Posts by Paul Campbell

  • Hard News: Do e-bikes ease traffic…,

    I think the problem with public ebikes is getting them to a charger, as I understand it the public bikes in China have their electronics powered by solar cells or in-wheel generators (there’s a bunch of intrigued Shenzhen hardware hackers mentally reverse engineering them), some use your phone to unlock them and to track where they are

    Mind you some people are not happy with them ….

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2478 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Do e-bikes ease traffic…,

    there are multiple comanies doing the public bike (not ebiuke) thing, one of the latest uses bluetooth and your phone to unlock the bike and to report its location for the next user

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2478 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Do e-bikes ease traffic…,

    Yeah, half of those electric bikes in Shenzhen are really moped replacements, the local government banned 2 strokes so the busy smoky mess that is the streets of Hanoi, Saigon, Taipei, etc … is clean and quiet, and look like mopeds, they also have large electric tricycle delivery guys who hang out on various corners waiting for work when you move house you rent a fleet of them.

    There are laws about power which are flouted, and there’s a general feeling that ebike riders are a bit feral, they ride on the wrong side of the road, zip backwards and forwards thru traffic, drive on the footpath, and ride without lights at night to save batteries …. The cops have been having a crackdown, confiscating tens of thousands …. they don't consider ebikes necessarily a solution to congestion

    Ebikes there are much cheaper than here 2-3000 kwai – NZ$4-600

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2478 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Do e-bikes ease traffic…,

    Crossing the street here today in Shenzhen I dodged more ebikes in 2 minutes than I see in NZ in a month .....

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  • Up Front: Giving It the Bish,

    You know the removal of church's tax exemption is just the sort of natural disaster that Tamaki woiuld blame on the gays ....

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2478 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: #eqnz: Okay?,

    Surely 'extra sexual behavior' is everything but sex .... and in particular religion ...

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  • Hard News: #eqnz: Okay?,

    Lots of people have got in contact to make sure we're OK. ... But we're in Tokyo this week, they probably never have earthquakes here

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2478 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Be careful what you wish for, in reply to Joe Boden,

    I’m a currently very depressed American who is (bizarrely) looking like a bit of a genius for living overseas for the past 19 years (14 here in NZ). I have no plans to return there.

    My (american) partner's reaction this morning was "we don't ever have to go back do we", followed by a "but my Mom lives there"

    If Hillary doesn't rush out and use the rest of her money to build a giant bully pulpit for Elizabeth Warren I'll be really pissed - if ever there was a time to have people able to speak truth to power it is now

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2478 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Be careful what you wish for,

    I can't decide - is it:

    "not my leader of the free world"

    or is it:

    "not the leader of my free world"

    I'm sort of leaning to the 2nd one

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2478 posts Report Reply

  • Polity: Saudi sheep: Misappropriating…,

    I don't always see eye to eye with Tremain's cartoons but he does often enough hit one out of the park, and will worry an issue to death which is more than a l.ot of journalists will do these days

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2478 posts Report Reply

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