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Comment Re:Don't buy it! (Score 1) 65

If memory serves, Theatre commanders who received information via Enigma were required to 'confirm' the information.
e.g. If a convoy was due from Italy to North Africa they sent a reconnaissance flight out.

This was to provide plausibility in that the Germans could reason the attack was due to being found by conventional means by the Allies rather than code-breaking.

Comment Re:Taxi licenses are crazy expensive (Score 4, Insightful) 334

New Zealand liberalised its taxi system about 25+ years ago. The Gov't allowed anyone to setup a taxi company who had the appropriate car licence endorsement, log books and passed a vetting process for its drivers. etc.

Uber have shown up and decided that they do not have to have vetted drivers, log books etc. 'cos they are Uber!
The Police are investigating.

The barriers for entering the NZ market are quite low but even then Uber do not think they should apply to them.

Comment Re:If we're stuck with polls, how 'bout tech polls (Score 1) 144

In NZ we still have Guy Fawkes on 5/11 however the sale of fireworks is restricted from 2nd - 5th November.
I do not think Australia have any fireworks anymore, something about the place being one giant tinderbox.

'Remember, remember the fifth of November
Gunpowder, treason and plot.'

Comment Re:China, the yellow scourge (Score 1) 86

Transparency International ( ranks countries as the following for perceived levels of corruption:

1 Denmark
2 New Zealand
3 Finland
7 Singapore
10 Canada
11 Australia
15 Japan
17 USA
55 Saudi Arabia
85 India
100 China

Perhaps racism is not the driver; perhaps the driver is a culture that facilitates corruption.

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