Posts by Ben Austin

  • 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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  • Speaker: A Disorderly Brexit, in reply to Tom Semmens,

    Whereas I'm sick of people calling Remain "whiners" and "poor losers". Just recall, if you will, that the newspapers and pundits are not the Remain camp. They are just people who may have voted that way and feel strongly about it. They do not necessarily speak for the Remain camp anymore than I do. Remember, we are not a party and we don't really have spokespeople, not anymore anyway.

    In any event, I went to the London rally on Saturday, which was interesting. Aside from the usual suspects (Socialist Worker etc), the people I met largely were new to the rally game (myself included). We marched from Park Lane to Parliament Square via Trafalgar Square. I've no real idea how many turned up but the square was full up and people were backed up someway up Whitehall. It was pretty positive stuff really. No whining or the like. The basic message was - get involved, use your anger and annoyance to make real change and don't give up.

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  • Speaker: The Government you Deserve,

    Indeed. But the point is, Labour is all about getting out the vote. That's what it is good at. It needs loads of active members to do that. Obviously there is a lot more to a party and indeed needs to be to reach all the other people/voters. However in London's case, one reason why the party is doing ok is that all of those middle class members that don't really get the rest of England/UK actually go out and get the vote out, for months before the actual election.

    My Labour friends have been solidly working, 2-5 times a week for the last 6 months or so on getting their voters ready for the mayoral, assembly and various other local elections. They're the ones who are increasingly angry at Corbyn as they don't' see his conviction or beliefs actually delivering them new voters. Nor his supporters helping them get out their current voters. These people resent being lectured by Corbyn supporters who in some occasions (see Gipsy Hill council by election) even campaign against the Labour candidate, let alone not voting for them.

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