Posts by Stephen Judd

  • Hard News: Dotcom: Further news of the unlikely, in reply to Craig Ranapia,

    If the GCSB wants to read my spam, they have my commiserations in advance.

    That's funny, but the worrying scenario is that they* might read everything else too. From everybody. Or worse, not read it right now, but store it for later analysis, perhaps in the event that it is useful to publicly discredit you or recast an innocent remark as evidence in your trial. And the knowledge that they could do so is something of an impediment to activism of any kind.

    *they could be another member of the Five Eyes network acting on their behalf.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 2917 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Over the paywall?,

    News sites are rewarded for being first, and they want repeat page views.

    So there are very strong incentives to get up a story as fast as possible (ie with minimal subbing and checking) and then update it continuously. Once readers know a story will likely develop over the day they'll keep refreshing.

    Quality subbing and fact-checking is completely incompatible with the current online news model.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 2917 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Dotcom: Further news of the unlikely, in reply to Tom Semmens,

    I asked him why it is Key’s credibility hasn’t been shredded long ago.

    I think for his supporters one of two scenarios is playing out. Please imagine you, like more than 50% of NZers polled, are a Key fan.

    Charming Rogue. Key has considerable personal charm, and we all like mavericks who keep getting away with it. The fact that there is a mountain of circumstantial evidence but nothing concrete just makes his getting away with it more delightful.

    Masterful Bully. Is there a bigger demonstration of personal power than flatly lying, when everyone knows you're lying, and daring people to challenge you? If you like Muldoonist intimidation, you'll like this.

    Whether you prefer larrikins or bullies, there's something for you here.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 2917 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: He Panui: Media Take, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    can it take a macron? (as it were)

    I note that sprinkling words from one language into another is sometimes called macaronic...

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 2917 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The Digital Natives, in reply to Richard Aston,

    it can be a disgusting little fight pit at times.

    I am doing quite a bit of phone canvassing at the moment. It stands out how many people who don't vote or don't support any party follow up with a complaint about how politicians behave, usually mentioning behaviour in the House.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 2917 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Snowden and New Zealand,

    Meh, CentOS and VMWare would be part of the basic infrastructure of many large NZ organisations not least public sector ones. Suggesting a sinister coincidence is drawing a long bow. And I say that as someone who is convinced they *are* in cahoots.

    For the non technical, CentOS is a kind of Linux operating system, VMWare is a technology for making one big grunty server behave like a lot of small servers so you can consolidate services on less hardware -- they aren't nefarious tools for doing bad.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 2917 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Snowden and New Zealand,

    Many people wrote to the Minister complaining the definitions of network operator were way too broad.

    She replied essentially saying we were reading the legislation wrong and that only parties covered under existing legislation were intended. No, there was no need to add clarifying language to the bill.

    Quite an interesting discussion going on in the network community here:

    http://list.waikato.ac.nz/pipermail/nznog/2014-May/020802.html

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 2917 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Sponsored post: Speed and Safety,

    Some interesting race/class things lurking in this video which I don't feel competent to give a close reading of right now.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 2917 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Sponsored post: Speed and Safety, in reply to Brent Jackson,

    Is that 50 according to your speedo, or 50 as measured correctly ?

    I don't know. Those fancy roadside displays that tell you what your speed is and my speedo agree very well, though.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 2917 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Sponsored post: Speed and Safety, in reply to Rich of Observationz,

    a bunch of substitution activity that's less likely to get them a ticket - wheel spins, dangerous overtaking, bad lane discipline, general aggression and lack of consideration for others.

    I see this all the time. As a regular cyclist, it's freaky how people voom up to T junctions and stop at the last possible minute, looking straight ahead the whole time, so you end up with them half-blocking the cycle lane and them all bewildered at how you appeared out of nowhere.

    Christchurch in particular seems to be filled with tradesmen in utes and vans careering around in testosterone-stimulated style.

    I usually drive dead on 50 kph. It irritates people. They pass in the right hand lane. Then I catch them at the lights.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 2917 posts Report Reply

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