Posts by Paul Campbell

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  • Hard News: Inimical to the public good,

    I kind of think of it as - the asteroid has hit, nuclear winter is kicking in, the dinosaurs are in denial, they're running around claiming they're OK because they have lawyers - they can afford lots of lawyers - meanwhile the mammals are hiding in the cracks evolving

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2181 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Inimical to the public good,

    "I used to think that Michael Palin was the funniest Palin ...."

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2181 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Inimical to the public good,

    Gareth - that was only half my point - it seems that there's a good parallel between selling pirated DVDs at the public market and sharing pirated files on the net.

    The manager of the market can ban the guy selling the DVDs, the police can come in and arrest him - but you don't expect the guy running the market to be required to hire bouncers and have them ban all the pirate's old customers at the entrances - that in essence is what the govt is asking of the ISPs

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2181 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Inimical to the public good,

    So I'm a little confused - we're doing this to the internet because someone pirated Sione's Wedding and sold DVD in street markets in Auckland .... will the people who run the street markets also be required to ban customers who have previously bought dodgy DVDs from their vendors? it's really the same issue and about as hard to implement

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2181 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The odds, and the simply odd,

    I think Key has to come to Dunedin during the election at some point during the campaign - probably he wants to get in and get out with the minimum of fuss and get it over early so he can spend time in places he has a hope of getting some votes

    It's not like the good old days when Muldoon would come to Dunedin, hold a meething in the town hall, and it would be filled up to the gods with people screaming at him

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2181 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The odds, and the simply odd,

    oh and I wasn't so much wondering about the Key ad in the car but the one on the escalator - I immediately thought "he's going to fall off the end, he's not paying attention"

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  • Hard News: The odds, and the simply odd,

    well as a parent of one child starting Uni in 2010 and another in 2012 what can I say - consider me bribed (not that it was actually required)

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2181 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The odds, and the simply odd,

    Craig: I call unfair out of context quoting

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2181 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The odds, and the simply odd,

    as my kids old primary school teacher would say "words! use your words kids" - Hooten claims to be one of the best and brightest, he writes for a living - he should be able to come up with better adjectives

    Of course the real reason is that he's a blowhard - he thrives on the attention, it's how he makes his living and without it he'd shrivel up and die - most journalists want a byline, he needs to be the story - I bet he's already tried to land an O'Reilly-like show somewhere

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2181 posts Report Reply

  • Island Life: Nats to the rescue,

    He basically did explain it - they're not going to take care of an investment that's been made on the stock market/etc through your bank - CDs and savings will be OK - this is SOP for deposit insurance schemes world wide

    I do like the US scheme more - it requires banks to maintain particular liquidity requirements to qualify and puts a cap on how much per customer per bank they will cover (means you have to diversify that $5M across many banks both spreading your risk and the govt's). However I understand they have to do something right now - hopefully once parliament is back in session they will formalise this and be a bit smarter about it long term

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2181 posts Report Reply

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