Posts by Russell Brown

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  • Hard News: There in half the time:…, in reply to Rob S,

    Apart from price my main concern is battery life. How long until the battery needs replacing? I looked at electric cars and couldn’t justify a purchase on price and battery life issues and would need reassurance on this before paying a hefty wedge.

    Consumer NZ says:

    Batteries are lithium-ion. They recharge from flat in less than four hours, and are good for 500 to 1000 recharge cycles before starting to lose capacity – that’s likely to be at least three to six years of use. Once they lose capacity, they still work but with a reduced range. Replacement batteries are readily available, costing upwards of $600 depending on brand and capacity.

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  • Hard News: There in half the time:…, in reply to Stephen R,

    taxis pass me and then go round the corner with their wheels in the cycle lane, and I think they underestimate my speed and several times have nearly driven me off the road.

    I think this is becoming more of an issue as there are more cycle lanes. I recently (on my usual bike) came up the painted cycle lane to the corner of Karangahape and Newton. The light was green, but a car looking to turn left into Newton had a red turning arrow as pedestrians crossed – but while he waited, he drove across the cycle lane into my path!

    I attempted to get his attention but I don't think he noticed me at any point. Sigh.

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  • Hard News: There in half the time:…, in reply to Fraser Gardyne,

    The last photo Russell looks like you are doing a burn out. Surely not.

    Just a tight turn :-)

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: Apple and the…, in reply to andrew r,

    I might go to Laneway just for Tame Impala and Car Seat Headrest and the odd kid electro surprise.

    Get onto Bob Moses. Loving that record: indietronica with twang and reverb.

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: Apple and the…, in reply to BenWilson,

    Comparing to floppy drives is a little unfair, since something many orders of magnitude better was available instead

    There wasn’t any other good rewritable medium in 1998 when the iMac debuted – just Zip drives and a bunch of also-rans, There wasn’t even USB storage initially and the first flash drive wasn’t on the market till two years later – and by that time Apple had already introduced the iBook, the first laptop to ship with WiFi (aka AirPort).*

    In 1998, everyone had to buy Apple’s external USB floppy drive. It was a lunatic design decision!

    *I was in the room at Macworld Expo in 1999 when Jobs sprung the iBook. He started a video streaming then picked up the iBook and walked across the stage with it. It kept streaming (shittily, because it was QuickTime streaming, but still). I testified.

    Here’s that “one more thing” from 1999.

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: Apple and the…, in reply to BenWilson,

    There’s been a certain old skool beauty to being able to hand riders an aux cable and having it work 9.5 times out of 10. Bluetooth experiences have been more like 5 out of 10, and invariably involve a lot more stuffing around each time.

    Gawd, that’s a pain. First-time Bluetooth pairing is really not what it ought to be. Mind you, neither is printing.

    And eventually, people will come around to what a burden 100% compatibility and 2 extra grams of electronics always was. And we’ll all look back on wired headphones and stereos and speak of the bad old days, while the youth roll their eyes heavenwards.

    Heh. But honestly, I just don’t use my headphone port much at all already. My cheap car stereo has USB input, so it’s a Lightning-to-USB cable there. I will grant you even that’s not as 100% failsafe as an aux cable., because it's a cheap stereo But the port doesn’t fill up with lint and become unusable either.

    And yes, Bluetooth’s back-to-the-phone features are weird. Gave myself quite a fright the time I pressed the button with the old-style phone handset icon on my Bluetooth speaker. And had to ruefully apologise to the friend I inadvertently called at 11pm from my hotel room.

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  • Legal Beagle: On Gell-Mann Amnesia; or…, in reply to Graeme Edgeler,

    I’ve replied via email.

    Thanks.

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  • Legal Beagle: On Gell-Mann Amnesia; or…, in reply to Vivid,

    It say’s in the discharge somewhere that he’s been to/at Capri Hospital

    Which is in Auckland. I don't get how moving to Auckland, where his family home and treatment centre are, would make monitoring so difficult as to preclude a sentence of community detention.

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  • Legal Beagle: On Gell-Mann Amnesia; or…,

    The charge of assaulting a police officer acting in the execution of their duty carries a maximum of six months’ imprisonment. But the words do also describe the elements of the offence of aggravated assault. Such double-ups aren’t that unusual: the elements of summary offences act common assault (max 6 months) and the elements of the charge of common assault in the Crimes Act (max 1 year) are identical. But nonetheless, it is a charge labelled as aggravated assault in the the Crimes Act that Nikolas Delegat was convicted of.

    I had to scan this twice before I understood it, but thank you for working it out.

    I was puzzled yesterday when I read the judge's ruling on the application for a discharge without conviction, which says this:

    He submits that the views of the principal victim would have been different if she had received the apology letter that had been written, that I should take into account that the Crown has seen fit to reduce the charge markedly from a charge carrying a maximum sentence of seven years’ imprisonment to one carrying a maximum of three years.

    I'd been trying to work out how aggravated assault could have been this original charge carrying seven years' imprisonment.

    I'd also been puzzled as to why community detention wasn't considered – but of course it is, rather briefly, in the sentencing notes:

    The issue is do I give you community detention? I understand (and I could have this totally wrong though) that you intend to leave Otago, which has this drinking culture, and do your studies in either Auckland or Waikato. That is a decision for you but that causes difficulties about community detention and having any ability to control or have input into how you are going with treatment programmes and plan. Somewhat against what I would normally do in the circumstances that confront me here, I am going to deal with you by the imposition of community work.

    So Delegat was able to avoid community detention by saying he'd move to Auckland (where the family home is), which would present difficulties for the Dunedin court in monitoring his detention? Is that what this means?

    And I'm a bit confused by the comment about "ability to control or have input into how you are going with treatment programmes" when the judge has just basically said "I'm not going to order supervision because you come from a good family":

    I do not need to be starting to look at issues relating to supervision. You are well able to and you come from a sufficiently disciplined background to enable the issues you have to be confronted, treated and assessed; I am not going to do that. There are people who do not have the opportunities that are available to you that need the help from the services that are stretched to the utmost trying to provide them. I am not going to put you on supervision.

    So who's going to "control or have input into" Delegat's treatment?

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  • Hard News: Orcon IRL: Vote Auckland,

    It’s been an interesting day. This afternoon, Crone’s weird climate change episode, this morning, the Chloe Swarbrick-Matt Nippert Twitter fight.

    Matt harrumphed at The Spinoff’s somewhat over-egged “here comes Chloe” angle on its poll, she took it personally and there ensued a conversation they both handled badly, and which she insisted on taking public. Matt objected to it being “widecast” like that and probably unnecessarily blocked her.

    That really should have been an end to it, but she then tweeted a screenshot of the block message with a pompous note (“I ask questions, and I listen. People of influence hold a lot of power. It’s sad some of them shun responsibility”), which was predictably retweeted by many others, some of whom ventured on what a rotter they’d always known Matt was.

    Everything I’ve seen and heard from Chloe so far has underlined her measure and maturity, but this was the opposite. Twitter-shaming isn’t an attribute I look for in mayoral candidates.

    And yes, Twitter is odd.

    Meanwhile, Phil Goff did nothing interesting.

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