Posts by BenWilson

  • Speaker: The Uncomfortable Silence,

    My brother lived a full and wonderful life for 35 years.

    Nowhere long enough. Thank you for giving us this, Amberleigh.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 9921 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Confessions of an Uber Driver…, in reply to goforit,

    I've not heard, but with these guys, who knows. It's that low in Brisbane now.

    If it went that low, than means Uber drivers would have had their rates halved in one year. From a position of already being the cheapest taxis on the road by far.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 9921 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Confessions of an Uber Driver…, in reply to goforit,

    There is a chance that those regs don't go through, though. They are being written by NZTA after all, and if there was once an understanding between then and Uber, it's possible that the big stink finger that Uber gave them had soured that. But who knows what's going on at the top level when the Minister says that the regulations will have "the lightest touch possible". Currently that's exactly what they're already getting, with open violation of existing law, almost no tax paid. Quite literally no law or regulation appears to touch Uber and that seems to be how the Minister likes it. Why bother to formalize anything, that could only bring Uber into a legal framework that they would then have to find new ways violate. Because the current violation literally made no economic sense in the first place, and it would seem the law breaking is an end in itself to establish dominance over a shockingly weak system with an even weaker government overseeing it.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 9921 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Confessions of an Uber Driver…,

    Oh btw, thanks to the collective incompetence of Chorus and Compass, the fibre in my house still has not been switched on (despite all the hardware already being in place), 50 days after my first request, so I've written practically everything you've seen in the last 2 months using nothing more than a cheap Huawei phone. I'm getting really fast at it.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 9921 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Confessions of an Uber Driver…,

    Sheesh, a man can't have an offline life these days? I had a couple of days holiday visiting my family, got the flu, pushed through it because I don't have a choice, worked several days on renovations that have to be done urgently, started a new semester, worked a couple of dozen hours on the association website, cranked out like 50 Facebook posts, had about 100 phone calls, got the car fixed, looked after my kids, cooked, cleaned, unpacked some more. Wrote half a dozen posts on this website on different threads, fixed my bike, had 2 committee meetings, assembled a bed, a cupboard, a table. Also collected and collated information my next 2 Uber posts. And to wind down, and because I'm insomniac, I also read half of War and Peace. So yeah, been slacking soz. Will be back full speed this week.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 9921 posts Report Reply

  • Up Front: The Best Possible Taste, in reply to Sister Mary Gearchange,

    I’m having trouble thinking of a reason why the two are assumed to be mutually exclusive

    Because of sexism, I guess. Was it really that hard to imagine a scenario involving sexism?

    As an aside, there’s exactly zero evidence for that currently, although it seems intuitively true.

    Your evidence for this being? Claiming the absence of something is a notoriously difficult thing to do. You literally have to look at ALL the evidence. But really, there's so many google hits on "does diversity make teams work better?", that branch off to what looks like it could be evidence, that I don't have the time or inclination to go and fisk them all.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 9921 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: RNC 2016: A literal shitshow, in reply to Russell Brown,

    Wow, that's unusual, harsh, and true.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 9921 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Darkness in New York, in reply to Rich of Observationz,

    So, Electrons only really useful for our submarine fleet's second strike capability then. For that day when NZ reaches superpower status, and decides to roll the world destruction dice. We'll have to wait until at least 2019 for that, and GoT will be finished by then, so I'll be looking for entertainment.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 9921 posts Report Reply

  • Polity: The most important graph in the world, in reply to andin,

    Well they will probably get power, eventually. But it's on us to hold them to a proper cleanup, and we have to start by knowing what we even want that to look like. I know what I don't want it to look like, and that's something. But it's far short of enough.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 9921 posts Report Reply

  • Polity: The most important graph in the world, in reply to andin,

    I do get the sense of helpless rage. I just don’t feel it. Or rather, I refuse to give in to it. To give in is to say it was always inevitable and all the fighting over all those years was just a rearguard action. As someone who has also lived a long time, but also has maybe the same again to come, I’m not ready to lay down and die, accepting the slide into rising inequality and the violent tumult that it is likely to lead to.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 9921 posts Report Reply

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