Posts by Pete Sime

  • Speaker: The economics of shit speech, in reply to Sacha,

    Yes. I see you’re in Auckland, so the details for you are at https://www.aucklandlibraries.govt.nz/Pages/enewspapers.aspx

    Dunedin • Since Apr 2008 • 167 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: The economics of shit speech, in reply to Moz,

    They might grant free subscriptions to all libraries around the world, but it has to be implemented in a useful way.

    This is already being done, but it seems that libraries aren’t so great at promoting it. There’s a service a lot of libraries in NZ subscribe to called Press Reader, which offers digital access to electronic copies of newspapers and magazines. You can use it from home on your computer or download an app to your phone or tablet.

    It has all the metropolitan NZ newspapers - no NBR, though - on it, plus magazines like the Listener, North and South, Metro, House and Garden, Cuisine. You can read the Washington Post, The Guardian – over 3,000 English language titles, 124 from NZ.

    Dunedin • Since Apr 2008 • 167 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Public Address Word of the…,

    Stardust

    Dunedin • Since Apr 2008 • 167 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Labour's RNZ+ plan: largely coherent, in reply to Russell Brown,

    What was missing from Labour’s high level screen industry policy was mention of growing the industry via interactive media like gaming, VR and AR. Maybe that falls under economic development instead.

    It should really be treated as screen content though, you're right.

    They'll set up a Centre of Digital Excellence in Dunedin. Funding a Chair of Computer Gaming at Otago University, and will do some work with startups including a funding pool.

    Don't know if they've got anything else on the cards for the industry.

    Dunedin • Since Apr 2008 • 167 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: That escalated quickly ..., in reply to izogi,

    A quick question for Labour Party experts: Where's the constitution clause that describes the adjusted leadership election process leading up to an election?

    Paragraph B12 on p.150 in the appendices to the rules in the 2016 constitution (PDF):

    Should a vacancy in the leadership occur in the 3 months prior to the announced date of a general election (where known) or in the absence of an announced date the statutory date (calculated according to the date on which the election is triggered or, in the case of a caucus vote, a meeting or speacial meeting is requested), a new Leader will be elected by Caucus majority vote. The new Leader will then be subject to confirmation within three months after the election, pursuant to the Party constitution (i.e. they would need to be endorsed by 60%+1 of the new Caucus, or a full leadership contest would be triggered).

    Dunedin • Since Apr 2008 • 167 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: On benefit fraud,

    In the spirit of openness, I didn't buy a new PC every year with my course-related costs student loan claim.

    Dunedin • Since Apr 2008 • 167 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Media Media Media,

    In regards to the Herald article it sounds like a Press Council complaint could be in order for a breach of accuracy, fairness and balance.

    Dunedin • Since Apr 2008 • 167 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The next four years,

    I'm still at a loss at how I'm going to process the next four years, but I have done one thing and subscribed to print journalism after relying on the internet for years. This month I set up subscriptions for the ODT and North and South as well as digital editions of the New York Times, Vanity Fair (basically because Trump was having a go at them) and The Atlantic.

    Also National Geographic, but I expect their political coverage to be thin - but given the uproar over putting a transgender girl on their cover, maybe not.

    Dunedin • Since Apr 2008 • 167 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Obscuring the News, in reply to Robyn Gallagher,

    My absolute favourite type of empty Herald web story is “The internet is scratching its head over this latest optical illusion”, describing a meme that your auntie shared on Facebook three days ago.

    And on Reddit as much as a month before.

    In fact I did a search and the Herald has been posting stories based on Reddit almost daily since May last year - increased from maybe once a week from May 2013. Stories from before then were pretty much all confined to Ana Samway's Sideswipe column.

    Dunedin • Since Apr 2008 • 167 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Obscuring the News,

    I think RNZ should be applauded for its website overhaul. It’s very clean looking and no-nonsense. The ODT has also overhauled its site and so far they haven’t put up the paywall that they had promised for April.

    Of course I still go to Stuff and the Herald as well, but there’s still some non-clickbaity journalism out there.

    Dunedin • Since Apr 2008 • 167 posts Report Reply

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