* Posts by BlackKnight(markb)

113 publicly visible posts • joined 18 Oct 2011


Waiting for 100 Mbps NBN on wireless? Errr, umm, sorry about that


Re: Labor's speed tiers bite again


so in january NBN co expect 25% of FTTN Premise to be 100mbps capable FTTN which is the majority technology now. maybe people arent paying for 100mbps because they cant get it.

I mean its not like the ACCC has recently been fining RSPs for charging people for services they couldnt possibly provide over the NBN.


Re: They got 100Mbps wireless in Iceland (country)

The Australian continent is the size of the USA, with 21 million people.

NBNco is being run like a business and the profit calculation essentially say no to rural Australians.

The NBN was originally concieved by Labour, with the concept being everyone pays a flat rate large city consumers that were cheaper to connect would effectively subsidise rollout to less profitable areas. they were never promised 100mbps by labour just a 25/5 service which would be better then most were use to.(people can argue away the effectiveness of the idea but that was the goal)

Liberals got in, with the philosphy of kill it, or if we cant, run it like telstra. BS.d there way in with performance and cost saving numbers that were unrealistic and this is the result.

Shopper f-bombed PC shop staff, so they mocked her with too-polite tech tutorial


Re: PC world

seriously, never ever underestimate users.

Australia won't prescribe its national broadband network a high-fibre diet


Re: Right adjective; wrong noun

The NBN was a brilliant Idea, initially poorly executed and then effectively sabotaged.

should have just given telstra money to go build instead of now giving them more money to fix there decrept copper.

New Zealand joins the Space Race


ARSE recieves new mission

now we have to build rockets if only to continue the game of one up with the kiwis

Optus to refund NBN customers for slow connections


They can see your Sync speed once your connected to there kit. not before. but once you have connected, they know damn well if there ripping you off or not.

not worry nothing to see here the copper is fine, turnbull said so.

Telstra drops nbn™ in it as it wears compo for broadband speed ads


NBN started with a FTTP to 95% of the population, new govt chose to redesign it mid rollout to stop all Brownfield FTTP and reutilise the copper to save money (the very crappy copper).

NBN FTTN is a VDSL2 service over copper or HFC both designs deployed fixed wireless and satelite to regional ares

1 difficult to do mostly a problem because consumers arent paying for the 50 - 100mbps speed tiers

2 Telstra is basically doing this already

3 this would require the current pm and previous communications minister (mal turnbul) to admit he was wrong.... it would also be a huge cost to go back out to all FTTN sites and roll out FTTP instead.

4 nothing changes because our pollies have spent the last 10 years playing "thats not a knife" (howard was the last full PM to actually serve his full term)

nbn™ to use G.fast in late 2018, firstly in commercial premises


"were only delivering this to commercial because we think they will pay"

followed by

"were not making a profit because no residential users pay for the premium speeds"

Heres a tip for new players, if you want people to pay for premium speeds and service, the infrastructure you design must support it first, retailers also have to be able to afford it, but again those are just pesky details.

Australia commits to establish space agency with no budget, plan, name, deadline …


Re: Shirley


Joint Committee on the NBN splits, as National Party member sides with opposition


im opting for 25mbps, because the FTTN installed on a 1.2km path that (because they stuck the node 600m from the nearest point connection point which is 600m from the house, to save money) i can only sync at 25mbps why would i pay for 100mbps service?

when i was blessed with FTTP, I opted to go a bit faster.

Hell desk to user: 'I know you're wrong. I wrote the software. And the protocol it runs on'


I was able to definitively inform a client that there computer did in fact have a power button, despite there insistance it did not, and best attempt to hide it under post-it notes.

70% of Windows 10 users are totally happy with our big telemetry slurp, beams Microsoft


Re: No need to change the default settings! Erase all of WIN 10

Unfortunately for those of us that partake in the pastime known as "gaming" the pengiuns lagging behind in driver and software support. should they catch up i'll happily swap teams and cop an earful for "making the darn computer more complicated"

Marketing giant Marketo forgets to renew domain name. Hilarity ensues



The 2 forgotten childern of service delivery. both have the power to inflict this level of damage.

