Russell, this might work for playing WMA files on a Mac: Flip4Mac.
We use it a lot in our edit suite where we're running Final Cut Pro on multicore G5s and people womble in with stuff they've "helpfully" burned in some Windows-only format or other. It seems to convert just about anything to anything.
Proviso: I don't drive it so don't know all the ins and outs; plus I'm not sure how it may or may not deal with DRM stuff because I just won't go there for broadcast stuff - too annoyingly complicated when there's libraries of royalty-free music around.
Michael Laws might have declared on Sunday that "South Auckland is the badlands of New Zealand … not a place that you choose to live. It is a place that you end up..."
What, like you "end up" in Wanganui after getting up to your mascared eyes in the s**t for telling porkies and blaming it all on Antoinette in Hawkes Bay and Wellington?
I lived and worked in South Auckland for over 2 years. Aside from the usual yoof hanging about making a nuisance of themselves the folk there were no more nor less menacing than anywhere else I've lived.
And since many of them had genuinely fallen on hard times I found more people willing to lend a hand and greet you with a smile when you needed one than I ever found living in Remuera when I moved north.
It really is about time the media stopped paying for this predictable, knee-jerk bigotry from "commentators" from whom - and about whom - we've heard more than enough.
There's people who consistently write better researched and more challenging stuff here on PA, and even over at Kiwiblog and The Standard. Time for some new blood, surely.
Okay, so I'm currently producing the first DVD released by Toby. It's a live concert... this is an UNedited clip. Reviews welcome :-)
Shameless link whoring: www.tobymusic.com.au
Four hours is no time at all to permit a jury to deliberate on a complex case. Is that applicable to every case, Graeme? So, for instance, a jury which heard the evidence in a case which stretched over weeks of complex testimony would be under pressure to reach a verdict in half a working day?!
The underlying message I think this will send to jurors is one that too many people seem to assume in any event - that the Police only arrest and prosecute those who are guilty.
Thanks for highlighting these issues, by the way. Like Lyndon I thought I was pretty smart because I'd caught up with the substance of the Bill on double jeopardy (which also concerns me) and depositions.
From the fount of good TV that is the ABC comes The Gruen Transfer, a new show about commercials that contrives not to be a cheap clip show of TVCs that happen to have won an Axis Award but actually manages to intelligently dissect the genre.
Highlight of the first episode: DDB's "pitch" for whales... though not quite in the way you'd expect.
...facetime is important.
So you're saying this was a conference with plenty of facetime to synergise about repurposing the Mission Statement so as to improve deliverables to key stakeholders? ;-P
Yep, sounds like damn near every conference I've attended (including those I've spoken at, and yes, almost always drew the 1st spot, 2nd morning and had to contend with a hangover).
From living in Christchurch & the centre of anything is in Wellington or Auckland, it is really good to meet the boss, et al.
Well I guess that depends on who your boss is. I could have gone a long, long time without having to encounter most of the people I've ever worked for.
But point taken. However, wouldn't it be cheaper to fly the boss, or even several bosses, round the country (economy fares, of course) to meet the workers, then let bosses and workers interact on line? Seriously - I'm presuming someone has done the figures on both options at some point and they're out there somewhere?
I see Craig has beaten me to it, but it's a point worth re-stating: Why couldn't this have been done by video conference?
Most of us who've been to conferences know that the information delivered by endless hours of PowerPoint could just as easily have been done online.
Getting to travel, spend the night in a nice hotel, have some posh nosh and generally get a bit of a break from the humdrum routine is part of an unspoken bargain between us attendees and the organisers - "If you promise to try and pay attention while we drone on, we'll let you have a bit of fun in the evening".
Most conferences - including this one - are a huge waste of money. However if APN choose to do so, the only people entitled to grouch are their shareholders. When a state agency does it - especially, as Craig points out - one whose "clients" would benefit from the money then yes, it is a legitmate target, even if it's the National Party who're making the bullets.
Ron Mark later expanded on his "clothes literally maketh the man" theme, calling for a ban on pantomimes, a cut in military funding, and restrictions on strippers.
"Obviously, any male who puts on a frock to play the Dame is going to immediately become a raving drag queen," said Mr Mark. "While I have no wish to see our nation's young transformed into gun toting gangstas (make sure you print that with the 'a' on the end to show I'm hip to the groove, he added) I think turning them gay against their will is equally repre... reepra... bad."
Hestitating to ask, nonetheless we ventured onto the theme of strippers.
"Well some of them wear these police uniforms... or at least so I'm told," Mr Mark said, stuffing what looked like a pair of panties back into his coat pocket. "Clearly we can't allow this because really, who wants strippers to have the power of arrest?".
Asked how this relates to military funding, Mr Mark pointed out that upon induction into the services, everyone is issued a uniform.
"See, no need for all this expensive training. Once they've slipped on the camo gear, bingo - instant highly trained soldier. Worked for me," he added, "though for some reason people keep saying I go round shooting myself in the foot".
"Gynaffectionate love"? What on earth...? I seem to have stumbled on something quite bizarre when all I really wanted to say was that David has created one of the most brilliant pieces of satire it has ever been my pleasure to read.
Now I'm going to ponder the question of whether gynaffectionate love involves a surgical glove, a speculum and a box of candy and, if so, how.
Yet again Deborah you either unwittingly or wilfully misrepresent the results of the study which you hold up as evidence of Wikipedia's comparable accuracy to the Encyclopedia Brittanica.
So yet again I'll attempt to put some parameters around that claim.
- It was an incredibly small sample of just 42 entries out of millions. That's hardly a statistically significant sample particularly when one considers that:
- All the entries were science-related. Much less likely to be contentious, and thus to be subject to malicious misrepresentation by contributors and editors than topics such as politics, religion, morals etc. and that:
- The comparison was by way of peer review by scientists. So ironically, the result itself is opinion (albeit educated opinion).
So no, I'll accept the opinion of a group of scientists about 42 articles on science as having greater validity than my own opinion on those same 42 articles.
As for the rest of Wikipedia, my opinion - yet to be refuted by any study - is that it's riddled with inaccuracy and anyone who does not attempt to fact check anything they pick up from there by using a more reputable source is at grave risk of promulgating misinformation.