Posts by Rich of Observationz

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  • Speaker: Living under bridges,

    It just seems all a bid upside down. If you want to drive to the Shore, it's free. If you want to cycle or walk, it costs money. And it's expected to generate extra traffic from people driving to one end of the bridge so they can cycle/walk across it.

    "chunks of carbon fibre travelling at over 30km is a different thing altogether"

    Speed limit? Traffic calming?

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  • Hard News: About Campbell Live,

    Ms Glucina’s reported friendship with the Prime Minister did not give rise to a conflict of interest. There is no question of any compromise of her independence or that of the NZ Herald

    Yep, Pravda is an independent publication.

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  • Hard News: Apple Music: Taking a dump on…, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    I reckon you could hold the vinyl record up to the camera and use software to decode the grooves into music: http://www.andrewhazelden.com/blog/2010/04/microphotograph-of-the-grooves-in-a-vinyl-record/

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  • Speaker: The overconfidence man,

    The Key government has thus far had a tailwind not of their making.

    - firstly the Clark government avoided getting the mainstream banking sector into the sort of trouble that happened overseas, whilst allowing the finance companies to act as a bush league safety valve for that sort of crazy.

    This minimised any bailout costs and left the public finances looking pretty straight.

    - the main OECD economies zeroed out their interest rates after the GFC. Since the NZD runs at a 3% or so risk premium to those currencies, we’ve in turn had low enough interest rates to deliver free money to middle class homeowners

    - up until about a year ago, being China’s farm has been a pretty sweet business and we’re still in the afterglow of that

    Nothing goes on forever, and if that all changes, Key might look a lot more seedy.

    However, I don’t put it past Labour and the Greens to screw up this opportunity. Best case, they’ll probably put themselves forward as managing austerity better. Worst case, they’ll sign up as junior partners in a Ramsay McDonald style coalition.

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  • Speaker: The overconfidence man, in reply to George Darroch,

    Which suggests they could quite possibly continue to win all but a handful of electorates (or even all of them) and still lose the election.

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  • Speaker: The overconfidence man, in reply to Grant McDougall,

    Bar four (Kelston, Mana, Mangere, Manurewa) (plus all the Maori seats).

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  • Hard News: Apple Music: Taking a dump on…,

    Music players aren't hard. A bunch of files, codecs to understand those files and bang the music out on any output device. Some sort of queue manager. For bonus points, better search/selection.

    Leave out glitzy skins, visualizations, proprietary index files pooped all over the filesystem, recoding, and most of all various doomed attempts to extract microcash from the user.

    I liked Foobar2000 on Windows, and VLC on OSX is tolerable. I have so far failed to find an Android music player along those lines.

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  • Speaker: Gay marriage, weed, and death…,

    Cannabis is different though in that the US attempts to prohibit it at federal level (on fairly dubious legal grounds). To get to the situation with alcohol pre-1920, or gay marriage before this week, the US would need to remove these prohibitions, or limit them to real areas of federal concern, such as traffic between states.

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  • Speaker: Government votes not to improve…,

    How about a box on each ballot where you could write in your ideas for the governance of New Zealand in 400 words or less?

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  • Speaker: Government votes not to improve…,

    I'd also add that such a system would reduce the perceived need for a threshold, because in order to successfully contest an election, a party would need to field a fairly complete set of electorate candidates, which would (absent the Kim Dotcom option of paying candidates a six figure stipend) require a reasonable level of grass-roots support.

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