Posts by David Hood

  • Speaker: A Disorderly Brexit,

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    Here are the raw votes for and against by subregion, so to the top left of the diagonal is a nett remain, lower right is the nett leave, and the more toward the upper right the bigger the raw numbers

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  • Speaker: A Disorderly Brexit,

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  • Speaker: A Disorderly Brexit,

    Lucky the Labour Party here didn't blame the leadership for supporters voting for a flag change by around 25 to 30% or they would have to find another leader based on the UK claims for the coup reason.

    I actually think this is more UK Labour MPs seizing a chance in an opportunistic way. let's be honest, the parliamentary Labour part hate Corbyn with a passion, his support is in the general membership and the unions.

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  • Speaker: Confessions of an Uber Driver…,

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  • Southerly: I Fell Down,

    As it happens, the Atlantic is running a maker space series of articles at the moment

    http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2016/06/why-the-maker-movement-matters-agility/486293/

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  • Hard News: An interview with Ben Goldacre, in reply to Bart Janssen,

    drug companies would be banned from making any media statement or advertising at all.

    At which point they get round both by doing what they do now- funding patient advocacy groups to call for funding. So "donating to a charity".

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  • Southerly: I Fell Down,

    We call this our Engineering Day

    I endorse building a linear magnetic accelerator with ones child

    http://miniscience.com/projects/Gauss_Rifle/index.html

    We made the track by taping two rules side by side, and normal magnets will work fine for it (you don't need "super magnets" that some instructions call for).

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  • Hard News: An interview with Ben Goldacre,

    "I’m not aware of any longitudinal studies that would make a fair comparison over time to say if they’ve got better."

    We can do a quick and dirty look at google trends for news stories over time, comparing "miracle cure" with a baseline of the more boring "parliamentary debate".

    http://www.google.co.nz/trends/explore#q=%22miracle%20cure%22%2C%20%22parliamentary%20debate%22&gprop=news&cmpt=q&tz=Etc%2FGMT-12

    Against the baseline of frequency of parliamentary debate news, neither better nor worse.

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  • Speaker: If the fish stinks ..., in reply to Bart Janssen,

    This is bollocks. You just said those same cameras showed dumping and illegal activities that were not prosecuted.

    So IF there was abuse of the cameras then either it was really incompetent abuse and failed to delete the illegal activities
    OR
    There was no abuse of the cameras.

    My impression was that the issue is about the Trident system- the new workflow that is just being brought in so is a future concern

    "However, MPI Minister Nathan Guy told Radio New Zealand that Trident would monitor footage.

    "Trident does the summary, they alert MPI if there's anything they see that's suspicious, MPI gets a summary of that footage, it can't be tampered with, it's securely stored, it's available to MPI on a regular basis and then they can go about their normal role as a regulator and following through on enforcement and if needed, prosecutions," Guy said."

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/industries/80522148/sanford-ceo-volker-kuntzsch-defends-onboard-monitoring-cameras

    Where Trident, an industry body, decide what the MPI needs to know and alerts them and provides something called "summary footage" which is presumably edited down by Trident since how else can it be a summary. The summary may be securely stored by MPI but that is not really the issue.

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  • Polity: Budget 2016: Growth for the…,

    So was that graph nominal or cost of living adjusted?

    Household Economic Survey:

    How many people are answering "Not enough" to "Adequacy of income to meet everyday needs"

    2013 Top 2 quintiles median earning households: 4%
    2013 Lower 2 quintiles median earning households: 24%

    2007 Top 2 quintiles median earning households: 7%
    2007 Lower 2 quintiles median earning households: 25%

    The median wage is growing, but the cost of living is also growing. And the growth seems to be of no benefit to the bottom 40% of households by household income.

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