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Turnbull: NBN won't turn your town into Silicon Valley

Michael Xion

Re: One simple point

Yes, and iinet are offering 50/25 for $75 per month which is $15 per month less than I'm currently paying for ADSL2+ at 9/0.7. If i could get those upload speeds I'd be happy. To be honest, I'd be happy to split the difference with Telstra and go for 4.5/4.5.

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Michael Xion

Re: One simple point

Would if I could. I'm on a rural exchange and Bigpond is all I get. My point was less about my needs than about moving Australia away from being a consumer to a producer of internet products. I'm well aware that Telstra throttle my upload speed for their own reasons, but the fact remains that the copper architecture is not capable of supporting high bandwidth for both up/ down for multiple premises.

I would happily go with a different provider for a higher up/down speed as it would likely be cheaper than what I am getting now ($90 per month for ADSL2+).

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Michael Xion

One simple point

Irregardless of all the political shenanigans and technical arguments in favour of different roll-out methodologies, I'd like to make one point.

I am currently on ADSL2+ and have a consistent 9mbps download speed. I'm quite ok with that, it suits my purposes adequately, for now. What does not suit my purposes is the crappy 0.7mbps upload speed. My understanding is that piss-poor upload speeds are pretty much universal unless you are on HFC or similar. The result of this asymmetry is that I cannot backup data to an off-site location or indeed reliably send image attachments to emails above a relatively small size.

For my thinking, what WILL make a difference is a high speed broadband rollout that allows everyone who wants to be both a creator and a consumer. At the moment ADSL (which is what most people have) is locking us into a nation of consumers. To grow a modern economy (ie not just digging shit out of the ground and selling it off), we need the upstream bandwidth to be able to produce and distribute. I am not confident that the MTM will have the congestion-free bandwidth to do that.

I'm sick to death of people trotting out arguments along the lines of 'we don't need FTTP because people will only use it for downloading movies'. Bullshit. I can already stream HD movies from Netflix over my current ADSL2+ quite comfortably. What I can't do is upload anything I produce back to the internet.

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Kiwi ISP 'Slingshot' stones geo-blocked content

Michael Xion

Or just use a DNS service to get around it

getflix.com.au works for both Australia and I think New Zealand. Costs $3 per month and lets me access Netflix and the US iTunes story no problemo.

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Should NBN Co squeeze a server into FTTN nodes?

Michael Xion

Re: Quit while you're ahead

All other things aside. I'm currently paying $75 per month for ADSL2+ that tops out at 7Mbps but most of the time only gives me 1-3Mbps on a 50Gb download cap. I'd be happy to pay $100 per month for a 30 Mbps connection and a large cap. Because of where I live, I only have Telstra Bigpond as an option. At least if the FTTH NBN had gone forward I may have had a choice of ISP.

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Vertical take-off and laughing: Space Harrier

Michael Xion

Re: Southsea Arcade

Ha, ha.. Good old 'Slots of Fun' at the Clarence Parade Pier. I was a 'Floorwalker' there in 1987 (9am - 11pm, mon to sat for £90 per week). .The job basically involved keeping an eye on the punters to make sure they didn't bump the money drop machines or shove wadded paper in the payout slots of the one arm bandits to later come and collect the winnings. Punch ups on Friday nights between opposing football fans were a semi-refular occurrence and most of the staff were pretty dodgy too. The space harrier cabinet had pride of place right at the front of the arcade and was pretty much the only decent game in there.

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Microsoft bans XXXXBOX gamers for CURSING in online combat

Michael Xion

Never encountered it

As someone who has logged 100s of hours on Halo and Battlefield multiplayer games, I can honestly say I've never heard any swearing. In fact I rarely hear any talk at all. Maybe it's because I play in Australia, I don't know. Meanwhile, BF3 itself has lines like "I'm getting my shit pushed in over here" and "fuck me, they're all over me" that are broadcast quite regularly, so this move from Microsoft seems somewhat hypocritical.

