Posts by Ben Austin

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  • Hard News: You down with TPP?,

    I have yet to see any sort of clearly explained cost/benefits explanation from the government on the TPP. I'm not talking about general "it will be good for X or Y industry" explanations, but instead one that specifies sector by sector benefits (dollar value), with the "working" shown.

    Until I do I'm not planning to change my view on the matter that we will have a similar result as the Australia-US deal earlier in the century. I studied that a bit at uni as it was happening and was happy enough with the general conclusion that it was not worth the cost.

    If you care to do so, try and track down the reports that were in favour of the FTA, they all promised massive benefits but then when it came to explaining the figures, things became rather woolly and ridden with assumptions.

    London • Since Nov 2006 • 861 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: This is your public broadcasting,

    So, if we take a leaf out of Charlie Stross's novel Rule 34, where the big supermarkets were nationalised; a future government may be tempted to nationalise Sky in order to get a public broadcaster!

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  • Capture: The Castle, in reply to Jackie Clark,

    Jackie,

    I take it you have been to Port Chalmers recently? I went there myself in February or March when back last and thought the sculpture park (right term?) at the top of the hill was pretty neat. Great view over the harbour and peninsular too

    London • Since Nov 2006 • 861 posts Report Reply

  • Capture: The Castle,

    Interesting to see the photo of the Coronation Hall, or the Orange Coronation Hall. I went to Belfast last weekend and did the obligatory "political" tour. The taxi driver was vaguely interested to here that the Order had a NZ presence for a while.

    London • Since Nov 2006 • 861 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Party on, dudes,

    Many happy returns and all that.

    I've appreciated having PA/S available since I left NZ in 07 and indeed before I left. I vaguely recall someone, maybe Che, helping me find waffles in Wellington, which was most kind.

    Good luck with the future.

    London • Since Nov 2006 • 861 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The Big 2012 US Election PAS Thread,

    I still don't get why Perigo says such awful things though. He doesn't have a dog in this game being an Auckland media pundit, who purports to hold libertarian views.

    It would be like an American issuing threats against the slate of candidates in the Dunedin City Council elections. Pointlessly extremist.

    I guess it is just a case of "he says (publishes) what other people think, usually while drinking at a pub on Friday night"

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  • Hard News: The Big 2012 US Election PAS Thread, in reply to Russell Brown,

    That last paragraph of Perigo's comments is particularly awful and shows no connection with reality.

    What punches did the Republican Campaign pull? They seemed to attack him on everything from policy to origin, so I’m not quite sure what Perigo thinks they failed to mention. Although I don’t recall seeing any articles linking Obama with the vile tyranny of Emperor Nero so maybe that is what he meant?

    Also, when did it become cool for a NZ pundit to use language like “filth unfit to live” about anyone, especially voters in another friendly country. If this is how angrily insane he gets over the decisions of foreign electors what kind of insanity does he think about New Zealand electors?

    He actually makes Orson Scott Card’s views look sane by comparison

    London • Since Nov 2006 • 861 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The Watching World,

    Hi Lucy,

    I take it you are living in the US. What is the mood like if so? Have you been past any voting booths so far?

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  • Hard News: Weekend Compendium,

    My I post my annual dissatisfaction that the NZ weather is starting to look glorious about the time London's weather falls off the cliff.

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  • OnPoint: The Source, in reply to Raymond A Francis,

    Seems pretty standard operating procedure to plug a USB drive into a computer if you are there to upload a file.

    It's also pretty normal to reward people who identify and notify you of security breaches.

    In any event I don't see that Ira has done anything wrong and unless actual evidence arrives I will happily donate to his or Keith's legal defence fund.

    In any event, this story, especially if it results in a criminal prosecution of Ira or Keith will make us the laughing stock of those who read the tech journals internationally. No one else will give a damm

    London • Since Nov 2006 • 861 posts Report Reply

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