Posts by Stephen R

  • Up Front: Well, Read Women, in reply to TracyMac,

    Not to say that Moon hasn’t done fantastic research – the soldiering is incredibly true-to-life.

    Elizabeth Moon was an officer in the US Marines.

    She tells a story on one of her blogs about why she joined the Marines. Coming out of University, she decided to join the military, and went to a recruitment day somewhere. The Airforce said "We'd love to have you", the Army said "We'd love to have you" and the Marine recruiting sergeant said "You'd never pass basic training..."

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  • Up Front: Well, Read Women, in reply to TracyMac,

    Shout out to the Bujold massive!

    I'm not all that keen on the Miles books, but Shards of Honour and Barrayar I've bought multiple times to read and give away (lose) and want to read again...

    Cordelia is one of my heroes.

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  • Up Front: Well, Read Women, in reply to william blake,

    Lee Childs.

    I'm pretty sure Lee Child is the pen-name of a bloke in the UK, and Lee Childs is a (male) tennis player...

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  • Hard News: Incomplete, inaccurate and misleading, in reply to izogi,

    My first thought on reading that was "don't most email conversations involve at least two participants?"

    My reading of the reporting on this is that there were conversations from other people which implied Jason Ede had been sending emails that didn't show up in the official record, which is why they asked him specifically about them.

    That just means not everyone deleted everything.

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  • Hard News: News from home ..., in reply to Grant McDougall,

    It should've just been solely on who caucus voted for, simple as that. Instead, Labour remains deeply divided and backing a leader that doesn't have the wide confidence of his caucus or party membership.

    I thought they changed the rules to the way they are now specifically because they'd had leaders who were popular with caucus but not the party membership?

    Am I mistaken?

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  • Hard News: Housing, hope and ideology, in reply to steven crawford,

    Even the guy at work who goes barefoot all the time out of choice has a pair of shoes that he keeps in his car because it’s illegal to drive in bare feet.

    I did not know about that law.

    Neither did I, nor I suspect, did the women I've been driven by who kicked off their high-heels to drive in (stocking covered) bare feet since that was safer...

    edit: Ninja'd by Lucy

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  • Speaker: David Fisher: The OIA arms race, in reply to DeepRed,

    On that note, I'd say a Kiwibank of electricity might be less cumbersome to set up than the "Pharmac of electricity" that is the NZPower proposal.

    Christchurch used to have a fairly vertically integrated power supply, owning lines, power and generation (I think) and any profits were used to reduce rates bills.

    National in the 90s de-regulated while at the same time regulating to make it so that the CCC couldn't own companies at all those levels (so they had to sell some, and the price of power in Christchurch doubled) in the name of competition.

    This is despite Max Bradford promising me to my face that the price of power would go down.

    I'm still a bit miffed about that, but the point is that we'd probably need to alter the whole sector before that would be a goer.

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  • Hard News: The uncooling of the inner West, in reply to Russell Brown,

    And now the government has declared it has no interest in building, or even owning, more state houses.

    The People's Republic of Christchurch is however looking at forming a council owned corporation and buying the State houses the gummint wants to sell, and then building more. The reason they need to form a corp to do it is that councils are apparently aren't eligible for housing subsidies, whereas "private" rental providers are, and the council is not able to afford the maintenance without it.

    I think Lianne said on the radio that they hope it would be self-sustaining once it's up and running.

    Wellington • Since Jul 2009 • 184 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: TVNZ: Emptied out, in reply to Russell Brown,

    If you missed Media Take last night, it's here.

    Enjoyed that Russell, but the video crashed for me about 19:05 several times, and I had to skip the end of the discussion about the Christchurch plan in the pub courtyard.

    Toi Iti has a marvelous delivery of dry humour.

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  • Speaker: David Fisher: The OIA arms race, in reply to nzlemming,

    they would find the material in hard copy (even if it meant printing it out first!), photocopy it, redact the photocopy, scan it as an image and send out PDFs of the images. Which meant I'd have to OCR and correct it myself. They did this after they realised that we were getting too much information from the metadata and that blacking out text on paper with a Sharpie didn't mean it couldn't be read later. Ah, those were the days...

    They also do this because of episodes like someone trying to black out an email address in a pdf and failing because the email address was still in the file, just drawn with a black mark over the top. Most people doing these things are smart enough to know that's possible, and not well trained enough to know exactly how to make sure that there are no traces of the material they want to censor still in the document.

    Printing, removing, and scanning produces an air gap where you can be reasonably sure that there isn't a track-changes in the background showing where all the interesting bits are.

    Given the amount of shit public servants can get for getting this stuff wrong, I don't really blame them for the overkill.

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