web analytics

Open mike 27/12/2019

Written By: - Date published: 7:00 am, December 27th, 2019 - 26 comments
Categories: open mike - Tags:

Open mike is your post.

For announcements, general discussion, whatever you choose.

The usual rules of good behaviour apply (see the Policy).

Step up to the mike …

26 comments on “Open mike 27/12/2019 ”

  1. A 1

    I'm glad Tim won his case.

    During this time workers were told KME was "still consulting" with employees, that it could introduce the policy under its employment agreement and the system provider, Timecloud, could amend or update the policy "with or without notice to users".

    Fensom raised his concerns about the system in an email to Lane on October 11, telling his employer that

    he was disappointed by KME's lack of communication about its reasons for changing the system. He said he was not comfortable using it.

    Monitoring time-keeping and any emergency evacuation of the site could be achieved by a swipe card which was "less invasive", Fensom said.

    Lane told him workers had been given an opportunity to have their concerns addressed over the previous two months and the system was going to be implemented in mid-October.

    Fensom was on a two week holiday while the system was being rolled out.

    When he returned on October 29, Fensom declined to use the face scanner, and instead signed in on a paper timesheet and carried on with his day.

    That day Fensom was given a formal warning letter for not following KME's health and safety policies.

    ​The next day when he refused again, Fensom was fired for serious misconduct.

    Problem is the ruling is more around procedure of dismissal than being forced to use face scanning tech, with a disturbing flexibility around policy.

    • RedBaronCv 1.1

      Data privacy for employees from their employer is something that should be on the radar of this government and included as part of work conditions. To allow employers to collect biometric data and pass it on to third parties to do what they want to without consent joins the list of

      signing employees into third party websites to answer questionaires ( again data going where?. )

      wanting personal employees details to reset passwords ( data caches with this information are a hacker magnet)

      posting photo's of employees into various programmes ( email in particular) where there is third party access

      wanting work apps on personal phones

      etc etc

      we need to legislate fast as a lot of this will be scooped into micro targeting. micro targeting used for elections.

      • Sacha 1.1.1

        Successive govts refusing to criminalise outright wage theft suggests we will be waiting a long time before they regulate those things.

  2. lprent 2

    https://services.metservice.com/towns-cities/invercargill

    Aussie expected to export its weather to New Zealand. Met Service is predicting 27C peak in Invercargill on Tuesday as a big bulge of hot air swirls off the blasted continent. We've been having Auckland winter midday temps down here, as the circum-Antarctica winds have been spreading north (and reversed)…

    I'm afraid to look at the temp in Auckland on Tuesday evening when we return home – probably close to Singapore evening temps I suspect.

    Update: Not so bad – go home to cool down https://services.metservice.com/towns-cities/auckland/auckland-central#!/ten-day

    The weather is being very freaky this year. Partially the SSW affecting the SAM. But also the Indian Ocean Dipole reversal as well.

    More energy in the climate system == more energetic weather effects.

    • Poission 2.2

      Expectations (models) suggest strongly that warming of the stratosphere (inverse to GHG) increase the probability of the residence time for a negative SAM .

      https://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/products/precip/CWlink/daily_ao_index/aao/aao_index.html

      The increased chance of transport of both storm belts and increased cloud cover to around 40s was within expectations or to put it another way it has been colder from 40s and the east coast has persistent easterly.

      The SAM is the largest redistribution of atmospheric mass on the planet,and responsible for most of the SH weather regime changes.

      • lprent 2.2.1

        Between 30S and 40S on an island in the middle of an ocean with high ground really is the sweet spot.

        I’m family kibitzing at present at 46.4S – moderate weather in summer even with the negative SAM. Has been a bit of crap spring and summer from what I can find out. But way better than where I was two weeks ago.

        I just returned from 51.1N, and apparently it wasn't that bad a winter. Weather depressed the hell out of me. I think I saw the sun a couple of times. First time I have been there. The UK is now the bottom of my list of places to return to.

        Last year I spent much of the year in 1.35N working outside. I got to having the hotel aircond at 27C and even the Auckland summer night high humidity windless stew felt blissfully cool when I got back.

        I'm looking forward to spending more time at 36S. I might freeze my arse off in the workplace aircond (why 22C? – 24C is much nicer) – but I can wear a jersey and a beanie. I might get damp dodging showers biking on the way to and from work – but I have rain radar, overhanging store fronts, a coat, and a short trip.

