Posts by Paul Campbell

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  • Hard News: Mt Albert Old-School,

    yeah but to be fair no one's going to go out there and claim how dumb their supporters are - at least not in public

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2499 posts Report Reply

  • Island Life: A week in the life of that…,

    I still find him something of a cipher - nothing real there - to me he comes over as every marketing guy I've ever worked with and that rings my BS detector almost pavlovianly

    (which is not to put marketing people down - spinning reality is their job - but the rest of us need to be able to mentally puncture that reality distortion field to make real-world decisions)

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2499 posts Report Reply

  • Island Life: The resignation of Captain Worth,

    heh - apparently Goff refused to appear on TV opposite Slater - not surprising

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2499 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Swine flu, terror and Susan Boyle,

    When we lived in the US in the late 80s/early 90s Lisa and I were part of a group doing clinic defense, it was really scary - the Operation Rescue people would send in a group of thugs to beat us up, they would disappear just before the cops or their 2nd wave of nice ladies in pastels from the 'burbs arrived.

    We imported ideas we'd used during the Springbok tour - we built plywood shields that could be linked to form barricades, we had better communication than our opponents (we rented some of those new-fangled cell phones).

    We even had spies within their organisation, so they couldn't tell their members where they were going until early in the morning of where they would be going, we'd be waiting outside to convoy with them and call ahead.

    We'd put our 'scarier' members up front - the ones with piercings and purple hair, with suspect sexualities (this was 20 years ago) - a lot of those ladies from the 'burbs didn't come back

    In the San Francisco Bay Area I had 40,000 phone numbers in my computer - we just plain out organised them and over time they stopped trying to shut down local clinics - as you can see the midwest is a whole other issue

    Like any real lefty organisation as soon as we felt we'd won we turned on each other ....

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2499 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Not many, if any ...,

    While we're talking about copyright stakeholders - here's an article about a group, the blind, that NZ is currently involved in screwing over

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2499 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: ReEntry V: Finding my Feet,

    yes it does pass - in time - I'm still glad I moved back 5 years ago - I do visit my old home in Berkeley on biz trips a few times a year and I feel much more out of place/time there - and felt that way the first time I went back, the disconnect only got worse each time I went back for the first couple of years.

    There's a pretty well known 'happiness curve' for when you move to somewhere new (my wife studied it in psych class while I was going through it when we moved to the US) - basically it goes: at first you're on a high, everything's new, there are new people, places, sights, sounds - then after about 6 months you crash, you're home sick, you miss your larger group of friends, the world closes in a bit, you get depressed - it takes about a year to come out of it - by then the new place is home and you've settled in ....

    Coming back I found we went through all that in a rush - our 20 years past friends had grown up, were respectable, lots had moved away - the novelty wore off really fast, more like 6 weeks than 6 months - but then the downside passed quickly too - the kids were on their won timetable and got dropped into school at about the time when the down side should have started which I think helped (we'd done the round-the-world thing for 4 months before we arrived)

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2499 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Not many, if any ...,

    I have to agree with Kyle, why can't they play down here - I missed them in Oz last month too - I'm still pissed about the stupid stadium - we decided last night that a better use of the $200M would be to buy lots of cheap tickets to Auckland and fly each rate payer to a concert every year

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2499 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: The Telecom XT Discussion,

    Robyn is talking about Paul Brislen - I have nothing to do with either Telecom or Vodaphone other than that they both mail me a bill every month that could be smaller

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2499 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: The Telecom XT Discussion,

    ah - you need what I have - an Ooma box or a Vonage account - when we moved back to NZ from the US we moved out California number with us - our US calls are 'free' in the sense that they're all US local calls - and our friends can still call us on the same number they always have

    (our Vonage account is $25/month - an Ooma box costs ~$200 with free US calling for the life of the box, I'm thinking on moving - note: I'm consulting for Ooma at the moment so I have a bias)

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2499 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: The Telecom XT Discussion,

    Steve said: "why are the big guys charging so much more for data? Mobile data in NZ is amongst the most expensive in the world by a long way."

    In general everything here is so much more expensive - almost every small village in India has a guy with a couple of pay phones who will let you call an Auckland number (VOIP of course) for about 1/4 of what it costs me to call Auckland from Dunedin using Telecom - now that guy in India isn't taking a loss .....

    One of the real problems we do have is that we charge people who call mobile numbers rather than charge the owner of the mobile the extra cost of the incoming connection - that's the way it works in the US and it means that they don't have 'mobile' area codes and 'geographical' ones - they just have area codes which means you can happily move your home phone number to you mobile and incoming calls are counted in their 'free' minutes. The result is a lot more competition.

    If we can't do that then maybe we should be consistent and set up a VOIP area code and charge everyone LESS for calling it ....

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2499 posts Report Reply

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