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Thursday, 17 April 2014
Letter to Minister of Defence
Written by Administrator   
Wednesday, 02 April 2014

In 2001 I wrote a email to Max Bradford of the National Government encouraging him to consider a UAV development program to defend New Zealand. The intent wasn't to provide a force capable of opposing sustained aggression and overwhelming force, but rather a deterrent so that those attacking us would pay a penalty rather than having unchallenged control over our airspace.

The context of this letter was the disestablishment of the air combat capability of the New Zealand Air Force. There was at the time, and still is, concern that this decision has left New Zealand at the mercy of any number of countries who are able to field air combat capability able to extend here.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 02 April 2014 )
Reply to Hampering Programmers Article
Written by Administrator   
Saturday, 18 January 2014

There was an article called 10 Factors That Hamper A Programmer's Productivity! that I felt I should reply to. The main reason is that it appeared to be ignorant of many modern software development approaches and methods. In this article I address each of the points raised.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 18 January 2014 )
A Philosophy for Life
Written by Peter Harrison   
Sunday, 24 February 2013


Is the rich man happy and the poor man sad? No. A rich man can be disturbed by his concern for his wealth. He can be jealous of those even more wealthy. The poor man can be content with what he has. Of course a poor man may be unhappy and a wealthy man happy, but if you ask what makes them happy you find that it isn't the external things of the world, but rather their judgment of them.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 24 February 2013 )
Reason New Zealand
Written by Peter Harrison   
Monday, 18 February 2013
Over the last few years I have been involved with an organisation which promotes reason and science. It has recently established a new branding - Reason New Zealand
Last Updated ( Monday, 18 February 2013 )
Breaking up isn't so hard.
Written by Peter Harrison   
Sunday, 06 May 2012

Over the last few weeks I have written a small proof of concept application to test an idea I had around how to break up files in such a way that the resulting "shards" are meaningless, while combined they can be reconstructed into the original. Furthermore, the shard generated from one file can be used as part of another. The end result is a set of shard files each of which contributes to several end user files. Potentially this approach might be used to hide files in order to get them out of repressive regimes.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 06 May 2012 )
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