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Despite Microsoft Surface RT debacle, second-gen model in the works

Michael Xion

I work for a university in Australia and Microsoft are offering us Surface RT tablets for just over $200 apiece (without cover). I'm currently evaluating one running a preview version of the 8.1 version of the OS. It does have Outlook, but I can't get it to configure - I suspect it may be something to do with the corporate firewall. Anyway, if Outlook works on it, I'll probably get one as all other aspects of it seem fine. Speaking as an unabashed Apple user (iMac, Mac Mini, 2 Apple TVs, 2 iPhones, iPod and iPad in my house), the killer app for me would be the iOS remote app - then I'd sell my ipad ad buy a Surface RT.

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IT pricing inquiry sparks Game of Thrones for rights-holders

Michael Xion

Massive fail for foxtel.

As someone who is happy to pay for the media I consume, I downloaded all three seasons of GoT through iTunes. This deal will not make me take out an overpriced Foxtel subscription. I will investigate how to access GoT by getting around geoblocking. If all else fails, just about everyone I know gets GoT via pirated copies so I can still access it that way (but I'd prefer to give HBO my money).

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The toy of tech: The Mattel Aquarius 30 years on

Michael Xion

Re: Lame.

Actually, the controllers were pretty good. Each game came with a plastic insert that went over the keypad with colourful symbols indicating which keys did what. The round doohickey was a reasonably responsive joystick thingy.

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Michael Xion

Re: Amazing..

Seats, not sears. They need to allow post editing for everyone.

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Michael Xion
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Re: Amazing..

My family had an Intellivison in the early 80's. I think my parents picked it up second hand somewhere. Most of the games were a bit meh. But, it did come with a game called 'B17 Bomber' that was actually really good. You got to select missions over allied Europe. You could switch between 'sears' in the plane so when you were flying in you had to swap between the different gunner positions to fend off enemy fighters, plot the waypoints and act as bombardier over the target. It was pretty well done for its time.

I can't see a picture of a WWII bomber these days without hearing 'B17 Bomaaa' in a cheesy digitised American accent in my head.

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Author Iain (M) Banks falls to cancer at 59

Michael Xion

I've read all Banks SF novels, and the 'Algabraist' was hard (but rewarding) work. Try 'excession' for something a bit more straight forward(ish).

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NSA Prism: Why I'm boycotting US cloud tech - and you should too

Michael Xion
Happy

Re: You're late to the party

Ha,ha. That last line. I believe that's the exact reason the EU got the Nobel peace prize last year - hadn't gassed any Jews or invaded each others borders for 70 odd years.

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NBN Co hoses down 'scary Russian crackers' report

Michael Xion
Facepalm

Unleash the Newtork Beems! That'll fix it.

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How I nearly sold rocket windows to the crazy North Koreans

Michael Xion
Unhappy

Re: The military guide on the DPRK side overloking the DMZ

Never been there myself, but maybe it was one of the old gents in this picture:

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-04-06/north-korea-issues-foreign-embassy-warning/4613432

That picture for me sums up a lot of the issues. Some gormless young ex-playboy being sheparded around by a couple of old soldiers who are still reliving the Korean War in their heads. Look at them. You can just imagine these old geezers thinking that as their clock winds down, they'll take the south with them into the long dark.

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'Australia's so big freight costs are high' claims don't add up

Michael Xion
Meh

Re: hmmmmmmmm

You almost had it. What you really need to look at is purchase power parity (I think it's called that). Up until a couple of years ago the exchange rate for $au was about 40p. So back then the relative salaries would have been much the same (multiply the uk wages by 2.5) to get the Oz equivalent. Yet, in the sometime frame the cost in native currency hasn't really changed ie a £10 DVD 3 years ago is still £10 now and a $30 DVD in Oz is still $30 now (roughly speaking). A better way to compare is cost of living (I think The Economist still produce a cost of living comparison based on the price of a Big Mac).

tl;dr. It's more than just exchange rates. You have to look at what the money will buy.

