Posts by Rich of Observationz

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  • Speaker: Hook, Line and Sinker –…,

    You could have a no-motor-boats rule in some areas? So you can catch fish off the beach, or from a kayak, which would slow people down a bit

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  • Hard News: Dirty Politics,

    I suspect that this might be less that the US won't deal with the country but that the receiving countries won't accept a barcode printed on someone's computer as valid postage and expect a proper stampy thing duly licked and stuck to the parcel.

    We don't have an option to print your own stamps in NZ, do we?

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  • Speaker: Scoop.co.nz's Operation…,

    Out of interest, and I’m not attacking you here, have you had this lawyered at all?

    I’m wondering how you expect anyone using your service to be bound by the license agreement. My very rough understanding around “click-wrap” license agreements is that they take effect by swapping adherence to the agreement for a license to use copyright material in a manner that would otherwise be infringing. But viewing a web page isn’t a copyright infringement (transient reproduction).

    IANAL, so I'd be really interested to hear another view.

    I’d be a bit concerned that if a large number of websites and newspapers did this (and if it works, why not?), the reaction of Gradgrind and Gradrind Limited (as in nearly all NZ employers) would be to truncate internet access at work.

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  • Hard News: An unacceptable failure of care, in reply to Russell Brown,

    Well, yes, I was referring to the comments. Fairly widespread liability for libel predates the internet, newspaper sellers are, I think, jointly responsible for any libels in the papers they sell (at least in the UK, NZ might have removed this).

    But also, I suspect (and hope) a libel case is unlikely, both because of the cost and because such a case would require X and Y to deny the allegations under oath, something they might not be well advised to do.

    However the HDC Bill, if ever enacted as proposed makes legal action a simpler process and truth not an absolute defence. That would definitely chill discussion such as this.

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: After Kiwi, in reply to Russell Brown,

    I did buy some knock-offs there one time, and they are really flimsy

    So they were more at the $1 end of the scale I guess.

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  • Hard News: An unacceptable failure of care,

    All I can say is that it's a good job the Harmful Digital Communications Bill hasn't gone through yet, or Russell might be finding himself sanctioned.

    (Hales (father or son) could still sue for libel, but the expense and hazard of that makes it less likely).

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: After Kiwi,

    Aren't bFM and Radioactive those places?

    (I know bFM is technically "student radio" being liked to AUSA, right. But AFAIK Active doesn't have any university links any more).

    Why not grow those rather than trying to invent another tier.

    (Oh, and maybe a future left wing government could take the tip and just stop subsidising the National Party's various propaganda outlets).

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  • Hard News: Villainy and engagement,

    It's a myth that pork creates jobs. Mostly, it just changes them and moves them around - making people work in the pork-barrelled industry or move to the favoured region.

    Maybe, if there were a pool of unskilled, hard to employ people, some sort of hole digging and filling project would create jobs for them, but most kind of subsidies don't.

    (Like tourism subsidies, which drive up room rates, maybe hotel income, probably inner-city land prices but don't do much for jobs or wages).

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  • Hard News: Villainy and engagement, in reply to Mike O'Connell,

    That "actor" concept is really out there.

    Apparently in the olden days they used to have many such people who "played" characters in "plays" and "films". They could even do all sorts of bad shit "on stage" such as murdering the Roman Emperor, and they didn't even get in any personal or professional trouble for it.

    Wierd.

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  • Hard News: Villainy and engagement,

    Is part of the deal with these shows that not only are the competitors required to be walk-up rubes with no agent, but the judges are required to have no professional representation as well?

    Because either this is the case, or those two had a crap agent, or they’ll be collecting a big wodge of money from TV3 for breach of non-disparagement clauses, or they always were expecting to get paid their full fee for doing half the programmes.

    Be much better if we were able to OIA TV stations that spend public money and get full visibility of their machinations.

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