I would like to get various youtube channels transcribed so I can
access the content without the tedium of slowly listening to the words
one by one.
So it occurred to me that I could get them transcribed for a
reasonably price using Amazon's mechanical turk.
* Youtube does give a transcript but it is very rough
* With html5 you can speed up the youtube videos but this does not
work on my tablet (Android)
Has anyone used mechanical turk? Do they have any suggestions of
How do I ensure quality work? I am happy to pay for this but not for
My task would be something like:
Provide a transcript for X videos, cleaning up text into proper
sentences and correct words.. You can can the youtube transcripts but
they need to be fixed up.
over the weekend I was searching for a good e-mail client which gives
you the opportunity to change the "from" address.
So I would like to change "me@domain" to "it@here" or
"accounting@somewhere" before I send a mail.
I wasn't successful to find this option using the Android standard
client, as well as K-9 which is open source.
Do you know a MUA that has this feature?
as Kenneth Davidson pointed out repeatedly, last in yesterday's The Age:
the building of the East West tunnel for an overall price of 15+
billion dollars will cripple Victoria's ability to tackle transport
woes for a decade or more.
Just recently Terry Mulder, minister for transport, abandoned his
former support of the Metro Rail in favour of the toll tunnel. It just
adds another episode to the decade of procrastination and favouritism
of private interests by both sides of politics.
As Kenneth Davidson pointed out:
"The only defence against bad government now is outraged public opinion."
Here is a recently launched campaign to support rails not toll roads:
Personally, I see the need for the Metro rail tunnel every day, as a
commuter on the Northern lines coming through North Melbourne and
More often than not the train stops before North Melbourne and then
before Southern Cross, making a two stop journey from Macaulay or
Kensington a 20 minute ride. The most common announcement: congestion
by the combined traffic, including V/Line trains, coming into North
Melbourne and then to the city.
An airport train? Forget it as long as you don't have the North
Melbourne corridor cleared. The same happens for trains coming from
the South East frequently standing in the Federation Square area.
Politicians have failed Melbourne for the last dozen years at least
(the time I am living here), it is time to build public pressure.
Please stand up, don't be quiet sheep that vote every few years
according to colour preferences, start to make a difference, start to
make _your_ representatives work!
Any ideas to build pressure is welcome. We are gambling away
Melbourne's future if not.
Quoting "Trent W. Buck" <trentbuck(a)gmail.com>
> Petros wrote:
>> over the weekend I was searching for a good e-mail client which
>> gives you the opportunity to change the "from" address.
>> So I would like to change "me@domain" to "it@here" or
>> "accounting@somewhere" before I send a mail.
>> I wasn't successful to find this option using the Android standard
>> client, as well as K-9 which is open source.
>> Do you know a MUA that has this feature?
> You want to run this from android? Or a GUI, or a tty?
Oops, wasn't specific enough, it seems.
I am looking for a "native" Android app - it's not me using it, so I
don't want to make it too geeky.
Basically this article is saying that given the comprehensive access
that the NSA has to the communications of the powerful and the weak
alike, no-one can stand up to them for fear of blackmail. J Edgar
Hoover of the FBI used to employ similar tactics.
I have read a couple of reports from a fund-raising dinner in which
Obama was asked why he had not done much of what he promised to do
before his election? His answer was "Remember what happened to Dr
NSA Whistleblower: NSA Spying On – and Blackmailing – Top Government
Officials and Military Officers | Zero Hedge
I retroespect it is obvious that computers would enable this kind of
thing, even though in the early days there was a lot of hope that by
bypassing gatekeepers using the Internet we would have a lot more
Thanks for this. I didn't go into too much detail because I wasn't
really looking to solve the problems via the forum, more to get in
touch with someone with appropriate expertise who we can contract to
Lock-down is really only to keep children in their area and disabling
some keyboard shortcuts - not BIOS, hardware, etc.
Main question is about running AIR apps - we have 80 flash games built
already, so if flash is no longer the way to go, too late. I was
looking in the direction of Linux (to move away from Windows) because
I'm keen to:
1. simplify the whole setup
2. boot faster
3. make the disk footprint smaller and therefore faster to re-image
4. stick with one OS version - at the moment we have XP and W7 and
variants of that.
5. have something more stable. For example, we are experiencing a lot
of cases where XP just reboots over and over. When we reimage the
disk, it is fine.
Other thing I forgot to mention is that these are touch screen
computers. Don't know if that is something linux allows for.
Not sure if my email address appears - bouwmeester.chris(a)gmail.com
Happy to make contact with anyone who might be able to assist us further.
Chris Bouwmeester wrote:
> Hi. We have an application which at the moment runs on Adobe
> AIR/flash under windows. I'd like to explore the suitability of
> running it under Linux instead. The application is for preschoolers
> and we also need to make changes to the operating system to lock it
> down and prevent them getting out of the application, etc. Are you
> able to point me towards someone who can do/assist us with that sort
> of thing? Thanks, Chris.
The lockdown part can be achieved mostly by running the app
full-screened in X, enabling DontZap (on by default these days), and
disabling the gettys (or disabling Ctrl+Alt+Fn). Unless the app
itself offers e.g. a shell, you should be fine.
