166 posts • joined 3 Nov 2008
I suspect the OP is from a somewhat larger country than New Zealand (it isn't hard) and thus has a larger parliament (or equivalent), probably with two houses; a single Member in that case is not too much of a big deal; he or she will get drowned out by the remainder. For our 120 MPs though, a single Member is a bit of a bigger deal.
Add in the fact there is a single House, and that Parliament is absolutely sovereign (so laws can't be overturned by the courts; I think there's a legal term, but can't remember it now) and I think that New Zealanders should take their politics and politicians seriously.
Re: This reminds me a little of a story I read.
That one was a Herriot story: I think it was in 'The Lord God Made Them All,' but can't find it exactly.
Flames, since that's what the poor bugger was feeling like.
The emphasis should be on the semi-; if nothing else, it saves a modicum of effort and time to enter the URL directly. This mayn't be important with fast internet connections, but often we don't have such things. It also means that should the search engine break, or not work with the browser being used --- I have had this happen at least once not too long ago (the re-directs would fail half-way through; don't know why and it seems to have resolved itself) --- one is still able to use the internet.
And incidentally, in lieu of a pizza place, the number for my local fish and chip shop is 432-0207, from the top of my head. A meal there for whoever can figure out where it is.
It also makes some of the smoothest icecream around: cream, some fruit (or other flavour) and gently beat while pouring the nitrogen through. I've done it helping with science outreach, especially for younger children (and the not so young). Apparently it's something to do with making the ice crystals very small, rather than big and lumpy.
I suspect (hope?) it is just a typo, and "tasking" should read "taking," and have humbly suggested that the sub-editors have a look at it.
It is a little distressing though, that we see an error and don't think "this is not right" but rather "harumph! More non-sensical jargon." A reflection on something, I'm sure. Buggered if I can figure out what though.
Of course, it could be an expression of the magical faith we have in the writers and editorial types instead.
Nah: I don't think it could be much "shitter" than it already is.
What's a koala doing with a mass spec?
Re: "... brushed aluminum and all"
I hate to burst your bubble and all that, but I think that Mr Myslewski is in fact not British; for a long while the author line read Rik Myslewski in San Francisco (my emphasis), although it doesn't any more.
Sorry there old chum, what what.
'ware the codpiece!
You know, Mum and Dad always said I was lucky that I wasn't called "Wayne." Never really understood why, until I hit a certain age.
Completely avoiding the joke, I wonder if it would come with some sort of safe-guard, or if in fact it could be set to blend itself?
Re: "an ancient African tradiation of animals"
The "send corrections" button is now at the top of the comments page: look upwards.
It's a little odd, but for some reason I missed it too, even though it is just about the first thing you see when you come to comment.
Re: @Richard Wharram RE: "vapor-driven vessel of low-countries origin"
SFW perhaps, but interestingly the "Internet Traffic Management System" here did block me and say "no go: this is pornography."
How on earth it decided this I have no idea: it is one of the least offensive sites I've ever seen.
Re: Dumb question
I'd think that it is because it relatively uniform; these measurements from space sound like they're precise enough to need to know just how much from the standard they vary. I suppose that you could make an array of detectors, but apart from the cost you might run the risk of affecting the colour and shade of the lake.
In any case it is still cool to make autonomous robots, especially for something that is useful like this but not really very exciting to actually do.
I'm afraid that I don't have TFA for you to R, but that's what I think of the matter.
The roving calibrating rover calibrator, obviously. Possibly in a (Land) Rover.
Who is in turn calibrated by a calibrated roving calibrating rover calibrator calibrator.
(Probably a Land Cruiser in the land of Oz, in fact, but that's not as much fun.)
Re: @Gavin King Hotdesking is just evil
A-ha. That makes sense. (Or rather it doesn't, but I you get what I mean.)
And I'm intrigued about this "notepad". Doesn't require electricity? Is it solar powered?
Thanks for soothing my curiosity.
Re: Hotdesking is just evil
Perhaps I'm Luddite of some description --- certainly I'll admit to in-experience --- but I've found printed copy to be a saving grace: everybody in charge assumes that nobody would use hardcopy materials for anything important, so it is a trivial matter to shift them from place to place, especially compared to computer machinery.
