Posts by Rich of Observationz

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  • Speaker: Shenzen's hire-bike explosion,

    So apparently, and this is a true Burning Man rumour, Eric Schmidt donated 1000 yellow bikes for people to ride around at Burning Man (a big party thing in Nevada).

    The monetisation was that each bike contained not only a GPS in the saddle, but also a micro-DNA tester that identified each rider and allowed their usage to be tracked. If they weren't wearing pants, that is.

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  • Speaker: Shenzen's hire-bike explosion,

    Obvious solution:

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  • Speaker: Shenzen's hire-bike explosion, in reply to steven crawford,

    The addition of gimmick features are often a good indicator of a quality drop

    See also stickers (Intel Inside! NXP Inside! Thingawammy XP2900!) on generic Windows laptops - Apple go to the opposite extent by removing features that are actually useful, but it keeps the product elegant.

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  • Hard News: "This seismic time": an…,

    I can see the Sun's headline now:
    EVIL TV MOGUL PUSHING WEED TO KIDZ

    Oh, wait...

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  • Hard News: Paths and ways, in reply to Moz,

    A bit challenging to engineer:

    - to have a directly driven dynamo, you'd need it to have something to torque against. A hub unit would be obvious (driven from the skewer) but it would need an entirely custom hub and wheel.
    - you could maybe have a drive off a disk brake, but obviously this would depend on the disk in use.
    - the other option would be an inertial generator (a weight that stays put as the wheel spins)
    - or, maybe have magnets on the forks and a coil that picks up a pulse as it passes them

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  • Speaker: Confessions of an Uber Driver…,

    Have you tried filing a report to IRD for GST evasion?

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  • Speaker: Confessions of an Uber Driver…,

    Are many Uber drivers GST registered now?

    There are two possibilities with GST:
    - Either, as Uber pretend, they are supplying a service to the driver who treats independently with the passenger. In that case:
    => If the driver is *not* GST registered, Uber has to collect GST on their margin (as a supplier of a service from offshore).
    => If the driver *is* GST registered, Uber has no GST liability (assuming they can claim not to be trading in NZ, which is debatable). If the fare is ever over $50, the driver must provide a GST invoice

    - However, if Uber are actually providing a service using drivers as contractors (or employees), they are liable to collect GST (and claim it back when paid to GST registered drivers).

    ACC: I believe that most of the ACC costs on light vehicles are recovered from the road user charge?

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  • Hard News: 2016: The arc of a year,

    Quite an interesting paper here.

    One finding which might arise from such measurement is that the true level of drug use is higher than that estimated from surveys, and consequently the incidence of problematic use is lower than estimated.

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  • Up Front: The Up Front Guide to Internet…,

    These sites are like Grindr for straight people?

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  • Hard News: Greens drug policy 2: the…,

    - There is no middle ground between the government jailing people for selling or using a substance, and the government asserting a substance to be "safe".

    - The PSA explicitly excluded all proscribed substances (except analogues) from ever being approved. This removed from consideration a range of substances that have already been through the medical testing process.

    - The continuation of prohibition results in numerous harms itself because drug use is not prevented, but drug users are forced by definition into criminality.

    I'd suggest, since a perfect, neat approach appears impossible, taking a pragmatic approach.

    + remove criminal penalties for all personal possession

    + remove jail as a sentence for any drug offence

    + make the unlawful sale or manufacture of drugs a regulatory rather than police issue, to be dealt with by local authorities and resourced according to the wishes of their communities

    + make the possession of drugs for testing purposes specifically legal, and make it a mitigating factor (smaller fine) if somebody selling drugs has had them tested and accurately labelled

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