91 posts • joined Tuesday 30th June 2009 21:19 GMT
I'm right next door
in the East Islands of Oz where we have "parallel import" rules, meaning other players in the market can buy and sell freely. In reality this does not always mean cheaper goods however.
A bottle of Spitfire cost me $NZ4.95 last week in Auckland, and about the same in pounds last year in London, so you might be better off here after all. A decent pint of proper English ale in a pub is a bit harder to find however, not impossible tho'. Come and have a look, we'd love to see you.
I'm not sure that last statement is true, (but it might be). I am reminded however of seeing the current Prime Minister in public a year or so ago, and when a voter called him a series of extremely rude, (and fairly accurate) names, the security detail made no move to prevent access, they just moved a little closer to prevent a physical altercation. I thought that was very well done.
$6 Billion profit in one 3 month period isn't enough?
Re: Mint is great but ...
Good Lord! A polite, well reasoned response in a (potential) flame war.
Re: American beer
Its very cool that there's a Dunedin brewery in Florida. Shame there's no Florida brewery in Dunedin.
Re: What's a radio?
Funnily enough we had a TV show called Radio with Pictures in the early 1980's.
Have a look here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tMfOgxLgDiY
This gives a quick potted history: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pD-t6j9-yVM
Not sure I agree that the Dotcom trial has got less visceral, and while I might agree that he's trying to stir controversy, he has had nothing but wins against what might loosely be called the New Zealand Government. It's all rather hilarious for us down under, until we remember that when he wins all those law suits he is bringing, we'll be the ones paying the damages from our taxes.
Just a wee tip for Pakeha reading this from outside Aotearoa. It's pronounced "Hungy" rather than "Hangy".
Hope that helps.
Re: A long way to go
You are right about parts of the UK looking a bit like parts of NZ. I was a bit surprised how similar Cornwall is to bits of the North Island when I visited earlier this year. However the thing that really struck me was how old and eroded the UK looks. Probably a result of being occupied by humans for so long as much as anything.
Thanks for the videos to illustrate the meteor shower I missed, but the second one has got me really angry. Seriously, "Video's by Jere" makes me want to F***ing shout and F***ing swear. Why does that need an apostrophe?
Re: He Was Hoping To Get $89 Worth Of Stuff For $0.83 - Really?
It makes no difference whether you're doing business through the internet or a bricks and morter shop in NZ. You must follow the Consumer Guarantees Act, which says (among other things) that you must honour the advertised price. If the advertised price is a mistake, tough. Apple will lose this.
Re: Pay attention to the axis of time...
There's just one small mistake in an otherwise good post. It should read "I dont understand science that good". Thanks.
Re: Red back native?
Quite right. I was under theimpression they were interbreeding near Lyttleton the port of Christchurch, but can't find a link. I did find this however: http://www.gisborneherald.co.nz/article/?id=20120
I'm not entirely sure that they were not as well handled, Omaha in particular was strongly defended, and the Rangers that scaled the cliffs were IMO very brave and determined men. However, my Dad fought alongside Americans in North Africa in 1943 (I think), and he a quite low opinion of their abilities.
Re: Nook Color vs Nexus 7
Slightly off topic, but if the Nexus 7 is $199 in US money, why is it $439 in NZ money, when the exchange rate should make it about $246 in our money? I'd buy one, but not at that price.
Re: No Daily Mailbags for him
The CPS are bit optimistic really. Surely Andy and Rebecca are far too rich to convicted?
Re: British TV drama is NOT crap
Red Dwarf is a documentary, surely?
Re: Great Firewall purpose.
Quite right, and from the Chinese Government's point of view, keeping China politically whole is the only goal. China has a long and turbulent history, and during the frequent periods of unrest and weak central control it has tended to break up into warring states run by warlords. The death tolls have been awful at times. Just look at:
This one is bit more recent: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taiping_Rebellion#Death_toll
I think the Chinese have long memories, and don't want to go back to that.
Yup, Venus is transparent.
Re: Another week, another moron uses the phrase "climate change denial".
It's certainly got cooler in the last few months where I am. Of course that might just be weather, rather than climate.
We had something similar in New Zealand in the late 70's. Everyone had a coloured sticker on their windscreen with a day of the week printed on it, on that day you couldn't drive your car at all, they were called "Carless Days". It was part of a weird economic policy thought up by a raving lunatic who was our Prime Minister. He also instituted a price and wage freeze in an attempt to prevent inflation. That didn't work terribly well either.
Can you say scam?