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Twitter patents sending messages, promises not to sue everyone

Michael Xion
Go

Re: I'm gonna start up my own social network

How about joining Facebook and twitter ......F*witter. Then all the F* wits will be in one place.

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Apple's marketing honcho Schiller attacks Android, Samsung

Michael Xion
Happy

Astonishingly useable

I don't usually buy into the whole 'my phone's better than your phone' gig, but I'm currently using an iPhone 3GS running iOS 6.1.2 and I never have a problem with it. Maybe you're holding yours wrong :-) or just need to upgrade the OS.

As its a work phone, I cold get a brand new iPhone 5 tomorrow, but don't see the need as the current one works perfectly. Battery life is as good as the day I bought it.

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Apple 'dismayed' to find over 100 kids building its iDevices

Michael Xion
Unhappy

Re: Quando, Quando, Quando?

Wow. I had no idea, but i should have suspected something like this. Thanks for posting the link.

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Backdoor root login found in Barracuda gear - and Barracuda is OK with this

Michael Xion
Happy

...firewall off port 22 completely.

I don't know much about networking, but I can't see that helping as the paragraph before that mentioned IP ranges with port 24.

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Happy birthday, Lisa: Apple's slow but heavy workhorse turns 30

Michael Xion
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Re: Pic 1, page 1

Ah, the old 'drunken mouse' after dousing the insides with rubbing alcohol to get rid of accumulated cruft.

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Gillard makes tech key part of re-election bid

Michael Xion
Go

Re: Smart phone apps

In my job I come into daily contact with people on centrelink payments (unemployed, single mothers, disability pensioners). I can't recall the last one I met with who didn't have a smartphone of some sort (apple, Samsung or HTC). Tech may be expensive, but mobile plans are easy to get with most people not realising how much they are actually forking out over time.

On a related note, a standard landline package from Telstra that includes most calls is $80 per month ($960) per year. You can get a SIM card with unlimited calls to all Australian fixed and mobile phones and 6Gb do data per month for $300 per year. Even if you bought an iPhone 4, you'd still be ahead in the first year if you did away with the landline.

In reality, smartphone apps for centrelink is a good idea.

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Annual reviews: It's high time we rid the world of this insanity

Michael Xion

Re: Ally 1

Ahhhhh, nope.

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Michael Xion

Re: Ally 1

Sorry, random comma in previous post. I'm on a roll here, where's my steenking gold badge? Am I there yet?

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Michael Xion
Devil

Re: Ally 1

They really should allow everyone to edit their own posts. Previous reply should have read ' can I upvote....'

Does this post add to my total? Can I just keep replying to my own posts? (looks like, i'm not going to be getting any work done today)

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Michael Xion

Re: Ally 1

Can. Up vote this 100 times so you get a gold badge? Nice one, off to gmail I go........

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Sandy Island does exist - on a 1908 chart

Michael Xion
WTF?

Re: The key may be in the name.

Also, looking at the map, Sandy Island is almost exactly on a cartographic line (not sure what the lines are - latitude?) that ends up intersecting Great Sandy Island (now known as Fraser Island). Hmmmm.

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Gangnam Style beats Bieber Baby, becomes biggest timewaste EVER

Michael Xion

Re: My manager at work...

Ha ha. I'm ok with gangnam style. Not a big fan of pop music, but its catchy and fun. One thing I can't stand is the innumerable tv/radio personalities that refer to it as 'gangam style'. There's and 'n' in there, use it.

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Unexpected curiosity cripples Molyneux app

Michael Xion
FAIL

Was fun until I connected.

Downloaded this the other day to see what it was about. Sent about 10 minutes playing the 'server busy, retry' portion of the game which was quite exciting waiting to see if it would connect, quite a sense of achievement once i got through. Once I got on the rest of the game was dead boring, mindlessly tapping at blocks and then all of a sudden the whole screen just clears.

Honestly, he should have just released the first part where you try to connect to the server, way more fun.

