Posts by George Darroch

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  • OnPoint: Being a dick about Earth Hour,

    I've linked to this about a trillion times (not here though), but it's worth repeating.

    Business has a lot to gain from efficiency (we all do, of course). It's not just hair shirted hippies endorsing this stuff.

    WLG • Since Nov 2006 • 2157 posts Report Reply

  • OnPoint: Being a dick about Earth Hour,

    Its becasue a GLS (standard lightbulb) is basically a small heater that happens to give off a bit of light.

    Now that the insulation fund has been scrapped,and no higher standards will be put in place, poor and rich New Zealanders (insulation is generally still terrible in most expensive homes) will need all the heating they can get.

    Even if their lightbulbs are heating their uninsulated ceilings.

    WLG • Since Nov 2006 • 2157 posts Report Reply

  • OnPoint: Being a dick about Earth Hour,

    What really gets me going though is plasma TVs. They're a nightmare. Their consumption is extremely high, much more so than CRT, and much much more than LCD TVs, which are slightly more expensive but deliver high picture quality anyway.

    The Greens suggested a standard that would effectively exclude them from the market. The same standards that are being applied in the UK, EU, Japan, and California, among other places. The dimwits were oh so glad that the New Zealand Government has no intention to insist that such appliances are efficient.

    Cause, y'know, standards are bad, or something, y'know.

    WLG • Since Nov 2006 • 2157 posts Report Reply

  • OnPoint: Being a dick about Earth Hour,

    Um, I'm not sure if it's been mentioned here, but there wasn't a ban.

    There was a minimum energy performance standard (MEPS). Important difference. Not all incandescents were knocked out by it.

    It's a very useful policy instrument, and can be used to great effect. The Japanese have applied moving minimum standards for the last two decades now,where "manufacturers produce products that are better than products with the highest energy consumption efficiency of all the products in the same group that are currently sold on the market."

    Too bad we can't even change a bloody lightbulb.

    WLG • Since Nov 2006 • 2157 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Problems,

    Elephants with lasers

    Lasers that hunt mosquitos...

    Who says the US missile defence program wasn't worthwhile?

    WLG • Since Nov 2006 • 2157 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Problems,

    Raw data now! Says Tim Berners-Lee.

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  • Hard News: Problems,

    I so agree. I'm tired of emotional missives. Let's see some data and think about what to do about it.

    Data is so nice. It's like a cup of coffee. Anecdote and emotion more like alcohol - good in moderation.

    It's not the emotion, it's how we're emoting.

    WLG • Since Nov 2006 • 2157 posts Report Reply

  • Random Play: You wouldn’t read about it.,

    I avoid this problem by reading the newspaper a week late, usually on someone's coffee table. If it was important then, it is important now. If it wasn't...

    It's a very pleasant practice.

    If I could watch the TV news a week late, well, there would be nothing to watch.

    WLG • Since Nov 2006 • 2157 posts Report Reply

  • OnPoint: Wrong. Wronger. Wrongerest.,

    Just don't assume anything you read in the paper is true unless you have other evidence.

    A sensible person like myself would assume that nothing in the paper was "true" in the sense of being reliable and fully accurate, until proven to be so. They're interested in breathlessly publishing as much as quickly as possible, as is their right.

    Unfortunately, most people don't take this attitude and take what they read as factual.

    WLG • Since Nov 2006 • 2157 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Not Helping,

    These objective and informative videos explain everything a decent, patriotic New Zealander needs to know about the backbone of our economy.

    This video, on the other hand... Banned on Youtube.

    WLG • Since Nov 2006 • 2157 posts Report Reply

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