58 posts • joined 6 Dec 2011
Re: No sympathy.......
One of the reasons that traditional payment methods cost more is that they do a large amount of work to protect both parties to the transaction from fraud, default, systems failure, exchange rate risk,...
They may make massive profits at your expense, but a lot of the money goes on legitimate activities that you really, really want them to do, even if you don't realise it.
But feel free to go the cheaper Bitcoin method if you want.
Yes, somewhere I've got an email with the my MyGov ID. Once you login it asks you numerous verification questions , asks you to tick multiple boxes and THEN gives you the opportunity to go to the medicare site. Most people have given up by then. The medicare site asks some of the same verification questions and has a few more tick boxes.
Once you get in most of the data is wrong and/or incomplete.
Accuracy and Completeness Counts
It's not good enough to know where some of the fires are. You need to know where they all are if you decide to leave because the fire is bearing down (I know you shouldn't leave the decision that late, but what other critical service is the internet file map providing?)
Some half-baked social media attempt at providing a partial map that was accurate 6 hours ago is worse than useless.
For the record, the Victorian CFA site worked continuously, if somewhat slowly, throughout the 2009 emergency. I know, I was watching it very carefully!
Isn't it because that's where the investors are? They could move to the US, but then they'd be invisible in the crowd. Given that Australia doesn't have a large number of sophisticated technology investors and they had to move, the UK seems like a good option.
Fixed if for you
Most 'shadow IT' that I've come across exists because the 'official IT' are not informed of the requirement or given a budget, and when notified their legitimate concerns are ignored. The purchaser is often gulled by some slick sales droid and doesn't have any idea of the TCO of the new shiny thing the want.
Leaving aside the fact that it would raise bugger all extra tax, the idea, in the current political climate, that a Federal treasurer might increase taxes (and thereby suffer all of the political odium) for the benefit of the States is just laughable.
What are they taking?
Ziggy the Seer
I'm glad he knows what I want
Re: agrarian-socialist-conservative Nationals Party?
Is this a new idea to you? It's a very old idea, and quite well known. Why socialist? Because the National (previously known as the Country) Party are well known for
- redistribution of government wealth (to farmers)
- implementing social welfare for farmers, via tax breaks, subsidies and direct handouts.
- trade protectionism
- closed shops (c.f. Australian Wheat Board)
- retail price maintenance
- government intervention in markets (e,g, foreign investment review board)
They may speak the language of free trade and open competition, but they've never practiced it.
If it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck,...
Gravity always wins
What gives is that the P/E is 213
Investor and Chairman - not founder. Nor did he "run" the company.
LIberals have an uncanny ability to stick luddites into this portfolio.
There, fixed it for you.
Exhibit A: Helen Coonan
No Confidence either way
"although El Reg notes that a board that didn't have confidence in the incoming government might have taken the same action"
This is exactly right. I don't think they had a choice, given the comments of the minister and the fact that the decision on CEO was not, apparently, any of their concern.
Re: "space gray"
Bronze - 70s retro. Will it fade to baby-shit brown?
Re: Just to put things into context
But what is the problem? Malcolm hasn't demonstrated one. He has demonstrated contempt for voters. Why not fix that problem first, before creating a solution to a non existent one.
Forced to vote for one of these morons
Why bother with elections at all if Malcolm is so sure why people vote informal. If he knows so much about (non) voters motivations, he can just select the next government without our assistance. Or, perhaps it's because at least 3% of the population don't want any of the nutters who offer themselves up?
He's actually suggesting that we bee forced to select one (in fact all, since we have to complete all boxes for the vote to be formal) of the magnificent specimens we're presented with every three years. You've got to be joking. My choice was Kevin supporter, dumb liberal, right wing Katter, even more right wing Clive, even more right wing "Family First", even further right wing shooter. Beam me up!
And as for electronic voting, even Malcolm must be able to google just enough to understand that
- There are huge security problems
- It has the potential to destroy the anonymity of the vote
- The US, which was an early adopter, is abandoning electronic voting in many areas
- It costs more, not less
There is no problem. Does Malcolm have shares in Diebold? We've got rid of one arrogant narcissist. Let's hope we're not getting a replacement.
Re: Here's a start . . .
Sounds good, but that's what they did with QH Payroll. It's just that the ballsed-up steps 1,2,3,4,5 and 6.
Why will this time be better?
