Posts by Rich of Observationz

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  • Island Life: Abusage,

    I don't read the Listener, but maybe when Jane Clifton said "the quantum of the new road charge is an issue" she meant "the sudden large jump in the new road charge is an issue", then maybe "quantum" is a reasonable term. It's a reasonable analogy with its scientific meaning, where it refers to a sub-atomic particle moving from one energy state to another.

    The phrase "the amount of the new road charge is an issue" doesn't mean the same.

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  • Island Life: Abusage,

    New words are coined when people find a need to convey a concept that no word exists for.

    If a price list has big leaps between different levels, then the word "quantum" is very appropriate to convey that. Quantity doesn't mean the same thing.

    Likewise, the plural "ye" dropped out of English usage a few hundred years ago, but has made its way back in as "youse". Because it's useful to distinguish when one is addressing a person or a multitude.

    People also often desire to colour and emphasise their language - saying "absolutely" (or "you bet", "sure can", "does it rain in Melbourne", "are the bears Catholic" or "does the Pope shit in the woods") achieves this.

    However, using "could of" shows ignorance. It's an incorrect transcription of a mispronununciation and indicates that the user is *stupid*.

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  • Hard News: Relieving Ambiguity,

    the same ones piling in on the autistic 18 year-old.

    I guess for many of these people (DPF's commentors) a computer is their only friend in the world - so they get pretty upset about one being "violated".

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  • Hard News: Relieving Ambiguity,

    A National-led government would not have an opinion on the matter.

    So basically, it would be up to the management to decide how they want to run things. For me that's the problem with the SOE model, at its worst. TVNZ isn't owned by its managers. It's owned by the taxpayer and a responsible government *has* to take a view on how it's run.

    If they sold it to Murdoch or O'Reilly, at least the taxpayer would get some money. Just dropping it is like gifting a billion dollar (guess) company to the people who happen to have been hired to run it. Nice work if you can get it, eh!

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  • Hard News: Radio Times,

    I like National Radio and have no involvement in its production or funding. Apart from my hooping friends on This Way Up at the weekend.

    On the left-wing thing, it seems to me that right-wingers are either:
    - stupid (Peters)
    - intelligent but mad (Hide)
    - intelligent but selfish (Key)
    - intelligent but mad *and* selfish (Bush).

    Everyone else is left wing, and so aside from a quota of mad and/or selfish people, an intelligent media source will be intrinsically left wing.

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  • Hard News: Consumer,

    I'm looking at the MMS spec. I thought it used TCP/IP to the server, but I might be wrong in that - it's written in a special style that makes it pretty hard to understand.

    If it's implemented below IP level, then it would need a device driver change, I think. There'd also be a question, as most WM devices are dual core, around the capability of the radio side. Device drivers can be written by third parties, but need to be signed with a privileged certificate, which involves some sort of testing process (though not on every phone - things like Symbols which are targeted for enterprise use tend not to have signing requirements).

    Anyway, just to be less technical, basically I think what Matthew's implying is that Apple and the telcos are not in a happy relationship (unlike say Nokia and the telcos). So Vodafone is selling the iPhone as a matter of obligation, but is disinclined to offer it at an attractive price point.

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  • Hard News: So far from trivial,

    You know, Veitch could walk into a police station and make a statement, then let justice take its course.

    If he did that, then I'd have no objection to his reemployment in the media or any other trade on his release (or indeed acquittal). Because then he'd have done his time (assuming he was convicted) and would be entitled to rehabilitation.

    I'm happy to read the writings of ex-lifer and Guardian journo Erwin James for instance, who I assume murdered someone (he never talks about his offence). That's rehabilitation - (allegedly) paying the victim off and doing interviews with Holmes isn't.

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  • Hard News: Consumer,

    Something I just thought is that the lack of MMS (and other 3G features like video calling or Press-To-Talk (PTT)) is one reason for the high package cost of the iPhone.

    The mobile telcos' subsidy model is based around likely consumer spend, so a phone that has access to spendy features will get a bigger subsidy for the plan price. Since the iPhone has minimal 3G featurishness and drives revenue streams like music downloads into iTunes rather than telco services like Vodafone Live, it doesn't attract much of a subsidy.

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  • Hard News: Consumer,

    Is the SDK of the iPhone sufficently open to allow a third-party to write an MMS implementation? (Windows Mobile is!)

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  • Hard News: User-generated Speechification,

    The OED, which is paid content thinks that media can be used as either a plural or singular noun.

    Wiktionary which is user generated, concurs.

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