Posts by Rich of Observationz

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  • Speaker: Unity, success: Chicken, egg?,

    In 1979, it was widely predicted that automation would reduce work and result in a leisured society, where people worked a 3 or 4 day week.

    Instead, automation took away some of the industrial jobs, while in many other cases the labour cost was just reduced, onshore or offshore - why buy a $200k robot if you can get semi-slaves to do the job for $1 an hour.

    The rest of the slack was taken up by middle-class make-work jobs, a process which has gone on since the early 20th century. Instead of a slightly over-manned single electricity supplier, we now have an artificial bureacracy of "electricity retailers". Instead of car builders, we have car salespeople. Instead of doctors and nurses, we have drug reps and private healthcare managers.

    I'd recommend reading David Graeber The utopia of rules on this subject.

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  • Speaker: Unity, success: Chicken, egg?,

    a “solicitor’s loan”

    Where a solicitor arranged for their cash-rich clients to lend money to ones that needed a mortgage, in essence acting as a more-or-less unregulated bank.

    This then morphed into finance companies, which then collapsed. Because you don't need regulation by the government, oh no sir.

    For the latest iteration of this form of stupid, see peer-peer lending.

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  • Speaker: Unity, success: Chicken, egg?,

    Also, I'm not whining on my own account. I'm wealthy, by most standards. Free education, good job, etc. Not as rich as my parents, who got the full force of the largesse given out to the baby boomer middle classes, granted.

    And I'd rather today's young people were looked after and had a future. Also I'd prefer not to have to step over derros so much - you know, if I wanted to live in the third world, I'd have moved to the USA.

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  • Speaker: Unity, success: Chicken, egg?,

    do yo know what plumbers earn?

    $60k a year, tops

    People conflate what a company charges for trade services with what the worker earns (this applies as much to professionals like dentists - I'm quite glad IT people mostly don't do work for consumers). The tradies with those V8 pickups are the business owners (and the truck is probably on credit)

    Plus, once the Christchurch rebuilding is over and the Auckland property market tanks, there'll be a lot of tradies on the dole.

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  • Speaker: Unity, success: Chicken, egg?, in reply to Pharmachick,

    Sorry :-)

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  • Speaker: Unity, success: Chicken, egg?,

    Most Millenials don’t’ even know what it means.

    Well, Josie (?)

    It means having to pay $250 a week for a room in a slum miles from anywhere.
    It means working three years for a degree and getting a job in a supermarket.
    Or leaving school with good NCEAs and getting a minimum wage job at Maccas.
    Or if you haven’t got NCEAs, begging.

    Maybe by 2020 (when millenials actually get to vote in an election), they might pick up on this?

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  • Speaker: Unity, success: Chicken, egg?,

    another voice promoting positions left of the current government is a good thing

    I don't really see how the attitudes of Pagani and Quin are left of the current government. They're just people (like Shane Jones, who already jumped ship) who are basically Tories, but came from a background where supporting the National party was unacceptable, so they joined Labour instead.

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: About Apple Music,

    I got 5/6 on my Mac speakers - didn't get the classical recording (although given its age it would be interesting to know the original bitrate). I don't consider I have particularly good ears, although I do know what to listen for, e.g. the sibilants (?) on the Suzanne Vega are a lot more distinct on the WAV.

    As I've said before, one reason to go with lossless if you can is transcoding, you might not be able to hear the difference between MP3 and lossless, but you are more likely to be able to notice a file that's been transcoded from MP3 into Ogg Vorbis or whatever.

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  • Hard News: Nelson Street: Not too…,

    Are the cycles that use this going to be equipped with brakes, or are they as unfashionable as the bell these days?

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  • Hard News: A dramatic and unremarkable decision, in reply to steven crawford,

    And if a doctor prescribed ‘cannabis’ to someone when they where in a comma…

    Well, better that than in the colon..

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