Although I'd like to hear you discription of "notepad"; again my inexperience, in that I'm not sure of what you mean.
"Although I suppose loosing an arrow tends to happen just before losing it!"
I must disagree --- unless you shoot like I play golf!
Re: >"it's supposed to be a bird"
And away from the South half of North America, "ass" means "arse". :-)
In any case, am opposed to a cross-pondian translator on the basis that removing the somewhat disgusted looks from the older ladies (and men, for that matter) when they hear tourists speaking of "fanny packs" would be sad.
Re: Sex vs Violence
While I broadly agree with you ( except I think us New Zealand types are a bit more reasonable than others), I am genuinely interested in what you mean by ANZAR; presumably it relates to Australia and New Zealand, but what do the letters "AR" stand for? I've never heard of it, and (an admittedly quick) seach only shows up an Arabic boy's name.
Or for that matter a large flat bottomed moat used (usually) to carry cargo on the Nile.
Re: Plural of "Penis"
To drag the thread away from casting aspersions on the names of our hard-working and honest representatives --- and I almost wrote that with a straight face --- the plural of "penis" is "penes" (pronounced "/ˈpiːniːz/" in British English), according to Mr. Oxford English Dictionary.
Made me feel like a wee child again, sneaking a look at the dirty words in the dictionary.
I read it and was expecting some three-space charging plan that would require advanced maths to understand. Although that's because I'm not familiar with the company Three, and thought it was meaning "3-axis data-roaming..."
Re: In 1975 there was a report called "Coal:Bridge to the future"
But if it's in a nuclear power station won't the data become radioactive?
Re: and meanwhile in Hull...
If you've got the Education Department looking after your internet, I'm not surprised it's grim!
Perhaps he was getting off, tomato shopping with a prostitute?
River nose? I thought that rivers had mouths?
You over malign the Star Chamber. In some ways its biggest problem was that it was efficient. Everything was done "on the papers", so that come judgement time, there could be a rapid number of judgements that seemed to be rather arbitrary, but were in fact reasonably well considered.
I remember a historian looking through the cases within the last fifty years or so and coming to the conclusion that the decisions of the star chamber were not particularly unfair, considering the times. I forget which book it was in, alas.
Secret laws on the other hand: not such a nice thing.
Re: don't chuck out your vintage food quite yet
Interestingly, in New Zealand, old vehicles are classified as "vintage" (for road registration and the like) if more than about 40 years old --- I can't find the exact number of the Land Transport website.
Which, now that you mention it, is a little odd considering the other (correct?) meaning of the word.
Re: Cars are so boring... Why even buy one..... OK, maybe one exception.....
Nothing stopping you having a Zeppelin, though. Surely you've got a spare few hectares at the bottom of the estate for a hangar and all that?
Discrete or Discreet? Both can be applicable, but I'm not too sure which is better.
I'm in the discrete bin myself; if I think the clothes are good, I'll tell people that. Although a small logo isn't the end of the world, especially if the clothes are in fact well made and comfortable.
And the tags sewn into shirts always seem to be made to dig holes in the spine anyhow.
Re: how far...
You'd better hoof it! (I know I am.)
But, but, you're missing the point.
It's far more import ant for everything to look not only good, but indistinguishable, than it is to actually convey anything at all.
I'd thought that the touchpad was offset to line up with the centre of the typing keyboard, so that when typing the right palm doesn't cause the cursor to move about wildly.
I know that it can happen; the current machine I'm using does this from time to time, usually when resting the hands while thinking about what's next to type. That said, I've never used one with the offset touchpad, so don't know if it is a nuisance of a different sort or not.
Re: Applying the USAs gun ownership arguement to this
My only thought to this line of reasoning is a question:
"Who are the bad guys?"
Re: Admin fee?
So you will charge a pity fee as well?
I thought the same on the first read. I think what the author was trying to say was that Lenovo bought IBM's PC parts in 2004, spent "six years of slog", then started making some sort of progress.
I'd probably have put it as " It took six-odd years to sort out the integration of IBM's laptop business, purchased in 2004, but since 2010 it has been full steam ahead."
