Posts by SteveH

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

    Have any of the crypto-currency/blockchain people solved the fundamental problem of power consumption?

    You say "fundamental problem", they say "feature".
    Seriously though, there are proposals. Alex's piece linked to this article about one proposal.

    Since Sep 2009 • 443 posts Report Reply

  • Polity: Why did the TPP fail?, in reply to LanceWiggs,

    It's interesting what happens if we remove the USA from the picture. The US was a late entrant after all, as was Japan.

    Yes, it looks both a lot more achievable and a lot more acceptable to the remaining players. But it'll require renegotiation, probably from scratch so even if there is a will to do it, it'll take years.

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  • Hard News: DNC 2016: Beyond weird, most…, in reply to Tom Johnson,

    Its hard to gauge discontent on booing, that’s why we have to wait for polls more closer to the election.

    FiveThirtyEight said it was mostly the California delegation and that you couldn't really hear it from other parts of the arena. On the other hand, there were a LOT of protestors outside.

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  • Hard News: DNC 2016: Beyond weird, most…, in reply to James Littlewood*,

    Well, he opposes the TPP, for one. I know, I know. Neither of them are really believable on this point. Not even to get started on TTIP or TISA.

    Clinton is also opposed to the TPP.

    If Obama can't get it ratified before he leaves office it might not get ratified by the US (unless the new Pres flip-flop, of course). Unfortunately that probably won't get us out of the crap the US insisted on adding as I can't see the other nations restarting negotiation.

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  • Polity: Mike's minute: Mike's maths!,

    Heads up Rob, Stuff have change the chart to include trusts.

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  • Polity: Mike's minute: Mike's maths!, in reply to Marc C,

    Now, Mike Hosking my appear to not be good with maths, but that is simply not the case. He is not a stupid fellow, he will most likely know full well how the tax system works, and how to benefit from it as a high earner and also asset owning person.

    He's smart enough to pay someone to minimise his taxes. Whether he himself understands how the tax system works is undetermined. But if he does know that what he's saying is wrong then he's not just being "simply mischievous", he's being disingenuous and dishonest. Personally I suspect incompetence is the cause here, but I wouldn't be surprised either way.

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  • Speaker: Correcting Auckland 2040's…, in reply to Glenn Pearce,

    When Cathy Casey and Mike Lee are lining up with Cameron Brewer, George Wood and Dick Quax against the process, you probably should take a long hard look at the process.

    You'd be better off just saying Cathy Casey and Mike Lee are against it, because any time I hear Cameron Brewer and Dick Quax are against something I tend to assume it must be a good idea.

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  • Legal Beagle: Voting in the Flag Referendum, in reply to Jonathan King,

    Does it seem tin-foil-hat-ish to point out how cynical and manipulative it was for the pro-Silver Fern govt to schedule the referendum for just three weeks after the (All Blacks favourited to win) Rugby World Cup final?

    It does seem quite tin-foil-hat-ish. For one thing we've been favourite at every RWC and only won 2 (before this one), and both of those at home. Most analyses had the ABs most likely to win but still below a 50% chance. "They" would have been taking a significant risk in trying to tap into post-RWC euphoria given that it was more likely to be post-RWC depression.

    Secondly, the obvious candidate flag for such a plan would be the silver fern on a black blackground. That's the design that's actually associated with the ABs. So if your conspiracy theory is right then why wasn't that design one of the final four? Did "they" forget to manipulate the flag panel?

    Since Sep 2009 • 443 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Ten Thousand Maniacs, in reply to chris,

    So Assad’s incumbent administration designed a civil war to potentially oust itself and decimate its country while allowing verifiable information that it was the architect of these events to be widely disseminated via western media.

    "Architect" may imply a degree of foresight and planning that wasn't actually present, but it seems incontrovertible that the genesis of the current situation in Syria was Assad's brutal treatment of peaceful protesters.

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  • Polity: Jeb! reports. Prescription: Panic!,

    FiveThirtyEight point out that his lead in the endorsement primary is unimpressive because 80% of both the most conservative third and the central third of the party have not committed their endorsements yet. They agree that Jeb! is probably toast.

    I think Rubio is the most likely candidate now too, though a month ago I would have picked Bush so what do I know?

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