        Oh well – home soonish.

  3. gsays 3

    What struck me was the employer's admission that "Timecloud's real benefits were to reduce time fraud."

    Almost always, a hard truth rather than an easy lie.

    Edit: It’s funny that when a worker does this its called time fraud, but when the owners of capital do it (underpay holiday pay, miscalculated leave entitlements etc), ‘the law is complicated, a system fault, programming error…’

    • gsays 3.1

      Sorry Incognito, above meant as a reply to A @ 1.

      • Incognito 3.1.1

        Why do you apologise to me?

        Post the comment again, in the intended place, if you wish 🙂

        • Graeme 3.1.1.1

          I've noticed a quirk on iPhone (SE, ios 13.3) where the header on Comment panel says "Leave a Reply", with the same header if you are replying to a comment. The only difference is the reply panel has a cancel button above the header, which doesn't seem to do anything.

          On my laptop (Safari 11.1.2) the same panel header is "Leave Comment", but with a Cancel reply button on the right.

          Could be where threads are getting broken.

          [fixed user name 😉 ]

          • lprent 3.1.1.1.1

            There are two different themes running on the site. One is for the phones and some tablets. The other is for everything else.

            You’re seeing the differences between the two themes. iPhone does the former and laptop does the latter. I never bothered to make them conform particularly.

            The most likely reason for threads getting broken is that we give people the option to delete their comments for up to 10 minutes after they are made visible. If they do and someone has already left a response, then we get an orphaned reply as their only ‘parent’ comment has slunk away.

            I decided years ago that I couldn’t be bothered fixing this, but that if I saw someone gaming this, then I’d write a patch preventing a delete of the comment for a while, and leave a stub for replies to attach to. Never been enough of a problem to do to date.

          • Incognito 3.1.1.1.2

            Different on my laptop (Win10). Each comment has a Reply button to the bottom RH side (unless the thread is too deep) and that will open a/the text editor with a Cancel reply button on the top RH side.

            At the bottom of the post/page you’ll find the default text editor that is already open; it does not have a cancel button but you’ll have 10 min to change your mind about the comment and delete it if you wish (it will be visible during that time).

            Edit: what Lynn said 😉

    • A 3.2

      Having looked through Timecloud's website I'd say the most appealing feature would be intergration with multiple payroll systems.

      The system has the option of swipe card, fingerprint or facial scan although it doesn't say if you can have any combo of those three options working together.

  4. lprent 4

    A brief reboot. Been 60 days since the last one and the system wants to update kernel and to examine some of the drives.

    • A 4.1

      Don't know what that means, but you're awesome.

      • lprent 4.1.1

        It means that I was just too lazy or too rushed to do it before I left Auckland last Friday. Probably the former. Because I’d usually do it either after midnight or when I get up early so as not to get grumps from authors or commenters when their comment disappears with the server.

        In the morning case is usually just before I do the zen of the early morning game of Civ6 at 0500 or 0600 while I wait for 0700 when I can make coffee. Mind you that is always I was too lazy to make up a morning thermos the night before.

        55 sq metre apartments mean that you get the morning grump from the bedroom blanket roll complaining when I grind the beans otherwise.

        I am awesomely lazy – I have made a profession out of it. As a programmer it is a valuable skill. You work hard to make sure you don’t have to do the same old crap again and again. But sometimes it causes irritating side-effects in other parts of my life

  5. Johnr 5

    Quote I think is worth repeating from my cousins xmas newsletter. She lives in Michigan.

    "I think I'll promote laziness as a lifestyle this year.

    – Smiling uses less energy than scowling

    – It is easier to be kind than raising the energy to be nasty

    – If people did nothing it is probably better for the environment than consuming resources to amass stuff.

    – If nasty people did nothing then there will be less work needed by kind people."

  6. gsays 7

    I don't get too excited about e-vehicles normally, this is a cool sounding story.

    autoblog.com/amp/2019/12/26/rivian-r1t-r1s-tank-turn-steer/

    • McFlock 7.1

      I like how they kept the bonnet to keep it looking traditional. If there's an engine at each wheel, what to they do with the space – a front trunk like VW beetles?

      Obviously can't have too many revolutionary ideas in a new vehicle lol.

