Posts by Moz

  • Legal Beagle: Compensation for…, in reply to Paul Campbell,

    we’re obviously doing something wrong in the first place

    To an entity that measures value in money, the most certain way to get an injustice righted is to cost the perpetrator money. Since government does that…

    The proposal would definitely reduce the injustice imposed by the legal system. At times it is quite random in who gets picked up and prosecuted erroneously, but more often there’s a systematic side. Specifically, being poor is a major factor. Which means that any compensation based on actual costs could well exacerbate that bias.

    If the police have the option of arresting and holding a Professor of Laws or some unemployed wretch, I would expect their calculations of risk to be heavily biased towards letting the professor go while imprisoning the wretch.

    And just wait for the right(eous) to point out that being fed and housed by the state benefits the wretch…

    Sydney, West Island • Since Nov 2006 • 1230 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Back on the road,

    My ex informs me that buses and trains now have dots on some seats with “sit here” text. I got a photo with “I told you you’re not supposed to sit on the floor, but would you listen?”

    They have also added crowding info to the app and indicator boards: https://transportnsw.info/news/2020/helping-you-maintain-physical-distancing-on-public-transport

    Sydney, West Island • Since Nov 2006 • 1230 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Back on the road, in reply to Trevor Nicholls,

    d the biggest hazard is not cyclists but pedestrians who have sealed themselves off

    Really? How many people do they kill in an average year?

    Sydney, West Island • Since Nov 2006 • 1230 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Back on the road,

    I couldn't see any relationship between your communist comment and the tweet after the colon. But ok.

    I've recently been bingeing "not just bikes" on youtube, so comparing the Amsterdam focus on street design to keep people safe to the Auckland focus on keeping cars fast is a bit of a shock. The platitudes from Auckland Transport PR especially. From the talk you'd think they'd used the lockdown to glue temporary speed humps down all over the place, rather than just painting dots on footpaths.

    Mind you here in Sydney nothing has been done at all to roads, the best we've got is keeping the trains running (presumably also buses etc, but since I've mostly stayed home except for early morning bike rides I don't know). There's been no media coverage that I've seen, of any changes.

    Sydney, West Island • Since Nov 2006 • 1230 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The company of strangers,

    Sorry to hear about your mum.

    One thing I've noticed on Sydney trains is people spacing out more than I expected, to the extent of seeing people walking along the platform to enter via a door to an unoccupied carriage if the train seems empty-ish (which they mostly are). I had a whole carriage to myself on Sunday in the middle of the day.

    Meanwhile the roads here seem as full as they ever were.

    Sydney, West Island • Since Nov 2006 • 1230 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Has Iran found an effective…, in reply to Russell Brown,

    wider trialling is warranted

    I think so, especially given that the Iranians seem to have decided the same. Obviously their ability to conduct trials outside Iran is limited by the war, but that's no reason we shouldn't carry out our own trials.

    Sydney, West Island • Since Nov 2006 • 1230 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Has Iran found an effective…,

    That sounds like excellent news, especially the manufacturing ability we already have and thus the price... assuming the trials work out.

    One can only imagine how this will play out politically.

    Sydney, West Island • Since Nov 2006 • 1230 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Together Alone,

    I've just realised that there's a complete album of all my friends online:
    https://thispersondoesnotexist.com/

    (my response to Charlie Stross claiming that his sock puppet accounts were real people and he had photos of them)

    Sydney, West Island • Since Nov 2006 • 1230 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Together Alone, in reply to Paul Campbell,

    Awesome, deserves to go, uh, viral.

    Sydney, West Island • Since Nov 2006 • 1230 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Together Alone,

    My employer in Australia is being very blunt: I can choose to work from home, but if there are any problems I have to come in to the office. Any costs incurred are entirely mine, and I should be grateful that they are being so reasonable about my silly panic. If Russel gives us a rant thread I have things to say about their attitude 🤬

    Sydney, West Island • Since Nov 2006 • 1230 posts Report Reply

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