Re: breakdown of payments
IBM - 25 million
HP - quite a few SuperDomes
Other Contractors - a little bit
Public Servants processing the pays - more than 1 Billion
I.e. the headline number is the cost over the next N years (where N is 3 or 4) of all the public servants putting pay variations into the system due to the fabulous system design
Opposition Broadband Policy:
1. Whatever Labor says, we're against it
2. Malcolm Turnbull will never be Prime Minister or Lead of the Opposition (again)
3. What is Broadband.
4. Malcolm Turnbull will never be Prime Minister or Lead of the Opposition (again)
What is surprising about this data. It seems eminently believable. Given that household connections dominate the data, and ADSL connections dominate the home connections, we could conclude that the average ADSL connection speed is somewhat (but not too much) less than 13 Mb/sec - taking out Fibre/Cable will reduce the average.
To get 13 Mb/sec you need to be on ADSL 2/2+ and live about 2-3 KM from the exchange or RIM. That is a reasonable description of a lot of Australia. So where's the problem with the figures?
What's disappointing in this article is the implication that somehow this is good enough because a few tiny countries have different geography. It's not good enough, because many (probably more than) half the population get less than 13 Mb and they get it via an unreliable and end-of-service medium.
The interesting implication is that, to more than double the average bandwidth, let alone the guaranteed bandwidth, which is the Coalitions' plan, will require the a huge number of RIMS/Mini Exchanges plus huge investment in copper replacement, just to get a few steps up the ladder - assuming know one overtakes us in the interim.
Re: Most people will just install or use the apps they like or are most comfortable using.
Yep, I can't understand what the article is on about. I recently received a HTC One XL. It came with a bunch of applications. Some I can uninstall. Some I don't like so I went to the app store and found a different/better one. It has lots of space. If I don't want to use an app I just remove the icons if it can't be installed. They all seem to integrate well enough where I want them to.
By the time it runs out of space it'll probably be worn out and I'll get another.
This is so much better that being told by <Big Corporation of America> that you must use the perfect blessed application that they've selected for you and which their marketing department has decided you need.
What's the big deal?
Race to bottom: Tax Lawyers beating bankers
The thing that exposes the mindset of these dudes is the quote from the tax laywer:
"they're perpetuating and fuelling that concept that there's a fair share of tax"
The horrors that anyone should even suggest such a concept.
Re: Way over the top
"This is why, when somebody dies an executor takes control. It is their responsibility to inform the likes of Virgin and to pay any outstanding bills from the deceased estate."
I don't believe that is the case. In Australia, Executors are required to " advertise in newspapers and the Government Gazette calling for creditors having claims against the estate to give notice of the claim within two months".
If Virgin does not contact the executor and misses the notice, they have no claim. Of course, it may be different in the UK, but much of Australian law is still based on UK law
This is a very strange survey. Since Assange is seeking to become a senator for Victoria, all those questioned from other states are 100% not going to vote for him, as he won't be on the ballot paper.
What does vote for him mean? Does it mean give him you first preference? Because, with our system, you can vote for him, but as your 27th preference, if you like.
Also, the Senate electoral system has two options
- vote for a ticket (e.g. Labor Party, Liberals). Preferences are assigned according to each party's decision. All major parties will have Assange very low on their preference list, so their left-over quotas will not go to him. Most voters (> 97% in Victoria) use the ticket votes, because the alternative is
- voting by filling in every box on the ballot paper in order of preference (59 boxes in Victoria as the last election). This is just way too much trouble for most.
It's not the full solution, it never stops, but it does work. This is analogous to the handwashing campaign conduct in UK hospitals in recent years. People new they had to do it, they new it had benefits, they just didn't do it (too busy, I'm not doing anything critical, it's just the once, excuse, excuse, excuse).
So a training campaign with lots of reminders and reinforcement was implemented, with significant benefits (i.e. less people dying).
"The chief executive was confused as to why more companies were not embarking on a social network strategy for their connected products"
Because the only benefit is for the Marketing types. It doesn't actually help anyone else\
Re: Based on his track record
Abbott lacks credibility. I have zero confidence that either scheme will progress as claimed.
There, fixed it for you
It's just flannel
You make the mistake of thinking this is a real plan with proper costings. It's an issue that requires a diversion, so Malcolm and Tony issue a press release.
The real plan was in Joe's wallet.
Re: Laugh it up...
Wresat, named after WRE, the Weapons Research Establishment. Amongst the fun projects they did was "Airborne Recovery", an attempt to catch missiles in nets dragged behind Beaufort bombers.
Their most successful ongoing activity, in that it made money was, err, sheep grazing on their extensive site.
Some interesting facts about payroll project
- They had about 80,000 employees to pay
- Because of the multiple awards and hideous complexity of the awards (think "hand washing allowance"), there are approximately 24,000 different possible combination of items on a pay slip.
