Posts by Rich of Observationz

  • Hard News: Trump's Dummkopfs,

    It's interesting if you look at the history of universal suffrage. It was originally instigated by the merchant classes in order to enlist the working classes as allies in their struggles with the landed gentry. It worked initially in that goal, but has created increasing problems. One of the world's largest economies doesn't bother with it at all, preferring to vest power in the 5% or so of the population they consider trustworthy.

    Maybe it's getting time to reconsider - before you all start screaming, I'm not suggesting gas chambers, sterilisation or slavery. Just applying similar rules to that which most countries apply to people from outside their borders wanting to become citizens- some sort of assessment of ability and attitude.

    Back in Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 5311 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Excited for Auckland!,

    It's FPP though. You have a choice between Phil Goff and whoever is the front-running righty. If you vote for Chloe, it's a vote for said righty, sadly.

    Back in Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 5311 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: There in half the time:…, in reply to Kevin McCready,

    There's an optional smug generator available as well.

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  • Hard News: There in half the time:…,

    It's less than a 20th the price of this puppy too - but it doesn't do 218mph.

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  • Hard News: There in half the time:…,

    $2549 is quite an alarming price. I've seen Chinese stuff a lot cheaper, but guess it's much shorter life.

    You can also get petrol engine kits, but I believe they're not road legal. Endless fun for making petrol powered speedy things though...

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  • Speaker: Confessions of an Uber Driver…,

    If somebody wants to take a hitcher between AKL and WLG, then a cost recovery price would be: 642km * .72c / 2 = $231 - which is clearly too much to charge, it'd be cheaper to fly. If they charged $50, then if they were doing the trip anyway (especially if it's for work) then that's $50 - or $150 for three riders.

    On that basis I'd say an intercity car pooling service would be viable?

    Back in Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 5311 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Confessions of an Uber Driver…,

    I suspect that's why the drafters put the bit in about a ride-sharing facilitator being required to keep records of everything. Maybe people will patronise such a service for longer trips, e.g. Wellington to Auckland?

    Back in Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 5311 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Friday Music: Apple and the…,

    The other thing that occurs to me around USB-C is that it appears to have (at least on my Nexus-5X) to have fairly weak retention, possibly on purpose. Some legacy stacks (OSX/Novation/Ableton for one) don't recover when a USB connection is interrupted - I'd be wary of USB-C on something like a DJ controller unless this got fixed (most of them seem to still have old-school USB-B full-size connectors).

    Back in Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 5311 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Friday Music: Apple and the…, in reply to Paul Campbell,

    You didn't make the Snapper USB stick did you? They were heinous....

    To me the attraction of simple connectors for prototyping is that you can solder them in easily. The USB-C is probably some horrendous BGA-like arrangement or similar that's fine if you're on a precision automated process and not otherwise.

    Back in Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 5311 posts Report Reply

  • Legal Beagle: On Gell-Mann Amnesia; or…,

    A few things:
    - while the methodology for sentencing might be designed as fair, it's much more likely that a rich, white defendant is going to meet the criteria for leniency than a poor, brown one.

    - NZ's problem is acceptance of violence, not (so much) abuse of alcohol

    - allowing a discharge with conviction for violent offences reinforces this. I'd like to see that option abolished, unless it can be shown to be manifestly unjust to convict because of the circumstances of the offence, not the circumstances of the defendant. (Maybe that should be balanced with a complete erasure of a record after some years good behaviour, including non-notification of foreign countries).

    - why are there two offences based on the same conduct?

    Back in Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 5311 posts Report Reply

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