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  Reply # 1903131 17-Nov-2017 09:23
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Not a headline, but still pretty dumb. Here in Hastings, the Council commissioned street markings in a parking area. These included two words: 'Emergency Vehicles'. The sign painter managed to misspell both of them. I sure hope our new education minister can bring literacy back to the classroom, because the last one certainly didn't!


 



Not a headline, so just an opportunity for you to make (another) political statement.




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  Reply # 1903186 17-Nov-2017 12:05
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If you say so. I happen to think correct spelling is important. Not end of the world, matter of life and death important, but important beyond she'll be right they'll work it out. I certainly think it is important when it comes from official sources. With modern mobile devices and spell checkers (and maybe running it past the supervisor), there is little excuse for these kinds of mistakes beyond just laziness and ignorance. This was an official marking. That means it was paid for by the Council. That means it was paid for by public money in the form of rates or taxes. In this case the company commissioned to do the job was made to do it over at their own expense, so that worked out okay, but wouldn't it have been so much easier, not to mention cheaper for the company, if the sign painter had just learned basic spelling in the first place?

 

My real point is that there have to be standards or everything goes to hell. If they are allowed to start slipping, there is no end to it and everything goes to hell in a tsunami of sloppiness. You can't transpose hex codes in software and expect it to 'just work'. Why should language be any different? You can call that another political statement if you like.

 

 





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  Reply # 1903898 19-Nov-2017 07:04
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Constant collisions 'scary' 

 

Two crashes in two days counts as "constant"? Yeah, ok.

 

 

 

Google street view 

 

Looks like a perfectly normal intersection to me. If someone can't avoid a crash on a piece of road like that, why are they even driving a car?


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  Reply # 1905171 21-Nov-2017 11:59
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Constant collisions 'scary' 

 

Two crashes in two days counts as "constant"? Yeah, ok.

 

 

 

Google street view 

 

Looks like a perfectly normal intersection to me. If someone can't avoid a crash on a piece of road like that, why are they even driving a car?

 

 

Looking at the street view, there's tyre skid marks going around the corner.

 

People hooning along at 80km's, doughnuts, etc.

 

Council cant be blamed for the general douchebaggery of some drivers, though they could probably mitigate in someway.

 

Something like this that they have @ Victor Street in Avondale, Auckland:

 

https://www.google.co.nz/maps/@-36.8914295,174.6934758,3a,75y,76.88h,75.32t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1syLJPaRF4kFVtMzBwpZg56g!2e0!7i13312!8i6656?hl=en

 

 

 

 





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Customers see red over brown mince, but there's no need for alarm

 

I find it remarkable that between the reporter, the people contacted at Foodstuffs, the Food Safety "experts", some anonymous "meat scientist", etc, nobody has given the correct explanation, which is that mince is commonly packed in modified atmosphere packaging containing carbon monoxide, which forms bright red carboxymyoglobin, and provides the "fresh-looking" bright red colour on the outside of packaged meats rather than the natural brown colour of oxidised myoglobin.  Pretty well all NZ supermarkets use this process - and it's not required that they label it as it's not considered to be an "additive".

 

If they all want to keep the fact that this (probably harmless) method of packaging - which is the normal way supermarket meat is presented - secret, then perhaps there's a story in that.


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  Reply # 1906848 23-Nov-2017 23:42
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Customers see red over brown mince, but there's no need for alarm

 

I find it remarkable that between the reporter, the people contacted at Foodstuffs, the Food Safety "experts", some anonymous "meat scientist", etc, nobody has given the correct explanation, which is that mince is commonly packed in modified atmosphere packaging containing carbon monoxide, which forms bright red carboxymyoglobin, and provides the "fresh-looking" bright red colour on the outside of packaged meats rather than the natural brown colour of oxidised myoglobin.  Pretty well all NZ supermarkets use this process - and it's not required that they label it as it's not considered to be an "additive".

 

If they all want to keep the fact that this (probably harmless) method of packaging - which is the normal way supermarket meat is presented - secret, then perhaps there's a story in that.

 

 

 

 

It is perhaps an example of a situation where adding a line of text on the label (whether required or not) would be a very cheap time saver...! "This meat is packaged in a protective atmosphere to ensure it reaches you in peak condition."

 

 

 

It is allowable to exceed regulatory requirements, just not to fall below them.






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  Reply # 1906877 24-Nov-2017 07:04
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Geektastic:

 

Fred99:

 

Customers see red over brown mince, but there's no need for alarm

 

I find it remarkable that between the reporter, the people contacted at Foodstuffs, the Food Safety "experts", some anonymous "meat scientist", etc, nobody has given the correct explanation, which is that mince is commonly packed in modified atmosphere packaging containing carbon monoxide, which forms bright red carboxymyoglobin, and provides the "fresh-looking" bright red colour on the outside of packaged meats rather than the natural brown colour of oxidised myoglobin.  Pretty well all NZ supermarkets use this process - and it's not required that they label it as it's not considered to be an "additive".

