Posts by Paul Campbell

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  • Up Front: The Ex Files,

    my career fortunately wasn't that exciting - at the time I was the mystery employee - the guy who architected some of the major products but only came in 1/2 a day a week, most people (including the crazy one) had never met me - this was pre-internet, I lived 100km miles away and had young kids - I worked at home, time shifted and spent the mornings with my kids, until they got old enough to go off to pre-school.

    These days I still work at home but 10,000km away from work, time-shifted the other way (I start insanely early now) and go into work once or twice a year - so my kids can be teenagers growing up in NZ ..... sadly I don't get to hang out at the park every morning with them and the other mothers any more though.

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  • Up Front: The Ex Files,

    I had a coworker who pulled a knife on a customer during a business trip once - after he was "let go" the company moved a chunk of engineering into a hotels for a while and paid a PI to follow him around for a couple of weeks ....

    (this was after a spate of workplace mayhem in Silicon Valley that culminated with a top secret defense research lab being exposed by the spree of disgruntled employee with a shotgun .... I never understood why he couldn't just get even by selling out to the Russians or the Israelis like everyone else)

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  • Island Life: Dairy dairy me.,

    sigh - Toy Love at the Cook - never seen so much raw energy on such a small stage ....

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  • Hard News: The Sunday Capers,

    but they are gibing us the hamthax ...

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  • Hard News: The Sunday Capers,

    actually I think the story as written is "shock horror politician sex"

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  • Hard News: There is History,

    I guess my main point though was that it was spread by ship and took weeks to get to NZ rather than hours

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  • Hard News: There is History,

    The Spanish Flu was spread by returning troops - on ships - these days things (and people) move so much faster

    This morning I had to decide whether to send the kids to school - the flight from LAX those kids were on was probably full of kids returning from their school holidays who'll be heading off to school today. Add to that my daughter was exposed yesterday to at least one friend who flew in from the US that night (might well have been the flight from SFO though).

    In the end we sent them off - with a history lesson of the previous great pandemic and instructions to stay away from any kids who'd been to the US these holidays for a few days (and not to demonise them)

    On the other hand I seem to be coming down with something .....

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  • Hard News: Dear Prudence,

    Bart: doesn't just have to be industries - people too otherwise Auckland becomes an ever increasing black hole and the rest of the country empties out - Kyle's link showing spot prices implies that if you can play in the market with the big boys you can get power here for $26/MWh while in Auckland it's $44/MWh if you're exporting that's probably worth considering - maybe if Powerstation gets big enough we can all play in that market

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  • Hard News: Dear Prudence,

    No what I was implying more was that we'd use our power more efficiently if we put the users closer to where it's generated - by making South island power the same price in both the North and South Islands we effectively encourage people to waste it - sending power from Benmore to Auckland (or even Wellington) is a waste, instead if we can encourage industries to set up in say Oamaru instead we'll use what we already have much more efficiently - the best way to encourage that is to charge the real costs, including geographically related transmission losses

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  • Hard News: Dear Prudence,

    remember how electricity works, basically the company loans you a few electrons and then takes them back - 50 times a second - what you're really buying is not the electrons but the push behind them

    What I'd like to see is an electricity scheme that includes the cost of pushing those electrons across Cook Straight (they get pushed only one way which makes converting them back into the form we get into our houses much less efficient) if we lose say 30% of what we put into a cable it stands to reason it ought to be cheaper at the other end

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