Posts by David Hood

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

    If you are lacking ideas, consider the humble vacuum cleaner,

    That's so century before last

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atmospheric_railway

    As with pretty much any 1800's engineering, there was a Isambard Kingdom Brunel connection.

    Dunedin • Since May 2007 • 1361 posts Report Reply

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

    This would then not actually be done, but individuals found in such cars would be charged instead.

    So an unregulated, unregistered driverless car would be left to go on its way on the road after authorities remove/fine the offending passenger?

    The first few insurance cases around this, let alone any criminally liable actions, are going to be very interesting to watch from a distance. In particular thinking of things like the 20km/per hour passing a labelled (several alternative labels) School Bus pulled over to pick up or let off children.

    Dunedin • Since May 2007 • 1361 posts Report Reply

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

    They’ve got the legal and ethical side under control (they just ignore it).

    Which would be tricky to do if they are developing their own cars and putting those assets on a road. That gives authorities something to latch onto.

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  • Polity: Why did the TPP fail?,

    Aren't those placements somewhat subjective? For example, based on the negotiation leaks shouldn't Australia be closer to the U.S. than New Zealand is.

    Dunedin • Since May 2007 • 1361 posts Report Reply

  • Capture: Obliteration Room,

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    Spring growth on trees.

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

    Or just the pure futurism, the feeling of being advanced whilst actually going backwards, the phony modernism of it. I think that’s currently the appeal of Uber.

    So, Star Trek doors? (operated as they were by people off camera opening and closing them)

    Dunedin • Since May 2007 • 1361 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Stop acting like the law is…,

    I suppose it’s possible that in taking any action National could risk losing voters, but it’s hard to see where they’d go

    Maybe the Conservatives, whose only distinguishing feature from National (in my view) seems to be a focus on morality, but if they got over 5% that would not actually be a bad thing for National. A more real concern would be moving people to the "not voting" category, where two votes moving to non-vote is the same effect as one vote moving to an opposing party. Now, how many people might feel strongly enough about this issue not to vote is another question entirely.

    Dunedin • Since May 2007 • 1361 posts Report Reply

  • Capture: Garden of Arcane Delights,

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    From today, Dunedin Botanic Gardens

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  • Speaker: What we think and how we vote,

    Just harkening back to the very first comment (about tirades). For the most important issues question, most of the entries were in uppercase. While I assume this is just a transcription thing- like who transited it, you can rank the parties by how many of the voters issues were written in ALL CAPS

    Party percent_shouting
    Internet_Mana_Party 88
    Green 89
    Labour 92
    NZ_First 92
    Māori_Party 93
    Conservative 94
    National 94

    Which I am sure has no analytical merit what so ever, but it is entertaining that it matches the way the parties are order in Left to Right (or Poverty vs Economy)

    Dunedin • Since May 2007 • 1361 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: What we think and how we vote,

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    With my fundamental opinion that the left/right median voter theorem is rubbish when applied to multiple interests MMP New Zealand, I feel thoroughly vindicated by looking at the direct movements between National and Labour.

    The people that moved from Labour to National between 2011 and 2014 did not think the parties had significantly shifted position, but thought that they themselves had changed.
    The people that moved from National to Labour thought that they themselves had moved to the right and Labour had moved to the left, putting them further from Labour in 2014 than when they voted for National in 2011.

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