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • NZ announces a third P-3 deployment in support of UN sanctions
    The Government has deployed a Royal New Zealand Air Force P-3K2 Orion (P-3) maritime patrol aircraft to support the implementation of United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolutions imposing sanctions against North Korea, announced Minister of Foreign Affairs Winston Peters and Minister of Defence Ron Mark. “New Zealand has long supported ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Pacific trade and development agreement a reality
    Pacific regional trade and development agreement PACER Plus will enter into force in 60 days now that the required eight countries have ratified it. Trade and Export Growth Minister David Parker welcomed the announcement that the Cook Islands is the eighth nation to ratify this landmark agreement. “The agreement represents ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Securing a pipeline of teachers
    The Government is changing its approach to teacher recruitment as COVID-19 travel restrictions continue, by boosting a range of initiatives to get more Kiwis into teaching. “When we came into Government, we were faced with a teacher supply crisis,” Education Minister Chris Hipkins said. “Over the past three years, we ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Border exceptions for a small number of international students with visas
    The Government has established a new category that will allow 250 international PhD and postgraduate students to enter New Zealand and continue their studies, in the latest set of border exceptions. “The health, safety and wellbeing of people in New Zealand remains the Government’s top priority. Tight border restrictions remain ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • First COVID-19 vaccine purchase agreement signed
    The Government has signed an agreement to purchase 1.5 million COVID-19 vaccines – enough for 750,000 people – from Pfizer and BioNTech, subject to the vaccine successfully completing all clinical trials and passing regulatory approvals in New Zealand, say Research, Science and Innovation Minister Megan Woods and Health Minister Chris Hipkins. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • International statement – End-to-end encryption and public safety
    We, the undersigned, support strong encryption, which plays a crucial role in protecting personal data, privacy, intellectual property, trade secrets and cyber security.  It also serves a vital purpose in repressive states to protect journalists, human rights defenders and other vulnerable people, as stated in the 2017 resolution of the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Ministry of Defence Biodefence Assessment released
    The Ministry of Defence has today released a Defence Assessment examining Defence’s role across the spectrum of biological hazards and threats facing New Zealand. Biodefence: Preparing for a New Era of Biological Hazards and Threats looks at how the NZDF supports other agencies’ biodefence activities, and considers the context of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • New Approaches to Economic Challenges: Confronting Planetary Emergencies: OECD 9 October 2020
    New Approaches to Economic Challenges: Confronting Planetary Emergencies: OECD 9 October 2020 Hon David Parker’s response following Thomas Piketty and Esther Duflo. Good morning, good afternoon, and good evening, wherever in the world you might be. I first acknowledge the excellent thought provoking speeches of Thomas Piketty and Esther ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Kaipara Moana restoration takes next step
    A Memorandum of Understanding has been signed today at Waihāua Marae between the Crown, local iwi and councils to protect, restore and enhance the mauri of Kaipara Moana in Northland. Environment Minister David Parker signed the document on behalf of the Crown along with representatives from Ngā Maunga Whakahī, Ngāti ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • New Zealand and Uruguay unite on reducing livestock production emissions
    Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor and Uruguayan Minister of Livestock, Agriculture and Fisheries Carlos María Uriarte have welcomed the launch of a three-year project that will underpin sustainable livestock production in Uruguay, Argentina, and Costa Rica.  The project called ‘Innovation for pasture management’ is led by Uruguay’s National Institute of Agricultural ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • 3100 jobs created through marae upgrades
    Hundreds of marae throughout the country will be upgraded through investments from the Provincial Growth Fund’s refocused post COVID-19 funding to create jobs and put money into the pockets of local tradespeople and businesses, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones and Māori Development Minister Nanaia Mahuta have announced. “A total ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Health volunteers recognised in annual awards
    Health Minister Chris Hipkins has announced 9 teams and 14 individuals are the recipients of this year’s Minister of Health Volunteer Awards.  “The health volunteer awards celebrate and recognise the thousands of dedicated health sector volunteers who give many hours of their time to help other New Zealanders,” Mr Hipkins ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Community COVID-19 Fund supports Pacific recovery
    The Minister for Pacific Peoples, Aupito William Sio says a total of 264 groups and individuals have successfully applied for the Pacific Aotearoa Community COVID-19 Recovery Fund, that will support Pacific communities drive their own COVID-19 recovery strategies, initiatives, and actions. “I am keen to see this Fund support Pacific ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Community benefits from Māori apprenticeships
    Up to 50 Māori apprentices in Wellington will receive paid training to build houses for their local communities, thanks to a $2.75 million investment from the Māori Trades and Training Fund, announced Employment Minister Willie Jackson today. “This funding will enable Ngāti Toa Rangatira Incorporated to provide its Ngā Kaimahi ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Training fund supports Māori jobseekers