BOFH: That's right. Turn it off. Turn it on


Re: The power of suggestion defragged

woud justify headphones and an "urgent" job for the next 3 hours.

If you live in a network lab, you'll get gigabit NBN over HFC soon


Speed teirs made sense with FTTP, because NBN could gaurentee, from client to NBN infrastructre a connection at that requested speed.

With the MTM model. anyone on this HFC crap and FTTN gets what there given. however you can still sign up for 100/40 even if your line only gets 20. theres plenty of rats out there that will take people for a ride.


In a very limited footprint area of the telstra HFC network. because they've already thrown out the optus cable.

Faking incontinence and other ways to scare off tech support scammers


Re: Quick solution

no it really wasnt at the time i was quite bored.

I just regurgetated the worst of my help desk calls from back in the day (some really did leave scars).

He did stay on the line for about 45mins, untill i got bored again and told him he had no chance. you wouldnt believe the langauge. :D

for marketers, i politely say im not interested, followed by letting them speak to one of my young kids. or just placing the phone down and going back to what ever it was i was doing.

Boss swore by 'For Dummies' book about an OS his org didn't run


Re: Blast from the past.

Clearly, Your not a 7 pinter.

User rats out IT team for playing games at work, gets them all fired


Re: You can't just fire people like that.

in this case, i'd say gross misuse of coperate resources will do as the reasoning for it.

assuming the story is true.


Re: Yes. He was.

I had my laptop and 3g dongle for some light gaming on the night shift. starting shift at 10pm, by 1230, i'd have emails emptied\jobs followed up on, but not many people respond at this time and no other assigned tasks.

So with Queues empty, SLAs met, out comes tha laptop and some nightly mining in Eve. What really annoyed me was coming in on the early shift and seeing a dozen emails left in the inbox. I know how "Hard" i was working on night shift, what was this guy doing.

Department of Human Services says citizens, not systems, to blame


IT in canberra isnt that cheap.

Sure, we could replace FTNN, says nbn™, if you let the unwired wait even longer for broadband


“If we were to do this, to put it quite simply, we would have to tell residents in several million premises that were scheduled to get nbn services over the next 18 months via FTTN that they would not now be getting connected for another two to three years as we’d have to re-start the entire design, planning and construction process.”

This also applied to the decision to drop FTTP for FTTN when the libs took over, and guess what, everything got pushed back 12-18months. so really his talking from experience. apparently going back to the drawing board means faster cheaper deployment.

RE: copper replacement

"VDSL (about 100 Mb unbonded at 500 meters over an unimpaired line)" thats the paper standard, thats not what im getting and im 515m from the node, Sync speed down between 40-45 and 20-25 up. Im also on a small node servicing around 100 premise, many other nodes seem to be doing 300 + premise.

I was authorized to trash my employer's network, sysadmin tells court


even a basic Change managment policy effectively negates his arguement (doesnt sound like one existed here). as he would have undertaken an unapproved change and thus unauthorised access to the system.

of course. it would be possible for someone to game a basic change system depending on the culture and get "approval" for this "work" which would be amusing to then see argued in court that it was unauthorised.

As South Australia blacked out, PM's office was told renewable power was not to blame


the Grid relies on Base load power that can be turned up and down at will. currently solar and wind cant provide this. Hydro can but limited locations to build it. someone was exploring ocean\wave power generation but this isnt commerical yet.

If the current requirement for environmental protection is lowering CO2 then Nuclear reactor provide the base load requirement and cut CO2 emssions. Nuclear power technolog has come a long way and as discussed earlier in the thread. multiple reactor can be planned to feed the "waste" from one reactor to the next.

Australia has a Boringly stable contienent in terms of geological and weather we dont get tsunami's or severe earthquakes. were also under populated for our size, so building reactors, 30kms away from urban enviroments is easy.

Building Nuclear reactors now would be a gaurentee drop in emissions, and provide new generates to replace our current apparently failing ones (NSW and Victoria ) but old predjudices just dont seem to die.


So the recent almost blackout that occured in NSW when multiple gas and coal plant failed to deliver there capacity and where they threatend to start blacking out victoria. but instead survived by risking damage to the smelting plant. Was that the fault of the coal\gas technology. or was that the fault of the policies governing power generation\supply in australia. you know the same thing SA is blaming when the base load gas plant failed to deliver the gap as it was suppose to....


it would be nice If

The government (as a whole) got off their collective butts, actually started inovating a solution and providing energy companies with some stability so they could invest money in given infrastructure.

