Posts by linger

  • Speaker: Are we seeing the end of MSM,…,

    Consider also that most newspaper readers are now approaching, or past, the age when reading glasses become a necessity, and the Herald's focus on design for small screens to the exclusion of all else seems suicidal.

    Tokyo • Since Apr 2007 • 1604 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Blockchain, what is it?, in reply to Neil Graham,

    The problem remains that, with decentralization of locations, there is no way of enforcing privacy (e.g. from other individuals who may be present and able to influence the decision) during the act of voting.

    Tokyo • Since Apr 2007 • 1604 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Blockchain, what is it?,

    @Russell: Any reason this guest post is in Hard News rather than in Speaker? Mike’s comment seems to suggest that, even though the article title is bylined with its author, some readers may be confused by the fact that your name appears in the column heading. (I'm hoping the answer may be there's a new tech column coming :)

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  • Hard News: Barclay and arrogance, in reply to Sacha,

    Brings to mind the classic Bulwer-Lytton contest entry:

    The sun oozed over the horizon, shoved aside darkness, crept along the greensward, and, with sickly fingers, pushed through the castle window, revealing the pillaged princess, hand at throat, crown asunder, gaping in frenzied horror at the sated, sodden amphibian lying beside her, disbelieving the magnitude of the toad's deception, screaming madly, "You lied!"

    --Barbara C. Kroll, Pennsylvania (1983 runner-up)

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: Melodrama, in reply to nzlemming,

    Awesome. I hadn’t realised vintage restyling was quite such a thing. Following the links from that clip would fill the weekend if I didn’t have editing to do…
    For example, Radiohead’s “Creep” by Haley Reinhart:

    And Reinhart’s version of “Black Hole Sun”:

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  • Speaker: Britain: the crisis isn't…,

    The other quite-reasonable assumption in the original post, unquestioned by anybody else at the time, is that May would run a competent campaign. One should expect nothing less from a PM self-branding as “strong and stable government”. Instead, the wheels fell off and rolled in all directions.

    National is hardly likely to hand Labour a gift like that in September. Indeed, depressingly, it’s Labour that seems incapable of cohesive messaging or organisation. Witness the international student debacle, which (however unfairly, given it was basically Matt McCarten’s project) paints Labour as hopelessly shambolic: unable to properly look after 85 students, let alone an entire country -- and unable to see the contradiction involved in using international student volunteers to help campaign on ... reducing numbers of international students.

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  • Hard News: Barclay and arrogance, in reply to BenWilson,

    I'm less sure. National supporters (however wavering) will be all too ready to believe that, because their chosen party members have been caught lying, that means all politicians lie, therefore they may as well continue voting National.
    It's only the lukewarm Left supporters that might be influenced, and only towards a generic vote-the-bastards-out position; hence Labour's "time for a change" response is perhaps not so out of place.

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  • Hard News: Barclay and arrogance, in reply to Russell Brown,

    a strong whiff of Simon Lusk

    Why wait to get the
    skunky scungy
    dusky musky
    right-of-centre scent of
    … Lusk. Get Lusky!

    … S’gotta be better than Lynx, anyway …

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  • Hard News: Barclay and arrogance, in reply to Katharine Moody,

    … But With A Lot Of Practice, It Gets Easier To Spread Bullshit.

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  • Hard News: Barclay and arrogance,

    deliberately affected bored tone, like [...] Mike Hosking

    A clear sign that Hosking also is a habitual propagator of cognitive dissonance / bullshitting bastard.

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