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  • Apr 8th, 2016 @ 3:36pm

    Re: Re: New Tech for Old Tech

    I didn't say that wasn't the case. Who' can say that isn't the case with this app, unless someone has reviewed the code?

  • Apr 7th, 2016 @ 4:06pm

    New Tech for Old Tech

    I remember visting Brazil around 20 years ago. As you got to the front of the customs queue, you pressed a button and were presented with a green or red light.

    Green light, you went straight out the door, red light you were searched on your way out.

    Probably just as random as this app, but in addition, there may have been someone watching the queue and overriding any random light selection!

  • Nov 23rd, 2015 @ 7:05pm

    Too clean

    As a side comment, there is the "too clean" hypothesis, that the rise in allergies, asthma etc. is because we're too clean. Lots of links to look at like

  • Apr 11th, 2015 @ 2:22am

    Re: It's not VPN - Slingshot customer.

    If anyone is reading the act linked to above, the relevant section is "Section 226 Technical Prevention Measures".

    This has part b as follows.

    (b)for the avoidance of doubt, does not include a process, treatment, mechanism, device, or system to the extent that, in the normal course of operation, it only controls any access to a work for non-infringing purposes (for example, it does not include a process, treatment, mechanism, device, or system to the extent that it controls geographic market segmentation by preventing the playback in New Zealand of a non-infringing copy of a work)

    This is commonly interpreted as allowing a user to break DRM so that a DVD from a different zone can be played in New Zealand (i.e. a legitimately purchased DVD from a different country, via Amazon or another vendor).

    That is why I can require a home electronics vendor to "multizone" a DVD player before I leave the store.

  • Mar 30th, 2015 @ 6:42pm

    What magic is this

    Maybe I don't understand the US system, but how do they link a vehicle plate to delinquent property taxes?

    Do you have to register your plates when you own property, or do they assume if the address for the vehicle is the same as a delinquent property, they're linked? If you're renting a property, could your vehicle be clamped or seized if your landlord owes property taxes?

  • Sep 24th, 2014 @ 6:15pm

    Tony Abbott

    Didn't Tony Abbott make a statement yesterday about how if we changed our behavior the terrorists had won?

    I thought I saw something about that on the news last night.

  • Jul 9th, 2014 @ 11:47am

    Re: Already covered? (as Chris)

    New Zealand copyright law already contains a clause that's says that breaking DRM that is in place for geoblocking, is NOT an offense.

  • Sep 18th, 2012 @ 2:00pm

    Real Plots (as Chris)

    If the FBI is so good at foiling these plots, why didn't the foil the "Joker" gunman and why didn't the CIA/FBI notice anything going on that caused the US Ambassador to be killed?

    Seems like they're picking the low lying apples!

    Of course, if the US stopped being hypocritical and brassing off half the world, it might help as well!

  • Jun 28th, 2012 @ 5:56pm

    Sounds familiar! (as Chris)

    Back in the late 1980s, the French Government thought they could enter NZ, commit an act of terrorism (the Rainbow Warrior) and get out without the NZ police being able to do anything! The NZ police did solve the case, arrested two agents and issued international arrest warrents for the remainder!

    Now the US government thinks they can run roughshod over NZ law, like they do to everyone else, in their "do as I say, not as I do" hypocritical attitude! This time, the NZ Judiciary is proving that they will stand up to the rule of law, unfortunately, the police have become enthralled by the stories from the US authorities!

    Good to see the US being shown that their laws don't apply all over the world (how many US citizens think their constitution covers them outside the US anyway?)!