Posts by Steve Barnes

  • Speaker: Are we seeing the end of MSM,…, in reply to izogi,

    Does anyone know if there’s a way to disable this without completely disabling Flash?

    If you are quick enough you can click on "Never Auto Play Videos"
    Be quick though...

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  • Polity: Protesting too much: responses…,

    I'll just leave this on your desk, I have so much to carry....
    Oh, yeah, so Labour is just going to throw money away, eh?

    Thursday, 11 February, 2016 - 12:16
    The Ministry of Education forked out a whopping $100,000 a day on consultants and contractors last year - eight times more since National came to office in 2008, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says.

    "The Ministry appears to be throwing money at consultants so fast it often doesn’t even bother to use government rules for tendering.

    "On at least 14 occasions in the past year the Ministry awarded contracts worth over $50,000 to unnamed individuals by using exemptions to procurement rules to avoid tendering the contracts.

    "Tender rules exist to ensure taxpayers get the best value for money. However, the Education Ministry seems to think these rules shouldn’t apply to them.

    "Ironically one of the contracts that was tendered was awarded to a company formerly called Fingers in Pies.

    "This spending - at a time when core public service numbers are capped - will be hard for the public to swallow.

    "Especially coming hard on the heels of the Ministry’s lavish new $20 million offices - which include a $2.6 million staircase - while students sit in leaking and mouldy classrooms around the country," Chris Hipkins says.

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  • Speaker: Correcting Auckland 2040's…, in reply to Glenn Pearce,

    perhaps if the blue “out of scope” changes maps were published with an explanation of why particular areas were selected for the out of scope changes they would be better received and understood by people.

    But why would they want that That is not the way the big boys, or girls, do business...

    "Think about pricing. What has every telco in the world done in the past? It's used confusion as its chief marketing tool. And that's fine," said Gattung in a speech recorded on March 20.
    "You could argue that that's how all of us keep calling prices up and get those revenues, high-margin businesses, keep them going for a lot longer than would have been the case.
    "But at some level, whether they consciously articulate or not, customers know that's what the game has been. They know we're not being straight up."

    Ummm...

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  • Speaker: Are we seeing the end of MSM,…, in reply to Alfie,

    In the past such obvious errors would have been picked up by sub-editors before publication, but they don’t seem to be a thing any longer.

    Yes, they are a thing and that thing is called outsourcing. I believe NZME uses Australians for this. You have to ask why they didn’t just use computers for the task, at least with computers you only have to punch the info. in once.

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  • Hard News: Listening Lounge 2016: Drugs…, in reply to Joe Wylie,

    The boy’s talent was apparent from an early age.

    Indeed, he comes from a high pedigree of Plankers, Plank of America, Deutsche Plank, Plankers Trust, ASP. PNZ… the list goes on.

    Max Key's first show on George FM is on February 16, where he'll unveil his new single, Forget You, rumoured to be about his Fathers attitude to the people of New Zealand

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  • Polity: Hooton’s Zombie Apocalypse,

    Nah. He’s just Hooton an’ Hollarin’ …
    Or is that Hooton an’ Houlihan?
    Houlihan Lokey?
    These guys call themselves a global investment bank. However, a look at their website reveals that they know not, of Li’l’ Ol’ New Zealand, we don’t exist on their map.
    So sush, we don’t want those investment bankers to know we are here.
    Do we?.

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  • Hard News: Sunday People, in reply to nzlemming,

    Freudian slip?

    Perhaps its a… wait for it…. a way out for them… ;-)

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  • Hard News: Sunday People,

    Which brings us, neatly to George Washington Carver, as the humble peanut is also a legume. In his 1916 bulletin, "How to Grow the Peanut and 105 Ways of Preparing it for Human Consumption" Carver gave a short overview of peanut crop production and contained a list of recipes from other agricultural bulletins, cookbooks, magazines, and newspapers, such as the Peerless Cookbook, Good Housekeeping, and Berry's Fruit Recipes. He did not, however, include Peanut Butter which led to a conspiracy theory leading to a CIA operation involving none other than Stan Smith.

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  • Hard News: Sunday People, in reply to JacksonP,

    Personally, I think she’d have broad appeal. :-)

    Leguminus in fact.
    ;-)

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  • Capture: Laneway 2016 - Goodbye Silo,

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    The Lexus IS-F 8 speed automatic transmission.
    I didn’t go to Laneway but I did find this picture.
    Anybody with even a passing interest in engineering would find this beautiful.
    Drool….
    :-D

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