Overpaid public employees? Say it ain’t so.

The largesse of government organizations, who just can’t even pretend to be concerned about frittering away tax dollars, never ceases to amaze me:

The Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs needs someone to run the Facebook page for the Dept. of the Interior and they’ll pay up to $115,000 a year. Over at the Dept. of Defense, they’ll drop nearly 50k a year for a new mail room clerk, plus the glorious benefits that comes with government work.

If a private company ran this way, they would be bankrupt. Oh, wait…

Tip of the hat to I Hate The Media.

Canada in a nutshell.

Over at the National Post, Kelly McParland gets it bang on:

Every day it gets a little bit harder to know when to be offended in Canada. Since being offended has become part of the national culture, with a network of human rights bodies established to ensure no one should ever be offended by anything without an opportunity to profit from it, the sheer mass of potentially offensive situations has proliferated like bunnies in spring.

That’s it. I suppose I should be offended that he was able to define it so clearly.

Never saw this one coming.

According to a study, says the Los Angeles Times, women who post lots of photos of themselves on Facebook value their appearance and need attention:

There were differences between women and men. Overall, the results suggest that, compared with men, females identify more strongly with their image and appearance and use Facebook to compete for attention, said the lead author of the study, Michael A. Stefanone, an assistant professor of communications at the University of Buffalo.

The way all media constantly reinforce the ridiculous concept that women are somehow defined by their appearance, what more could we expect?

Someone got RIM to listen.

Jamie Murai wrote a post about the pain of writing applications for RIM devices. He did what I and so many others couldn’t; he got a response from RIM.

Not that this really matters. As I’ve noted before, RIM’s developer tools are difficult to use and don’t really work all that well. I was porting one of my applications to the BlackBerry, but set it aside when somebody at RIM informed me that barcode scanning did not work properly on the Torch, something they knew when they shipped it. This is not a company that has any regard for developers, or customers seemingly.

I’m just impressed that he got them to acknowledge him. I can only assume that is a result of him hitting then with Playbook issues just as they are perhaps nearing the launch of that device.

When I first heard of the Playbook I assumed they would run Android, and I certainly hope that they do as seems to be the prevailing belief. Because otherwise the Playbook is pretty much a tablet that plays Flash apps (I mean Adobe AIR apps), and some media.

But hey, I doubt they’ll be reading this anyway. I’m just an application developer. What do I know?