Posts by Brent Jackson

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  • Hard News: Behind Baltimore, in reply to Katharine Moody,

    As pointed out in the documentary, the structure of pay in the US Police Force is such that officers receive performance pay based on the number of arrests they make.

    That's a bat-shit crazy KPI ! Surely you don't want more people arrested - you want less crime. The KPI should be a reduction in crimes committed in their area. (Which of course leads to cops actively discouraging victims of crime from reporting it ...).

    I don't think incentive pay for the police is a public good.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 467 posts Report Reply

  • Envirologue: Too Big to Fail – Why…, in reply to Stamper Stamp,

    ...given that the world’s surface temperature has remain static for some 18 years to-date...

    It hasn't

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 467 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: This Anzac Day, in reply to Samuel Scott,

    Unless the tone changes from one of 'didn't we do well to fight in those wars' to 'wan't that an awful chapter in our nations history, those poor bastards, let's not do this again' then I don't have any interest in partaking in the 'celebrations'.

    I think the tone has changed. I was uncomfortable in the late '70s attending ANZAC day services as I felt that they were glorifying war with their commemorations. A few years ago when I accompanied my children to ANZAC day services I felt there was respect for the loss of life, loss of health, and loss of innocence that occurred then, and in the wars since. The service I attended (Pt Chev RSA) mentioned the mental hardships experienced by those who survived.

    I hope the tone of respectful rememberance of the horrors of war does not give way to any sort of celebration. Companies attempting to use ANZAC day to raise their own profile had best be very wary - overstepping the mark could result in an ugly backlash.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 467 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The other kind of phone tapping, in reply to TracyMac,

    Shout-out to the Tooting massive.

    Yeah, I lived in Tooting Broadway when I was in London in '87. Links Rd, near the Tooting Railway Station. The Gorringe Park (Lounge Bar) was our local.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 467 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The other kind of phone tapping, in reply to Rich of Observationz,

    The NZ system of having a payphone just disconnect the dial was unusually permissive – in the UK, the exchange knew it was a payphone line and expected some sort of special pulses/tones to indicate money had been loaded before it would connect.

    Yeah. I remember being annoyed that tapping didn't work in London when I got there.

    I did meet a NZer there who had a "batphone". It was a phone with alligator clips on, and a number of public phone boxes in London (the one I saw was in Earls Court) where you could tug the wire down out of the bottom of the payphone to expose two carefully cleaned patches of wire, to which the alligator clips attached. You could then phone for free using your phone, ignoring the pay phone entirely. Afterwards you tucked the wire back up ready for next time.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 467 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The other kind of phone tapping,

    We also knew that you were allowed to dial up to 3 digits (so 111 would work), so you always chose the low numbers to dial. So in your example 584 273 I would have tapped, 5, pause, tapped 2, dialled 4, dialled 2, tapped 3, and dialled 3.

    Wasn't it weird how the charge was three 2c pieces ? How awkward was that ? A single 5c, or 10c, piece would have been so much easier. I remember having three 2c pieces in your pocket was one of the things checked on in scouts to show that you were prepared. But I never used them.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 467 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: How about that cricket, eh?,

    Definitely what Dave said ...

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 467 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Friday Music: After Kiwi,

    Very sad to hear of KiwiFM's demise. They were my favourite station for many years - until they started playing overseas music, which, to my mind, then made them similar to other stations such as bFM and GeorgeFM. But that only relegated them to second favourite.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 467 posts Report Reply

  • Legal Beagle: Update on the Former MP's…, in reply to Sofie Bribiesca,

    No. The pay-out would've been bigger, but they could still fly with whichever airline they liked.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 467 posts Report Reply

  • Access: Changing Shape,

    I am very pleased to hear that it went well for you. Hope that wall's a bit lower than it used to be.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 467 posts Report Reply

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