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  • Bart Janssen,

    Only too happy to help Islander.

    It works both ways - you and all the others here help me understand things I just didn't get previously so I'm only too happy to return the (much appreciated) favour.

    Re the jigsaw:
    5/2 does not equal 8/3

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3434 posts Report Reply

  • giovanni tiso,

    The moribound swan reappers only to offer a pertinent link: last night my belle and I happened to be watching an old episode of the daily show(*) featuring an interview with Mike Huckabee. Here's part II, where they discuss gay marriage. Huckabee makes a series of annoying points that Emma addressed in her post, but Stewart scored big for me when he said - and I paraphrase - that one of the great indignities of our time is that we are forcing gays to make the case of why they deserve equal rights.

    (*) Admission of derangitude: we watch the daily show and the colbert report, but since we couldn't possibly spend that kind of time in front of the telly every week, instead of jumping ahead we just keep falling further and further behind. We're up to December 08 now. On the plus side, it was nice to get a repeat of election night.

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7390 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Parks,

    Anyone wanting elaboration on Bart's answer to the jigsaw puzzle, see here.

    Wellington • Since May 2007 • 1156 posts Report Reply

  • giovanni tiso,

    Posted in the wrong thread. Argh. Gots lots of those puzzles if we want to mega-threadjack.

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7390 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Parks,

    How to find Gio's missing hour a week to watch tele?

    Wellington • Since May 2007 • 1156 posts Report Reply

  • giovanni tiso,

    Oh, no, that's too easy. Invent a time machine, go back in time and advise him against having so many children.

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7390 posts Report Reply

  • 3410,

    Keep working on the other puzzle - its a good one, and quite simple once you know the trick.

    It is (a good one, I mean), though there is one peice of required information that is possibly impled but not stated. Namely that each guard knows which door he guards.

    So, to recap (with apologies to Steve Barnes):


    You are in a room with two exits and two guards.
    One door leads to freedom the other door leads to death.
    Each guard knows which door he guards.
    One guard always tells the truth the other always lies.

    You are allowed one question. What is that question?

    Auckland • Since Jan 2007 • 2618 posts Report Reply

  • Stephen Judd,

    Oh that's easy. You grab one guard by the neck, hold your dagger to his throat, and explain that he can point out the right door, no pissing about, and he comes with you.

    The problem with you intellectuals is that you're always overcomplicating things.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 2971 posts Report Reply

  • Kyle Matthews,

    No wait I saw this in a Bowie movie.

    The girl grabs one of the nose rings and stuffs it the guard's nose...

    No, it's gone again. Nevermind.

    Since Nov 2006 • 6217 posts Report Reply

  • 3410,

    lol, Stephen.

    Auckland • Since Jan 2007 • 2618 posts Report Reply

  • Stephen Judd,

    (It's not my joke, it's Terry Practchett's)

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 2971 posts Report Reply

  • Paul Williams,

    Deborah Coddington's column about Christine Rankin is worth reading.

    That's the first time I've found myself thinking Coddington's both right and/or reasonably expressed a considered view. This para I particularly agreed with:

    But actually, it's her ignorant dismissal of others' ideas that makes her unsuited to the Families Commission. It has nothing to do with her marital status. Her own behaviour this past week has demonstrated she's totally unsuitable.

    Sydney • Since Nov 2006 • 2237 posts Report Reply

  • Mark Harris,

    The police have a... I forget the unit name... electronic crimes unit or something. Mostly civilians, IT graduates. They would have done the investigation into the technical details.

    Yes they do and they're very good at it. If there was something to be found, they would have found it.

    I've always gone for the simpler answer. Somebody, with authorised access (whether Brash knew they had it or not) chose to leak them to Hager.

    Hell, the parliamentary system is hard enough to navigate when you've got a logon. I can't see anyone hacking in from outside and finding Brash's email even if they knew where to look.

    Waikanae • Since Jul 2008 • 1343 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Barnes,

    Oh that's easy. You grab one guard by the neck, hold your dagger to his throat, and explain that he can point out the right door, no pissing about, and he comes with you.

    The problem with you intellectuals is that you're always overcomplicating things.

    Stephen. That is just so Grant Dexter.
    ;-)
    Oh. and the Jig saw puzzle, which wasn't really a Jig saw puzzle cos, like they have, like lots of pieces and don't bother with the bits of paper cos I wasted most of Saturday night before I remembered the ancient and long forgotten art of trig. Or whatever it was called back then.
    :-(

    The wireless north ;-) • Since Dec 2006 • 4941 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha,

    I've always gone for the simpler answer. Somebody, with authorised access (whether Brash knew they had it or not) chose to leak them to Hager.

    Regardless of reassurances, Fran O'Sullivan remains convinced a full inquiry is needed into the terrible theft.

    In his April 16 press statement, Quinn said police had eliminated the suggestion that an external computer hacker had breached the computer security within Parliament.

    But Key - who has had a subsequent briefing - believes illegal access to the parliamentary computer system is still "most likely".

    Nicky Hagar considers the framing of recent publicity, including O'Sullivan's digging.

    National Party MPs proudly held up leaked papers in Parliament when they were in Opposition and would forcefully reject the idea that they had received stolen goods. The same media organisations that have done National a favour by talking about "stolen e-mails" would strongly defend their right to receive leaks without this being characterised as criminal activity. One person's theft is another person's leak. It seems to depend simply on whether you approve of the information reaching the public.

    Ex-beehive staffer David Lewis mulls the conspiracy:

    The inability of the police to track down any illegal activity could, just possibly, be due to the fact that there was no illegal activity. It could, just possibly, be due to the fact that one of Brash’s trusted aides is rumoured to have printed off every email he ever received. Someone, just possibly, could have copied those files one evening, and then passed them to Hager. But no. That’s crazy talk.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 16838 posts Report Reply

  • Gareth Ward,

    Now there's an interesting question re Rankin:
    Why was she selected by Bennett with very little consultation when she WASN'T one of the four people recommended for the job?

    Auckland, NZ • Since Mar 2007 • 1722 posts Report Reply

  • DeepRed,

    Why was she selected by Bennett with very little consultation when she WASN'T one of the four people recommended for the job?

    I believe the words "faith" and "based" fit somewhere.

    The southernmost capital … • Since Nov 2006 • 4403 posts Report Reply

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