Posts by Craig Ranapia

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  • Muse: A C!#& and Balls Story,

    Test. So to speak...

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 12138 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Review: Citizenfour,

    There’s also no hint in the film of the pressure Greenwald placed on The Guardian to go quickly, or of his unseemly spat with another journalist Snowden had contacted, the Washington Post’s Barton Gellman.

    And that annoys me. Because there are perfectly legitimate if complex issues that can, and should, be raised there. When you’re prone to bagging the Mainstream Media as bloody-handed court stenographers of the Surveillance State, surely you should be rushing to ask such questions not avoiding them?

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  • Speaker: Sex with the office lights on:…,

    …has the makings of a winning tourism advertisement targeting those planning a trip to the 1970s

    Oh, you mean the 1970's where The Truth maliciously "outed" Marilyn Waring, who could have been legally fired for being a lesbian if she wasn't an MP or charged with a crime if she was a man? I know it's terribly chic to act as if privacy has gone the way of men wearing hats in public but some history lessons could be useful in reminding people why it matters. Hell, if that's not your bag update your current general knowledge on people whose lives are literally put at risk by doxing and a particularly unlovely practice called "Swatting".

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  • Speaker: Sex with the office lights on:…, in reply to Sofie Bribiesca,

    Being in total agreement with Pam Corkery is not a natural or comfortable position for me but she's right. Fairly or not, The Carlton isn't getting anywhere near my "places to go in Christchurch" list.

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  • Speaker: Sex with the office lights on:…,

    It’s the old ‘don’t be a dick’ rule really – technology allows us to do stuff too easily that a little a thought might preclude…

    Absolutely. You can soundly argue that the law can’t anticipate technology, and how people will (ab)use it, and whenever legislators try they create more problems than they solve. Just look at the Copywrong PAS thread that refused to die, and is twitching occasionally. Already knotty copyright and intellectual property law is still playing catch-up with the very complex ways people use new(-ish) technology that was pure science fiction not so long ago. Maybe it always will.

    All that said, if you need to get a legal opinion before deciding to be an arsehole anyway? There should be a law against people like that. :)

    Of course, there’s another option: Plenty of things are legal but socially sanctioned. But in this particular instance, that might be a very long game indeed.

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  • Speaker: Sex with the office lights on:…,

    This is interesting, and thanks for contributing Nicole. But law aside, it's still depressing (if not exactly surprising) seeing people elsewhere taking the view that if it's isn't illegal, there's nothing wrong with it right? (Anyone who thinks that's an unproblematic position needs to Google "GamerGate" on an empty stomach.)

    I guess I'm the kind of weirdo who's less offended by consensual sex than people who, in effect, filmed and published amateur porn without the participants' knowledge, let alone consent.

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  • Speaker: UPDATE: Jimmy's best films of…,

    "I like Interstellar and you don't. Tough."

    You're going to have to picture the kind of "it's funny because it's true" grin on my face that's physically painful because it happens so seldom. I'm certainly looking forward to another Film Society season where Jimmy's going to strongly like some things I can't stand (and vice versa) because he's got the trick of holding -- and defending -- a strong critical opinion without being a cock about it.

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: Auckland…, in reply to Russell Brown,

    My feeling is that the changes to Cactus Cat are going to have a very positive impact. More space and a flown PA should really improve the experience.

    Also really nice that everyone seems to have positively engaged with criticism and made a better experience of it for everyone. Would be nice if that didn't have to be noted, but credit where due.

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: Wild in the…,

    “We were not provided with a comprehensive list of requirements from the outset and this was thrown at us haphazardly over a large period of time,” says Liam, “with many delays in terms of them responding to our requests.

    This is how local bodies make sure their communities can't have nice things because they've gone elsewhere, or worse, never happen at all.

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  • Access: Feelgood Flicks, in reply to Russell Brown,

    When we had people around he was basically in his own bubble and didn’t interact.

    First time I met Jimmy at your place, we startled each other when I literally bumped into him coming out of the bathroom fiddling with my fly. True story, and thank God things improved from there on in. :)

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