Posts by Bart Janssen

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  • Up Front: Respectably-Dressed Sensible…, in reply to Julie Fairey,

    Not sure what I'll wear

    Should you be thinking about what to wear to slutwalk? Surely the point is you wear whatever takes your fancy on the day.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3487 posts Report Reply

  • Up Front: Respectably-Dressed Sensible…, in reply to Russell Brown,

    Seeing Shane Jones there was… dispiriting in the extreme.

    Not just there, but paying tribute. Ugh. Ugh.

    Just a politician buying votes. It's election year wadya expect?

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3487 posts Report Reply

  • Southerly: One Hundred and Thirty-one…, in reply to Ross Mason,

    I can’t help thinking that if you ride sitting up (a la Copenhagen video) then the chance of heading south onto your head may be reduced.

    No

    But some very basic training in Judo or similar, where you are taught how to control a fall so that less important bits get damaged first, definitely will help.

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  • Southerly: One Hundred and Thirty-one…, in reply to JackElder,

    It’s the drivers who don’t see me that worry me

    Bicycles are invisible, when you get on a bike you are invisible. David is the physics geek who can provide you with the math to prove it.

    If you ride as if you are invisible you become much much safer. The moment you presume anyone in a car (or even on foot) can see you is the moment when you are most at danger.

    Of course this doesn't mean you can ride naked without consequences :).

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  • Hard News: We are all Twitter, in reply to Graeme Edgeler,

    * politicians can stuff off – today is about us the voters;
    * we want people to be able to vote without being harassed by people outside polling places who might scare them off: can’t be bothered going through all that, etc;
    * we actually like the serenity – it feels like democracy

    Whoa that's an aweful lot of "we"s there pardner.

    Just which "we" were you referring to?
    The "we" that voted in the government that passed that law?
    I was probably born then but I'm certain many voters weren't.
    The "we" that goes to the pub on Wednesday afternoon after a hard week of lawyering?

    I really am not sure that all those very strong and meaningful statements apply to many kiwis nowadays.

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  • Hard News: Someone has to be accountable…, in reply to Sacha,

    dead calm?

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  • Hard News: We are all Twitter,

    Kind of difficult to figure out who would be harmed by twittering on election day.

    The law itself seems to imply that last minute electioneering is unfair in some mysterious way, to whom?

    As for breaching suppression - well suppression does good sometimes (most times) but many of he most publicized suppression order of late have been of dubious merit. Legally correct maybe but just, maybe not.

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  • Hard News: Someone has to be accountable…, in reply to Russell Brown,

    So who does like SAP, then?

    Near as I can tell SAP is really good if you are doing things like building 777s,

    Ok we need 3 planes on December 5th 2014 so we will need to by 480 Y connectors (17 mm) on 12th April 2012 etc etc

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  • Hard News: Three months after, in reply to Lilith __,

    and I realise I’m giving advice

    The first step ...

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  • Hard News: Someone has to be accountable…,

    so it appears are voting for a new system

    Ok I'm confused. So 6 of the 8 IT systems existing used SAP (and yes we use the stupid accounting program here too). But rather than upgrade one or more of those to cover the merged entity someone (not sure who) decided to implement a whole new software package ... and chose SAP.

    So they are replacing six SAPs and a couple of bystanders with one SAP?

    And I'm also confused by what the experts are saying here - is half a billion dollars a reasonable price? I get that large scale software implementations are harder than they seem but, really, half a billion?

    Even if all 8000 staff got new $3000 machines that's only 24 million! How much would the server rooms cost brand new $100 million would go a long way? I know, I know, the real cost is the software and the time to implement it but it's kind of a mind boggling number.

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