back to article The Register's Australian technology headline predictions … for 2017!

December is the time when vendors' Australian outposts try to position their managing directors as sages and oracles, and rain down predictions on El Reg's antipodean outpost. Vulture South trashes them all promptly, secures supplies of amber fluid and starts thinking a year further ahead, to the year after next. After due …

  1. silent_count

    Initial DOCSIS 3.1 rollouts...

    I read that as, "Inital DOS 3.1 rollouts". Now I'm left to ponder which of the two technologies would be more beneficial to the people of Oz.

  2. P. Lee Silver badge


    It was never really about laptops was it and realistically, BYOD means remote desktops, so the Macs aren't really that much of a problem.

    It was mostly about using private smartphones for business - the result is pretty much the same as safe harbour agreements. Multi-jurisdictions don't work. Security is very difficult. We'll just ignore the problem and hope we don't get a Sony.

  3. Magani

    "STEM replaced by STEAM" where A = Arts


    The next thing you'll be telling us is that a B.A. is equal to a B.Sc. or a B.Eng.

    Bah and (of course,) Humbug!!

    The liberal arts are for those who can't get a high enough GPA/TE/ATAR/Whatever-they're-called-this-year score.

    I will now repair to the Magani-bunker to await the incoming wrath of telephone sanitisers, hairdressers and HR managers.

    1. Michael Wojcik Silver badge

      And those of us with degrees in both will continue to sneer at small-minded bigots like you.

    2. Spitfire

      +1 For Hitchhikers Guide Reference.

      I disagree with the way you put it but I have to agree any discipline which relies on international copyright laws to generate value is probably not a solid foundation for nation building. Unless we are going for a cultural victory and those are hard.

    3. GrumpyOldBloke

      "STEM replaced by STEAM" where A = Arts

      Australia has no shortage of STEM qualified people. Our problems are in costs, regulation, finance, commercialisation and scale. Australia suffers from an A quality deficit, contextually an excess of A holes. It is easier to deal with A's in the US than the conga line of fruit loops in business, banking, unions and government here. Addressing this A quality deficit is just as important as sifting the STEM wheat from the chaff for our US overlords.

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  5. Daniel Voyce

    NBNCo rejects Copper over new RFC2549 Implementation

    "NBN™ will scrap the unpopular Copper based FTTN plans to provide 100% coverage of Australia through our newest implementation allowing completely wireless coverage of the whole of Australia* "

    *(Tasmania excluded)

    1. The Blacksmith

      Re: NBNCo rejects Copper over new RFC2549 Implementation

      Excellent, this should raise employment too, with grain merchants and dung collectors benefiting the most.

      I can see our "renewables" led recovery coming to a barn near you soon.

      And! best of all, It'll keep the kids off streaming video, too much stutter in the stream.

      Tasmania needn't miss out, NBNco can use an alternate carrier system (see icon!)

  6. kneedragon

    The whole saga (farce) of the NBN has been a wonderful tale to illustrate what happens when government / legislators meet the real world. I would like to throw in some left wing lesson, but I suspect that's irrelevant. It happens to be Labor that started this and the Libs who rolled it all in poo, but it could easily have been the other way around. My main concern, is this is a good illustration of government in action - left or right. We need better laws and regulation, which means we need better people to write them, which largely disqualifies anybody from politics...

  7. Big-nosed Pengie

    "Australia's left-of-centre Labor Party"

    I'm not sure whether this is a story about a different Australia, a fictional Australia, or a prediction that by 2017 we'll have a left-of-centre Labor Party.

    We certainly don't have one now.

  8. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Human services will cost $2.5B

    If every other large Aust Govt system replacement has gone over budget by at least 2X, then look for this one to cost at least $2.5B and take the better part of a decade.

  9. Glen Turner 666


    I think it very much depends on the sector as to what BYOD means.

    For universities it means that students bring their own laptop and expect it to work with minimal fuss: connect to wireless, print, plug in somewhere to recharge. There's no attraction at all in a device without a screen -- the huge use of mobiles by students suggests that the screen is actually the important part of the computer.

    For schools I wonder if you could take your idea once step further. The kids don't carry their computers around at all, but only the computer's storage (say, a Micro SD card). That storage is the boot device for a VM at both home and school. Add some simple software maintenance and I think this has some value and is worthwhile poking around with. The biggest problem would be Windows.

    Business doesn't know what to do about BYOD, and they keep watering down the concept in the hope that it becomes something else. Unfortunately in doing so they lose the benefits of the BYOD approach, and loop back to the start of the process without making any headway. Increased BYOD by contractors and the lack of "enterprise mobile" means they'll have to grasp the nettle eventually. If only offering "outside the firewall" Internet with a certificate-mediated access (VPN or PKI) back into selected resources.

  10. JJKing


    Damn, that comment about the NBN was so accurate it's not funny. That was freaky scary Simon.

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