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Permalink 13:36:12, by matt Email , 14 words   English (NZ)
Categories: University

As seen on a "noticeboard" at uni


The subtext of the "notice" says If it was, it would have been removed


Permalink 19:57:42, by matt Email , 17 words   English (NZ)
Categories: University

Oh, for those who were wondering

An A- and an A, baby!

Sorry, I'm trying to get over that whole being apologetic thing.


Permalink 14:51:27, by matt Email , 91 words   English (NZ)
Categories: Transportation, blog

There are some REAL 'tards on the roads out there

Riding home from uni this morning, and had just passed Auckland Hospital when a car overtook me. I was just about at the entry to the Domain, when the car stopped. No indicators, but apparently wanting to turn into the Domain, and stopped in front of me - I think she meant for me to pass her, but I wasn't going to take the risk so I waved her through.
umm, hello?! Why overtake me if I'm just going to stop you from turning? A touch of patience makes all the difference.


Permalink 23:44:53, by matt Email , 199 words   English (NZ)
Categories: Social commentary

Here come the conspiracy theorists

The census forms are only just going out and already people are alleging that it's just one big trap.
One of usenet's resident loons says that they ought to be renamed to "Inland Rvenue entrapment forms", insisting that there's no way that Statistics New Zealand could possibly need the financial information it's after and thus the forms are really desinted for the tax and child support enforcement teams within the IRD.

Ignoring the legal problem with such a theory - the Statistics Act 1975 makes it an offence to even show individual returns to anyone who's not a duly-authorised Stats NZ employee - there's the small detail of collating all the information for such enforcement. It's a data-matching scheme on the grandest scale conceivable (and even then it's only conceivable in a seriously deluded mind), and one that would entail scanning literally millions of forms into a database along with a cross-match of where each form came from. Trying to keep a project of that type secret would be impossible, since there would necessarily be a large number of employees involved in the development, administration and operation of it. Only one person needs to squeal to blow the whole thing wide open.


Permalink 23:40:52, by matt Email , 70 words   English (NZ)
Categories: blog

RaboBank update

OK, yes, I'm very slack. Shoot me.
As the comments have indicated, RaboBank have updated their site to reflect the fact that they do actually support Firefox. Their reply to me arrived the next day, so they're not even slow to react to concerns. They didn't address the issue of IE's terrible track record, but they did reply quickly.

So, on ya Rabo, you have gone up in my estimations &amp;#58;&amp;#41;

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