Posts Tagged ‘innovation’

Silencing scientists integral to National’s anti-science DNA

Written By: - Date published: 1:34 pm, May 11th, 2016 - 40 comments

“It’s gone too far. The spin and message control has got stronger. They are less willing to put scientists out there to talk to the public because of the inability to control the message” – Shaun Hendy.

NRT: A low R&D economy

Written By: - Date published: 1:24 pm, November 18th, 2014 - 12 comments

The Herald this morning reports that New Zealand is near the bottom in global R&D spending. Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce is in full denial mode, saying that this doesn’t reflect what he’s seen. But he did make his money from being a crony capitalist, so perhaps he just can’t recognize innovation?

Apple vs Samsung

Written By: - Date published: 2:38 pm, August 30th, 2012 - 93 comments

When businesses like Apple patent hand waving, obvious design, round corners, or software (which in a way is like patenting maths), we all lose.  I’m not pleased with Craig Foss’s “minor amendment” to our block on software patents, but I like this SMBC cartoon…

Exporting Dunedin

Written By: - Date published: 9:45 am, October 11th, 2010 - 48 comments

David Clark is the Labour Party’s new candidate for Dunedin North.  He’s been talking to innovative local technology start-ups, and hearing about some of the barriers to success.

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