Posts by Ben Austin

  • Hard News: Obscuring the News, in reply to Rich Lock,

    This last few months especially, their Twitter feed has become a joke.

    It is interesting watching how they transform stories. The current one about the Russian river going red - they've carefully removed the geographic references in the tweet, despite other news sources seemingly having space to mention Russia,.

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  • Hard News: Obscuring the News,

    I've also noticed this and have largely stopped reading the Herald or Stuff for this reason. That being said, they don't really need to care what I think, as I'm overseas and I don't buy the paper copy, or buy the products they advertise.

    The UK papers have a bit more variety and so it isn't so bad, but the Independent (digital only now sadly) sounds a lot like the Herald.

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  • Speaker: Confessions of an Uber Driver…, in reply to David Hood,

    Now that I think about it, a friend wrote a short story based on the Croydon atmospheric railway, for a local newspaper.

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  • Speaker: Confessions of an Uber Driver…, in reply to Moz,

    I would hope not to be considered an arse, as I was asking if this in fact was the case. Which it seems not. I shall report to Darpa for re-education.

    Ian, thank you for that vision of the future. I shall keep an eye on the newswires.

    Ben, please sign me up to your utopian transport newsletter. I do enjoy a good work of science fantasy and am intrigued what ideas you may come up with nest. If you are lacking ideas, consider the humble vacuum cleaner, then consider how fast a human could travel if he or she was the size of a dust particle and didn't mind fatal health outcomes.

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  • Speaker: Confessions of an Uber Driver…,

    I've sort of assumed that this kind of technology would be designed for broad, well designed and laid out motorways, or roads that can easily be embedded with sensors or have other identifiers.

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  • Speaker: Confessions of an Uber Driver…,

    Do any of the self driving technologies have any real success dealing with the secondary roads that make up much of NZ (and I'd assume most countries)'s roading networks?

    Without knowing anything useful about the technology it seems that we surely must be some way from having a safe technology that would allow say a milk tanker or sheep truck to merrily drive down a windy, single lane gravel road, like which my home area has in spades.

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  • Legal Beagle: The law to make it easier…,

    I should have been more clear - I was more interested in how the MP/National Party decided on this particular thing

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  • Legal Beagle: The law to make it easier…,

    I would love to know how this random topic was picked out of a hat

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  • Legal Beagle: The law to make it easier…,

    Not that it that it really matters, but is there any evidence that anyone, authorities included, ever specifically sought out this amendment? Was there say the an open letter issued to the Minister following Annual Airport Authorities (Lost Property Auction Working Group) Conference? Or the MP in question, was he at least taken to the dinner by shadowy representatives of Big Lost Property Auction?

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  • Speaker: A Disorderly Brexit,

    Oh and farage has just resigned.

    All weekend I was wondering what benefit there would be to the Conservatives giving him a seat in the Lords, assuming no South Thanet by election and could not think of one but now I'm wondering if there is a deal anyway.

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