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  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    wondered whether something similar happened in Britain/the UK in some earlier era which Wikipedia has a list, and the answer is yes. I can't remember which one(s) I'd heard of, but I definitely recall one. The Peter Ellis case was...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    The same controversy exists in the UK: 'Risk anxiety in the classroom: teachers touching children' That paper is somewhat terrifying. My mother was a teacher of young kids for most of her career, and I recall during the "satanic abuse"...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    As is not uncommon in CPR, the man suffered from two cracked ribs; he began a civil case against the woman who saved him. Wow. For a short time back in Aotearoa I used to get xmas cards from a...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    That's my experience, BTW. I started university with a decent chunk of savings in hand from doing that work. At a time when minimum wage was $5/hr to $7/hr I would refuse to work for less than $10/hr and considered...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    who would want to do fruit picking in the first place? It can be an awesome job if the pay is right. But politicians have fixed that problem and as you note, pay is now derisory. When I was...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    also: those things are win-win-win for government. They win up front politically just by announcing "tough on dole bludgers", then they win again through reduced payments to people dependent on them, and if those people drop off the benefit as...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    That's... insane. They don't *know* what shift they're working, weeks in advance? I'm not disagreeing with you, merely observing that many businesses are arranged this way. When workers have no power and social ideology is that money is the sole...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    if the commenters were that concerned, especially about your health, why didn't they ring you, email, or even drop by There's a significant gap for most people between wondering where someone is, and going out of their way to track...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    Spark (the NZ legacy telecom) has enabled wireless hotspots at many of their callboxs Hellstra, the Australian equivalent has done the same and also encourages you to sign up to make your home wifi part of the system. https://www.telstra.com.au/telstra-air/at-home It's...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    Or, could it be you've been using his name all these years? I also predate mozilla, and un-fondly remember the period when their email client had a default address of something like moz@mozilla.org because a number of unreasonable people contacted...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    Or, could it be you've been using his name all these years? FWIW, I'm older than Morrissey and claim precedence....
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    I gave it as an example of a social situation in which is getting more and more awkward to not carry a mobile phone, and partake in the information ecosystem that implies. It is everywhere. It took me a couple...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    https://shop.coles.com.au/a/a-nsw-metro-West-ryde/product/telstra-prepaid-tempo?col=1 I am amused that you didn't bother clearing your location out of the URL. Or maybe you did......
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    two more uses for 3-D printers: first, model railroad parts If you search shapeways for Lego you will find a plethora of Lego-compatible bits that people have designed, and many work quite well. Others simply have to look like something...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    The Gemini thing looks very inviting. I recently "upgraded" my 7" phablet to a 6" Galaxy Note and have not been especially impressed. It hates the bluetooth keyboard even more than the phablet did (just plain not designed to work...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    The above is a response to the "the worst tyrant is one who does it for your own good" as much as the OP fears of tyranny. On the OP note, Australia is also bringing in a "cashless welfare card"....
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    Jaws@51: The implicit logic of citing to past atrocities in response to an objection to present conduct is that it's impossible to escape the past. Knowledge of past atrocities should be a reason to stop committing atrocities, rather than saying...
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    Assuming Houston is actually lost which seems unlikely in the next few years, I'm kinda pondering how that might happen. I think most likely is "more of the same" - this storm bounces back and forth, is replaced by a...
  • Commented on Help Wanted at the Climate Policy Sausage Factory
    laws you have to follow, but they cost 440 dollars for each standard I really want that to be challenged in court. Secret laws shouldn't be binding on anyone who doesn't have free and open access to the law. Remember...
  • Commented on Help Wanted at the Climate Policy Sausage Factory
    Developers are the same the world over in producing housing that's not fit for habitation. I live in such a house and I've owned tents that had better insulation. Don't get me started :) I live in a loverly brick...
  • Commented on Help Wanted at the Climate Policy Sausage Factory
    people who claim it isn't fair to have the HOA restrictions placed on them didn't read the papers they signed... I have little sympathy for their position. In a free and fair world I'd agree with you. But you're talking...
  • Commented on Help Wanted at the Climate Policy Sausage Factory
    when they're finally knackered they can still go on to be recycled anyway; all you've done is extend the lifetime Sadly the price of second hand, "ready to recycle" lead-acid batteries reflects that reality already, at least in Australia. There...
  • Commented on Help Wanted at the Climate Policy Sausage Factory
    the materials in modern batteries are more expensive than those in the old lead-acid batteries, the obvious solution is to design them for ease of recycling Amusingly I recently had an SLA battery die (100AH, ~25kg) and when I...
  • Commented on Help Wanted at the Climate Policy Sausage Factory
    They share apartments, ride bikes or the bus to work, and can't afford to eat a high-meat diet. Except for the 'can't afford" part, that's been me for the last 25 years. For the reasons you point out. Admittedly a...
  • Commented on Help Wanted at the Climate Policy Sausage Factory
    At my office I've got an article bookmarked about how people who buy 'green products' are slightly more likely to cheat (in minor ways) To some extent that's a good problem to have. The problem is when it's fake good...
  • Commented on Help Wanted at the Climate Policy Sausage Factory
    The easiest assisted migration scam is to find an area that a new species is establishing itself, ideally as a weed, and call that a "migratory native". If you can propose it as a land swap or "conservation offset" all...
  • Commented on Help Wanted at the Climate Policy Sausage Factory
    Sadly, in New Zealand right now we have a neoliberal government who are committed to enriching the already rich at the expense of everyone else. Most blatantly, we have two elected members who have admitted defrauding the government. One of...
  • Commented on Help Wanted at the Climate Policy Sausage Factory
    The cheapest thing any person or nation can do to reduce carbon emissions is to take those technologies and strategies and implement them in poorer nations, coz everything is cheaper in poorer nations. But how do we counter that...
  • Commented on Paging Agent 007
    Vernor Vinge exploited the "bobble" balloon in his Peace War series at least once in atmosphere, when they liberated a bunch of prisoners by bobbling the top of a building on a hot day. That night the building floated away....
  • Commented on Paging Agent 007
    The lift is proportional to the wing area times the velocity squared, and the power to the velocity cubed. If the area could be increased enough without an excessive increase in weight, it might be possible to reduce the...
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