Posts by Russell Brown

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  • Hard News: Mt Albert: Cooperating,…, in reply to EE,

    Why did National not stand a candidate?

    They'd have lost, like they did last year in Roskill, and that would have been a symbolically awful start to election year for the new leader.

    Probably also Melissa Lee would have said something terrible.

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  • Hard News: Mt Albert: Cooperating,…,

    Here’s Jacinda Ardern’s robocall. The receiver comes down with quite a crunch at the end.

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: Nadia 2, in reply to Sacha,

    Wow. They rigged all that at Splore?

    Those guys prepare.

    They had a mate with a full concert PA idle for a few weeks, so they shipped it into a warehouse and tuned their whole set to it. They basically got everything out of the main stage PA at Splore that it was possible to get.

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: Nadia 2, in reply to Hugh Wilson,

    Good to hear Blackalicious were in effect

    Yep, tons of energy.

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: Nadia 2,

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  • Hard News: Sky and 2020, in reply to Paul Campbell,

    I nominally have a gigabit connection at home, in practice I can get 600Mb/s to a test server here in Dunedin, about 300Mb/s to Wellington, under 100Mb/s offshore ….

    I got some fairly spectacular speeds when I moved up to gigabit, but right now it's 400 down and 500 up to my ISP's test server. I gather no one gets actual gigabit.

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  • Hard News: Sky and 2020, in reply to Ben Campbell,

    I had a job interview at Xtra in what must have been mid-1995. I thought they were up and running at that time, but I guess I must be wrong if they launched in '96.

    They were somewhat grudgingly providing a form of internet access in 1995, but all the growth was with Iconz, Ihug and Voyager – they were very much dragged into consumer internet.

    It's actually a pretty amazing story. Rod Deane saw Tyler present at a conference, thought he was a visionary and hired him. I think Tyler's determination to create something outside Telecom's suit-and-tie culture was influential, but he was a very erratic character. He even disappeared for a while – we took to asking where he was every week in Computerworld – and I was later told that Deane had to fetch him back from a bender in Australia.

    Tyler was also directly responsible for Telecom suing me after I mocked the security failings of Digital Video Productions, the basket-case Brisbane developer he'd convinced Telecom to buy (they'd left work-in-progress for the NZ herald sitting out on the internet). DVP was responsible for the original Xtra site.

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  • Hard News: Sky and 2020, in reply to Chopper,

    I think it will actually be 21 years.

    Duh. I'm a bit post-Splore this week.

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  • Hard News: Sky and 2020, in reply to Hugh Wilson,

    As for the rugby rights, I would think the holders would want to avoid a ransom model approach (which is what has happened with EPL rights in OZ, under the current ownership of Optus) – instead a multi-platform approach would seem the most sensible, as encapsulated in the ‘season pass’ offerings which exist for leagues such as the NBA.

    Yeah, good point. What we may well be looking at is the end of exclusivity.

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  • Hard News: Sky and 2020,

    Gulp. Sky's share price slumps to an eight-year low.

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