Posts by Che Tibby

  • OnPoint: "Project SPEARGUN underway", in reply to Matt Crawford,

    It would require vast amounts of ongoing bandwidth and CPU, especially as Key claims it was to be total.

    that assumes that we actually house the data tho doesn't it? the internet has already decided that breaching the cable is "trivial" (if you have a nuclear sub and the right kit...), and we know from snowden and hager that the 5-eyes routinely share data. snowden also clearly stated last night that the gcsb has been contributing to the development of the overall project to mass surveil. that suggests opex funding to me.

    like stephen clover indicates. it's a govt to govt transfer, probably at cost.

    the back of an envelope • Since Nov 2006 • 2026 posts Report Reply

  • OnPoint: "Project SPEARGUN underway", in reply to Matt Crawford,

    devil's advocate: what if the kit is developed by a different source and only needs to be implemented? that would be still be capex, and opex would be BAU for the agency.

    the back of an envelope • Since Nov 2006 • 2026 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Not even a statistic,

    .

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  • Hard News: Going solar?,

    i've done the math on this time and time again, and the only reason we haven't gone solar PV is that our bills are so low - mid-winter we only pay $150 a month. a large part of that is having a modest home and a big woodburner (total monthly heating is at least $200 per month in winter, but if we get free firewood anywhere it drops dramatically). but we also work hard on not wasting electricity.

    like someone said earlier (thread is currently a bit tl;dr for my cold-addled brain), the most carbon efficient car is probably one already built - but i'd argue that it's one you don't use at all. frugality is the key.

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: Old, New, New, Old, in reply to Russell Brown,

    hmmm... i need evidence, despite google telling me you're right :D

    surely the longer CDs are the equivalent of double-vinyls?

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: Old, New, New, Old,

    A clutch of five or six songs is a nice place between a taster and conventional album length (which, let's face it, is an artefact of the compact disc) and the price is usually appealing

    especially when so many albums are padded with b-list songs.

    <quiet voice> album length is an artifact of vinyl, CDs aren't much longer or shorter</quiet voice>

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  • Hard News: The People's Poet is dead!, in reply to Gabor Toth,

    gary mccormack hosts a rock special on rick springfield... remember how bleak i said the 80s were?

    some crimes should never be forgotten.

    the back of an envelope • Since Nov 2006 • 2026 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The People's Poet is dead!,

    your quote is very apt. being a teen in the 80s was just so goddamn bleak, what with the economy in the loo and the very real threat of nuclear annilation. discovering a series of lunatics on the TV was what helped keep us sane.

    to this day i resent having to be the one who gets it together to put the lentils on to soak (thanks neil...), and occasionally tell myself poetry in the bathroom mirror.

    and SKA ON TV. totes awes.

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  • Feed: Grandpa's Kitchen,

    the main food memory of my grandfather is standing in the kitchen of their place in the mount, and he's teaching me how to dip stale bread in egg-whipped-with-milk. drop into hot buttery pan and fry on both sides.

    eat with liberal sprinkle of iodised salt and a dash of pepper from the small blue shakers.

    i still eat it when i need a particular kind of comfort food.

    Ma wai ra e taurima,Te marae i waho nei?

    i miss you old boy.

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  • Hard News: The Language of Climate, in reply to bmk,

    Only because if you look over the history of the planet it would have had temperature changes like that before.

    agreed. the climate changes we're on the cusp of aren't abnormal for Earth. they're unprecedented for homosapiens.

    the question isn't "will earth cope?"*, the question is, "will we?"

    *although the most alarmist think that we might push it too far and fck the biosphere once and for all.

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