Posts by Rich of Observationz

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  • Speaker: Branding a Post-Predator Dream…, in reply to izogi,

    Taranaki, Tongariro and a bunch of other places. OK, I exaggerate, but we have a pretty high standard of path in a lot of places. Certainly compared to the rather beautiful and completely unimproved "pathway" in the pic I posted.

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  • Hard News: Media Take: The Easter Show,

    I tend to the view that towards the end of the Roman Empire, pantheism was seen by the ruling classes as increasingly decadent, and failed to provide the social control advantages of a monotheist religion (if, as a Roman, you didn't like what you were told at the temple of Apollo, you could wander over to Jupiter's place for an alternative).

    They saw Judaism as offering the disciplinary advantages they wanted - rigid rules, a (then) monolithic priesthood, a clear concept of eternal reward for earthly behaviour. They couldn't, however, fully accept the religion of a rather disdained subject people*, so they used it as a basis for an alternative - Judaism 2.0, later known as Christianity.

    * Not to mention they wanted to carry on eating bacon.

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  • Speaker: Branding a Post-Predator Dream…,

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    Bloody looxury lad...

    I do think that by building wooden boardwalks a metre wide and fitted with handrails over a large chunk of the conservation estate, DoC have created an expectation that everywhere will comply with this minimum standard.

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  • Speaker: Branding a Post-Predator Dream…, in reply to Tom Semmens,

    I'm not the one who suggested forcing (through the threat of violence, on which all public coercion ultimately rests) "every 18 year old [to] spend 12 months in a conservation army" .

    That sounds like involuntary servitude to me, however you spell it.

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  • Speaker: Branding a Post-Predator Dream…, in reply to Tom Semmens,

    How about we also plant a bit of cotton (I'm sure someplace in NZ has the climate for it) and set up an antebellum style system of agriculture using teenagers in place of Black people. Teach em a bit of respect...

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  • Hard News: The other kind of phone tapping, in reply to Alfie,

    Yes, indeed.

    Also, crashing the pips (as practised daily by every RNZ presenter) and dead air are verboten at the BBC. While the former is regarded as the equivalent of farting in church, dead air of more than (I think) ten seconds results in the Emergency Control Room taking over broadcasts.

    This probably has something to do with continued Radio 4 being used by the British nuclear fleet as a signal that the UK hasn't been nuked by the Russians.

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  • Hard News: The other kind of phone tapping, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    The BBC was looking for antique valves, but the ones they want are a bit bigger.

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  • Up Front: Mind Your Language,

    (Some) americans really don’t know what ‘wanker’ means. Phil Collins guested in an episode of Miami Vice where they decided that “bitch” was unacceptable language for prime time TV, so he called the character a wanker instead. (This may be the only creative thing he had done since leaving Genesis).

    See also the Mitsubishi Pajero. In some Spanish dialects, that means “cowboy”, apparently. In others…

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  • Hard News: The other kind of phone tapping,

    I wonder how "modern" card driven payphones work. I suspect they just know how much to charge for a dialed number and take money off the card automatically, the line to the exchange being regular PSTN or possibly naked ADSL with VOIP*

    In this case you could still do what Brent's mate suggested - not that I'd advocate that sort of thing...

    * Telecom/Chorus have had a long-standing plan which has never quite reached fruition to change all voice circuits to ADSL with a VOIP converter for landline phones.

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  • Hard News: The other kind of phone tapping,

    We live in Coatesville ... and our cellphone coverage is abysmal

    <tinfoil hat>
    Two reasons for that:
    - a large German bloke hogging all the bandwidth in that area for his gaming
    - the spooks using the remaining bandwidth to bug said large German bloke
    </tinfoil hat>

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