Preventing users from hijacking the boot sequence is harder -- you
have to worry about getting access to the BIOS, the bootloader, the
initrd (esp. recovery shell), plus anything you leave enabled in init.
This is not particularly onerous iff you can get a custom BIOS
compiled by your hardware vendor (if you have homogeneous hardware).
Also you will need to worry about physical security, esp. access to
jumpers and cables to disk &c off the mainboard.
If you're just worried about a preschooler dropping to a shell by
accident and rm -rf'ing the disk, you can probably forego my 2nd and
3rd paras -- it's more concerned with deliberate malice.
I won't even bother to comment on the flash part -- I'm sure plenty of
other people here will have articulate rants about that.
Though, perhaps I should have started by asking: why do you want to
switch from Windows?
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Hi. We have an application which at the moment runs on Adobe AIR/flash under
windows. I'd like to explore the suitability of running it under Linux
instead. The application is for preschoolers and we also need to make changes
to the operating system to lock it down and prevent them getting out of the
application, etc. Are you able to point me towards someone who can do/assist
us with that sort of thing? Thanks, Chris.
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On Thu, 20 Jun 2013, Trent W. Buck wrote:
> Tim Connors wrote:
> > Maybe it would be best if the SOE they're trying to push out to all govt
> > agencies removes our right to execve() /bin/bash.
> In 3.9 you can turn of shebang support...
Nah, we just need to remove all support for execve() and related system
calls. Security risk, you see.
As background... I recently visited my old high school. They have the
same staff levels that they had when I was there, but less than half
the students. The outcomes are worse however. Gang activity is now a
problem. This is consistent with figures I have seen across the board
of a doubling of per student real spending since I left school, while
outcomes have deteriorated.
Can someone enlighten me about the rationale of the Gonski reforms?
I got onto the government's web site http://www.betterschools.gov.au/
and tried to derive some content from what is mostly PR hackery. What
I managed to glean was:
* More money will be directed to underprivileged students, with the
objective of achieving more uniform outcomes across the social
* More detailed policy direction ("uniform standards") and reporting
to Canberra (referred to as "accountability").
* Numerous mandates such as Asian languages; each school must be
paired to a school in Asia, each school must have detailed policies
about bullying, each student must have a "reading plan" etc.
* A more politicized process for selection of trainee teachers (eg
based on interviews and assessment of applicants' "community
* Make it harder to become a teacher by requiring more training
initially (and ongoing), although there are some nods in the direction
of providing more assistance to beginning teachers.
* Teachers may **optionally** be assessed in part based on student
performance but it seems this will generally not happen.
Some of these policies may seem plausible but in social policy
plausible solutions often produce no results, and often make things
worse ("drugs are harmful so let's ban them"). Most notably, attempts
to level the social classes by spending more on disadvantaged students
- above a very moderate level - have consistently produced minuscule
As I suggested above, throwing money at the problem has been a
miserable failure in the past, yet we seem to be embarking on an
exercise of "if it doesn't work, then do even more of it ".
In all my reading on the topic over the years, the one thing that
seems to matter in student outcomes, once you factor in the student
cohort, is teacher quality, specifically intelligence. Class sizes,
within a fairly wide range, don't seem to make much difference (though
they do affect teacher workloads). Yet teacher quality, including
getting rid of under-performing teachers, is conspicuously absent from
the agenda. There is no mention of paying teachers in in-demand fields
more and trying to get a higher quality applicant.
Can anyone reassure me that my hard earned tax dollars are being spent
From: "Russell Coker" <russell(a)coker.com.au>
> I think that a large part of the solution to the current situation is in
> removing some students from the regular school system. I'm sure
> that everyone
> here went to school with some kids who never had a chance of going to
> university and probably weren't going to pass year 12. Having such students
> in school only make things worse for everyone else.
The "separation of kids" is one of the main differences between my
upbringing in East Germany (where more or less all kids stay together
until year 10) and the West German (and now in all of Germany) where
most states separate kids after year 4, in three different school
To end up in the "low end school" (Hauptschule) is more or less the
entry ticket to a failed life. There you have "no future kids". Why
bother to learn? Take your drugs and learn for an underworld career.
The selection is only partially based on merits. Everybody knows that
well-off parents have more means to ensure their kids avoid these kind
of schools even if they are not that bright. And the kid with he black
fingernails is more likely to be there even if it's smarter than the
Yes, having all kids learning together has some downsides but it has
upsides too. School is social education too, and it is good to know
how other people fare in life, what there problems are etc. Social
separation happens anyway, by location, and the last years of
houseprice explosion will speed up this process.
Personally, I enjoy to see my kids growing up with a positive
attitude. As most Australian kids do, I believe. I haven't seen many
12 years old who already feel that they are "the leftover" of a
society that doesn't need them.
That is good for everyone. It makes living in Australia a pleasant experience.
My daughter learns in a public college, in a SEAL program (selected
entry accelerated learning). The separation is much less intrusive
than separation by school, and it seems to be the best of two worlds
for her: an inclusive school and a challenging, stimulating learning
environment. These facilities are there for all kids, not just the
SEAL classes, as art curses, sport hall, science labs etc.
BTW: The inclusive Australian education system fares better in
international comparisons than the separating German one.