Posts by Russell Brown

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  • Hard News: Something up with Apple?,

    and a "cool" OS??

    Actually, that definitely sounds like the sexiest part. Any guesses on what that OS might be?

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22670 posts Report Reply

  • Island Life: How to smoke an MP,

    The limit of your metaphor is this: cigars are one domain where bigger really is better, because a skilled roller can accommodate a more complex blend in a larger vessel. But if this were the case for MPs, National would obviously have a different deputy leader this week.

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  • Radiation: All this, and Lucy too,

    So, after the watersead on a weeknight? Frak... weren't you paying attention. Science fiction is for kids, while grown-ups prefer doctors, police procedurals and increasingly surreal 'reality' shows.

    We've been downloading and watching 'Torchwood', the adult Doctor Who spin-off. It's sort of uneven and all over the place, but eminently watchable.

    There's shagging in every episode, predatory lesbian aliens, the lot - Russell T. Davies appears to be having some fun.

    I suspect Prime will find a spot for it. Their evening schedules are a bit looser, and Karen Bieleski is a closet fangirl.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22670 posts Report Reply

  • Random Play: The Roaring Silence,

    Well, I'm not sure whether a 10-storey high stadium -- which will be kinda permanent, right? -- is such a crash-hot idea, let alone a "legacy". A 10-storey anything in a residential suburb -- albeit one where there is a long-established venue like Eden Park -- is going to be more eyesore than legacy as these people envision it.

    Yeah, they should have built it somewhere where a 10-storey building wouldn't tower over everything for miles around. The CBD, for instance.

    Oh hang on ... sorry.

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  • Online NZ TV Schedule,

    Hey, well spotted. The "epg" in the URL stands for Electronic Programme Guide and it appears to be a web instance of the Freeview EPG. Anyone know how long it's been there?

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  • Radiation: All this, and Lucy too,

    OMG, you obviously also didn't see the sex scene between Ant Starr and Mrs Havoc, which was not so much graphic as so intimate I was nearly embarrassed.

    If it's the one I'm thinking of, I thought it was sweet.

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  • Hard News: Aggregate me, baby!,

    Oh and one more thing totally unrelated but mentioned way back...how on earth do Warners get away with retailing the 4 CD Flying Nun set for $150+ !! What a scam....

    I think the packaging is pretty expensive. I gather it costs them $90 to produce.

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  • Hard News: Citizen Key II: The High…,

    E.g. "New Zealand has high rates of imprisonment and high rates of recidivism. I draw only one conclusion from that : the system isn’t working."
    You may think that's an OK thing to say but on various levels it's crazy. (1) Clark indulges in the fallacy of thinking that you can draw any conclusions about imprisonment rates without knowing how much crime there is ...

    No she doesn't. It's quite reasonable to say that a corrections system that produces very high rates of imprisonment and high rates of recidivism is not filling its purpose.

    (Collins sometimes makes an analogous mistake of drawing conclusions about divorce rates without knowing how many rotten, divorce-worthy marriages there are). If the underlying behaviors are very bad then even very high imprisonment (divorce) rates might be too low.

    What a strange comparison. The corrections system is directly shaped by government policy, and paid for from the public purse. The size and nature of the prison muster is determined far more by policy than by the underlying crime rate. You need only to look at the US experience with various forms of gimmick sentencing to see that: they're not sending people home from overcrowded prisons in California and Texas because the crime rate is so much greater than it used to be, but because their systems have been compromised by stupid sentencing laws. The 2004 American Bar Association report was quite enlightening.

    So, yes, in that sense it is "the system". You just need to decide what sort of system you want.

    OTOH, since the reform of divorce laws (1975?) I don't think government policy has had much impact on divorce rates. And for all the people publicly agonising about "skyrocketing" divorce rates, they've barely changed in the last quarter century. Last year there was exactly half a divorce more per thousand marriages than there was in 1981: 12.4 vs 11.9.

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  • Hard News: Citizen Key II: The High…,

    Williamson ranks up there with Max Bradford for successful sector reform.

    Burrrrrrn!

    True, though. Interestingly, the only two old-school holdouts on telecoms regulation in the National caucus were Brash and Williamson. So Brash goes and the Moz gets a promotion ...

    I guess the best you can say about Williamson is that at least he's not one of those economic liberals who contrives to be a social conservative.

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  • Hard News: Aggregate me, baby!,

    . For digital downloads, I find www.beatport.com hard to beat, 320 kbps MP3s with no DRM. Soulseek also rocks.

    My music buying behaviour this year has been influenced quite a lot by emusic.com. Not only is it much cheaper than buying CDs, it's leading me to some good stuff - and, again, it's DRM-free high-bitrate MP3s. I'm actually not sure yet how much shopping I'll do with iTunes, but I'm not likely to drop my emusic sub.

    BTW, I was pleased to discover that emusic.com has the new Fuckpony EP. Thanks for the tip on that one, Simon. Young people these days just don't know what house music is any more, mutter, grumble, etc ...

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