Posts by Rich of Observationz

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  • Hard News: Have you met thingy?,

    I often find myself calling people mate or bro because I have no idea of their name. Or introducing people with "you guys know each other?".

    I've even forgotten what ACT stands for - ah, Association of C***ts and Tw***s - that's the one.

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  • Hard News: Dial O for Obama,

    I've loaded the Winston Peters app. It throws out all the Asian components so the phone doesn't work. Does anyone think a cash bribe will fix it?

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  • Hard News: Citizens,

    Something I'd point out is that even under the most radical past governments, spending wasn't much lower than today (in 1999 it was a mere 1% less than the forecast for next year).

    That's because most core public spending is on essential services like health, welfare and education. Most public servants are frontline staff like nurses, teachers and policeman - Wellington based administrators are a small minority.

    No government has any chance of releasing funds for radical tax cuts without seriously reducing services, e.g. abolishing free healthcare or education. (I'm assuming that a National government would never cut the budget of the "oppressive services"). So any reduction of tax has to come out of borrowing or redistribution. One difference between parties is whether they want to distribute from rich to poor or vice versa.

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  • Hard News: Citizens,

    I found this:
    http://www.aipa.org.nz/archive/clendonfeeney_copyright.pdf

    I read that as suggesting that if there was no model release, both sides are on shaky ground, but the balance is probably that the filmed person would't win.

    If the TV company signed a model release that stipulated a particular usage, then use outside that *would* be actionable, I think.

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  • Hard News: Citizens,

    Technically, that's misuse of your likeness. If you're identifiable, there should be a signed model release.

    I've often heard that said, but what statute is it in? I can't find any mention of photographs taken in a public place in the Copyright or Privacy Acts.

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  • Field Theory: Geniuses,

    Or alternatively the hard way, which involves running a cable either from the TAPE-2 output on the back of your amp, or straight from the headphone jack on the front, to the LINE-IN port on your computer, running something like AudioGrabber to record the LINE-IN sound to a wav file, using something like WavePad or PolderbitS to clean the sound up and slice it in to songs, then converting the wav files to mp3. This is my latest project, which I have been pursuing now for a few months.

    I have about 40 sides done.

    I use Audacity. Typically I record the file using maximum bits and sample rate, chop silence from the beginnings and ends and run "Normalise" to set the levels correctly. I'm using a Technics SL-1200, a Pioneer DJM-600 mixer and a Hercules DJ-Console soundcard. I have the trim control marked with a position that keeps the level out of clipping and all tone controls at 0db.

    I don't use any kind of filter/effect apart from that, but most of my music is on 12" singles, which are much higher quality than 80's albums (I'm talking pressings here, not musical talent...).

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  • Hard News: Citizens,

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  • Hard News: Citizens,

    If a talk is taped by a media organisation, does the copyright sit with the media or the speaker. Do groups like the Oxford Union have their speakers sign a release that transfers the copyright?

    Or is the "creative input" of turning up and getting the levels right enough to acquire copyright?

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  • Hard News: The joke that went too far,

    I'd be in with another $100. And a grand if anyone manages to Aitken one of them.

    Entrapment of dodgy commentators in this way is just the same thing as the liquor licensing people do when they tart up 17-year olds and send them into bottle shops, isn't it? Or the BBC did when they infiltrated a police college in England and taped the trainees racist outbursts.

    If Slater doesn't want to be caught out this way, then not passing on random emailed info would seem to be a good option.

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  • Southerly: Life at Paremoremo Boys' High,

    Fortunately, my 11-16 school in England, whilst fairly shite, wasn't as bad as NZ schools of that era seem to have been.

    We got rugby or soccer on a random basis, but the former was limited by the fact that very few of the staff actually knew how to play, let alone coach, the game.

    Spanking was officially allowed, but wasn't common, largely because the established predelictions of English males would have made it counterproductive.

    There was quite a lot of bullying, which wasn't actively encouraged by the teachers, but wasn't effectively suppressed either.

    One of the staff married a 17-year old former pupil, which raised eyebrows as to the extent of their relationship during her recent time at the school.

    6th form (which includes 7th form in the UK and was in my area a separate institution) was much better. The place had more in common with tech than a traditional school. I had an openly gay form tutor, we didn't wear uniform (well apart from a self-imposed one) and the thugs had gone off to prison, factory and dole queue.

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