Posts by Rich of Observationz

  • Hard News: A weekend in a mad, lovely place,

    You took a cat for walks?

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  • Speaker: Talking past each other:…, in reply to Russell Brown,

    About the same as the percentage of lactose (a sugar) in human breast milk (once water is excluded).

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  • Speaker: Confessions of an Uber driver, in reply to Moz,

    Quite a good idea really - people wouldn't make a fake Uber app that instead erases the phone, destroying any evidence the cops might have been looking for in the first place.

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  • Polity: A short history of half-baked…,

    This could be a possible solution to Auckland's housing problems:
    an airline that lets you fly as much as you want for a flat fee.

    One could even see the Uber business model being included - pilots with 100 hrs on Microsoft Flight Simulator and a few touch and goes in a Cessna could ferry passengers using modified cropdusters or ARJ-21s. None of that commercial license or airworthiness red tape!

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  • Speaker: Talking past each other:…, in reply to Sacha,

    People would fabricate soft drinks in clandestine coke labs.

    Then they would ban sugar.

    People would extract sugar from vegetable and other food items in clandestine sugar labs.

    Then they would ban carbohydrate containing foods.

    Then we would all die because the human body requires carbohydrates as metabolic fuel.

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  • Hard News: Media Take: The Panama Papers, in reply to Alfie,

    New Zealand *is* a tax haven – Key doesn’t need to use foreign ones.

    I think I posted this elsewhere, but if the PM's wealth, as reported, is NZD50mln, then if we assume he keeps 80% in tax-free capital items (beach houses in Omaha, vineyards, etc) that that’s all tax free. If he then makes 5% on the remaining $5mln, that’s $250k, the tax on which would be about $80k – way less than his salary, and a cheap price to get to play golf with Obama.

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  • Speaker: Confessions of an Uber driver, in reply to Alfie,

    Until the '70s and the building of ski resorts, Queenstown was a village of 1,000 or so people. Tourism is it's industry and reason to exist.

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  • Speaker: Confessions of an Uber driver,

    I wonder if they've considered introducing another specialised service for those of us who miss the 160kph+ antics of European taxi drivers. UberFast (TM) would require drivers to provide a suitably hopped up vehicle (Subaru WRX, BMW M3, that sort of thing) and treat any speed limits as a minimum guideline. Doughnuts would be performed on passenger demand.

    Ok, this would also be illegal, but yeah, whatever...

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  • Hard News: How the years flew by ..., in reply to Australopithecus,

    Something like that, with ordinary account holders and (former) home owners bailing out the rich.

    An alternative would look something like:
    - nationalise and consolidate the failed banks
    - raise emergency public funds with a one-shot tax on property worth over say $1mln
    - offer home occupiers in negative equity the ability to swap to a lifetime tenancy and be protected from recourse over their uncovered debt
    - introduce broad based, collectable taxes on wealthy individuals and corporates

    In other words, take the money back from those who stole it

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  • Hard News: How the years flew by ..., in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    My current office building has an apartment hotel on the top floor.

    Traditionally, a big difference between offices and residential was the former having a much higher stud to make room for services in the floor/ceiling, but with WiFi, that becomes less important.

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