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  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    So finally got to read it last weekend, overall rather enjoyed it though it did stop abruptly just as things were getting going. One fridge thought though that has been bugging me - when Rita first gets escorted into TL4,...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    Look into higher end or gaming mice. Basically as soon as you add extra buttons like thumb buttons, which are very very useful, you rapidly start to optimise the shape of the mouse to fit a hand, and it is...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    Heh, I always liked the chopper boys from the era of widespread helicopter hunting in NZ from the 50s to late 70s. Rex Forester put out an amazing couple of books on the subject in the 80s, reissued together with...
  • Commented on Empire Games gets a price cut in the UK
    I suggest you have a read through this to get a better view of the history of the drug. https://www.afghanistan-analysts.org/on-the-cultural-history-of-opium-and-how-poppy-came-to-afghanistan/ The Opium Wars were part of a widespread export program from British India initially under the EIC and later continued...
  • Commented on Empire Games gets a price cut in the UK
    I don't think the Afghanistan drug boom was related to the Air America operations - they were primarily Southeast Asia/Latin America linked. Different producers, different markets, primarily anti-communist initially. Afghanistan in that time from the 40s-70s was very stable, a...
  • Commented on Empire Games gets a price cut in the UK
    Afghanistan/Hindu Kush - poppies & beans Actually Afghanistan was never historically a particularly good location for poppy growing until the US interfered in the region in the 50 and 60s - total grown in 1956 was around 12 tons, compared...
  • Commented on Excuses
    The stuff I worked on billed ~15m customers a month. I have absolutely no idea what happens on the level of an individual customer beyond they had a column labelled Credit Rating which was a numerical score. At the time...
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    So in NZ in the 60s/70s, it was common that the electricity / water meters were built into an accessible external foundation wall, usually behind a glass cover so they can be read by anyone but were nominally weatherproof. Mains...
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    Jail is usually the local lockup, for temporary use. Normally holds drunks while they cool down and people in custody prior to being charged. Next step up is a Remand facility, which is where you put the people who have...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    Not to mention that one of the most successful and useful aircraft in both Korea and Vietnam was a humble cheap Cessna variant, which flew low and slow and did the FAC role, loitering mostly just out of range. I'm...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    Yeah, it's quite the shift - when I went through my primary had at least five male teachers, out of hmm, around 20 I think. I have a strong suspicion that the Ellis case mentioned above has had a profound...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    Agreed. Swimming in NZ was pushed *heavily* from the 50s on after a spate of child drownings, and ironically is becoming an issue again in the last decade after a lot of closures of school swimming pools since 2005ish have...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    There is also the wonderful dilemma that the more you know, often the less you can actually do, which is particularly nasty for medical types. The reason behind this is that if Joe from the street breaks a rib or...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    The Ground Station will be ( Must be) transmitting & is therefore targetable. With ground > satellite and satellite > drone relays your ground station can be half a planet away, as we see with some of the predators in...
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    I watched a fascinating Vice documentary on the people who have been re-enacting a lynching in Georgia every year for over a decade to keep the reality in people's minds about what went on not all that long ago....
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    The early Series Landrovers definitely worshipped Lucas Prince of Darkness in their electrics, but they stopped being used in the late 80s. I think Greg's Defender is a mid 00s model so safe enough. Lucas - Inventor of the self-dimming...
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    I'm surprised no-one has stamped hard on Pakistan as a result of all this ... Well, you need to remember that the Pakistani bomb and delivery tech was developed in a frantic arms race with India - whichever got there...
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    And vice versa. The liquid fuelled Ghauri was a direct copy of the NK Rodong-1, but needed to be completely redesigned. It would be pretty unsurprising for the revised but now obsolete Ghauri II design to be sold back to...
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    You need to understand that there are two very different Al Jazeera stations. There is Al Jazeera English, which hired about half of the top western foreign correspondents and is providing a very well regarded international news service to the...
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    Actually some of the flooding here reminds me of the Brisbane floods of 2010/11, when a lot of areas a rather long way from the river flooded when the river rose and backflowed out the stormwater drains. That was a...
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    There's nothing inherently wrong with cul-de-sacs, provided that they have pedestrian/cycle paths linking the dead ends. They naturally cut down traffic volumes, and promote a social cohesion amongst neighbours, which grid patterns with through streets don't. What they usually suffer...
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    Roughly half the country was in favour of Brexit .. or what they believe "brexit" to be. The other half is opposed to it, but more united in what they believe the benefits of the EU to be, even if...
  • Commented on Report on Seat 14C
    That's because both Aus and NZ are useful test beds for banking technology. We're a small educated population with reliable networks and a willingness to try something new. At least 2/3 of the more recent banking innovations have rolled out...
  • Commented on Report on Seat 14C
    It's been a real surprise just how quickly contactless has taken off over here, given how backward the UK was towards electronic banking and card use only a decade ago in comparison with NZ or Aus. Many of my friends...
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    Ha, I was just going to ask if they'd elected to choose a pin for them yet. Reading the wiki though, it does imply they've gotten fairly sophisticated since those days....
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    Would you accept "having bit off more than it could chew easily domestically, the Americans kept out of international affairs for as long as possible"? There was definitely a profound shift from internal squabbles and land grabs for a century...
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    The US was fine, until WW2 broke it of its isolationist habits. Post WW2 ... not so much. The fifties were particularly bad, we're most working through the repercussions of that today, just as the first half of last century...
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    Oh yes, I am very familiar with that. Actually I misread his original post, and I can understand EC's point - the rapid expansion of NATO in 2004, especially with Bulgaria/Romania joining prior to joining the EU - its a...
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    Wait what? Nato missile bases in the Baltics? I know there was a plan to put some in Poland/Czech at one stage, but I've never heard of anything baltic state related. On the other hand the Soviets definitely did put...
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    There is also the issue that the WOSD punishes different formulations of the same drug differently - see the difference in sentencing between powdered and rock cocaine possession for example. This *always* has the effect of reducing sentences for those...
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