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You’ve got to admit, the double standards here are staggering…but then again, this incident didn’t include a 20 yr old white girl and a big dyslexic black man….

Yes to Democracy

Who’s Nancy Takehara you ask? Not surprising, it’s not like she’s a 20-something McCain campaigner with mental issues.

No, Ms. Takehara is the 58-year old campaigner for Sen. Barack Obama’s campaign that WAS attacked for real last weekend.

Her attacker was 71-year old Ronald Goetsch. While going door-to-door campaigning, Ms. Takehara went to Mr. Goetsch’s door. Mr. Goetsch is a McCain supporter and contributor.


?¢‚Ǩ?ìThe next thing I know he?¢‚Ǩ‚Ñ¢s telling us we?¢‚Ǩ‚Ñ¢re not his people, we?¢‚Ǩ‚Ñ¢re probably with ACORN, and he started screaming and raving,?¢‚Ǩ¬ù Takehara said. ?¢‚Ǩ?ìHe grabbed me by the back of the neck. I thought he was going to rip my hair out of my head. He was pounding on my head and screaming. The man terrified me.?¢‚Ǩ¬ù

Mr. Goetsch later admitted to the incident.

Let me repeat that, Nancy Takehara’s attacker, Ronald Goetsch, **ADMITTED** he attacked her

Guess a fruit loop makes for better tv.

Interesting piece in The Oz today on the Terria consortium bidding for the $4.7b in Government largese for the regularly delayed and sent to committee National Broadband Network.

Anyone but Telstra should be the mantra of all fair minded people, and yet they’re asking for more than money, they want a monopoly as well:

“Our proposition to the Government is that no party be allowed to expand the network and operate in competition to the national broadband network,” Terria bid manager Michael Simmons said.

Because of Australia’s size and population this network must be a monopoly and must be structurally separated. If you don’t have a structurally separated monopoly network where access prices are regulated, it will not be viable.

“So you must preclude any alternative broadband network.”

So they want to be another Telstra of sorts, and preclude competition. Mmmmm…..

The positives: structural separation is a must no matter who wins. Access prices regulated by Government authority makes the NBN an essential service, and there’s positives in taking the pricing away from the operator.

In terms of Telstra, the we won’t build it without Government support is rubbish. Telstra have an appalling track record of using its market position and power to bully the competition, even where that competition steps in where Telstra has had no interest. What would happen when Broadband Connect 1 was in place was that a small telco would set up shop in the small country town, offering ADSL where Tesltra had no interest previously. The moment Telstra got wind that the telco was coming to town, often before they launched they would enable ADSL in the exchange and write to every person in the town encouraging them to sign up. When it wasn’t before the fact, it was shortly after, but without fail Telstra would only appear in country towns when a small competitor appeared first. And when I say country towns, I mean seriously small towns 2-3k, one town had less than 1,000 people on the list I remember.

It would be fair to presume that Telstra would cherry pick the most profitable areas of the NBN rollout for itself, making it a harder ask for Terria to make a quid.

And yet, a locked in monopoly creates new issues. What if, in the next 3-5 years, new technology comes along that is better than provided in the NBN. Will not creating a monopoly stifle innovation and slow progression in data speeds, which despite the Government talking about 12mbps, should be looking at 100mbps and beyond?

Protection from Telstra should be looked at, but not at the cost of preventing future players offering better technology that improves the overall good.

Interesting, I’m no longer loved, but they keep on asking me to vote for them on Digg.

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Massive panic attack today, my peak usage hit 30gb for the month to June 28. Anyone reading this inside the United States will have no idea what I’m talking about but it works this way: you buy broadband on a plan in Australia, even though they claim it’s unlimited (well some companies do,they lie…by unlimited the don’t charge you extra to use), you get X number of GB per month to download. Depending on the ISP and plan your uploads might also count to your quota (mine counts them 🙁 ). When you go over your quota you are “shaped” meaning that I was facing 3 days on an ADSL 2+ connection with a 64k limited speed. This is my phone pipe as well because we only have VOIP, so my phone calls would be screwed until the 28th.

Cheaper plans at around the $30/ mth mark might come with as low on 200mb a month. Until 5 minutes ago I was paying $89.95/ month for 30GB peak (defined as midday-2am) and 60GB offpeak (the rest of the time). I’m now paying an insane $119.95 for 65GB peak/ 65GB off peak. Usage last month was 30GB peak, 20GB off, but probably my bad because I haven’t been scheduling downloads to watch the usage…well actually I have, we did 5GB peak in 3 days, and it turns out it was my wife AND son. The wife was downloading work related clips, doing online conversions of large files, and the boy has been spending hours on YouTube. Still, this is what the internet if for, we are not the ones in the wrong here, it’s the ISP’s who impose these restrictions in the first place.

What next? If I look at my online consumption is has grown month after month and continues to grow. HD video online: bonzer, streaming video, you beauty, Podcasts via Apple TV…I never have enough time to watch them all. Australia risks slipping even further behind the rest of the civilized world, and most of the third world as well if it doesn’t start recognizing that true unlimited broadband is a key feature in keeping us competitive.

Steve is back, and being the good community minded citizen that I am I’m going to try and translate his latest TechCrunch post.