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At last, a bionic arm that passes the Beer, Egg and Looks Cool tests

Michael Xion
Happy

Re: awesomeness

+1 I was actually waiting for that myself

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Ohio voting machines have 'backdoor', lawsuit claims

Michael Xion

Re: @Xion

Ok, I'll bite <:-)>

I've never understood how 'electing' an official is inherently better than said official being appointed through a competitive process designed to select the best applicant (and yes, I know that the process can be subverted). I've also never understood why it's so important to know the political views of the local dog catcher. I can see why you would want a say in who is on the School board, but not why you'd have a school board in the first place (shouldn't the curriculum be set by professional educators).

Another poster made mention of the fact that if people can't complete a ballot with 30 choices, they shouldn't be voting. I'm sorry but western politicians, by their nature, seem to pander to the lowest common demnominator, so people of differing abilities will be voting. Additionally, given the low voter turnout in US elections, I'd have thought making the process as simple and efficient as possible would be in the interests of a truly participatory democracy.

And while I'm on the subject...what's with getting people to vote on a Tuesday? It certainly doesn't enfranchise those on minimum wage, working long hours who probably wouldn't be given time off work to vote.

PS if my local school was run by a 'Board', I probably would want a say on who's on the board.

I guess at the end of the day, every four years the same thing happens.....a bunch of horses run around in a circle in Australia and two blokes apply for the same job in the US. It doesn't really matter whether the winner is a horse or a human.

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Michael Xion
FAIL

why they don't use pen and paper

I looked into this during the whole kerfuffle back when Bush won over Gore. In Florida there were something like 30 (or more) individual votes that needed to be cast by electors on polling day. School board, dog catcher, police chief etc etc. given the volume of votes, it's no wonder they use machines like 'chads' to make the process a bit quicker. If they just restricted the voting to a couple of important things ( like for the president), they could probably use simple and secure pen and paper. The problem is all the other pissy jobs that people think they have to elect people into. Some times, too much democracy isn't a good thing.

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Slideshow: A History of First-person Shooters in 20 Games

Michael Xion
FAIL

Re: almost forgot

I think you may be right. Also, they spelt Bungie wrong in the caption. Ha ha.

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Apple's 13-inch Retina MacBook torn asunder for your pleasure

Michael Xion
WTF?

Cannot unsee.....

Ha, ha. Angry robot face is angry. Check out the first pic. I have to say the internal arrangement of parts is quite aesthetically pleasing.

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Twitter bows to subpoena, releases Occupy protester's tweets

Michael Xion
Flame

The real 99%

I followed the whole 'occupy' protest thing in the media and the '99%' claim always seemed dubious to me. I didn't see a lot of homeless people and south Sudanese refugees protesting in wall st. Obviously, you can't rely on media supplied photo and video to not be biased or to properly represent the whole range of people involved, but it just seemed to me to be a bunch of privileged westerners complaining that they weren't a member of the elites gravy train. That's not to say that there are good and valid reasons to assess how the worlds economy privileges a small elite over the bulk of the population, I just don't think those protesting we're far off the 1% themselves.

In respect of the Twitter issue. I always work on the premise that if you put it online, don't be surprised if it gets used against you. Some more detail on why the courts feel they need his Twitter posts would be good. My assumption is that it has something to do with 'incitement'.

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iPhone 5 adaptors goldrush begins

Michael Xion

Why re-buy apps?

You can simply download your already purchased apps to the new phone.

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More 'iPad Mini' tat pics leak ahead of Apple's big unzip

Michael Xion
FAIL

Re: iPad saves environment

And don't foret to Gris your Malodor when we browsing - damn autocorrect.

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Michael Xion
WTF?

Re: iPad saves environment

Having seen this quote from Jobs a few times, I must say it never made any sense. I'm typin Gris on an iPad I bought earlier this year. Before that I used my iPhone quite comfortably for we browsing, applications and typing comments on El Reg forums. Admittedly, if ind the iPhone a bits malodor this purpose now I'm used to the iPad, but the fact remains that I didn't need to sharpen my fingers to use the iPhone. This 'quote' from Jobs seems to imply that the iPhone would also be useless as a media device as its even smaller than 7 inches.