    Rapidly growing sectors will benefit from a $990,000 Māori Trades and Training Fund investment which will see Wellington jobseekers supported into work, announced Employment Minister Willie Jackson today. “This funding will enable Sapphire Consultants Ltd. to help up to 45 Māori jobseekers into paid training initiatives over two years through ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Ruakura Inland Port development vital infrastructure for Waikato
    The Government is investing $40 million to develop an inland port at Ruakura which will become a freight super-hub and a future business, research and residential development for the Waikato, Urban Development and Transport Minister Phil Twyford, and Māori Development Minister Nanaia Mahuta announced today. The funding has been has ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Appointments made to Defence Expert Review Group
    Defence Minister Ron Mark announced today the establishment of an Expert Review Group to review a number of aspects of the New Zealand Defence Force’s (NZDF) structure, information management and record-keeping processes.  The Expert Review Group’s work arises out of the first recommendation from the Report of the Government’s Inquiry ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • No active community cases of COVID-19
    There are no active community cases of COVID-19 remaining in the country after the last people from the recent outbreak have recovered from the virus, Health Minister Chris Hipkins said today. “This is a big milestone. New Zealanders have once again through their collective actions squashed the virus. The systems ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Clean energy upgrade for more public buildings
    More public buildings will be supported by the Government to upgrade to run on clean energy, the Minister for Climate Change James Shaw announced today. Minister Shaw announced that Lincoln and Auckland universities will receive support through the Clean-Powered Public Service Fund to replace fossil fuel boilers. Southern, Taranaki, and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Schools back donations scheme for the second year
    More schools have opted in to the donations scheme for 2021, compared to 2020 when the scheme was introduced. “The families of more than 447,000 students will be better off next year, with 94% of eligible schools and kura opting into the scheme,” Education Minister Chris Hipkins said. “This is ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Ruapehu cycle trails gets PGF boost
    The spectacular Mountains to Sea cycle trail in Ruapehu District will receive $4.6 million in funding from the Provincial Growth Fund for two additional trails, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. “This is an exciting development for the local community, and one that will provide significant economic opportunities ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Update to air border order strengthens crew requirements
    Additional measures coming into effect on Monday will boost our defence against COVID-19 entering New Zealand through the air border, Health Minister Chris Hipkins said today. “As part of our precautionary approach and strategy of constant review, we’re tightening the requirements around international aircrew,” Chris Hipkins said. The COVID-19 Public ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago
  • A true picture of Māori business activity
    A better picture of the contribution Māori businesses make to the economy will be possible with changes to the way information is collected about companies and trading enterprises. Māori Development Minister Nanaia Mahuta and Small Business Minister Stuart Nash have announced a new option for Māori enterprises who are part ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago
  • PGF funding for Taranaki projects
    The South Taranaki museum, a New Plymouth distillery and a Pasifika building firm will benefit from a Government investment totalling more than $1 million, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones says. The $1.05m in grants and loans from the Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) will help the recipients expand and create ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago
  • Fijian Language Week 2020 inspires courage and strength during COVID-19 pandemic
    The Minister for Pacific Peoples, Aupito William Sio says the theme for the 2020 Fijian Language Week reflects the strong belief by Fijians that their language and culture inspires courage and strength that is strongly needed in times of emergencies, or through a significant challenge like the global COVID-19 pandemic ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago
  • Trades training builds on iwi aspirations
    An investment of $2.025 million from the Māori Trades and Training Fund will support Māori to learn new skills while making a positive difference for their communities, announced Employment Minister Willie Jackson today. “K3 Development Limited Partnership will receive $2,025,000 for its Takitimu Tuanui apprenticeship programme, which will support the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago
  • Conservation Minister plants two millionth tree in Raglan restoration
    A long-term conservation project led by the Whaingaroa Harbour Care group in the western Waikato reaches a significant milestone this week, with the planting of the two millionth tree by the Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage. “Planting the two millionth tree crowns 25 years of commitment and partnership involving Whaingaroa ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago
  • Seniors – our parents and grandparents
    International Older Persons Day is a chance to think about the individual older New Zealanders we know and to confront ageism, Seniors Minister Tracey Martin said today. “What happened around COVID-19 is a reminder that our over-65s are a very large and diverse group of people and we need to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago