Posts by Nick Melchior

  • Hard News: Music: 2017 – this is not a list,

    Is Heed the Call coming out in other formats (i.e. on Bandcamp or similar)?

    Melbourne • Since Nov 2006 • 35 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Taking the stage in Mount Albert,

    In terms of appearance, Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews went through a similar process here in Australia - lost weight, got better clothes, started trotting his attractive family out at events etc. Depressingly, it seemed to make a difference. still wears glasses though.

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  • Hard News: From Zero: New Zealand and drugs, in reply to Stephen R,

    Doh!

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  • Hard News: From Zero: New Zealand and drugs,

    I can't seem to see it on iTunes?

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  • Speaker: Why we should not dismiss…,

    It might be helpful to have some examples of conspiracy theories that do make sense as a way of getting my head around what you're talking about here. All the specific examples given are fairly negative ones.

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  • Hard News: Media3: Standards Showdown,

    Good post Russell. I think you're missing a word in para seven however - education Vaimoana Tapaleao?

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  • Hard News: Disrupting the Television, in reply to cphilpott,

    This is true to a point, but HBO are hardly running out of cash at the moment and I know a lot of people who get Sky more or less for SoHo. But I would be enourmously surprised if HBO did any research whatsoever about creating HGOGo for Australia.

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  • Hard News: Disrupting the Television,

    The Gordian knot is a good metaphor here because millions of people are simply slicing through it. So it may be complicated but the only option is to provide legal alternatives because the current ones aren't working.

    For example: I work for a publishing company that, by and large, signs global rights for our books. We've got global sales and marketing and we sell our books everywhere. In some cases we act as the local agents for other publsihers who don't have a presence in some territories where we do have one. This requires pretty serious investment but if we only did it for ebooks, it would require a lot less.

    A US publisher, Tor, publishes lots of books I want to read and I want to read them on my Kindle. Unfortunately, they only get US rights to the ebook (or in many cases short fiction I can read for free on their website). I emailed them about this and they said 'contracts are tricky' but didn't answer any more emails after I explained what I do for a living.

    So how do I get Tor books? Well, generally I tell Amazon I live in the US and get the pricing there. But sometimes I order the book in physical form and other times I pirate it.

    It's in the interests of content companies to sort this out. If HBO made HBO Go available without a cable subscription anywhere in the world I'd sign up tomorrow (especially if they made the Xbox app available in Australia). But there are obviosuly deals or other itnerests that prevent this so they don't...

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  • Hard News: Getting Out,

    The Specials didn't play Ghost Town in Melbourne either...

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  • Hard News: Belief Media, in reply to Bart Janssen,

    I have no problem with attempts at conversion, within proper bounds. A healthy society will always have people trying to convince others of new (or old) ideas and so it should. It's the proper bounds that mean that the kids can still play.

    As for Ross' idea of getting rid of Chrimas and Easter, I don't think so. I've lived in Singapore twice in my life and while there is a ot of things about their society I wouldn't emulate I think their practise on religious holidays is pretty spot on. Cover off every major group (in their case Christian, Muslim, Hindu and "Chinese"/Buddhist) and then have a smattering of shared national holidays. In NZ's case, that means more or less what we have and I don't think anyone is really suffering because of it.

    I'm an atheist - hardcore and dogmatic. But I don't care about Easter or Christmas - we have widespread, largely secular traditions built around both holidays (eggs and presents) and they're not doing anyone any harm.

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