Posts by BenWilson

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  • Southerly: The Truth About Talkback,

    Until the last line, Ian, I didn't get it. I read it as Oh-farter.

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  • Southerly: The Truth About Talkback,

    I found a van with advertising on the side, "Bad Design".

    That has to be intentional. Design is not a German word. I expect Bad Orb is famous for Bad Jokes.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 9720 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The Southern Apps,

    Let's get back on topic, Rodney Hide and the Super City.

    LOL, that's actually an attempted threadjack, try here for that.

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  • Hard News: The Southern Apps,

    and really, yet another Apple review? Come on Russell, you're better than this.

    I found it interesting. It wasn't "the iPad could be good for this". It was "it was good for this". That's actually a lot more interesting than speculation.

    You can do those things on resistive touch screens but they won't work on capacitive touch screens like the iPad, iPhone, and other smartphones have these days.

    So a stylus doesn't work? Bugger there was me thinking they could be useful for some kinds of art. I guess they still can, you just have to blow the area up you're working on.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 9720 posts Report Reply

  • Southerly: The Truth About Talkback,

    Perfect screenplay for the intro to a new series.

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  • Hard News: The Southern Apps,

    But one thing remains clunky and difficult in a multi-touch interface -- selecting (and, therefore, copying, pasting and formatting) text.

    One trick that I found useful on my PDA which has a touch screen - turn your finger upside down and point with your nail. You get a much smaller, more precise point that way. It takes a little while to get used to. You could use a stylus too, but that's something you have to carry. Mind you, anything will do for one, a plastic fork or toothpick from the plane would have helped.

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  • Up Front: Eat Up Your Brothelly,

    The section related to entering and leaving the industry (which includes figures on drug addiction) is here, but the table formatting is borked and it's giving me headaches.

    It also gives me a headache when the go for "reasons" rather than "main reason". I mean who isn't going to use their prostitution money for household expenses? Only people who have no household, right? And the 8% who didn't do it for money, not even as a minor reason? WTF? Why didn't they do it for free then?

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 9720 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Long will be the lunches,

    For those interested, Ben Wilson and others who've lived here before particularly, you might want to read this analysis on the future of Australian federalism.

    Heh, their politics bemuses me mightily. I had several disconnects in my first years there. One girl got real bitter on me when I said I had liberal values, when I felt sure she'd be much the same. Only later did I realize Liberal values are something quite different there. On the subject of federalism, I remember talking to some socialists, and thinking I was agreeing with them about something saying "The state should pay for that". They blinked, then said "Yeah, keep those federal bastards out of it". I had actually meant those federal bastards, completely forgetting they don't refer to the nation as "the state".

    But mostly I couldn't really get their sentiments, the politics seemed weirdly backwards and conservative, whilst at the same time far more socialist than NZ. This might have changed. I was there during the referendum on becoming a republic and was quite astonished at how deeply they did not want it, considering how nearly everyone hated the government (no matter who was in).

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  • Up Front: Eat Up Your Brothelly,

    Cheers Russell, but I'll still apologize for the use of language that could be called emotive about the prostitutes, like 'sucking cocks' and 'whorehouses'. It's just so common when I put myself in the mindset of the conversations. Working girls don't tend to hold illusions about themselves, even if they insist on better language from their customers. I guess I should have considered how I tend to feel about being called a 'code-monkey'. Yeah it's actually what I am and what I tend to call myself, but it's not my job title nor something I want my bosses saying, except perhaps as a joke.

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  • Up Front: Eat Up Your Brothelly,

    Dude, I've never said it's morally wrong. I wouldn't have been associating with these people and making friends with them if I felt that way. I'm just giving my perspective, which is actually mostly their perspective, on the matter. It's not just like any other business, it's a pretty unique one. It's not even so much like businesses that are apparently quite close to it, like stripping. There's something very different about actually fucking people. Sure that's a societal prejudice, but it colors everything about the game.

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