Posts by Rich of Observationz

  • Hard News: If this was ever funny, it's…, in reply to Adam H,

    English appears to be clumsily but probably successfully using some Trump technique

    ...and then Labour and the Greens (who really should know better) supporting repealing our health and safety laws (specifically brought in to protect people from their own and others stupid) to allow workers to go down Pike River looking for corpses and "evidence".

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  • Hard News: If this was ever funny, it's…, in reply to andin,

    Teddy Roosevelt and William Randolph Hearst: "You furnish the pictures, I'll furnish the war"

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  • Hard News: Sky and 2020,

    Maybe the NZRFU should merge with a larger global sporting organisation with expertise in monetizing their ball game. Man U springs to mind - they're quoted on NYSE and have their own TV channel.

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  • Hard News: Sky and 2020,

    I remember in the UK getting Demon access for GBP10 a month (plus call charges) and then cancelling after (UK) Telecom introduced a system where they would share the revenues from a national toll call (0845 number) with the recipient, allowing "ISPs" to operate on a "free" basis (users just paid for the toll call). You could set up an ISP very easily, so there were hundreds if not thousands to choose from.

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  • Up Front: The Little Things,

    To put Trump in perspective:

    - there are 167 countries in the world, excluding microstates
    - 51 (31%) of these are full on dictatorships
    - 97 (58%) are authoritarian states that have some semblance of (manufactured) popular consent
    - 15 (9%) are liberal capitalist states with regular elections and some sort of human rights oversight
    - 4 (2%) are progressive states that are actually trying to move beyond late market capitalism

    All Trump has done is to move the US from the third category to the second.

    (Figures from here, but adjusted for my personal prejudices which differ from the Economist) E&OE

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  • Speaker: Broadcasting and the Public Interest,

    the state should not fund a broadcaster

    The BBC has cutouts that are (supposed to) protect it from political influence. For instance, presenters in news and current affairs are not allowed to disclose political opinions: a Paul Henry or Mike Hoskyns would not be employed by the BBC (or indeed in UK commercial TV), except maybe in light entertainment.

    Of course, the BBC does centre itself around a "mainstream" position, as you might expect.

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  • Speaker: Broadcasting and the Public Interest, in reply to Morgan Nichol,

    Like it or not it's still where the eyeballs are.

    I said it had a long tail but that doesn't mean it'll last forever. And as Netflix and other things take the viewers away, revenues are falling, which means content budgets are falling, which means content gets worse, which drives viewers to Netflix.

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  • Speaker: Broadcasting and the Public Interest,

    Broadcast TV is pretty much obsolete technology - looking at a clean sheet of paper, why would you spend millions on a dedicated radio pipe to do the same thing as near free internet bandwidth?

    Of course it will have a long tail, but eventually (I'd give it 20 years, max) TV3 will switch off and then there will be a question of how long the government keep TVNZ on life support.

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: Why Soulfest…,

    Yeah, I'm not sure how I'll do getting up in the morning with no Redbird.

    Could they downsize to something sustainable? What does full-size FM transmission cost? (I believe they are on a "student" license but have a high-power transmitter that reaches all of the city and the Hutt).

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  • Hard News: Burning down the house to…, in reply to Nick Russell,

    Well, I don't have any qualms about Trump fatigue. I don't have any say in who the USians elect, any more than I can do anything about Putin, Duterte, Xi Jinping or many other world despots (actually, even the Chinese can't do anything about Xi Jinping apart from insurrection). I do actually have a vote in the UK for another couple of years, but it's lost in the great mass of stupid.

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