StephenNZ

StephenNZ

  • Commented on Make Up a Guy
    Ummm - Gillard was an ex-Australian PM, not NZ. Are you thinking of Jacinta Adern - about to be ex PM of NZ?...
  • Commented on Make Up a Guy
    I raise you "The Fittest" - J T McIntosh (aka James Macgregor) from 1955. https://www.fantasticfiction.com/m/j-t-mcintosh/fittest.htm...
  • Commented on WTF
    Also happens in a lot of volunteer organisations (and especially hobby groups). I see many of the longer standing organisations and groups now starting to fail as the older "boomer" members die off, and there are not the younger members...
  • Commented on Decision Fatigue
    In addition to the difficulty of derailing a trolley by "throw the switch half-way", if you do succeed in detailing the trolley, (either as you specified or some other way) one or both of two things will almost certainly happen....
  • Commented on Decision Fatigue
    Sorry but your real world answer is based on a false premise and hence incorrect. Trolley (or trams as they are known in many places) - aka street tramways - use spring loaded switches (points) which are engineered to not...
  • Commented on Decision Fatigue
    In Aotearoa we had only one VHF channel until 1970's. The actual channel number varied from region to region. I had a school holiday job in mid 1970's working for a TV repair company - my main job was as...
  • Commented on Decision Fatigue
    Who defines the "sufficiently informed" criteria, and who tests the voters comply with it - and how often. Does the "sufficiently informed" criteria test then apply to the entire voting population? I see a few issues in the implementation here......
  • Commented on Decision Fatigue
    We also have them in NZ - they are considered a pest and as a country we would prefer them eradicated. See https://www.mpi.govt.nz/biosecurity/long-term-biosecurity-management-programmes/wallabies-controlling-their-numbers/#:~:text=Five%20species%20of%20wallabies%20were,country%20and%20have%20adapted%20well. Note: I am referring to the animal that looks like a small kanagroo (about the size of...
  • Commented on Decision Fatigue
    Not that giant - about the size of a pigeon with longer legs. (The babies are particularly cute - look like a pompom on oversize legs... https://www.reddit.com/r/newzealand/comments/k82i9m/baby_p%C5%ABkeko_are_built_totally_out_of_proportion/)...
  • Commented on Decision Fatigue
    Not all of them are. Some - such as the weka don't fly. The ducks in the duck anecdote ran across the road rather than flying - their minds(?) maybe weren't on flying. Plus I have seen ducks and pukeko...
  • Commented on Decision Fatigue
    Some further driving anecdotes about driving encounters with wildlife from Aotearoa that are likely to rattle the electronic brains of any self driving AI. (Many of these are from west coast of the South Island where roads are generally less...
  • Commented on Strong and Stable!
    I think many of those plots have already been sorta done: Examples I can think of include "The Golden Rendezvous" by Alistair MacLean published 1962 & "A Plague of Sailors" by Brian Callison, published 1971 - except for the containers...
  • Commented on Strong and Stable!
    You do not need a major earthquake for "soil liquefaction" to occur. Soil liquefaction occurred during the 22nd Feb 2011 Christchurch (Aotearos) Earthquake, which on the Richter scale was only 6.3 (and quite localised), but which caused many of the...
  • Commented on I can't even
    I haven't tried, so cannot confirm whether this combination is possible - and I have no interest in finding out....
  • Commented on I can't even
    Do you mean something like this: https://www.volkswagen.com.au/en/technology/infotainment-systems/active-info-display.html ? It is fitted to the 2017 VW Passatt (not-an-EV) I currently own/drive. (The map is actually one of a number of different a user selectable options as to what can be displayed...
  • Commented on I can't even
    Here in Aotearoa/NZ, I use a phone app "Gaspy" that tells me the price of fuel at each IC gas station within a certain radius of where I am - based on my selected fuel of choice (generally diesel). This...
  • Commented on I can't even
    Actually, I believe it was Doubtful Sound, not Milford Sounds. Specifically, transport the fresh water from the Manapouri Power station tailrace....
  • Commented on The gathering crisis
    A good example is the Kea - look it up on Wikipedia....
  • Commented on The ends of education
    Not sure where you got the idea "idea that privateers were scrupulously law-abiding and never ever stole at sea" from. (And yes, I noted the hint of sarcasm in your comment.) The privateers were essentially pirates who preyed on/plundered the...
  • Commented on The ends of education
    Also worth referring to the Patrick O'Brian authored novel "The Letter of Marque", one of the volumes in the "Aubrey-Maturin" series British Navy seafaring novels set during the Napoleonic era. In particular, from the third paragraph of the first chapter...
  • Commented on The ends of education
    Another issue on whether 2 x 20 hr/wk part timers = 1 x 40 hr/wk full timer is the type of task the workers do and the nature of the part time work. For example, do the tasks undertaken by...
  • Commented on Crimes against Transhumanity
    "The key idea is that we can (and should, obviously) get some idea, often a very good idea, of the likely consequences of each option for a decision, before we make the decision." This sounds like very much like a...
  • Commented on Crimes against Transhumanity
    Agreed. Emma Peel (Diana Rigg) wasn't too bad either. Sometimes I think it is a pity I haven't seen recent re-runs of those shows, but I expect they wouldn't be a good as my younger self's "rose tinted" memory of...
  • Commented on Crimes against Transhumanity
    I vaguely recall an old episode of tv show "The Avengers" - 1960's (??) where the shows leads (John Steed and Emma Peel) came across a machine that generated romance novels used by a supposed "best seller" romance author. It...
  • Commented on Crimes against Transhumanity
    Something that occurs to me with all this speculation - when the mind is uploaded and there are 'n' instances running - what happens to the "assets" previously owned such as online bank accounts, user accounts etc. Do all instances...
  • Commented on Books I will not write: BIGGLES!!
    I suspect that rate of expansion is wrong - surely it would be constrained by the speed of light....
  • Commented on The impotence of the long-distance trillionaire
    Yes, Omarama is a know as for its gliding conditions and given suitable wind conditions, a number of record breaking flights have been recorded. However, these are mostly over land rather than long distances over water....
  • Commented on The impotence of the long-distance trillionaire
    Ummmm - I think your glider-pilot friend is mistaken. Yes, gliding is a thing in Omarama, BUT as Omarama is in Aoteatoa New Zealand (see - https://www.newzealand.com/us/omarama/). But as Bunyip has not ever been spotted in New Zealand, I do...
  • Commented on The impotence of the long-distance trillionaire
    Not quite sure why my name headed the comment. Aotearoa NZ is not part of OZ and we definitely do not share governments. While we sometimes refer to Australia as our "West Island" or "across the ditch", is is about...
  • Commented on The impotence of the long-distance trillionaire
    Major issue I see for this "utopian" proposed tax system: Who values the wealth or how is it valued? If the value of my house (and other possessions) is under $1m (or any other figure) and not taxed vs over...
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