- Most of the mentioned $450M (or $1.2 B projected cost) is for the clerical support to process pays, not the IT cost
While the IT project was a horrendous screw-up with bad design choices (e.g. award processing is done in SAP AND in the front end WorkBrain scheduling/time keeping software) equally bad was the management of change, business process.
They did many things wrong
- changed the organisation, payroll system, scheduling system, time sheeting system all at once
- went live without adequate testing
- wrote a poor contract with IBM, allowing them to eventually bill twice the original contract value.
- did not change the major weakness in their business process, which was to process pays before they received time sheets, meaning that they were forever having to go back and adjust pays, sometimes up to 2 years in arrears
- decided to integrate WorkBrain and SAP even though it had never been done before
However, while I am no fan of SAP, this implementation does produce the correct result if given the correct input data. The huge cost is mostly in the administration to provide the correct time info. (So it's clearly a bad design, but it does work with herculean effort).
Not everyone came out badly though. HP sold a couple of extra Superdomes. I'm sure the salesman was happy.
No need to find a conspiracy here, when mere incompetence will suffice.
Re: malcolm turnbull is an idiot.
This this is just an extension of the complete screw-up of communications policy that John Howard presided over in his 10 years of government. The key tenets are
- under no circumstances try to discover what end users want
- ensure that large corporations benefit most. Oligopolies where your mates end up with high paid managerial positions are best
- extract all possible funds to use for other government purposes
- do not try to understand the technology
- do not plan for the future
- if the solution allows reading e-mail via tablet on Sydney's North shore, it must be sufficient for the rest of the plebs.
Liked the reference to Ern Malley, a fictitious poet, the main character in an old Australian literary hoax. Ironic too that Ern's poems were published in a journal named "Angry Penguins".
Re: Seems a great way to lose business.
Not much of a leg to stand on. My guess it's similar to the bag search signs that many supermarkets tried on a few years ago. They have no right to search, they can only ask you to leave. If you refuse to have your bag searched and they use any physical means to try the search, it's probably assault. So the signs have mostly disappeared.
Not that it's an issue in this. Most people just won't enter, even if they intended to buy.
Queensland, customer service.Two different planets who's orbits rarely cross.
Missing the point
I think this article misses the point. There is no perfect security. There won't ever be. Do you feel secure behind your locked door at home? Why? You know that someone could break it down if they really wanted to.
Security is about managing risk. We need to have enough controls to deter and detect bad guys, given the risk. Too much makes it harder for the user (and for businesses). Too little is asking to be ripped off. That's why most SSL exploits are not of concern (but yes, some are). They are theoretical and impractical to reproduce in the wild. The people working on them are part of the process of improving security, not bringers of doom.
Are you concerned about someone stealing your credit card details and racking up huge bills? You should be a bit, but there's no need to make a fetish out of it. After all the Bank/Visa/MC bears most of the risk and cost.
And I don't believe that abstraction and lack of understanding of the underlying technology is such an issue. It must be pretty good, otherwise " the growth of deployment seems logarithmic with no asymptote in sight" couldn't happen, or we'd all be broke because the Russian mafia had all our money. Why would a business spend gazillions of dollars improving security by 1% when they could insure me against loss for much less?
Sure their will be holes. The key is to keep playing the game to stay far enough ahead of the bad guys so you risk is controlled. Your risk will never be 0. That doesn't me that password123 is a good password.
I'm a NAB customer. I can confirm that NAB has approximately 15 conflicting views of the customer up until about a year ago. All of a sudden it started to improve. It's not perfect, but at least they don't have to change your contact details in 12 different places.
The share price dip has nothing to do with the IT announcement. It's just a small correction after a very big recent increase - 23.11 in mid November peaking at 31.64 a couple of days ago. It's now 30.60. All of the other big OZ banks had the similar rise and recent correction
Re: good thing I don't bank there ...
I think you'll find that the data remains on Australian soil. APRA would be (is) all over this. APRA is a much scarier organisation for an Australian Bank than the US Govt.
Re: previous ice age?
Umm, we are in an interglacial period. For a layman's definition, listen to the aforementioned In Our Time podcast. If there's ice at the poles, we are in an ice age. An Interglacial period is one where there is less ice (i.e. not covering all of northern Europe).
We may be heading out of our current ice age and industrial era CO2 generation may be assisting that, who knows. But we are still in one.
Turnbull demonstrates once again that he knows nothing about providing a broadband solution. Just because he was lucky enough to invest in ozemail 15 years ago does not make him qualified to provide communications or IT advice to anyone.
His readiness to twist in the wind every time T.Abbott wants to appease some interest group is shameful. He should hang his head. The only result will be a disruption to a well thought out communications policy that is actually being implemented. The NBN is expensive partly because of the great balls-up of policy conducted during the Howard years. Abbott and Turnbull want to repeat this, thus ensuring that Australia's broadband offerings fall further behind the rest of the world.
