Posts by Ian Dalziel

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  • Speaker: Are we seeing the end of MSM,…,

    Earthquake causes breakdown (or shake up) of English language!
    Well so it seems in Steve Braunias's Earthquake report via the NZ Herald subs:

    ... the human spirit is indominitable and forever reaches for hope...

    I'd be reaching for a dictionary as well!

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7068 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: #eqnz: Okay?,

    120 seconds of tension release and tension inducement - not much sleep after that big one, but not really feeling the aftershocks that much here now in chch (personally) - no damage round our way, apart from morning Yoga class being cancelled... reports of opportunist burglaries coming in from New Brighton, grrrrr...
    Radio NZ National is a great resource and a reassuring voice in the dark hours!
    Well done those people...
    Westpac / Garden City emergency chopper just flew overhead, heading north.
    SH1 coastal well compromised apparently, so I guess the rail will be too - time to reinvigorate coastal shipping.

    Hearing Brownlee on the radio does nothing to reassure me - he is the disaster equivalent of Typhoid Mary as far as I am concerned - especially in light of the news that EQC (and related agencies) will not be footing the bill for people to be re-accommodated while their houses are re-repaired, to fix the earlier signed off by Fletchers and EQC botched repairs.

    We live in interesting times...

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  • Hard News: The Long, Strange Trip,

    Instant collectors' item:

    Newsweek recalls 125,000 copies of its souvenir Madam President issue

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=11746242

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  • Speaker: Confessions of an Uber Driver…,

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  • Hard News: The Long, Strange Trip,

    The United Shakes of America has a bad case of the DTs...

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  • Hard News: The Long, Strange Trip,


    Strewth is Stranger than Fiction...

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  • Hard News: Be careful what you wish for,

    History in the making and the recording and keeping thereof...
    At a tangent to the current discussion, but of interest to all who want history to be kept in a meaningful way.
    Archives New Zealand has extended the closing day for submissions on its:

    Archives 2057 Discussion Document
    Archives New Zealand needs to plan for the long term to ensure that the record of government is available to New Zealanders now and in the future. Your input will help Archives develop a long-term strategy.
    Update: Comments are now open until 5pm on 14 November 2016.

    https://www.govt.nz/browse/engaging-with-government/consultations-have-your-say/archives-2057/

    So now the US Election is over you'll all have a few spare days to cogitate and contribute.
    I know there will be many reading this who have strong ideas about data storage, and retrieval, in the modern world - they are going to need all the intelligent input they can get!

    The year 2057 will mark 100 years since the establishment of New Zealand’s national archive institution through the Archives Act 1957.
    While that seems a long time away, Archives New Zealand needs to be focused on the long term to ensure the record of government is available for New Zealanders now and in the future. Our performance as a regulator today has a major impact on government’s information assets into the future. Full, accurate, trustworthy and accessible records are necessary for government to be held accountable.

    Archives' roles, now and in the future
    Currently we have a role as a regulator of the Public Records Act 2005; a custodian role to care for and protect the records we hold; and a facilitating role around access to the information we hold. We are also expected to have a leadership role in the wider archival sector. Our infrastructure and its contents (e.g. holdings, buildings, technology) must be maintained, fit for purpose and well positioned for the future.
    In 2016, the majority of records being created are 'born-digital' (Information created in a digital format) but there is still a long tail of physical records to be transferred to Archives New Zealand. By 2057, digital will have been the primary format for customers (regulated parties and users) for some time, so we know now that we will have to operate differently.
    Right now, the presenting problem is that government information systems have moved into the born-digital era without a coherent framework for preservation and accessibility. Digital information that is not correctly saved and filed the moment it is created, may be lost to the future or only accessed later at a high cost.
    Digital preservation considerations also need to be applied to records from creation, otherwise the ability to access the material into the future is at risk. With the pace of technology change, the future arrives quickly. Archives New Zealand along with others in the Department of Internal Affairs, is well positioned to show strong leadership across the information management system.
    This discussion document examines trends and insights that impact the decisions we need to start making but it will not attempt to predict the new technologies that may be available.
    We are assuming a continuation of our role to care for, and preserve, the physical holdings in our custody. We are also assuming the core role of regulator of the record of government will continue. However, neither role will look the same in 2057.

    Time to get cracking if we want the future to learn from the past...

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7068 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Be careful what you wish for, in reply to Rich of Observationz,

    The idea that the Chinese can just bang on the door and demand their cash back is naive and wrong.

    Thanks, I'm getting a free education here...

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  • Hard News: Be careful what you wish for,

    If Trump takes the Isolationist road - he can just plead a typo in his slogan!
    'Make America Greta Again'

    Garbo that is - "I just want to be alone..."

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  • Hard News: Be careful what you wish for, in reply to Gareth,

    China

    Perhaps China will want the money the US owes it back?

    US Economy. The U.S. debt to China is $1.185 trillion, as of August 2016. That's 30% of the $3.948 trillion in Treasury bills, notes, and bonds held by foreign countries. The rest of the $19 trillion debt is owned by either the American people or by the U.S. government itself.Oct 22, 2016

    https://www.thebalance.com/u-s-debt-to-china-how-much-does-it-own-3306355

    and

    The Current Outstanding Public Debt of the United States is:
    $19,796,589,500,776.08
    Last Updated: Wednesday, November 9th, 2016
    Every man, woman and child in the United States currently owes $65,158 for their share of the U.S. public debt

    http://www.davemanuel.com/us-national-debt-clock.php

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