Posts by Shaun Lott

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  • Hard News: After Len,

    Is Len Brown Auckland's Bill Clinton?

    But seriously... People need to fairly appropriate blame for rates rises to the intransigence of central government to allow other forms of raising local revenue. We pay rates in Rodney as well as Waitakere, and things got better not worse after amalgamation. I only hope the next incumbent has the ability to follow through on the infrastructure vision that Brown has been able to establish.

    Waitakere • Since Aug 2009 • 86 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The good guys,

    A national team that can the best in the world at something, by such a large margin, and be the subject of such hype, and still be so obviously just regular decent guys: that surely deserves our respect. It's clear why they inspire national pride, in all the best ways. You can see why John Key is so keen for every possible photo-op...

    (As for SBW, this tournament has certainly elevated my opinion of him significantly, both as a player and as a person.)

    Waitakere • Since Aug 2009 • 86 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Hug Reform,

    Hugs are fine. Just leave the ponytail alone.

    Waitakere • Since Aug 2009 • 86 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The positive option of Red Peak,

    Just because Red Peak is better than the panel options doesn't make it a good or even a very well considered choice. That bar was pretty low. None of the options represent New Zealand to me or make a convincing attempt to carry the combination of European (mainly British) and Maori heritage forward. So I guess this makes no difference to me: I'm all for the status quo until such time as we consider this issue properly, and for a better reason than to prop up a third term government that is running out of steam.

    Waitakere • Since Aug 2009 • 86 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Friday Music: Not just…,

    So video killed the radio star and streaming killed the radio revenue model. I know I'm part of a rapidly shrinking demographic, but streaming and, indeed, digital downloads don't really do it for me. I like to own a thing once I've paid for it.

    Waitakere • Since Aug 2009 • 86 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Friday Music: A night out dancing,

    Meanwhile, I’m still finding odd bugs – turning on the Beats1 radio station instatly disables AirPlay in iTunes, to the point of making the AirPlay icon disappear from the menu bar, although AirPlay can still be anbled at system level. (If you have been using Home Sharing to access your desktop library from other devices in the home, that’s gone for everyone – except via Apple TV.) Fuck knows, basically.

    Pretty sure I read that neither of these things are bugs. Beats1 is not allowed to go via AirPlay by design… Home Sharing is gone for now, but allegedly it will be back like Arnie in iOS9.

    Waitakere • Since Aug 2009 • 86 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Friday Music: A night out dancing,

    duplicating and even triplicating some of them

    In my experience, that seems to be standard iCould (mis)behaviour with lots of data items. Annoying enough for me to avoid so far.

    Waitakere • Since Aug 2009 • 86 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Apple Music: Taking a dump on…,

    I’m inclined to think the problem is iCloud

    I'm inclined to think you're right. In my experience, iCloud remains a dog's breakfast, with lots of unpredictable and unintuitive behaviours. To be avoided.

    Waitakere • Since Aug 2009 • 86 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Meet me at Camera 2: White, in reply to Rich of Observationz,

    However, for the last sixty years, tucked away on a mesa in New Mexico, UCB has run a lab developing a range of nuclear and non-nuclear means to kill said non-white people.

    This may be pedantic, but I think those bombs will kill you regardless of your skin colour. And, regardless of what you think of its origins, and indeed of military research in general, it does need to be pointed out that Los Alamos National Lab does more than just weapons research.

    Waitakere • Since Aug 2009 • 86 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The epitome of reason, in reply to Barnaby Nicholls,

    Miliband was damaged by much out of his control

    Maybe so, but he was also damaged by much that was well within his control. The ‘from memory’ keynote speech, the ‘Edstone’… On a visit to the UK last year I was shocked by how underwhelming, how unready for government Miliband and Balls appeared to be, and I think that in those circumstances, the swing votes tend to fall to the incumbents.

    Waitakere • Since Aug 2009 • 86 posts Report Reply

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