Allan Shand

Southend-On-Sea, United Kingdom

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English

Areas of Expertise

Linux (Fedora, Debian, Ubuntu), vector art, Python

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Allan Shand
Posted about 2 years ago
Open Source + Education = A Brighter Future
I couldn't agree with you more. Right now we have a battle/war for information with closed source and copyright/patent and opensource copyleft (gpl/creative commons) heading up against each other. The closed source side have the upper hand because they can influence goverment policy however communication is a natural act for humans and trying to control how that happens will fail sooner or later. My personal vision of what I would like to see is a combination of Sugitra Mitras | http://www.ted.com/talks/sugata_mitra_the_child_driven_education.html | method Using Raspberry Pi's (opensource computer) which cost $25 | http://www.raspberrypi.org/ | Using opensource and free operating systems such as Fedora or arch Linux to access free education materials online give the childern a goal and sit back and watch the magic (education) happen. Basically the Idea is to remove as many barriers as possible to education all the way to the highest level.
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Allan Shand
Posted about 2 years ago
Andrew Stanton: The clues to a great story
I would guess there are some copyright issues with distribution of "any part of" a Disney film but I could be wrong. It was pretty strange for me too its the first time I had seen anything like that since starting to watch TED talks which is over 1 year now
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Allan Shand
Posted over 2 years ago
Abraham Verghese: A doctor's touch
Wow awesome talk. I like the art of conversation and never give up the chance to do so. However there are certain people I have met who sound like comfort. You feel like it would be a shame to interrupt the person as it would break the spell. My experience of a Doctor similar to Dr Verghese was my partners obstetrician Dr Phillip Hagan who unfortunately died not long after we met him. My partner has a very rare condition Anti phospholipid syndrome which virtually guarantee's that the baby will be premature and the chances of liver failure will be high. Dr Hagan managed to keep us sane throughout the pregnancy with his relaxed, authorative attentive and friendly manner.
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Allan Shand
Posted over 3 years ago
Tim Jackson: An economic reality check
I am not an economist but I think the push for change in society is possibly not going to come from governments as they have lost any trust they had a long time ago. One point I would make is that I just watched the talk on my Laptop which is installed with UBUNTU and anyone who has read Ubuntu's Code of Conduct will understand exactly what he mean's.