Posts by Paul Campbell

  • Hard News: Trump's Dummkopfs,

    Best tweet of last night: "Defective Mike" .... turns out that's his coke dealer

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  • Hard News: Trump's Dummkopfs, in reply to Tom Semmens,

    Trump sounded like what I imagine Leighton Smith would sound like after one too many visits to the sherry decanter. Or in Trump’s case, if the sniffles are any guide, one too many fat lines in the toilet cubicle before the debate…

    you know that was probably a lot of Muldoon's appeal with his base, except that it was the gins he'd had before he went on TV rather than sherry

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  • Hard News: There in half the time:…,

    unlike the smog generator that comes mandatory with most cars

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  • Hard News: There in half the time:…, in reply to Nick Russell,

    Heh. Wonder how it would cope with a Wellington hill..

    A friend here in Dunedin did his own conversion 3 or so years back, he travels to work at Port from Kaikorai Valley over the old Northern Road (because the main Port road is too bloo0dy dangerous for cyclists). Another friend drags off cars going up Stuart St during rush hour ….

    In other words like electric cars they have close to infinite torque at low revs, they do great on the hills

    People from Dunedin who are interested in electric bikes should visit the Valley Community Workspace – we have a couple of people there selling electric bikes, and others doing their own conversions (both of bikes and of cars).

    I visit Shenzhen a lot these days, there the city has banned 2-stroke scooters, unlike other Asian cities rush hour is not a choking mess, electric bikes and scooters are ubiquitous, petrol taxis cost a 3 yuan tax over electric ones …. I have seen the future …. it involves kids sneaking up on you from behind on the footpath at night with their lights off to save their batteries

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: Apple and the…,

    As someone who has implemented a USB dongle with "a piece of PCB", and abandoned it, I have to say it's a horrible solution (you have to be able to get an exact thickness and be able to get your PCB just so), sure it works 95% of the time, but the other 5% it falls out ... the cheap connector is < 5 cents from China.

    Roll on the USB-C that doesn't care which way around you plug it in

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  • Up Front: Our House,

    Maybe this will do instead:

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  • Up Front: Our House,

    I started reading with Talking Heads bouncing along in my head ..... and crashed .... that was not the read I expected ...

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  • Hard News: Obscuring the News,

    that's what happened when they fired all the English grads - the readers and copy holders - back in the early 80s

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  • Hard News: Radio B and the secret pirates,

    I guess I'm uncomfortable with portraying the old Post Office radio inspectors as bumbling incompetents ... I knew some of them from back then and IMHO they were anything but

    More likely their bosses had Muldoon breathing down their necks and they were under extreme pressure. I think that more likely they wanted to make sure the equipment wasn't interfering with anyone else and otherwise look the other way.

    One of the local guys (a vague in-law) here used to be able to keep up two conversations at once, one in morse ... he also told of searching the Taieri Plains for an interfering radio source, finding it coming from a power country line he tracked it down to one pole, looking closely he found someone was nicking power, the wires went down the back of the pole, and were dug into the paddock, he pulled them up until he got to a barn where he found a still, he helped the cocky fix the noisy thermostat, but didn't report him, claiming the laws about radio confidentiality didn't allow him to.

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  • Polity: Hekia's waynebrave,

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    This morning's Tremain

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