Well, in the beginning it was all good. Then some lady took an apple that she oughtn't have, and things have gone down since then.
The grey one, please, with the hat.
Re: New Zealand Insurance
No problem. Drunken conversations tend to have a distorting effect on what is said, for some reason.
The only reason that I said anything was that I've a friend who is currently travelling across the USA by car. The thought that somebody could (or even has to) sue you for the costs of an injury was a little bit alien to me before we had quite a discussion about it.
A bit like an elephant; you know that they are big, but until sitting on one you don't realise just how big.
New Zealand Insurance
"In New Zealand, a car's road tax also gives it 3rd party insurance for anyone to drive, covered for by the government."
I have to call foul on that: the road tax certainly does not give any sort of insurance to the vehicle. There is an ACC levy (for the government health insurance agency) collected with the "road tax", that does nominally go to paying for what you might call "medical insurance". This is only related to personal injuries though: it doesn't cover anything else.
There is no mandatory third party insurance, govenrment or otherwise. This is why my vehicles always have full cover, because I can't be sure the idiot that sideswipes me has way to repay me for the damage he (or she --- they let women drive here, don't-cha-know) might cause.
There's a heart in the Wellington bureaucracy? That's news to me.
Re: Re: He cannae take much more o' this Captain!
If you're managing to get lift I wouldn't have thought it would be boring at all!
Re: Grey Squirrel
I don't know much about squirrels --- don't have many in this part of the world --- but I do remember some statistic that said a positively huge number (hundreds of thousands, I think) of trees were seeded because of squirrels forgetting that the nuts had been buried.
And perhaps he caught a sight of himself in the mirror and thought "grey" was the right term?
(<-- is it still a joke if it isn't funny?)
Re: Rev counter
I concur whole heartedly --- as have to say it is far worse when you go from a bike to a big old slow diesel. Although at least the diesel makes enough noise that you concentrate on it. This I suspect is part of the reason almost all diesel vehicles --- at least that I have seen --- have rev counters on them.
I'd go so far as to say that rev counters are useful when driving a car with a different engine speed than your own: I'm forever having to remember that I can have the little petrol engine rev higher than 2000 rpm.
Re: A better idea...
Usually I dislike the idea of that sort of tech in the car, but this idea has me interested. Just have a tastefully hidden amplifier under the dash, and an outside aerial for the radio. The last may not be so important in much of the world, but I have family in remote parts, and even the half-decent car aerial has trouble getting enough signal to work. I suppose that you could even have a basic radio built into the amplifier that's fixed in the car, to be used when if you forget/break/don't have a suitable device to plug in.
It might not be necessary to have a new insert for a new device either: just an angled shelf on the dash, with a lip on the bottom that houses a connector that can move from side to side with some sort of clamp. The lip hides the connector and the mechanism, and it provides some sort of restraint so that the device doesn't fly about the cabin.
Taking it with you could be a good security idea, too: like the removable face plates some radios have nowadays, but more reliable and not so much of a hassle to remember. And it would be far better than getting a blast of what passes for music with you flatmate/partner/mechanic too.
Now we just have to get the manufacturers to agree on how to make it work, and we'd be set.
Re: Biofuels do have a long history
Two gallons of peanut butter per mile? That's not too bad, although I imagine it would be more efficient to feed the soldiers and have them drag the tank instead.
Re: Worries me too
At least with unleaded fuel you could add a lead substitute to the fuel: it is a bit harder to remove the ethanol from the alcoholic ones.
I'm not sure what was in the substitute, come to think of it: surely it wasn't lead, but it had to be quite similar. I remember the A35 was quite happy to run with it.
Not knowing much about these things, I wonder if it would be possible to use something to precipitate out the ethanol without affecting the rest of the fuel, and whether it would be affordable and practical to do so.
Re: Flaw in theory...
That's easy to fix: just have a secondary system in the seat cushion, to deliver a shock to a more sensitive part of the anatomy.
So that's why he was running down the street: his landlady had had enough of the pong.
"Eureka! Eureka! I'll change my shirt! And my pants! What do you think of it now?"
(Do I feel bad at portraying someone great as a petulant adolescent? Only a very little.)