Posts by Bart Janssen

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  • Up Front: Fairy-Tale Autopsies, in reply to Jacqui Dunn,

    But isn’t that absolutely what happens? Humans behave, often, appallingly badly towards people they have no connection with – people they don’t know – whereas when they do know them, because there’s a connection there’s a disinclination to be offensive.

    No that isn’t true. Humans generally behave well socially towards each other even when faced with complete strangers.

    But there is a small percentage of people who are arseholes. Antisocial/selfish/whatever general scummy behaviour you like to think of.

    The problem is that it is always much much easier to remember the scum and yet if you stop and think about it most of the people you interact with whether you know them or not are at first contact nice – well except when they are driving on Auckland roads.

    Even here on the internet the majority of folks are nice to complete strangers but it’s the minority of arseholes that are memorable.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3673 posts Report Reply

  • Up Front: Fairy-Tale Autopsies, in reply to Islander,

    Great I dont have twitter!

    Yeah I thought that too and then I discovered I can get my scientific journal tables of contents via twitter. So now I have a twitter account that alerts me to new science, on my iPad.

    But I probably should two accounts so I can separate Emma from Plant Physiology.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3673 posts Report Reply

  • Up Front: Fairy-Tale Autopsies, in reply to Russell Brown,

    it was also news because it was it was the very last fucking headline Goff and his party needed this week.

    Really? Because this week I saw no in depth analysis of the Labour party list, no commentary on the balance and worth of the people. Oh and I saw the death of the story about what's-his-name and the naked guy. Instead I saw a story about a loud mouthed lout from the west coast trying to suck up and get votes and he probably will.

    I think we all got played. If you wanted to distract AND get votes for Damien O'Conner then you couldn't have done that better.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3673 posts Report Reply

  • Up Front: Fairy-Tale Autopsies, in reply to Peter West,

    Ideas are seldom unique.

    That's one of the hardest things to teach young scientists. They get this idea and are all like "I'm so amazing nobody else could have thought of this" and then you show them the five other groups working on the same idea - sometimes they learn.

    But the flip side to that is you want young scientists to play with new (to them) ideas, because they can bring a new emphasis or perspective that changes the way we think.

    And the same is true in these discussions, you say you were saying the same thing as someone else but you weren't, they were two different voices with different tones and emphasis and hearing both makes us all richer.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3673 posts Report Reply

  • Up Front: Fairy-Tale Autopsies, in reply to Andrew Stevenson,

    Its just so addictive

    You say that like it's a bad thing

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3673 posts Report Reply

  • Up Front: Fairy-Tale Autopsies,

    I think one problem with the Tinks/Trolls labels is that I think everyone has a little of both in them. I think we've seen in this community most of the posters have a "hot button" that will shift them from useful contributor to raving troll in a keystroke. We've also seen people displaying their true beliefs sometimes to the level of Tink.

    I know I can (and do) troll sometimes, I know I sometimes (frequently) derail into my favourite (Tink?) topics. But I also contribute usefully sometimes. I think that's the real demarcation between trolls and the rest of a community, the trolls really don't contribute.

    I wouldn't call Damien O'Conner a troll because I really don't see political grandstanding as trolling. It isn't about seeking attention, it's simply a cynical planned and staged statement designed to win votes from a gullible public, much like any other politician really - see now that's an obvious troll.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3673 posts Report Reply

  • Up Front: Fairy-Tale Autopsies, in reply to Megan Wegan,

    That, and my famed reticence

    Yes I'm sure that was the word Emma used to describe you

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3673 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Locking in the Future, in reply to Islander,

    Rural costomers are going to be – left in the shit

    Some of the shit will be transported to apply to the urban customers in the spirit of equality and fairness that is a hallmark of the telecommunications industry.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3673 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Locking in the Future, in reply to 3410,

    According to the NBR:

    The minister also maintained that without the 10-year ” regulatory holiday, or “forbearance period”, investors would “price in” the risk of Commerce Commission interferance – driving up pricing.

    hmmm and without commerce commission interference they can charge ridiculous prices which will inflate profits - that will of course attract investors.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3673 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Locking in the Future,

    Are they going to run fibre alongside the Puhoi to Wellsford motorway extension?

    The regulatory holiday highway

    /ducks

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3673 posts Report Reply

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