* Posts by splatman

13 posts • joined 22 Mar 2013

Australian online shoppers and Netflix to be fully taxed in 2017


Re: Shipping is not free

More likely the shipping is being subsidised by the Chinese government, and by a poorly negotiated reciprocal agreement between Australia Post and the Chinese. I can buy a 50c item on AliExpress that would cost $2 here, and still get free shipping. It probably costs Australia Post more than 50c to deliver it to my door.

You have to worry - a lot - when our "leaders" like Joe Hockey are too uninformed and too stupid to join the right dots together.


This measure reflects either the profound ignorance, or the utter cynicism, of the political classes. 10% GST will not make an iota of difference. The competitive advantage of AliExpress, BangGood, DX.com etc is FREE SHIPPING, not GST. That is what Australian retailers cannot compete with.

The slow strangulation of telework in Australia


Re: Same old Telstra ....

You nailed it. Telstra wanted to preserve their profits irrespective of the cost to the economy.

When the government first allowed competition, in the form of Optus, I was vehemently opposed. Oh how I have changed my mind about that!!!!! Telstra still maintained a scrotal clamp on telecommunications through the shitty rotten old copper network. When Rudd announced the NBN, my initial reaction was that he was prepared to invest $43B to loosen Telstra's stranglehold on the economy, and get high speed broadband as a bonus.

Then the other guys got into power, decimated the NBN, and gave us FraudBand instead, incidentally (intentionally?) preserving Telstra's power.


Same old Telstra ....

Back in the 90's Telstra were strangulating small business by pricing ISDN out of reach but anyone but large corporations. At that time ISDN was commonplace in American *homes*.

Nothing changes.

Robox: How good could a sub-£1k 3D printer be?


This is a review?

I ploughed through 4 or 5 pages of philosophical navel gazing around the existentialistic ramifications of 3D printing, but failed find anything remotely like a product review. What gives?

Turnbull: Box-huggers are holding back cloud


A bit bloomin' rich coming from Turnbull, who is doing his best to hobble the broadband system we need for the cloud to make any sense.

Famous 'Dish' radio telescope to be emptied in budget crisis: CSIRO


It's what happens when the electorate put backward looking barbarians in charge.

Another DEVASTATING Chelyabinsk METEOR STRIKE: '7x as likely' as thought


Re: @Grogan

Have you stopped looking before crossing the road?

Climate scientists agree: Humans cause global warming


Just wait ....

Just wait for the Denialist Murdoch press to spin this:

"360 scientists are unanimous: Climate change is not human induced!!!!"

NBN Co hoses down 'scary Russian crackers' report



It's well know that a slight infection helps build resistance. NBNCo will probably be doubly alert now.

Coalition's NBN plan: where's the cost of the copper?

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A sly move!

Q: How come the COALition released their National Narrowband Network so early in the election campaign?

A: Because they know it is a crock, they know a majority of voters will see it for the con it is, and they know the dust will have settled and other issues will be at the fore long before election day.


It's not an NBN!

The COALition's "plan" should not be graced with the label NBN. I call it NNN - National Narrowband Network. By the time it is complete 25Mb/s will be considered narrow band.

Published statistics show that bandwidth usage world wide is increasing 50% per annum. The norm in South Korea now is 100Mb/s. The NNN will deliver 25Mb/s at best, expandable to maybe 50Mb/s with new technology. It cannot go beyond that except for the very lucky few because our copper network, on which the NNN is based, is old and corroded. Have you ever had a crackly phone call on an old land line?

The NBN (Labor) will start at 100Mb/s. The fibre will be ultimately capable of 10, maybe even 100 times that, with improved electronics developed in the next decade or 2. Consider this: Copper started at 300bps (0.0003Mb/s) in the 60's. When I started working in datacomms in 1976, the state of the art was 9600bps (.0096Mb/s). When the Internet became popular we all had 14400bps dial up modems. Then 28,800, then 56000. Then came DSL, a whopping 1Mb/s. Then aDSL at up to 20Mb/s, all using the old copper wires owned by Telstra. Note the "up to". That means under ideal conditions; perfect copper, very close to the telephone exchange etc etc.

Copper may have one or two more incremental improvements left in it. Smart people have increased its speed 80,000-fold in 50 years, but there is a limit, and we are just about there.

This is what Abbot and Turnbull would condemn future generations to.

Fibre, on the other hand, is at the developmental equivalent of the 300bps stage of copper, maybe 9600bps. 100Mb/s through a fibre is a miniscule fraction of its ultimate capacity. It is all limited by the electronics, the lasers and the detectors either end. They are going to improve out of sight over the lifetimes of the next 2 generations of Australians.

The COALition's proposal is today's technology for tomorrow.

Microsoft, Adobe, wilt during Australian price gouge grilling

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Makes Torrent look good.

I have experience first-hand Adobe's " a “personalised and local” experience" when trying to upgrade LightRoom ($99 in the US, $149 here).

The “personalised and local experience” amounts to a message in cyber-speak that basically says "F#ck off!, we have you by the short and curlies".

Makes Torrent look good.


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