I'm sure you're right, but the real tipoff is the $450 million Goldman Sachs invested in FB. I understand that values FB at $50 billion, which on the face of it seems like nonsense.
However, Goldman Sachs would be one of the most efficient vehicles on the planet for seperating fools and money, so who knows how high the price will go?
Yes, I know GS have had some problems with the FB IPO recently, just don't underestimate their ability to hype whatever they are selling.
We here in New Zealand got very excited a couple of years ago when some Bumblebee Boffins from Blighty turned up wanting to catch some specimens of our most common Bumblebees. Turns out they were imports from the old country, and thirved here, whilest becoming somewhat rare back home.
If I remember correctly we were quite chuffed and told the Boffins to help themselves.
Facebook is "valued" at $900 Bazillion or something, and they need desperately to justify that, so this is an opportunity to gather more of your data to sell. Just ask yourself who the customer is here? (and what is the product).
I've had this
These guys, or someone very like them have called me at home dozens of times. They often identify themselves as "from Windows" or "The Computer Security Department". I've sometimes gone along with them for a while to find out just what they are up to, and I once asked the young lady if her Mother knew what she was doing, but they just start to play dumb and then hang up.
I'm pretty sure you did see one in NZ, although it may have been built by our Ministry of Works sometime in the last century. I'm not sure of the exact details, and the designs here may not be exactly the same, but red boxes used to be everywhere.
Careful what you wish for.
The AFL need to be a bit careful here, as they might wind up in the same boat as the NZ Rugby Union, who have served us more and more All Blacks to the point where the games are not very special any more, and people are starting to turn off to them. If faced with a $5 charge every time a game comes on, the average sports fan might just go outside and kick a ball around. The hard core fan will probably pay, as it's not a huge amount, but that's not exactly growing market share now is it?
I am fairly sure that the current Government, headed by the National Party, has some bigtime Telecom shareholders in its ranks.
When they were in power last time, the Telecommunications Minister was a total Muppet who spent several years turning a blind eye to various anti competitive activities.
Lo, when the other mob got into power, the first thing they did was announce regulation of Telecom, and some sort of market started, (in fixed line broadband anyway).
Now we have National back in, Telecom's getting great wodges of my money again.
Blind trust my ar*e.
Seriously. The fault for this will be with Vodafone NZ, they must be the least competent bunch I've ever had the misfortune to do business with.
Thanks once again for an article about the music business that makes some good points. Thanks also for giving us the opportunity to comment, very nice.
The title "A collective failure of imagination" seems to me to apply in the first instance to the record companies. They own the rights to recorded music, and mostly have done since music was first recorded. The Internet, and associated technologies have been available for well over 10 years now, and yet the record companies have never provided music online to customers willing to pay. That job has fallen to Apple, mostly. They however are not really allowed to make a profit from the service because those same record companies don't want to lose control, (I suppose).
Could be Wrong
But maybe Microsoft are only good at selling Windows and Office, and everything else is a loss leader?
Ha, Irony indeed
Control, competition, property. Two of those things the Vatican have spent two thousand years collecting, and the other one has been ruthlessly destroyed. I'll leave it up to you to figure out which one's which. Or you could ask the Cathar family next door.
They really should be worried about the Mutant Star Goat. My hairdresser told me all about it.
Load of old Crap
Go on flame me, I don't care. Not entertainment, not literary, just a slice of life from a bygone era. Might be nearly interesting as a look at life for a certain section of the middle classes in Victorian England if it weren't so fucking dull.
Not a Cult
WBC is not a cult. Its a family business making money from suing (or settling with) Police forces or Local governments which try to restrict its right to protest.
Last Night's Quake
The quake happened during Lunch hour local time. Seems a bit odd to call it "Last Night's" quake. Google personfinder can't tell me anything about anybody I know in Christchurch, but then I only lived there for 6 years, and don't know everyone.
Anonymous are anonymous because of the fear of being targeted by Tom Cruise's friends. Any other campaign they run is an offshoot of their original purpose.
I don't think God hates fags either. I don't think God exists actually, but I'd love to see some evidence proving otherwise. Got any? No? Thought not.
10 years? Can't be.
I had to remove this worm from a client's PC. Twice. In the same week. Seems the client in question was a big fan of Miss K, and was very keen to have a look at some photos of her. Very keen indeed.
Chinese garlic is worthless anyway
As the ac noted above, it tastes like s**t. There's no duty where live, so the stuff is super cheap compared to the locally grown stuff, but our local supermarket has stopped stocking it, as they couldn't give it away. It is also bleached I understand, to make it look good on the shelf.
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