Posts by Brent Jackson

  • Speaker: The purpose of science and its limits,

    IMho, accountants shouldn't run companies, let alone research institutes.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 341 posts Report Reply

  • Southerly: How I Became a Grumpy Old…, in reply to David Haywood,

    I have now made five self-replies in a row, which makes me look convincingly like a looney (if any further evidence was needed).

    Sounds more to me like pro-active procrastination ...

    Stunning workmanship David. I wish my wood-working skills (or patience) were up to your standards.

    And an old wooden house is never finished. We paint a couple of exterior walls each year. It's merely a case of deciding which ones need it most this year.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 341 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Spring Timing,

    ... but I hope they drag NZ First under the 5%.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 341 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The Web,

    I remember when Alta Vista came out (or I discovered it), and suddenly searching the internet became so much easier. Google was of course, another step up, but recently I've been finding Google much less useful for the sort or searches that I am doing. It doesn't look like DuckDuckGo is going to be the saviour for which I had hoped.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 341 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: TPP: Error Correction, in reply to Robyn Gallagher,

    Have you read the wikipedia article on it yet ?

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  • Speaker: Colour coding Jonestown,

    Thanks a lot for your wonderful insight into what's going on. Really appreciate it.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 341 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The Public Address Word of…,

    because [reason]

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  • Speaker: Gender quotas (and helping…, in reply to Graeme Edgeler,

    I guess they're doing a miniscule bit to help the under-representation of woman in the other parties.

    But I too would favour the 1-2-2-2... approach.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 341 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Narcissists and bullies,

    It seems to me that the police have lost sight of what their goal is. It is not to arrest criminals; it is not to maximise successful prosecutions; it is not to maximise the sentence of a successful prosecution; it is not to minimise wasted money on unsuccessful prosecutions; it is to minimise crime.

    Allowing these criminals to continue with their offending in the hope of being able to ping them with the most serious crime possible is repugnant. Why not arrest them on a lesser charge as soon as possible. Even if that lesser charge doesn’t hold up in court, then, if these teenagers have any chance of rehabilitation, narrowly avoiding a jail term might just be the wake up call they need.

    (Correct me if I’m wrong, but the police could arrest them for the more serious charges as well, but then drop them before court, just to worry them even more – or to perhaps get a plea bargain on the lesser charge).

    It appears as if the police are fixated on the idea of protecting society by locking criminals away for as long as possible, rather than trying to get law-breakers to change their behaviour.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 341 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: About Radio NZ's new…, in reply to Jason Kemp,

    ... but when the announcers start talking we just have to turn it off as it is so mind numbing

    I'm pretty much the same with most radio stations. KiwiFM is the big exception for me - the announcers sound like real people talking to you, as another person.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 341 posts Report Reply

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