Posts by James Butler

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  • Up Front: Staying Civil,

    I wish there was a word for "person you are in a civil union with"

    Surely one half of a Civil Unit is just a Civil Half?

    Auckland • Since Jan 2009 • 799 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Morning in Auckland,

    To be fair, I thought the overall tone of the Kiwiblog comments on this issue was relatively sane (no doubt partially due to DPF being so unequivocal for once). Even Redbaiter isn't arguing that he's in the majority - only that he's right.

    (PAS: "We Read Kiwiblog So You Don't Have To")

    Auckland • Since Jan 2009 • 799 posts Report Reply

  • Busytown: The shakes,

    if there were a civil emergency here

    Well the Newmarket Viaduct is closed this weekend remember, which seems to be the apocalypse.

    Auckland • Since Jan 2009 • 799 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: This is what we have to work with,

    James, can you email me with some more details?

    Done.

    Auckland • Since Jan 2009 • 799 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: This is what we have to work with,

    I just received this message from my work web filter proxy:

    You cannot access the following Web address:
    http://werewolf.co.nz/

    The site you requested is blocked under the following categories: Pornography

    It worked fine last month, so someone must have reported it since then. Where am I going to get my decent-independent-nz-journalism-porn now?

    Auckland • Since Jan 2009 • 799 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: This is what we have to work with,

    The question is whether an airport link is the best option for expanding the network. I'd argue that there are better options if the goal is to reach the greatest number of commuters.

    Botany Downs and environs is an obvious choice.

    Auckland • Since Jan 2009 • 799 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The Southern Apps,

    You can get styli for capacitive screens. Not sure who stocks them in NZ.

    I was thinking of trying a 1uf tantalum as an alternative.

    Corner of a damp sponge works, as long as you hold the sponge with your hand.

    Auckland • Since Jan 2009 • 799 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: John Roughan is Scared,

    I suspect the difference in population density probably has something to do with the lack of public transport in Auckland

    Yes - the lack of public transport options has contributed to the failure to restrict the city's urban sprawl. Or is that not what you meant...

    It's true that European cities tend to have both higher urban density and better public transport than Auckland, but there are any number of sound historical reasons why that might be which don't involve positing that "public transport is only viable in high-density cities".

    A more in-depth discussion is here.

    Edit: LOL andrea quin, you're always just that much faster than me :-)

    Auckland • Since Jan 2009 • 799 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: John Roughan is Scared,

    Question for those who do actually catch the train to the Britomart. Several people have mentioned that the line to the Britomart is single tracked, and I'm confused because I can clearly see two tracks on Google maps, going all the way to Newmarket. Is one of these not being used? If not, why not?

    I suppose you mean:

    Britomart, with a single line in and a single line out

    So one (1) track in plus one (1) track out = two (2) tracks. You're both right :-)

    Of course either track can be either in or out, but once there is at least one train in the station (or more accurately, between Newmarket and the station), that collapses the probabilities such that the line it's in becomes the only line out, and the other the only line in.

    Auckland • Since Jan 2009 • 799 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: John Roughan is Scared,

    Nice brisk walk never hurt anyone, eh?

    It has killed considerably less people than cutting back on the provision of good pensioner housing, on council sports fields or on improvements to sewage networks.

    Is this the civic-government-policy equivalent to being Godwinned?

    You could have an argument as to whether providing an efficient and cost-effective transport network should be part of local government's responsibility; but I didn't think we were. Accepting for the moment that it is, then it's perfectly legit to suggest spending large amounts of money when extensive analysis over a large period of time indicates that it will pay off (for all transport users, not just public transport users!) in the foreseeable future. Let's have that discussion instead...

    Auckland • Since Jan 2009 • 799 posts Report Reply

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