feature actually dies horribly on 1 5 and 1 6 enabled devices something to do with how it handles a JSONArray Senate Member Search This is an incredibly basic search Select the state you wish to search from the drop down and it will produce a list of the Senators for that State or Territory Note I ve also had reports of this crashing for similar reasons on 1 5 and 1 6 based devices Search Hansard Basic keyword searching of Hansard is allowed However there are bugs here as well To grab the package go here If you want

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  • And the bidding has begun | James Purser
    by suspending the processing of Asylum seekers from either Afghanistan or Sri Lanka purportedly based on information received that apparently led them to believe that everything was fine now and that the ponies and unicorns were looking after everyone Of course the Opposition had to respond they couldn t let the Government own their ground like that so today Tony Abbott announced that indeed he could be a tougher person than Rudd To summarise Pacific solution to return Will turn the boats back cos it s better if they drown in Indonesian waters The return of Temporary Protection Visas Refugees on TPV s will need to work for their support payments slightly less than AusStudy This is a nice double get tough touch for Abbott Tough on refugees and tough on dole bludgers at the same time So basically we re going to return to the days where people were held in detention camps run by the lowest bidder on pacific islands you could spit across until their claims are assessed and they are proven to be genuine Once that happens of course they re going to be treated as second class people under the TPV s So now that

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  • Never take a photo of a Yeast Ring | James Purser
    the girls mother had registered a complaint accusing me of taking photos of her girl The guard didn t mention why this would be a problem but the obvious implication is that I was taking photos for nefarious purposes It took me but a minute to explain to the guard that no I hadn t taken photos of the girl I hadn t even seen the girl standing there focused as I was on the Yeast Rings The guard explained that they had to follow up the complaint both to calm the apparently distressed mother and for reasons of terrorism my jaw dropped I m sure at this one However while I was finishing up with the guard a police car pulled up in a nearby spot and I was informed by the guard that I would need to talk to the officer Right Remaining calm at all times I walked over to the officer and once again went through the process of showing him that the photos I had taken were of the donut silmacra rather than the girl The officer was pretty good about it requesting to see through the rest of the photos which I allowed and then we parted ways without a request for details or anything else All in all the security staff and police were polite and cordial in the way that they treated me I have since discovered however that they were actually trailing myself and my family for at least half an hour before we were approached Sigh Below are the two photos that I took and Update 01 03 2010 I have just received confirmation that the security personal have managed to get in contact with the woman who made the original complaint and explain that there was no substance to her complaint something that had been playing on mind since Saturday afternoon While this wraps up the event and believe me I feel quite relieved it doesn t excuse the manner in which it was dealt with I will be writing a further letter to the centre regarding this sort of situation and ways it could have been handled better EAVB GAXQEFVCMU Blog Catagories General James Purser s blog Add new comment Comments I would find it very hard to Permalink Submitted by TimC on Sun 28 02 2010 15 44 I would find it very hard to remain calm and not swear at the rent a cop in those circumstances Then again I probably wouldn t be anywhere near a shop containing yeast rings either calm the apparently distressed mother Nah all they needed to do was to tell her to not be such a stupid dimwit and to revoke her voting privileges because the likes of her voted for idiots like Conroy et al reply Re I would find it very hard to Permalink Submitted by James Purser on Sun 28 02 2010 16 17 I ve always found in situations like this that polite but firm behaviour

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