Posts by Rich of Observationz

  • Hard News: We can make things better here,

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  • Hard News: We can make things better here,

    Prince Andrew and John Key have a lot in common. Born in a state house, that sort of thing?

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  • Hard News: We can make things better here,

    Also, have these cycleways got adequate car parking and access ramps so people can drive to them for their weekend cycle excursions?

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  • Hard News: We can make things better here,

    any bets on how long it will take to totally bog up

    Well, yeah. What generally happens is that traffic improves for a while, then people realize that a car commute from X to Y is now doable, so they buy a house in X and start driving to work.

    The M25 in the UK has now reached six lanes each way in places, plus various other enhancements like hard shoulder running and parallel link roads.It's still chokka. Same in LA. (At least the Brits had the good sense / financial limitations to cap the reach of motorways into London at the mid-sixties level, or the whole of places like Marylebone would have become motorway corridors).

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: Wild in the…,

    It pays to choose a friendly district. When Kiwiburn started up, Taupo DC not only didn't require a resource consent for festivals shorter than a certain number of days, but even gave us a grant from the visitor promotion budget. Very helpful people.

    I believe Rangitikei have also been very helpful - KB (it's next week BTW!) needs a resource consent but it has been relatively easy to get.

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  • Hard News: Dirty Politics,

    I can't see that GCSB does anything in the IT security sphere that an overt and accessible agency couldn't do better. Security is mostly around best practices and tools, and information on these is much better communicated by a normal public body, not a spy agency.

    The origin of GCSB's information security work is in a cover story, incidentally.

    Towards the end of WW2 the Bletchley Park operation had outgrown it's original "Government Code and Cipher School" cover name and adopted the new "Government Communications Headquarters" title. At that stage it had very little to do with (British) government communications which was adequately dealt with by the GPO and the military signals branches.

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: Wireless Summer, in reply to Sacha,

    The Maranui café at Lyall Bay

    Requires, however, that you have all day to wait for a table and some food (which you might do if on a lazy holiday from out of town, I suppose).

    For those of us with Stuff To Do, Midnight Espresso still wins, even if they don't have much of a view.Or Scorch-o-Rama, which does have a view.

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: Wireless Summer,

    Ideal for hiking on trails where there is no hiking trail?

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  • Hard News: The Sky is the limit,

    The 6.0 per cent growth we saw for the year ending December 2013, and the continuing growth of 7.3 per cent through to year-end February 2014, is the kind of growth not seen in a decade

    From NZIER, one of the many economics consultancies who make a living from justifying corporate welfare.

    See the second graph I posted. Australia enjoyed much the same turn-up in arrivals in 2013/14 without any Hobbits. Possibly due to both our dollars falling.

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  • Hard News: The Sky is the limit,

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    And, just in case you think those nips in the graph represent actual real benefits of movies and ball games, above are the Australian figures for the period. They have different boondoggles, but their data tracks ours remarkably well

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