Posts by George Darroch

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  • Hard News: Going solar?,

    I think PV seems like the better option, and that internationally prices of modules are crashing. However, the "New Zealand markup" will be steep, and the installation will be a large part (possibly the majority) of the cost. I have not idea what the actual economics in an Auckland real-world situation stack up to.

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  • Speaker: Why a renter died from turning…,

    When we increase the responsibilities of landlords this will become even more important. For example, we will require them to insulate their houses, and install and maintain long-life fire alarms. Houses lacking these also kill and injure people.

    We've realised the connection between housing and people's health and wellbeing, and we are increasingly a nation of renters. I think we need a national register of rental properties and owners, and this is an excellent way to begin the conversation.

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  • Access: What looks good to me,

    Thanks Chelle. As a (relatively) healthy able-bodied person, this is encouraging to me. It's interesting how these same things can hold us back, no matter our physical condition. I have a small thing which can cause enough pain and discomfort to make me feel a loss of control over many other things.

    Definitely endorse Hilary's comment about Vit-D. Because of high UV levels New Zealanders don't get as much sunlight as they might otherwise, and vitamin D 3 and other sun synthesised hormones are often highly lacking. The further south you are, the more likely this is. Attempting to get sunlight and adding with supplementation is important for anyone, but particularly anyone with an immune condition. Interesting research suggests that depression itself is immune-linked.

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  • Field Theory: World Cup of Evil,

    Their obsession for the “right” results would also ignore the opportunity for upsets- of which there have been many.

    One of the reasons football is so interesting is because it is the major sport in which the statistically weaker side is most likely to win. (Because of its low-scoring nature.)

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  • Field Theory: World Cup of Evil,

    I prefer cycling. At least they cheat in private.

    As a cycling fan I'd like the UCI to ban cheats for life, without exception. FIFA should ban diving with one game and then season suspensions for a first and then second offense.

    The best thing to come out of the FIFA Men's World Cup is this article from FiveThirtyEight. Lionel Messi is actually impossible.

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: Wellies not required,

    Not digging that Reckoner remix, though I usually like the Leftside Wobble. Phil Selway's drums are Radiohead to me, and they're buried here.

    James Blake looks like a lot of fun though. I'm often apprehensive about this style of music in the open air - unlike stadium rock/EDM it doesn't have noise to sustain it - but it seems to have turned out rather well.

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  • Hard News: He Panui: Media Take,

    I'm really pleased at the way your show has evolved with changing circumstances. However, the site has the show's description as:

    A media commentary show with Russell Brown and Toi Iti, who analyse the weekly news to determine a lack of balance, inaccuracies or lies plaguing the media world.

    I'm sure you're much more than that. Congratulations again.

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  • Field Theory: It has started,

    This whole shirtgrabbing thing makes me wonder if refs don't give out penalties because they potentially reward so heavily. They need the equivalent of a free kick in rugby, a lighter penalty.

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  • Field Theory: It has started,

    I watched that Beats by Apple ad yesterday, and thought it was just some random Brasilian dude (which is cool, amo os brasilieros). Only after watching the Nike ad did I realise that was Neymar, who is apparently good at sportsball.

    Brasil already had a very handy lead according to 538's very interesting data informed coverage of the tournament.

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  • Speaker: The problem of “horror tenants”…, in reply to Lucy Telfar Barnard,

    The current interpretation of “Every living room shall be fitted with a fireplace and chimney or other approved form of heating” is that there has to be a power point in the living room so you can plug your heater in. Which seems completely contrary to what I was taught about statutory interpretation, but there it is.

    That seems quite perverse.

    As for the rental WOF, the amount of noise from the sector has made me sure that acting unilaterally is the way to go. There are simply too many landlords who have interest in the welfare of their tenants or the standard of their dwellings to reach a reasonable compromise with the sector.

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