Posts by Matthew Poole

  • Hard News: We can make things better here, in reply to Chris Waugh,

    trees have the temerity to sit right where road builders want to build roads.

    Which is their biggest sin. If the trees hadn't been there, we wouldn't be having this conversation. Bad trees! Naughty trees!

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  • Hard News: We can make things better here, in reply to Sacha,

    Patrick Reynolds is eloquently unimpressed with Auckland Transport’s conduct at last night’s meeting about the pohutukawa

    He uses the word "clusterfuck" in the post. Calling that level of furious "unimpressed" is up there with calling Hurricane Katrina "a mild breeze". Nicely done.

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  • Hard News: We can make things better here, in reply to Russell Brown,

    The problem, as others have noted, is that they could have taken the opportunity to build a proper busway.

    But doing that in the space of the designation would have meant taking lanes away from general traffic, and we can't be having that!

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  • Hard News: We can make things better here, in reply to Shaun Lott,

    That sentence fills me with rage and despair. Now would seem the perfect time to me, given how much work is going into raising the causeway. It’s long overdue already.

    But it would have meant spending money on public transport capital works, all of it coming from the NZTA budget, and we can't be having that dirty, socialist nonsense sucking funds away from the good and worthy private motorist!

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  • Hard News: We can make things better here, in reply to Russell Brown,

    Post Waterview it will make more sense for West-North commuters to stay on the motorway and use the interchange at the city end.

    Surely that depends on their destination and origin, once the monstrosity that will be the SH18/SH1 interchange is constructed? If they're on the inner part of the SH20/SH16/SH1 loop it will make sense to go via CMJ, but if their journey points are west of SH20/SH16 and north of SH18/SH1 it would make more sense to go across the top. Roughly speaking, obviously.

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  • Hard News: Dirty Politics, in reply to Rich of Observationz,

    I can’t see that GCSB does anything in the IT security sphere that an overt and accessible agency couldn’t do better. Security is mostly around best practices and tools, and information on these is much better communicated by a normal public body, not a spy agency.

    How do you know that it would be communicated better?

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  • Hard News: Dirty Politics, in reply to Greg Dawson,

    balanced by the limitations of relying only on those inside the trusted circle to point out flaws in your strategy, where others might notice things they didn’t.

    The people who will exploit the information are not the sort to tell you what they've found, however.

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  • Hard News: Dirty Politics, in reply to Greg Dawson,

    merging the GCSB and SIS.

    Well, that's one way to get around pesky restrictions on domestic surveillance.

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  • Hard News: Dirty Politics, in reply to Greg Dawson,

    Does anyone seriously still believe security-by-obscurity is a viable tactic?

    If it's your only protection, you're doomed. But that doesn't mean it's not utterly stupid to publish information about network connection points and other such details. Make the bastards work for every little bit of information that they're going to need to try and break into your network.
    And knowing who's considered sufficiently important to justify government protection can be confirmation of target status whereas before there was just suspicion.

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  • Southerly: This Week in Parliament: 14…, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    Also, the results of that vote didn't go as predicted. No US veto, and an Australian "no". NZ didn't participate because we're not a member of the SC until 18:00 tonight NZDT.

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