 

If they all want to keep the fact that this (probably harmless) method of packaging - which is the normal way supermarket meat is presented - secret, then perhaps there's a story in that.

 

 

"This meat is packaged in a protective atmosphere to ensure it reaches you in peak condition."

 

 

I think that would be misleading? From the above, it seems that CO doesn't actually act as a preservative -- it just makes it *look* fresh?

 

 


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  Reply # 1907436 24-Nov-2017 23:02
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It’s Friday night, I’ve had a couple of beers and I haven’t paid a great deal to how statistics should be presented since high school back in the eighties, but I’m pretty sure this quote

 

Stuff:

 

A study in Canterbury has found that the rate of Crohn's disease has increased from 16.5 per cent per 100,000 people in 2004 to 26 per cent per 100,000 people in 2014.

 

 

from this article

 

https://www.stuff.co.nz/life-style/parenting/pregnancy/expecting/99208014/friends-and-family-help-raise-funds-for-pregnant-kiwi-womans-fight-against-crohns

 

doesn't make sense.





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  Reply # 1907441 24-Nov-2017 23:56
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frankv:

 

Geektastic:

 

Fred99:

 

Customers see red over brown mince, but there's no need for alarm

 

I find it remarkable that between the reporter, the people contacted at Foodstuffs, the Food Safety "experts", some anonymous "meat scientist", etc, nobody has given the correct explanation, which is that mince is commonly packed in modified atmosphere packaging containing carbon monoxide, which forms bright red carboxymyoglobin, and provides the "fresh-looking" bright red colour on the outside of packaged meats rather than the natural brown colour of oxidised myoglobin.  Pretty well all NZ supermarkets use this process - and it's not required that they label it as it's not considered to be an "additive".

 

If they all want to keep the fact that this (probably harmless) method of packaging - which is the normal way supermarket meat is presented - secret, then perhaps there's a story in that.

 

 

"This meat is packaged in a protective atmosphere to ensure it reaches you in peak condition."

 

 

I think that would be misleading? From the above, it seems that CO doesn't actually act as a preservative -- it just makes it *look* fresh?

 

 

 

 

 

 

I'm not suggesting the form of words specifically. You can place the full stop after 'atmosphere' if you like.








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Not headlines this time, but inaccuracies within articles. It might be trivial, but I noticed one where it said a model was a 1/400 scale and then 1/500 scale within the same article. If they can't even get basic numbers correct, then why not just have some monkeys sitting at typewriters?

 

Hydro Grand Hotel

 

Another one I noticed this week was this:

 

Student allowances 

 

In one part the female student is named as Virginia Ramsay and then later as Virginia Ashman. Jesus, it's just as well it's not about a missing person or a victim of a crime, as you wouldn't know who it actually was supposed to be. yell

 

 

 

Imagine this scenario:

 

"Police name missing woman as Virginia Ramsay or is it Virginia Ashman???" We don't know which.

 

"Virginia whoever-it-is, was last seen at 400 Smith Street or was it 500 Smith Street???" We don't know which.

 

 


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  Reply # 1907456 25-Nov-2017 07:29
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floydbloke: I’ve had a couple of beers [...] but I’m pretty sure this quote [...] doesn't make sense.

 

You're right. "Per cent" literally means "per 100" so you can't have 16.5 per cent per 100000.

 

Interestingly, after double-checking the OED before posting I learned that "percent" (without the space) is an Americanism. I'm guilty of using that one!


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  Reply # 1910814 30-Nov-2017 06:14
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NZ Herald : Sorry - but you've probably been playing Monopoly wrong your whole life
The article goes on to explain the 'auction rule' when a property that is landed on is unwanted and goes to auction. A Twitter user that exclaimed his amazement at the rule is quoted.

The article concludes with the comment Who knew?, to which I reply " Anybody who bothered to read the rules.......ever".




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  Reply # 1910839 30-Nov-2017 07:56
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^^^ Ugh, I usually never go to NZ Herald now. Their cartoonish site layout still sucks so bad.


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  Reply # 1916196 10-Dec-2017 19:12
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Breaking News.....!

 

 

 

Man sends hilarious embarrassing photo of his girlfriend to his mum





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  Reply # 1916938 11-Dec-2017 19:12
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North Korea nuclear test have damaged earth's crust.

OMG OMG 10x Hiroshima yield (150=10x15kilotons)

We must stop this mad man he is damaging the crust we are all going to die.

US largest underground test 5000 kilotons...

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