Posts by bob daktari

  • Hard News: The Sky is the limit, in reply to Euan Mason,

    Projections of future financial viability

    exactly - we've seen this time and time again with the usual bullish projections and eventual cost overruns and poor performance passed onto the tax/rate payer - be it IT projects, rationalisation and re-organisation of an entity(ies) etc etc. Hardly rocket science to see through the bullshit... and yet it continues to happen

    auckland • Since Dec 2006 • 364 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The Sky is the limit, in reply to Sacha,

    the same modeling that shows huge revenue spinoffs from hosting from sports and other types of events, govt surpluses and economic growth for the rest of time etc... ? The sort of research that is always reliant on leaps of faith - ie what was the convention norm at point x will be the norm in the future only bigger cause, growth?

    If I wander around Auckland and can see several convention & event centres...

    This was always going to be a white elephant that taxpayers or rate payers will be forced to prop up

    auckland • Since Dec 2006 • 364 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The Sky is the limit,

    I'm not sure there was ever a good case put forward for a new convention centre in Auckland - everything else was entirely predictable, if only it wasn't so...

    auckland • Since Dec 2006 • 364 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Friday Music: So much music I…,

    I'm not sure there is any digital music service whose interface and workings isn't at odds with how any music lover would want - coders just hate music I reckon... worse as services 'improve' the interfaces generally get worse (spotify's sure has)

    As for end of year lists, yep there's truckloads more music and less gatekeepers telling us through the year what we should like... powered by promo companies, record companies, marketing spends etc. The lack of music media as there once was and the spread and speed of the internet means culture screams past us where once it wandered, if you miss it its gone - quite dazzling and also liberating it all is

    auckland • Since Dec 2006 • 364 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Public Address Word of the…,

    comfortable

    a word associated with our Prime Minister that has been adopted by all manner of business people who when using the word should be anything but

    auckland • Since Dec 2006 • 364 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Some reprehensible bullshit, in reply to Sam Bradford,

    the bigger problem is lack of an alternative

    plenty of alternatives... we're at one now... for those looking

    Big media is what it is, sad and morally bankrupt, and this won't change its only going to get worse cause truth is a virtue big business and those in power cannot abide unless it sits in with their perceived view of the world

    thankfully those who care enough to look for truth and intelligent views are well catered to

    auckland • Since Dec 2006 • 364 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Friday Music: Good ideas that…, in reply to Russell Brown,

    I can see why the site and remixes could so easily end up being near on impossible for so many potential buyers to get

    "What Legitmix actually sells is a file that rebuilds the song on your hard drive to the remixer's instructions."

    http://www.theverge.com/2013/7/21/4541926/legitmix-omid-mcdonald-legal-remix-itunes

    Given you need either the original source files (songs) or to purchase the exact same copies then for someone not in the country the remixer lives you would quickly find not all itunes stores contain the same source material and other vagaries of differing territories and markets...

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Legitmix

    How this applies to a remake not remix I dunno, would guess its never going to work given the artist hasn't sampled any source file... easier to "find" the file on your computer than buy it in other words

    auckland • Since Dec 2006 • 364 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Music: Watching on Twitter…, in reply to Simon Sjorn,

    The crowd seemed so muted and uninterested. Or.too.cool.to.get excited?.

    the crowd was the quietest they've been for years, well since the public element was added... def not a cool thing - there is nothing cool about music awards fullstop

    not a fan of the TV show aspect - the media conglomerate presenting their presenters and now cross pollinating all their various radio and TV outlets in a PR stunt called the music awards.. which becomes an ongoing (not funny) comedy gag they've hijacked - the disrespect paid to musicians by the presenters fucks me off, ever so slightly

    Saying that there are some very deserving awards and recipients, few whom get mentioned anywhere - now thats cool

    auckland • Since Dec 2006 • 364 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: News from home ...,

    feel a bit meh about Little... but also felt that about the choices, the campaign for leader and labour full stop since the election

    Saying that if his party peers allow, Little could be the one to at the least construct a solid united and loyal team. If so that alone makes the result a good one - doubt the others would have the support or unity to do as much

    Good luck to him!

    auckland • Since Dec 2006 • 364 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The Boom Crash, in reply to Hugh Lucero,

    including where on earth folks get the $ from

    families I would wager are a big part of enabling those with hefty loans and entry level wages to either borrow, or I know a few whose families are collectively building housing portfolios which means the younger members aren't individually required to mortgage their lives for a roof

    Density is a solution of sorts, though prone to very proactive nimbys pushing the concept away from areas that need it most. I fear for the types of buildings developers will throw into the mix - given the shitty apartment buildings that litter the inner city (cheap and designed to maximise initial profit and stuff the long term consequences)

    As a huge aside: On the German way

    http://www.forbes.com/sites/eamonnfingleton/2014/02/02/in-worlds-best-run-economy-home-prices-just-keep-falling-because-thats-what-home-prices-are-supposed-to-do/

    Wouldn't it be great if once NZ followed successful countries instead of emulate the US, Canada, UK, Aus in our market solutions (to pretty much everything)

    auckland • Since Dec 2006 • 364 posts Report Reply

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