So Westpac gave me a new credit card after a security scare. No problem. Until today. My domain registration should have auto-renewed, but it failed because of the new card. Even though I manually paid the invoice, my site and email have been offline now for 48 hours.

‪Found a web site that blatantly scraps my site and publishes my stories under its own bylines removing any internal links. Sure this has always happened, but the latest example is the most extreme copyright theft I’ve seen in recent times.‬

It may be in bad taste to say this now, but when Queen Elizabeth departs, we should replace the Queen’s Birthday public holiday with Matariki.

When I was a child in the UK, a TV advert would tell me: “A million housewives every day would pick up a tin of beans”. I now suspect that was never true.

KDC’s attempt to buy an election and some of his antics around that time flopped badly, it came out of that looking worse than when he went in.

Dotcom hasn’t been treated well by New Zealand. That said, there is (or was) a case to answer. Mind you it was cowardly to single out KDC for punishment when he was doing what some of the biggest (and richest) brands in the world were doing.

I no longer need to keep an objective distance about Kim Dotcom. Sure he is dodgy, but despite the vast wealth he made, it’s Dell-boy dodgy, not helicopters and armed-raid dodgy.


I wonder if the NZ Herald paywall has had any impact on the NBR? Anyone know? It’s probably not a zero sum game, but even so.

a Huawei thought

Navigating the Huawei story is one of the toughest jobs in technology journalism at the moment. There are many facts and statements, lots of suppositions swirling around, but no smoking guns, no hard evidence of wrong doing.

Huawei may have a case to answer, but that question is almost submerged now. A lot of damage is already done, not just to Huawei but to supply chains as well. I can’t ever remember seeing a company taken down like this before. One danger is that it could have created a precedent. Who might be next?

‪Amazed that those people who constantly talk about the power of “market forces” can’t draw a straight line between teacher’s pay and teacher shortages. ‬