Posts by Alfie

  • Speaker: Are we seeing the end of MSM,…, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    The new NZ Herald site is clunky

    Clunky... yes. Another description would be horrible. Not only have many older stories magically vanished, but they've broken handy links such as the one I used to view Steve Braunias' stories. It's pretty easy to redirect those types of links while users adapt to a new site, but the Herald haven't bothered.

    I usually adapt well to site makeovers as long as usability isn't degraded. But as one who previously visited the Herald site several times a day, I find the emphasis on larger images with far fewer headlines frustrating. Since the redesign I no longer go there.

    I truly hope The Herald site looks stunning on the mobile phones it's designed for, because it sure as hell looks crap on my 24" widescreen monitors.

    Dunedin • Since May 2014 • 1289 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Barclay and arrogance,

    Police have reopened their investigation into Barclay. Hopefully they'll put somebody competent in charge this time.

    Dunedin • Since May 2014 • 1289 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Barclay and arrogance, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    ...and I notice that the Herald's new site annoyingly now has autoplay on videos, thanks for nothing NZME.

    Thankfully I haven't been back to the Herald since they launched their mobile-only, Women's Weekly clone of a redesign.

    Bill English to make an announcement on Barclay's future at 2pm.

    Dunedin • Since May 2014 • 1289 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Dirty Politics,

    The Dipton kid's illegal recording of staff members resurfaces to bite him on the bum.

    Newsroom -- Politicians, police, and the payout

    Melanie Reid has been doing some digging and found that not only were top Nats aware that Barclay had broken the law, but a substantial payment to at least one of the staff members involved came out of John Key’s leader’s budget. Is this an appropriate or even a legal use of the leader's slush fund?

    While Bill English has previously denied any knowledge or involvement in the affair, Newsroom quotes a text from English saying that "The settlement was larger than normal because of the privacy breach."

    I have a feeling that this story has just gained some fresh legs.

    Dunedin • Since May 2014 • 1289 posts Report Reply

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

    More an observation than anything... the Herald is testing a new site design. I'm not sure about the huge LHS nav bar taking up a quarter of the screen. It's apparently designed primarily for mobiles.

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  • Hard News: Every option has costs, every…, in reply to BenWilson,

    These are not good things about Uber.

    I was disgusted to read the Herald on Sunday editorial suggesting that the Uber driver who added a return Akl-Wgtn trip at the END of his shift should be treated as a hero. I wonder if they'd maintain that attitude if he'd fallen asleep at the wheel and killed someone?

    As an aside, I'm disappointed that RB closed the main Uber thread because there are a number of ongoing Uber stories which deserve a mention, especially in terms of our government's attitude towards multinationals deliberately breaking NZ law.

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

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    Another Stuff-up from one of our biggest media outlets. This glaring typo is on Stuff's front page right now. And the same error is repeated throughout the story.

    Memo to Fairfax subs... the word is "Parapente" -- para refers to anything related to parachutes, and pente is the French for "slope", referring to the method of takeoff. It's pretty basic.

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  • Hard News: Behind those Herald…,

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    Here's today's effort from the Herald. A nice young man who found that merely making his own lunches gave him enough money to buy his first rental. No smashed avocado and latté for this lad. While the story acknowledges that "...his parents had helped guarantee his loan" it adds...

    ...he would like to invest in one of his parent's dairy farms in the future...

    One of his parents' dairy farms? (Herald subs: note the corrected apostrophe placement)

    ...and had plans to travel to Europe for six weeks in July.

    The Herald are holding up young Scott as a shining example to the rest of us, although you'd have to ask exactly what kind of five star gourmet lunches were foresaken to generate that level of capital. He's doing a fulltime university course, has only owned the house for a couple of months and he can already afford a European holiday? Nice.

    By promoting the idea that there is no housing crisis, provided you're prepared to knuckle down to some hard work, self-sacrifice and (cough cough... have rich parents), the Herald's current batch of rich-to-richer tales really are pushing the ethical boundaries of what defines party political advertisements in an election year.

    Dunedin • Since May 2014 • 1289 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The next four years,

    In the unlikely event that you're a Trump fan (perish the thought) and you've been tempted to splash out $US200,000 on a Mar-a-Lago membership, you may want to read this first.

    Dunedin • Since May 2014 • 1289 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Behind those Herald…, in reply to Moz,

    It's almost the same prohibition on usury that Christians have. Not that you'd know that from watching the Christians.

    Didn't Jesus cast Goldman Sachs from the temple over two thousand years ago? Somebody obviously screwed up and let the buggers back in.

    Dunedin • Since May 2014 • 1289 posts Report Reply

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