Posts by Russell Brown

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  • Hard News: All your copyright are belong…,

    So the PS3 won't play back Quicktime files, (isn't Quicktime a proprietary Apple thing?) but it will play DivX files like it's 360 bretheren.

    You sure? So the problem might be that the PS3 doesn' trecognise (or even see) the .avi files because they're identified on my computer as belong to QuickTime? Hmmm ...

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  • 08 Internet NZ: Where now?,

    more colin the kitten

    Okay!

    From Saturday. The video didn't convert too well so the YouTube version is a bit dark and fuzzy, but you get the general idea of feline athleticism.

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  • Hard News: Theories, please ...,

    Robert Reich has a thunderous column on Salon today. It concludes:

    In reality, the crisis is both a credit crunch and the bursting of the housing bubble. Wall Street is in terrible shape and Main Street is about to be in terrible shape. And there's not a whole lot that can be done about either of these problems -- because they are the results of years of lax credit standards, get-rich-quick schemes, wild speculation on Wall Street and in the housing market, and gross irresponsibility by the Fed, the Treasury and the Comptroller of the Currency.

    As a practical matter, our only real hope for avoiding a deep recession or worse depends on loans and investments from abroad -- some major U.S. financial firms have already gotten key cash infusions from foreign governments buying stakes in them -- combined with export earnings as the dollar continues to weaken. But this is something no politician wants to admit, especially in an election year. So we're going to go through weeks of posturing about stimulus packages of one sort or another, and then see enacted the big fat bonanza of a temporary tax break that will likely have little effect. That, perhaps along with a few more rate cuts by the Fed. The presidential candidates will be asked what should be done about the worsening economy, and they'll give vague answers. None will likely admit the truth: We're going to need the rest of the world to bail us out.

    Ouch.

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  • Hard News: Spin Spun,

    I only got it because I've seen it before.

    And I got it because ... I'm a freak for that stuff?

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  • 08 Internet NZ: Where now?,

    NZ is going to catch onto the youtube/election thing - this will be our first election where videos accessible online are going to make a reasonable sized play.

    I wondered what had happened to all the post-BDO (or even pre-BDO) blogs this year. Then I realised there were dozens of user-generated BDO clips hitting YouTube.

    When you look at the Nielsen consumer survey last year (the internet activity to show the biggest increase was watching video online) it does look like we're seeing a shift.

    Here's the Listener column I wrote about the role the internet played in the Australian election last year. I think we'll see a lot of the same here, including greater use of online advertising.

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  • 08 Internet NZ: Where now?,

    Well so far it looks like the Kiwiblog Right are doing there very best to shut-down oppositional leftwing voices if their full-on troll attack on the Standard at the moment is anything to go by.

    Sadly, I'm not sure what makes that different from any other week.

    Although I supposed it's a relief to Jordan Carter to have his longtime trolls go somewhere else for their jollies. I honestly think those clowns have no idea how their behaviour appears to relatively normal people.

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  • 08 Internet NZ: Where now?,

    Is there a prize?

    Good point. I'll see what I can do.

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  • Hard News: Monster Weekend,

    And completely apropos of nothing, Heath Ledger dead at 28. Bugger -- twenty eight is far too young to die, full stop, let alone of a suspected overdose of sleeping pills.

    It is, nonetheless, a popular age to die famous: Hendrix, Janis, Jimbo ...

    But yeah. Bummer.

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  • 08 Internet NZ: Where now?,

    Where is the New Zealand internet heading this year? Your hopes? Your fears? Will the blogosphere be a town square or a bearpit? Or will the media corporates take it over? Will you read Public Address more or less? Will your broadband get any better, really? And does "the New Zealand internet" matter anyway?

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  • Hard News: Theories, please ...,

    I get the feeling that Krugman's commentary at the moment is being skewed by his links with the Clintons. He seems unduly cranky.

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