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    Re: Stop Background Downloads on Hotspot?

    Cool and thanks. A good point and I will check that next time.
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    Stop Background Downloads on Hotspot?

    Hi team, haven't been around for a while. :D

    I rarely use my cell phone as a hotspot but it is important when I do. The last two times I did this (a month apart in each case) the laptop gobbled up...
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    Re: Sky TV : Clucthing at straws

    Agreed but let us be realistic. The CEO and Directors of Sky will completely believe this. Why? Because satellite and cable companies (which include BSkyB) in other countries are saying exactly the...
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    Re: NZ for sale??

    Probably. The Harvard Superannuation Fund purchased two Otago farms a couple of years ago. I don't like it either.

    But. It is land and can't be taken away. Overseas owners always sell eventually. ...
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    Re: "I don't think I am a criminal......."

    Ah John, we are very close in our life experience. I went to Otago uni in 1974.

    I have 3 children at university - one postgrad, one who is uncertain, and one just starting and likely to be a...
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    Re: "I don't think I am a criminal......."

    Yes you are correct - apparently his original student loan was $40,000. It has ballooned with interest over 10+ years.

    The irony is as a Cook Islander he could have applied for the interest to be...
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    Re: "I don't think I am a criminal......."

    Your thoughts John are echoed by many younger people and they deserve our sympathy but the trope that university was "free" in the 70s and 80s is mistaken.

    Prior to the introduction of student...
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    Re: Experience with double glazing windows

    Eerk lost my post.

    Summary - timber has a very low co-efficent of conduction so it is a good insulator.

    Double glazing is king. 'Nugh said. Its proven all over the world and also provides...
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    Re: Key & Co. in form again.

    The larger conundrum is whether all water belongs to the Crown - and thus the people. Or instead water belongs to those who find it or alternatively own it already.

    We have a unusual situation in...
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    Re: Arabs on the move.

    They are the three great Monotheistic religions and yes, they all stem from the same fount - Adam and Eve. Probably more specifically Moses who is revered by all three faiths.

    As for hate? Nope....
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    Re: Arabs on the move.

    Sadly the description in your link can be experienced in Boston, New York, Chicago and Los Angeles et all. Emergency departments deal with sick and bewildered people and unreasonable everywhere -...
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    Re: Global Warming

    For anyone interested in global warming/climate change analysis, read realclimate http://www.realclimate.org/

    The objections which BM and many others cling to are comprehensively answered and...
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    Re: Tomorrow morning's Uber Game

    Dang! That was a close hard game and the final result could have gone either way right down to the last 2 minutes. Real heart attack territory for all fans. Maybe I'll be proven wrong but that was a...
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    Re: Global Warming

    BM I know you are sincere and your skepticism is shared with others. So lets say that climate change is a natural event not contributed to by human activities.

    What we can agree I suggest, is...
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    Re: Best time to retire

    Just to be clear - your income up to $48k is taxable at 17.5% (actually slightly less). The next jump to 30% is almost double and represents a substantial number of dollars payable above $48k. So you...
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    Re: Global Warming

    Nothing dodgy about an organisation putting its docs into archives. You said you couldn't find evidence of where the carbon trading money is going so I provided one well-known example. The...
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    Re: Global Warming

    Christchurch City sold $3 million worth of carbon credits to British Gas in 2006.

    http://archived.ccc.govt.nz/mediareleases/2006/september/19134353.asp
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    Redundancy

    I recently had to guide a friend on a similar question.

    She was entitled to redundancy which reflected 30 years of work and a years pay in one lump sum.

    At one time redundancy was untaxed -...
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    Re: Best time to retire

    An excellent question.

    The critical point is you refer to 30 March. The tax year ends on 31 March.

    If you elected to claim your unused leave before 1 April then you would inadvertently...
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    Re: Tips for buying a used car

    Thank you Kahawai, very much appreciated.

    Today I once again gently cleaned the mass air sensor with carburetor cleaner and a cotton bud. The car ran well for 100m then devolved to choking and...
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    Re: Tips for buying a used car

    Oh well nothing ventured nothing gained. My wife has a 1999 Holden (Vauxhall/Opel) Astra. 230,000kms. It acts as though it is sick. The engine and gearbox are fine, in fact it runs well except the...
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    Re: Tips for buying a used car

    Just for clarity on Terry's good point: when engine water leaks into the oil that is a BAD thing. The two circulation systems are separate and never the twain shall meet. If they do, creamy oil is...
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    Re: Explosion story

    Sadly you are spot on. I've listened to radio interviews and watched TV news and there is an automatic assumption by reporters that someone must be to blame. The man's employer or the business which...
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    Re: Hawkes Bay votes against amalgamation

    To be in context, Roger Douglas originally proposed local authorities would keep the GST raised on rates but this never happened. But somehow that idea faded away.
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    Re: Hawkes Bay votes against amalgamation

    I remember the original LGC in 1989 lead by Vicki Buck which evaporated many local councils throughout New Zealand. The promise was the new merged councils would be efficient, have more money, and be...
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