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Comment Re:Don't bother - the money is poor and weather sh (Score 1) 195

I know someone who moved to Auckland from the UK. He said that it's a slower pace of life, good standard of living with large houses (by UK standards) and quality healthcare.

That fits with my experience also. It's a massive generalisation but I also find people are a bit more relaxed here about everything - perhaps that has to do with the pace of life, but I think it's kind of a cultural thing as well.

One comment - houses here are generally larger than your average home in the UK, but much more poorly insulated. A good percentage of houses in the UK have double glazing, but you rarely see that here. The result is you spend a bunch on heating during the winter or get used to having a cold house, particularly if you're renting and can't take other measures. Having said that the houses I have lived in here have been built in the '70s or the '80s, newer builds may be better on average. You certainly can get double glazing and put in proper insulation, but although I've not actually checked I suspect the fact that few put in double glazing means that it's more expensive here on average than the UK.

Comment Re:Don't bother - the money is poor and weather sh (Score 5, Insightful) 195

I live in NZ, just in Auckland - but I did live just outside of Wellington for part of my childhood. It's rare to see these kinds of comments about living in NZ, but I have seen them, and like the others I've read I have to say I think you may have come with the wrong expectations.

If you come here expecting that you'll have beautiful weather every day and otherwise it'll be just like back home - payscales and all, you'll be disappointed. It's a place like many others on earth rather than some ethereal wonderland, with advantages and disadvantages. It's not the kind of place where you go and work for big bucks for a short time and then return home with your riches. If you're realistic, recognise that it's somewhat isolated with a small population and therefore the economy is different and some things aren't as easy to find or are more expensive (though nowhere near like it was in the '80s when my family moved here) you can have a very comfortable life. That's completely ignoring the beautiful and varied landscape, outdoor opportunities, etc. - all of that you have heard about is true. Given the choice I wouldn't live anywhere else - and I recently returned here from London, by choice.

Besides, Wellington is famous for its windy weather, so you could definitely have known about that in advance ;)

Comment Re:But... (Score 5, Interesting) 220

Wouldn't a huge sieve designed to strain out the plastic catch everything else as well? Like, you know, fish and seabirds and other critters?

Having read the FAQ on the Ocean Cleanup website, what they are proposing is not a seive, more of a barrier - it's intending to collect the larger floating pieces, not the smaller ones.

Comment Not dead here. (Score 1) 515

I've been a long time KDE user - since the 2.x days, though I started using it more seriously when 3 was released, and I still use it daily both at work and at home. There's no denying that the transition from 3 -> 4 and 4 -> 5 were difficult. In the first instance it was clearly a rush to get things out before they were ready. In the latter case it wasn't quite the same, though some functionality did regress due to rewriting - but there was an added dimension of KDE relying more on Qt's inbuilt functionality instead of its own libraries, but unfortunately they weren't quite ready (or complete) yet. Multi-screen and session restore in particular were broken for quite a while in various ways. Both are mostly fixed now, which is good because I rely on them heavily; in the interim I just made do - unfortunately I know not everyone was prepared to do that.

I do follow and there are definitely passionate people still working on KDE - even some who have been around since the old days, though sadly many have drifted away. It would be nice if this article had a positive effect and brought some attention back on KDE. in any case as a user I won't be giving up on KDE any time soon - as I type I have Konsole, Kate, Konversation, Okular and Kontact (4.x version) open and I would have a hard time using alternatives to any of these.

Comment Re:Failed Actors (Score 1) 105

Roger Moore was actually the first choice for the role of James Bond in Dr No. Sean Connery got the role instead, and did a fine job of it. But it would be interesting to see how Roger would have done that film.

Except you wouldn't get that with this technique - all you'd get is Sean Connery wearing a mask of Roger Moore's face. A pretty convincing one, but a mask nonetheless.

Submission + - Roundcube Next Beats Indiegogie Funding Goal (

stilborne writes: Roundcube, the world's most popular Free and open source webmail app, has been running an Indiegogo campaign over the last seven weeks to help fund a major development push they are calling "Roundcube Next". With a week left in the campaign, Venture Beat is reporting that they have beat their initial funding goal and discuss why Roundcube is so important to people who use a web browser for mail, contacts and calendaring.

From use by Fortune 50 companies to being installed by a whopping 62% of cPanel users who install a webmail client, Roundcube has been a force to be reckoned with. So it will be very interesting to see where Roundcube Next takes its huge number of users. The article also notes that the open source project has taken the step to create an Advisory Committee from the top funding organizations which so far include cPanel, Tucows, Fastmail, TransIP, bHosted, XS4ALL,, sys4 and Contargo, with more reported on the way.

Submission + - Roundcube Leaping Ahead, Launches Crowd Participation & Funding (

An anonymous reader writes: Roundcube was first featured on Slashdot in 2005. Over half a million installations later, it will continue to be incrementally improved. But now Thomas Brüderli, the founder of Roundcube, wants more: A full web application, responsive and elegant, for any device, as Open Source. To this goal he launched a crowd funding and engagement campaign last night.

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