So when the Liberals get in at the next election the NBN will be sacrificed just because the Labor Party thought of it first.
OZ Average Commute
Here's some data from oz (well Sydney). Average trip distance is 17 KM in greater Sydney.
Look at http://www.bts.nsw.gov.au/Statistics/HTS/default.aspx#top 2008/09 Household Travel Survey Summary Report, 2010 Release
These is much lower than the range of any electric car mentioned in all of the comments. Just because Australia is big doesn't mean electric cars are unsuitable. My family has two cars - I commute about 40 kms each way to work and occasionally go on longer trips, so most current electric cars would be unsuitable. Any margin of error, such as a traffic jam or extra side trips and I'd be at risk of running out of juice. My wife's average trip though, is about 3 km. Most of her fuel consumption is starting the damn thing up. Electric would be ideal.
Re: HP get over it
Umm, it it's anything like VMS and NonStop, there is a long tail of very profitable annuity income from the installed base, as long as they can continue to support it. That's a reason to fight. And if Oracle has to give them money as well, it's all good.
Not sure if the writer is thick or deliberately disingenuous, but the files available for download include 4 PDF maps (that, incidentally, scale quite well) AND an excel list of streets expected to flood.
Re: Geometry fail
"270-degree bend? So it goes in a loop and crosses itself?"
No - just a billabong
Re: @Gav - All seems very sensible
I can confirm that termites don't like jarrah, but will eat it if there's nothing better. However, they won't touch creosote soaked jarrah in a hundred years. They'd rather eat concrete
I hope it can see through smoke
I can give you a clue on fire direction
- same direction as wind
- up hills
Can I have my $21 million now?
I can't wait for the first drone to crash into the bush and start a fire.
I also recall my probability lecturer talking about his work in Tasmania relating vegetation patterns to previous fires. This was circa 1980!
Re: Centre of local council area
I think you'll find that woop-woop is a lot more than 70km back'o'bourke
Telstra have done a good job of media management outside of SW Victoria. No-one seems to have twigged that any exchange fire is likely to have the same (or worse) disastrous impact.
Hence no one is asking questions about the single points of failure in the system.
Hawkeye is most definitely 3D. Anyone watching the recent AUS-SAF test in Perth would understand the importance of bounce. Many appeals were disallowed because the ball was going over the stumps when the bowlers were sure it was hitting.
Not that I think Hawkeye is fallible. It's good, but it still has to make a decision when it's essentially 50/50.
And don't think the controversy will go away. It will change from "was the goal over the line?" to "Hawkey/Magnetic thingy was wrong?" or "why did/didn't the umpire consult the technology?" or "why is it taking so long?" or "why isn't the camera in the right place?".
Controversy is what the sport thrives on.
The most incredible statement in this article was the suggestion that AFR might be just a little be left leaning. Just like the Democrats in the US, I suppose. If you look down the wrong end of the telescope everything looks small.
But good to see someone in Queensland planning for a disaster. There's a first time for everything.
It's all about the cost
This is all very chatty and nice. We have been here before and know what the issue is: Support Cost.
When PCs were first introduced in volumes, these were typically Windows 3.1/3.11 PCs. Lovely, better than that old glass TTY. You could load your apps, set your own screen savers, control your own world.
But then, that corporate application that you absolutely needed had stopped working. So you called IT and they spent several hours diagnosing the issue before discovering that you favourite game had loaded an old DLL. All of a sudden, things didn't work.
Once this had happened a copy of thousand times even the CIO realised that desktop support cost, not hardware and software capital budgets were killing him. So we got standardisation, locked down SOEs, new IT policies, etc, etc. And support costs came back under control. Once security/virus, etc became more of an issue we had a new round of control and tightening imposed. That worked too.
What's changed with BYOD? Are we going to say, even to senior managers, sorry, if that app doesn't work on your particular ipad/iphone/android/... then you're on you're own? I think not. Support costs will become an issue and it won't go away, no matter how much the "I want it now" crowd shout and scream.
Same issue. Is there a new solution? I haven't heard one yet. Not in this article. It mostly misses the point.
Re: Wrote HP Off A While Back
I haven't bought one for 5 years, but there used to be a big difference between the consumer PCs and notebooks (either HP or Compaq) and the Compaq branded business models. The Compaq business notebooks were well designed, rugged and durable. I guess they got ditched for not having enough glam multi-media/Web 2.0/chattering features
Re: Might as well just bite the bullet.
Not back to Australia, please not Australia. Can't you keep him there?
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