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  • Hard News: Buy now: spend the recession inside!,

    Update: Apparently, composite input is fine, so forget what I said about that.

    Also (and as I've mentioned before) bear in mid that digital integrated TVs (ie: a TV with a Freeview HD decoder built-in) are coming some time in the next six months.

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  • Hard News: Buy now: spend the recession inside!,

    Tom, perfect example of what I just wrote about.

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  • Hard News: Buy now: spend the recession inside!,

    The "original research" one is interesting.

    Far too often in conventional news reporting, that means getting on the blower to the annointed talking heads of various interest groups. The GE "debate" was the prime example of that. Very, very few journalists really tried to get to grips with the issues.

    OTOH, there is an enormous amount of public research out there to be analysed, and that's something that the likes of DPF (whatever you think of his commenters) and Keith Ng do so well.

    I just love the fact that we have more public data to chew on than ever. It was through recourse to such data that Keith was able to more or less instantly discredit Deborah Coddington's 'Asian Angst' story.

    For his trouble, of course, he was deemed an "insane blogger" ...

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  • Hard News: Buy now: spend the recession inside!,

    Keith Locke is taking it a little too far for an MP in my opinion...

    I thought Goff responded pretty well in the Close Up discussion last night, despite the set-up for it being unsympathetic.

    Russian governments have visited much greater Hell on errant provinces in the last decade, and we've merrily kept on trading with them.

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  • Hard News: Buy now: spend the recession inside!,

    Bill who...?

    I should note now that a reciprocal torrent of abuse from y'all isn't what I was after. I just felt I had to say something.

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  • Hard News: A business most feral,

    So what was he barking on about?

    The Hawke's Bay District Health Board, I presume.

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  • Hard News: Unhappy Birthday,

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  • Hard News: A business most feral,

    Challenge him to a nude jelly wrestling death match. It won't be any more insightful, but infinitely more fun.

    That's your second eeew this week. And it's only Tuesday!

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  • Hard News: A business most feral,

    Sorry for sliding back on topic -- if Cunliffe on the utu trail is really a smart move:

    Yeah, I thought the same thing when he said it on the radio this morning. having come out of the whole thing looking quite composed, it doesn't seem like a good idea to start mud-wrestling with everyone else.

    BTW, I gather from his strange outburst on Radio Live this afternoon ("wanker", "worst commentator", etc) , that Bill Ralston is planning some utu on me in his next column.

    I hope he's calmed down by the time he writes it.

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  • Hard News: Unhappy Birthday,

    The latest opinion poll in Iraq bares out what James says about the Kurds - 73% saying life was "quite good or very good".

    There's a very detailed set of poll results from Channel 4 that bear out a cautious, growing optimism and better perceptions of quality of life, but I think that's a testament to the resilience of the people than a return to anything we'd recognise as a good life.

    Overall 81% had experienced power cuts or no electricity in the past month, and 43% had had trouble finding clean drinking water. Experience of a car or suicide bomb in the past month ranged from single figures to 32%, depending on ethnic or religious group. The Sunni Arab north sounds an awful place.

    Overall, a quarter of Iraqis have had a family member or close relative murdered since 2003. A majority say "the Surge" has not been a success compared to 26% who say it has been fairly or very successful.

    A third of the sample reports that their family members have been displaced since 2003, either externally or internally. Half the Christians say family members have fled the country, and a third of people in Baghdad.

    70% want the multinational forces to leave, with 65% saying they should leave asap.

    There's a lot more. Overall impression: these people are really very brave, but we should take care to know what we're on about when we declare success, or even that things are getting better, because things are coming from a very low base.

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