Consider this a rough translation, because after reading the entire post maybe a dozen times I’m still not 100% sure how the Seque’s are all related or even what Steve is trying to say, but here’s a shot. I’ve bolded the Seques as best as I can spot them. Italics indicate my commentary.

Surviving The Net

TinyURL and social darwanism are at risk from friends and family. Familes have children. Children must be fed first, with bread. Sharing bread is like a business deal. Business is discussed. People who talk must breathe. Breathing is a pedestrian exercise of necessity. If we were computers, our necessities would be “the mechanism would be the interrupt, some input device that triggers a disruption that moves resources to process the incoming data,” (sorry, not idea what this means), computers have calculated rules, and we need rules. Attention requires rules, as do kids, particulrly kids who like makeup. “The Younger Daughter” is better at resource allocation, focusing her needs. Today’s information systems emulate “The Younger Daughter.” A town crier was an early form of RSS. RSS offers new rules, but those rules are breaking down. Who to follow? This breakdown is like prehistoric hunters and gatherers. Sun is addressing this breakdown. Something about open source and a speech no one reading this post would have heard. Sun creates real time maps, which are like central nervous systems. Our bodies are a central feedback loop that needs to process priority signals, like Twitterly. Twitter is the center of the universe, with tinyurl as its underpinning. “TinyURL in the center of that system is the payload that most directly connects to our core instincts for preservation.”

O.M.G. 🙂

Congrats to Loren on this deal. He’s one of the smartest, most engaging and interesting guys I’ve ever spent time with, and a pure gentleman as well. I just hope it doesn’t result in too many more fluff pieces like these 🙂

Plurk Widget

June 2, 2008 — 3 Comments

Might add this to the sidebar. Let’s see if the wave of new members continues first.

I’ll save all the formal stuff for a post at The Inquisitr later this week, but I’m sitting here on a Monday, nearly a week into the process, and thought I’d share some thoughts and numbers.

– I’d forgotten the joy (or pain) of running my own large WP blog. I’ve managed to break the template a number of times, including Sunday night where I thought it would be smart to auto-update the plugins. Big mistake

– Feedburner is still like a Rollercoaster years after launching. I can’t give an accurate subscriber number because it’s up and down, but it’s roughly 1200 subscribers on average one week in (highest count has been 1500+). Not huge, but more than the 300 or 400 I thought the site would get. BTW: why isn’t Feedburner using Google logins yet? have they forgotten about the service?

– All the missing bits are now fixed: about page with full bios, contact page complete with form (3 form plugins later), Twitter account here which auto updates via plugin, but painfully posts on pre-posts.

– The site is averaging around 18,000 page views a day as of yesterday (but including the entire month including pre-launch). The biggest day was Thursday (US time) where a post hit the front page of Digg. If the average holds (it wont) about 750k page views month. I’m betting on 500k, but hope it’s higher. When planning this I thought 100-200k, so I’m more than happy (its nearly hit 200k now)

– Started running some basic affiliate ads to demo the 125×125 spots. I’m not going to actively try to sell them until there’s a month worth of traffic to use, but if anyone is interested and would like to buy one now, I’m certainly open to offers.

– The writing team is working really well, I woke up Saturday to find I didn’t have a post on the front page. It was magical knowing that there was a pile of content up and I wasn’t pressured to add to it. Spent 2 hours playing with my son: it’s been a long time since I’ve felt able to do that without stressing about getting content up. I still worked both days of the weekend, but it was more leasurly and fun…well the Sunday night breaking the template and coding part aside 🙂

– slowly working my way through some value adds and partnerships. Couple of small announcements hopefully in the next few week.

– Haven’t had one headline on Techmeme yet, only the odd link in. Reddit and Digg headlines therefore have become easier to obtain. Bizarre.

Aside from the amazing variety of distribution paths, they promise priority uploads and encoding. They promised right.

WTF on every level….

SMH: Labor to deliver Lightnight internet speeds

Most homes will have broadband communication speeds up to 100 times faster than what is currently available, under the Rudd Government’s plan to wire Australia for the 21st century….

…by deploying VDSL, (also known as Very High Speed DSL) technology, Senator Conroy said the new network would be able to carry up to 25 megabits per second.

Most broadband users currently receive only 256 kilobits per second – 100 times less capacity than 25 megabits – using ADSL technology.

As @reana points out on Twitter, many people subscribe to 256kbps services, HOWEVER if they’ve got access to 256k they’ve got access to 1.5mbps, and even up to 8mbps now on many ADSL 1 lines (my folks in Country WA on pair gains miles from the exchange just went to 8mbp on ADSL1). To say that 256kbps is currently what’s available is complete BS (it’s a choice, not a restriction) and nothing more than Government spin, and it’s lazy reporting from the SMH to repeat the line from the Government.

It’s also not a great sign in terms of Government direction. When I saw 100x times I automatically through 100mbps or similar, the sorts of speeds they should be talking about. Instead the Government is spinning old tech while the rest of the world goes to 100mbps, or as we saw in Japan last week, the start of 1.2gbps. So much for a new Government offering new directions.

And the headline: “lightning internet speeds,” there’s nothing lightning about 25mbps. It whole article sounds and reads light a Government press release (and I know from experience).