Posts by Rich of Observationz

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  • Speaker: Why all the fuss over six trees?, in reply to Rhys Jones,

    Yeah exactly. It's easier to get people to focus on small stuff like pohutakawa trees than the big, distant issue of climate change.

    See also fracking - it's probably possible to do it safely at a micro level, but not doing it keeps the oil price high and limits consumption. Still, I think it would be better on the whole to do the fracking and stop buying oil from the Middle East.

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  • Speaker: Why all the fuss over six trees?, in reply to steven crawford,

    The raised funds can go to providing adequate public transport that's faster than driving.

    Goods and service vehicles can factor the charge into their costs, given that it would apply to every business equally (or choose to deliver off peak).

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  • Speaker: Why all the fuss over six trees?, in reply to James Littlewood*,

    You could walk in to the CBD from Grey Lynn in not much longer than that.

    A $50 congestion charge (or a variable congestion charge on the airline model so as to regulate the number of vehicles to match road capacity) would solve the problem without pouring any concrete. Worked well in London.

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  • Hard News: We can make things better here,

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  • Hard News: We can make things better here,

    Prince Andrew and John Key have a lot in common. Born in a state house, that sort of thing?

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  • Hard News: We can make things better here,

    Also, have these cycleways got adequate car parking and access ramps so people can drive to them for their weekend cycle excursions?

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  • Hard News: We can make things better here,

    any bets on how long it will take to totally bog up

    Well, yeah. What generally happens is that traffic improves for a while, then people realize that a car commute from X to Y is now doable, so they buy a house in X and start driving to work.

    The M25 in the UK has now reached six lanes each way in places, plus various other enhancements like hard shoulder running and parallel link roads.It's still chokka. Same in LA. (At least the Brits had the good sense / financial limitations to cap the reach of motorways into London at the mid-sixties level, or the whole of places like Marylebone would have become motorway corridors).

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: Wild in the…,

    It pays to choose a friendly district. When Kiwiburn started up, Taupo DC not only didn't require a resource consent for festivals shorter than a certain number of days, but even gave us a grant from the visitor promotion budget. Very helpful people.

    I believe Rangitikei have also been very helpful - KB (it's next week BTW!) needs a resource consent but it has been relatively easy to get.

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  • Hard News: Dirty Politics,

    I can't see that GCSB does anything in the IT security sphere that an overt and accessible agency couldn't do better. Security is mostly around best practices and tools, and information on these is much better communicated by a normal public body, not a spy agency.

    The origin of GCSB's information security work is in a cover story, incidentally.

    Towards the end of WW2 the Bletchley Park operation had outgrown it's original "Government Code and Cipher School" cover name and adopted the new "Government Communications Headquarters" title. At that stage it had very little to do with (British) government communications which was adequately dealt with by the GPO and the military signals branches.

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: Wireless Summer, in reply to Sacha,

    The Maranui café at Lyall Bay

    Requires, however, that you have all day to wait for a table and some food (which you might do if on a lazy holiday from out of town, I suppose).

    For those of us with Stuff To Do, Midnight Espresso still wins, even if they don't have much of a view.Or Scorch-o-Rama, which does have a view.

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