SA's Second blackout occured with a gas power plant standing idle despite requests for power from it. as has been correctly pointed out, renewables need reliable base load generation. This failure was one of process and governance not technological.

This politcal football with Australias infrastructure is getting old, Roads, Telecommunications, Power.

Clusters f**ked: Insecure Hadoop file systems wiped by miscreants



so the recommendation is to follow basic security principals and actually protect your infrastructure from unauthorised access?

Google loses Android friends with Pixel exclusivity


Re: Given most OEMs' approach to Android updates,

No Idea what your talking about, i've repressed that memory.

Oz government on its Centrelink debacle: 'This is fine'


Re: How long before scammers get wise on this??

And they can just use the centrelink number. for if the poor soul actually gets through, the staff there will help confirm the "you need to pay this or else" part of the scam.

Sysadmin figures out dating agency worker lied in his profile


where to start

Had an argument with a customer about whether or not their PC had a power button (it was under the posted note)

Had a phone call to the helpdesk during a fire alarm asking if they should leave the building (we were all outside already)

Had someone forget there password every single day.

Had someone raise P2 tickets for failed desktop printer they were in the next room. the shared printer was no more then 3m from them.

someone take out a site by plugging a home router that started dishing out addresses.

had someone complain the office VPN was down (the power was out in there house)

setup ipads and iphones in there early days for all the execs (who all had light weight working laptops) so they could take notes and get emails in meetings.

New Zealand carrier says Cu later, copper: we're giving customers a glassing instead


Re: When you consider the per-capita costs of the overland telegraph line…

And the Australian Government had the benefit of hindsight and still pressed on with FTTN

in the true aussie fashion of "she'll be right mate".

Donald Trump running insecure email servers


Re: So...

just like bush did when the republicans were running the show?

nbn™ says nobody needs gigabit internet, trumpets XG-Fast at 8Gbps anyway


Wheres baldrick

Oh FFS, if your going to run it to the bloody curb, run it the house, this is getting insane. Why would you want to mainintain 5-10m of copper to the majority of houses in the country.....

Would someone please instate baldrick as the CEO of NBN. even he could do a better job.

When Pornhub meets the Internet of Fridges


A new use for Sammies Note 7's? should keep the batteries cold at least.

Level3 switch config blunder blamed for US-wide VoIP blackout


Re: Update RFO - TL;DR:config change error

Im yet to work in an enviroment that actually has a test enviroment for the comms guys.

app developers, servers sure. but all comms equipement I've ever touched has been "live".

Makes "testing" difficult. and of course with a config change like that you need realistic load to test with.

This also sounds like one of those standard changes that gets done multiple times a day and more or less waved through change management. and the "lower being" probably verified by making sure the line looks like his doco then went to the next job, and would have been the last to find out it had gone TITSUP.

Australian national census fails in the IBM cloud


Words in at the moment that the ABS suffered four seperate attacks (non specific details) on tuesday and around 730 disabled the system them selves to protect the integrity of the data. quote from chief statistician.

expected to be back 9am today.

Quigley: FTTP wasn't a failed project


Re: Secretive Nonsense

and yet, the coalitions version which was suppose to be cheaper then 43billion is suddenly more expensive, not delivered on time, and not up to the job.

Just check out the reports from recently switched on suburbs sync rates over 50mbps and usable connections of 3 mbps in peak hour. which for an upgrade is well underperforming what they had on ADSL.

But SHHHH the copper is fine, just ask telstra.

Labor's broadband policy decides 39% fibre is healthy NBN diet


Re: Do voters care?

"The reality is that 79% of voters who have connected to FTTP have chosen to connect at 25Mbps or slower."


Come friday i can give you a first person comparison of FTTP vs FTTN one of the few pros to renting and being forced to move.

Cash injection fuels SABRE spaceplane engine


Re: pull yer finger out

It might actually.

A sabre engine on a space plane should mean useful payloads into orbit at much cheaper rates.

