Posts by Steve Barnes

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  • Hard News: To be expected, in reply to George Darroch,

    The media desperately need a narrative supplied, or they are forced to invent their own

    Well yes, because the Media are a bunch of apologists for National or totally incapable of actual Journalism or both.
    Which I must say is not a fact but not far from it. There are journalists out there with the skills and integrity to prise the fact from the fiction, unfortunately they are not "gushing" enough about "Baby George" to be of any interest to the average Kiwi, apparently. And as smiling John is out there with the three way hand kissing and shaking that baby, the Media are enthralled with the "Real" news.

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  • Southerly: How I Became a Grumpy Old…,

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    The Good Ship Burma Road slips quietly into berth on a dark and stormless night....
    ;-)

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  • Southerly: How I Became a Grumpy Old…, in reply to steven crawford,

    I like your towel rail. I am inspired to take my time…

    Arrrrrrrgh, she be a fine boat sir, that she be. Will ye be doing Aloft conversion for the power of the wind?

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  • Southerly: How I Became a Grumpy Old…, in reply to David Haywood,

    (I’ve already installed an emergency generator to power the house).

    If you are thinking of going Solar, water Lectrix or both, drop me a line.
    We have 4Kw solar + 5.2Kw gennie set-up. works a treat and no bills. :-)

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  • Southerly: How I Became a Grumpy Old…,

    I think he meant "Blue Boar" its a pub. Geez that grass is long.

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  • Southerly: How I Became a Grumpy Old…, in reply to Sofie Bribiesca,

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    Can you explain why every single tread in our spiralling staircase has forms and degrees and blah blah blah…… :)

    Why yes I can. ;-)
    Excellent work David, both writing and building.
    Our own project is still ongoing. First find a bit of native bush far from the maddening crowd then build a brewery. The rest follows at a leisurely pace.
    I have often found that those that don’t build for a living often outshine the “Professionals”
    As Ben said “Unless, of course, you secretly love it. I can never be sure, with people who obsess about finishing projects with a neverending horizon of perfection.”
    Having been a builder most of my life I know how tedious the job can be, most people wanting the same old same old and the city planning departments and inspectors fear to tread the untrodden path.
    I was told by a client once that “Only God can achieve perfection” and since then I have praised the Lord in my shoddyness, hence my building style, “Agricultural Sheik” yes, Sheik, sounds more like Shreek than Chic and goes better with our vast collection of “Eastern” Rugs.
    Thus I am actually enjoying this journey into the “forbidden zone” and playing with ideas that no-one would allow me to explore.

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  • Hard News: The Web, in reply to nzlemming,

    This I totally agree with.

    What has happened, I think, is that someone at the White House has said “We need a good news story about the Internet!”, but this in no way counters the harm the NSA has done, technically and spiritually, to the Internet protocols and technologies by compromising the most basic levels of security. It’s going to take a long time and a lot of new tech for that to be undone.

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  • Hard News: Diverse Auckland: are we…, in reply to jh,

    I’m not sure King had much time for post modernists?

    Not so much Pomo, more Classical Mechanics, in Hamilton, well, Maramarua, on the way to Hamilton.
    Hamiltonian

    A simple interpretation of the Hamilton mechanics comes from its application on a one-dimensional system consisting of one particle of mass m under no external forces applied. The Hamiltonian represents the total energy of the system, which is the sum of kinetic and potential energy,

    Sometimes my plays on words confuse even me.
    ;-)

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  • Hard News: The Web, in reply to Lindsay Vette,

    I’m an old geek and to me the Internet is the underlying infrastructure that’s been around since I was in primary school in the 60s.

    You went to primary at MIT?
    Joking of course but "The Internet" is younger than you think I suspect, The World Wide Web, even younger...
    Back in '63 "The Net" was still but a dream. Here's the Memo...
    Memorandum For Members and Affiliates of the Intergalactic Computer Network
    J.C.R. Licklider or Lick as he preferred to be called, could be considered the father of "The Internet"

    Tim Berners Lee is the father if the World Wide Web which, simply put, is the stuff of the internet, information linked using HTML

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  • Busytown: School bully, in reply to Tom Semmens,

    our philistine masters, egged on by the anti-intellectuals that infest the right wing dominated media, rush to do more of the same and to cap spending, dumb down courses, funnel money into bloated salaries for corporatised governance boards and generally do everything they can to give public money to their mates in their mad free market crusade.

    Yes but those "universities" are churning out lots of MBA's so that we, as a nation, can have more "middlemen" producing nothing but profit from the consumer to the "business" owner.
    Crap like this...
    National MP Nicky Wagner lost money in the sale of her share in two website companies to Digital Partners.
    Website companies. Pah!
    That seems to be the goal of this lot, money money money.

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