Weekend reflections

After a long break, it’s time for another weekend reflections, which makes space for longer than usual comments on any topic. Side discussions to sandpits, please. Absolutely no personal criticism of other commenters.

8 thoughts on “Weekend reflections

  1. Is there any awareness out there of the problems associated with getting NBN breakdowns rectified? One member of my family has waited for a month now with three non show appointments that involved them staying home from work. When the appointments were made they were warned that if they weren’t at home then they would go to the bottom of the list. A friend of theirs waited 6 weeks. The technician told them that were given each day 14 places to go to and that they would be lucky to finalise 4 of them. Unknown if the remaining faults went to the bottom of the list.
    Serious matter now with many student’s textbooks online as well as the usual business and social consequences.

  2. Malcolm Turnbull should lose government on the grounds of the NBN alone. Of course, he personally can not be blamed directly for a failure of NBN to keep local appointments, but incompetence in administrative details is an indicator of indiscipline and poor morale in management. These in turn commonly derive from turmoil in the senior ranks which of course has been visited upon NBN by the desire of the Coalition to destroy a Labor legacy. Turnbull could have steered the Coalition’s ambitions in that regard away from destruction but didn’t have the inclination or competence to do it.

  3. My friend had months of problems with her connection after paying to get NBN. I haven’t heard her complain about it lately, so I don’t know if that is because the problem has been resolved or I just haven’t heard from her because the problem hasn’t been resolved.

    Meanwhile I am just ran a speed test and got a result of 0.35 kilobytes a second here in Adelaide. That’s for broadband, not dial up. That is about 5% the average internet speed in Portugal. Australia’s nominal GDP per capita is 2.6 times higher than that or Portugal. Maybe when it hits three times higher we’ll be able to afford to get better internet.

  4. Sorry, 0.35 megabytes a second, not kilobytes. I’d still be trying to download yesterday’s amusing cat picture if it was kilobytes. (I have a dream that one day I’ll be able to watch amusing cat videos.)

  5. Australia is held up world wide as the example of how NOT to do broadband.

    “How Australia Bungled Its $36 Billion High-Speed Internet Rollout”

    “Australia’s Internet Speeds Are A Global Embarrassment” – Chris Jager, Gizmodo.

    “Australia going backwards in UN innovation index.” – ZDNet.

    “Why is Australia’s education system going backwards.” – SMH.

    Do we see a pattern developing? Just what is wrong with Australia? I would say neoliberalism is the cause of these problems. Or as Micheal Pusey predicted (and using his term) the cause is “economic rationalism”.

  6. John Pilger has concisely summarized the Julian Assange saga.


    One of the most persistent lies perpetuated by the media has been the use of the word “charges”. He has never been “charged”. There never were any “charges”. No “charges” have been dropped.

    Assange is innocent (just like everyone else who hasn’t been charged with, let alone found guilty of, a crime). He doesn’t become un-innocent just because the fans of US imperialism don’t like him.

  7. Regarding the NBN. I haven’t read the NY Times link in detail yet but hadn’t noticed any coverage of technical details. What I have heard of these are pretty damming and point to deliberate hobbling (and that’s being kind, more like sabotage) even more than costings and failures. Like the copper wire they made such a fuss about being thicker than a garden hose and more expensive than fibre, and mostly still sitting around because it can’t actually be used in most cases.
    There are 2 blatant stuff up’s I have heard of. Does anyone know if there is good write up the technical stuff ups? They read like an episode if the IT crowd and would likely provide irrefutable evidence of gross mismanagement and higher costs than under Labour. For a party that criticizes the public sector of inefficiency and incompetence, the LNP seems determined to keep it that way.

    Here’s the 2 other stuff-ups:

    ISP’s need to purchase data from the NBN in monthly (perhaps weekly) blocks in advance – meaning they loose out if if they buy too much. So they have an incentive to underpurchase and throttle their users speed once they get near the limit. Based on reports this looks like it has been happening with lower costs ISPs. There seem to be no technical reason NBN couldn’t charge ISPs for the data used or for per client plans. Really, this seems shear bastardry to me.

    All data connections (like for your web browser to web server) must be routed through the ISP’s own servers, like it was with ADSL or dial up. The NBN is a network and it makes more sense to have the data routed direct. ISP’s would need to do little more than billing or perhaps monitor subscribers usage, quality etc, I believe that is how it was under Labour. The double transmission is not a problem over the NBN is not a problem, but this forces ISP’s to have large numbers of heavily loaded servers which do seem to go down regularly, making the NBN (seem) unreliable. Again there seems no reason for this except idealogy or barstardry.

  8. They are putting NBN in my area! It’s made a huge difference in internet speed already!

    It went to zero because they accidentally cut the copper cable!

    But to their credit, they did do a good job of repairing it quickly.

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