Suddenly that mars budget can be stretched a whole lot further.

Wasps force two passenger jets into emergency landings


Re: Nutters

Indicated air speed makes sense.

Ground speed dictates your trip time

Airspeed dicates the lift generated from the wings.

IE if your stall speed is 60kn and you have a 10 kn tail wind you would need a ground speed of 60 to not fall out of the sky. as wind direction and speed constantly changing its easier just to remember 60 on the airspeed indicator and aim for that.


Re: Nutters

just add to the "why did they take off"

Shouldnt the preflight walk around have picked this up? you know where your taught in basic flight training to alway check the pitot and static vent because the pressure instruments are kind of important.

Chap runs Windows 95 on Apple Watch


Re: Conflicted

I thought they usually followed the phrase. "here hold my beer and watch this."

in any case something was discovered.

Here's a great idea: Let's make a gun that looks like a mobile phone


Re: Excuse me, I have to take this

"Guns don't jump off the shelf and shoot people by themselves"

True, But a person is hard pressed to Fire a gun if they do not posses one,.

"Chicago has very strict control laws" - assuming for a moment thats true, how effective is that really, when you can drive accross to the next state and buy a gun off someone from craigslist. really... gun control needs to be set and enforced at the federal level.

Gun control = limiting firearms to those that A require it and B have been formerly trained in the safe use and storage. sport shooters, hunters, licensed armed security gaurds, famers, police in australia are all permitted to own a gun. as a currently unarmed civillian that has fired rifles down a range, all i need to do is join a gun club, pass the police check showing im not a complete psycho and off I go. it does however mean that people previously convicted of violent crimes cant just sign up, walk into a gun shop, then have another crack at GTA live.

US rapper slams Earth is Round conspiracy in Twitter marathon


Re: At time of writing, BoB was citing Genesis

clearly its flat and therfore a circle not a sphere. Dont believe the govt man the chem trails are messing with ya mind.

Cabling horrors unplugged: Reg readers reveal worst nightmares


the next day

cleaned up many a comms room thats looked like those photos. take a simple switch stack replacement add on 4 hours of repatching and cable management being carful to reconnect every connection only to come back a week later to see half a dozen 5-10m cables hanging down the front again. Then there was the time a colleague went into a comms room, day after he'd finished a replacement to see a single 10 meter cable just hanging down the front for a 1 meter patch.. the phrase that were uttered that day and immortalised in email were hilarious.

The excuse was always "but we didnt have any" our answer, "come and see us, we have draws full" We would always leave behind a box of appropriately sized cables but still get these 10 meter monsters for the shortest patch possible.

Comcast 'rolls out' 'world's first' DOCSIS 3.1 modem, pumping 1Gbps over existing cable


Re: What would happen if ....

ah right after they reinvest 1billion dollars in remediation and expansion of the existing HFC they will get to 40%,


Re: What would happen if ....

They would have to share nicely, obviously.

Noting this is running on HFC and not twisted pair copper. not seeing a lot of potential in this for Australia given our rather limited HFC roll out.

NBN cost blows out by at least AU$10bn and FTTN isn't launched yet


they killed it

unfortunately the libs have effectively killed off the FTTP solution until there MTM\FTTN solution is built. the sad fact is they've blown so much money changing the solution after the start of implementation that no one will be able to justify the cost of swapping back again.

At best, for areas that construction has not started, a new labor government may deploy FTTP to those areas. more likley they'll play political football with it for election points as they get to use the LIberals killed the nbn slogans.

this will now be down to NBN justifying the costs of future upgrades to its primary stake holder in the future. best bet, if you want FTTP build a new home the only way to dodge this debacle.

New nbnTM roadmap reveals HFC tests to start in Q4


yeah so much for that 25mbps by 2016 promise, just another one to add to the list. But I think most of us realised there was no way you could redesign the solution and deploy it in less then 3 years anyway.

NBN Co to trial faster fixed wireless services


Re: Can't even get current wireless

ah yes imagine, random trees and other uncontrollable external factors getting in the way of the alimighty saviour "WIRELESS" which will apparently solve all woes (according to some)

some people dont seem to get that the cheaper solution that doesnt actually work where its needed, is not value for money. and people like scottk get shafted because of it.