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  Reply # 1920770 17-Dec-2017 13:21
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Geektastic:

 

I'd not be surprised to hear that the inspiration for that comes from Europe, where traffic calming measures like that have been commonplace for a very long while now.

 

 

Infuriating.

 

eracode:

 

Queen Street in Northcote Point, Auckland North Shore, has gone the same way - but 20 kph, not 25. Bastards trying to slow me down when I'm racin' to get to the Northcote Tavern for a beer with m' mates - but the humps are narrowish 'shallow pyramid' concrete ones and if you line 'em up central with your car, it's easy to hit them at 50 with scarcely a jump because the tyres hit only the low edges of the pyramid and straddle the higher part.

 

 

Those ones I don't mind so much - it only penalises those with cars with a narrow wheelbase or lowered suspension.

 

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"War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse. The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself."
- John Stuart Mill


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  Reply # 1920773 17-Dec-2017 13:41
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I've dozed off once at 50kph... woke up as the wheels scrubbed along the kerb. Trust me... this is something you don't forget. So I don't think there's actually much point in reporting the guy to the cops -- he's almost certainly learnt his lesson and won't do it again.

 

That's what I was thinking too.

 

frankv:

 

But the problem is recognizing that you are getting drowsy early enough. If you fall into the trap of "It's only another half hour... I can manage that" when in fact you can't, then ten minutes later you probably won't be able to make that decision. Much more sensible is to pre-plan your drive while you're wide awake and thinking, with rest stops as recommended by the AA and NZTA.

 

I've only felt I needed to stop because I was too tired once. It was heading from Auckland to Hamilton, which is just over an hour's drive for those who don't know it, late at night back in 1998. So I stopped in the road works gravel storage lay-by just out of Ohinewai, which isn't quite half way, and was out like a light almost immediately only to be woken by the cops half an hour later asking why I was stopped there. I got a little bit short with them and said "What the @#$% did it look like I was doing before you woke me up? I felt tired so I stopped for a rest." I guess I could have been a drunk, but still - I'd have been a semi-responsible drunk!.





"War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse. The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself."
- John Stuart Mill


 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 1920776 17-Dec-2017 13:51
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3) Inconsiderate prats who drive at 87 kmph in the right lane on the motorway forcing people to go into a middle or left lane to pass. Oblivious to flashing lights and tooting. 

 

 

Or even 100km/h. The right lane is NOT the cruising lane.

 

I passed a mate on his left on Thursday night while doing 100km/h and gave him an earful the next day. He was the third car in the line but NONE of them should have been there as evidenced by the fact I passed them all on the left.





"War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse. The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself."
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  Reply # 1920793 17-Dec-2017 14:47
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Purchasing a Grabaseat fare where the $49 cheap fares for my preferred return flight were all gone, so ended up purchasing a more expensive return one - and then seeing the same fares for the same February date range advertised again 10 days later with a $49 fare on the return flight - Grr Air NZ....


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  Reply # 1920824 17-Dec-2017 18:54
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Out of office auto-replies.

 

Fair enough if you're on leave but when you're "away on business"? What year is it again?

 

 

 





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  Reply # 1920829 17-Dec-2017 19:33
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The fact that NZHerald still uses it's own platform for video, which results in shorter, lower resolution playback that is unreliable at best and freaking horrible at worst. 

 

 

 

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/sport/news/article.cfm?c_id=4&objectid=11961507

 

Example. Won't play.

 

 


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  Reply # 1920831 17-Dec-2017 19:36
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networkn:

 

The fact that NZHerald still uses it's own platform for video, which results in shorter, lower resolution playback that is unreliable at best and freaking horrible at worst. 

 

 

 

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/sport/news/article.cfm?c_id=4&objectid=11961507

 

Example. Won't play.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Played fine for me. Looks like trash but it worked. The sky logo in the corner looked better than the rest so may be their source not the herald.





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  Reply # 1920886 17-Dec-2017 22:21
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Played now. I wonder if it's something to do with the video not being finished uploading. Nice bit of sportmanship from the guy who tried to tackle him to clap the good try. 


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  Reply # 1920918 18-Dec-2017 02:09
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The mini-budget, 6 week old baby....nothing (earnings). Three siblings who are retired or have a spouse who is, are loaded and still working, $450, $450 and $700 a year winter heating grant. Good on you Winston!

At least I can rib them and call them the “energy millionaires”.

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  Reply # 1921028 18-Dec-2017 08:53
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Companies which ask for a review of a product that you have only just received!

 

No wonder most reviews are useless, the user hasn't even had time to use the item to learn it's failings!

 

 


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  Reply # 1921029 18-Dec-2017 09:01
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msukiwi:

 

Companies which ask for a review of a product that you have only just received!

 

No wonder most reviews are useless, the user hasn't even had time to use the item to learn it's failings!

 

 

 

 

Worse when you get asked to review it *before* it arrives!

 

 


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  Reply # 1921072 18-Dec-2017 09:15
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Companies that send you sales pitches for product you already bought from them!

 

 


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  Reply # 1921081 18-Dec-2017 09:35
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msukiwi:

Companies which ask for a review of a product that you have only just received!


No wonder most reviews are useless, the user hasn't even had time to use the item to learn it's failings!


 



I get asked to review products still in transit haha.

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  Reply # 1922166 19-Dec-2017 20:10
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The trend these days of people bitterly complaining to the media about issues caused by their own actions.

Example: Woman warns ... of Uber price surges

Basically, she booked an Uber during a busy period; didn’t bother to check the price [AND was aware of surge pricing]; got stung with a hefty bill after the surge multiplier applied. Now is complaining that Uber “was capitalising on the fact lots of people were in town trying to get home“.

Well, duh - that’s EXACTLY what Uber’s surge pricing is for; it’s their business model; it’s well known about [even I know about it and I don’t use Uber!].

Sigh....

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  Reply # 1922186 19-Dec-2017 21:41
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The disparity between the time contractors take to do whatever it is you want them to do and the time in which they expect you to pay their invoice.

 

 

 

The first can be measured in glacial aeons; whole species can evolve and go extinct between the initial "Yeah, mate - that won't take long and we're not busy so should be done within 2 weeks" to the final completion. The second is measured in mere days.

 

 

 

I instructed a contractor to do something 12 weeks or so ago, which has (just) been finished. The invoice...requires payment in 7 days. I think I will wait 12 weeks, thanks.






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