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Google gets hands on 'glove-cam' patent

Michael Xion

It's a pity a 10 year old can't patent ideas

When I was about 10, I had to watch 'Blake's 7' on a B&W portable TV in the spare room as the main TV was being watched by the rest of the family for something else (can't rememberer what). The antenna was a bit dodgy and I found that by moving my hands in a particular way I could improve or degrade reception. At the time I thought this could be a really cool way to control devices. I figured that you could wear rings of various metals on your fingers and the EMF broadcast from a transmitter could be modified by moving your fingers in a certain predetermined way (ie touch thumb to little finger to change channel up) to alter the signal received at the nominated device. At the time I'd never heard of the Theremin, and it was many years later that I saw something similar in the Steven Spielberg film 'Minority Report'.

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Australia threatens telcos with mobile roaming price laws

Michael Xion

Re: Conroy is a complete and utter idiot

That was meant for Goat Jam

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Michael Xion

Re: Conroy is a complete and utter idiot

Dick.

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Facebook: 83 million IMPOSTERS stalk our network

Michael Xion

Re: Duplicates

Set one up the other day just to access some info only available ona company's FB account. Oddly enough Nerk Nerksome has yet to find any friends -:)

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New target for 419 fraudsters: Struggling 'weak' banks

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Oooooh, lady Fanny

Cheers for the Dirty Rotten Scoundrels reference....is it referring to the lads from Lagos or the American banks, hmmmm

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Is it time for enterprise PC outfits to carry Apple Macs?

Michael Xion
Happy

Re: Cheesy article...or should I say Fruity article?

I'm just an office worker in a large university, but I know that the late-2011 iMac sitting on my desktop cost the same as the standard Dell boxes that are rolled out across the organisation. Your assertion as regards desktops does not hold true across the board. I suspect most large organizations do not go for cheap generic brand PCs. The only extra cost involved in purchasing the iMac was $50 for a copy of VMWARE so I can run Windows for a couple of enterprise apps.

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Optus’ free broadband: the details

Michael Xion

Not Everywhere

For obvious reasons, It's not available on exchanges that only house Telstra equipment ie most small towns outside the capital and larger cities. I reckon most people would be happy to forego the NBN if there was just some compulsion on Telstra to upgrade existing exchanges. Wouldn't it be good if any ISP could offer services at any exchange. Not sure if this is technically possible, but it would make a big difference to people who can only get Bigpond.

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Workers' comp covers sex-related injuries, judge rules

Michael Xion
Holmes

Re: Maybe the judge was getting some from the plantiff?

It's simple really. The worker was domiciled at a lodging chosen by her employer whilst away from hoem on work-related purposes. Anything that happens to the worker during that period is covered by the company's compulsory workers compensation/workcover insurance.

She could also separately sue the hotel for not adequately maintaining their light fixtures. To be honest, I don't know why this even went to court. Seems a pretty clear cut case of workers comp to me.

It doesn't matter what she was doing provided it happened in the 'normal course of events' ie not a high risk activity. So, no, abseiling down the hotel wall with tied together bedsheets (as a previous poster suggested) would not be covered due to the 'you're a dickhead' clause.

ps IANAL, YMMV

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Aliens Blu-ray disc set

Michael Xion

Re: Boring gun scene?!

I think you'll find that was in 2001 a space odyssey.

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Shock jocks take NBNCo cash, then trash its ads

Michael Xion
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Re: AM radio still exists?

Wtf. Is that supposed to be an oz accent. Sound more Wes country to me.

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Fans fly to forums to signal iPad 3 Wi-Fi woes

Michael Xion
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Re: Fact

Same genre. Have wok supplied 3GS and bought myself new iPad on launch day. Tested using work network via speed test.net

3GS

39ms ping

8.78 up

10.38 down

iPad

25ms ping

12.1 up

14.89 down

Also have not noticed any difference between the two in ability o receive signal. iPad is 16gb wi-fi only.

Suspect any issues are related to bad batch and/or the '4g' versions.

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