Posts by Brent Jackson

  • Legal Beagle: Cameron Slater: computer hacker?, in reply to BenWilson,

    Why comment the code? It’s either obvious, or wrong.

    There is an awful lot of code that is not obvious, and also code that appears wrong but isn't. Both of those cases benefit from comments.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 468 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: House prices and the "Magic Money", in reply to James Butler,

    why would anyone who doesn’t want to live here want to invest in an asset whose value grows slower than wages?

    Exactly. If the value grows slower than wages, then it's not an asset for investing in, so people only buy houses to live in. Isn't this a good thing ?

    We need to transition our economy from property as a favoured investment, to one where it is not so great. It needs to be done quickly so it doesn't keep exacerbating, but also slowly, so the bubble does not burst. It will not be easy, but the alternative is worse.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 468 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Deep Dream: Looking at clouds,

    I think Deep Dream's fetish for dog faces, appears to be similar to the way we humans tend to conjure up human faces in anything remotely like two eyes.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 468 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Potency and purity, in reply to Ross Bell,

    That opinion piece reads equally well if you replace Ecstasy with RTDs and MDMA with alcohol.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 468 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Government votes not to improve…,

    I would like the threshold reduced to 2 (or perhaps 3) MPs (ie 1.5% to 2%), so that small parties can get going. At 5% (or even 4%) only extremely rich movements are going to be able to get going for long enough to build up this sort of support.

    I would also like to see an alternative box on the ballot, so that if your primary party vote does not count because your party failed to meet the threshold (or whatever other reason), then your alternative one does. This allows you to vote for the party that most represents you, without "wasting" your vote by having it not actually contribute to the make up of partliament.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 468 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Campbell interviewed, in reply to Alfie,

    ...is actually just focused on two positions, including that of John Hale, the most senior producer of TV3’s 6pm bulletin.

    So two more constructive dismissal lawsuits on the way then ...

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 468 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Nelson Street: Not too…, in reply to Bart Janssen,

    Not sure about the division between opposing directions, it needs to be clear but again can’t be anything you slip on or crash over.

    A double white line ? Or double yellow if there is restricted visibility anywhere ?

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 468 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Nelson Street: Not too…, in reply to Oliver Roberts - AKLCouncil,

    The surface design is a chance to celebrate the route and make it stand out from the grey that surrounds it. Doesn’t have to mean flashy…. But that’s why we want the feedback

    It'd be great for it to look good, but it is imperative that this does not come at the expense of functionality, literally and figuratively.

    Pedestrian spaces along the edges, and two cycle lanes going each way, one marked slow, and one marked fast. Perhaps different surface colours to differentiate them.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 468 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Nelson Street: Not too…,

    I thought exactly the same thing when I saw the submission form. I went looking for more info, to get a better idea of what they were actually talking about, or perhaps even some ballpark costings, but after 10 minutes gave up in frustration. So I ticked leave it as is, and Other (writing in Safety). Felt a little curmudgeonly in doing so though.

    I think the most important thing to do is to physically separate pedestrians from cycles so commuters whizzing down the ramp don’t have tourists or a pushchair wander across their path.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 468 posts Report Reply

  • Envirologue: Choose Wisely, Grasshopper:…, in reply to BenWilson,

    I’m always a little bit baffled when people get bitter on a PM for following polls, like popular opinion isn’t supposed to be what democratically elected leaders should be considering.

    Leaders are supposed to lead. Not be buffeted about by public opinion. National recently dismissed a bill asking for Warrants of Fitness on rental properties. A kid has now died and the poorly maintained state house they lived in was partially to blame. Now the PM comes out and says that maybe some sort of Warrant of Fitness on rental properties is feasible after all. Bit bloody late for that kid ...

    It shouldn't require a martyr to make the government consider good policy.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 468 posts Report Reply

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