Pitty upload is still mostly so slow. Im finding myself uploading images to team channels from my phone in full res, and generally on a home connection (even a good one) its way faster to drop off wifi and upload over 4g, then reconnect to the home internet. My wife also works from the home office, and the lack of upload speed means she takes a huge productivity hit waiting for file transfers to businesses servers. Of course I suffer the same when working from home for out of hours work.
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Im getting a solid 45mbit on my 25mbit docsis 3 telstra cable at the moment.. but it went down for 4 days at the end of last week. Telstra couldnt tell me what the fault was and the outage eta counter counted down from 9 to 0 hours over and over.
Then I noticed a bunch of cable was missing from the end of the street, and I could see one 20m length not connected at either end between the overhead poles.... sounds like nbnco replacing cable in my segment before their service becomes available here and not telling other cable users whats going on....
Re: HFC Horrible Fucking Crap
Interesting you say that. I stopped following the nbn mostly due to rage quit but have been thinking the solid 45mbit im getting out of my 25mbit docsis 3 telstra cable was a sign that when the politics of wholesale pricing is fixed the nbn hfc stood a good chance of working well.
I do like the numbers reporting but a deeper analysis doesnt hurt either.
bluetooth file transfer compatability with other vendors
A glaring artificial restriction to me is the inability to transfer photos and video between non apple devices. I still have a video from a mates wedding on my phone (and pc), too big to email. They would have it by now if their apples could have accepted mp4 transferred via BT. Theres other ways, sure, but it keeps being forgotten. It shouldnt be so hard and wouldnt even hurt apple to fix.
Its unfortunate that the Libs thought they needed to have a different policy to Labor. With so many people who do understand technology predicting this outcome long before the multi-technology mix was adopted, they could have won a lot more people over saying they agree the original version was a good plan but opting to improve delivery time and costs with comparable technology like FTTC and unlike FTTN.
The way they have done it, and they way they are cutting so many corners now to get anything rolled out as quickly as possible Deloitte is entirely correct. This will remain a f**kup of epic proportions in costs and lack of fitness for purpose for a very long time. And it will be very hard to spin it any other way to the large and always growing number of Australians who get their news online and not from the traditional printed media.
I run a (very) small business, and wish to be able to host services from my home. I also work full time, and the limited upstream from home severely limits the work on my own venture I can do in my lunch break (the day job is a large organisation on fibre who are aware of my business and it is not considered a conflict of interest and they have plenty of bandwidth at that end). Sure if I had more money I could host a large enough dedicated server, but at this stage I can not. So it looks like my business never really gets off the starting block. CPU is cheap but I'd love to be able to do more with terabytes of consumer grade storage at home. Oh well, the liberal government dont seriously want to help small Australian tech start ups literally in their lounge room trying to take on the world do they?
As for HFC being upgradable? Yeah no sh!t! But since we had the HFC before we started, exactly what did we need the NBN for? Im certain we would have gotten docsis 3.1 HFC anyway by putting the network back in the hands of the public and opening it up as wholesale, which would have made it cheap enough to gather enough customers that the update would have been viable as part of regular business.
Such a pitty how libs have found a way to spending pretty much the same amount of money to implement the easy update to an existing network and call it "as much of the same thing as you needed, really.... and the rest of you, too bad..."
Re: What kinds of drivers? (not vehicle)
Your thinking of old halogen transformers. Most led bulbs generate only a small amount of heat for the rated amount of light. It sounds like these guys know what they are doing and bought quality bulbs at the right price from the success of the program.
We all know its legal. Instead of asking the same questions and getting the same answers over and over and instead of upping the gst to 15% how about changing the law to close the loop holes? For something sold in australia, australian tax is oweing or the business cant operate in this country? The gov would then be able to collect heaps more tax, fairly and legally from big business who most agree should be paying their share. The law would have to be carefully considered and written but it can be done.
> (for example, “10 Mbps of customer package can be served by 2 Mbps of network capacity”) no longer applies when everybody on a DSLAM (or in an NBN service area) is streaming movies at the same time.
No Sh*t! We (the geeks) have been trying to tell you (the current govt) that for years! This kind of usage has been expected by many of us for a long long time now!
To answer some Qs in the comments. Car manufacturers do sometimes get busted for fake economy stats, and this was discovered and reported by university researchers.
Last year, Hyundai and Kia Motors Corp. agreed to a record-setting $360 million settlement for overstating fuel economy ratings. The agreement ended EPA’s two-year investigation into the automakers' overstatement of mileage ratings for 1.2 million 2011-13 U.S. vehicles.
The VW emissions issue came to the attention of EPA in 2014 after independent analysis by researchers at West Virginia University, working with the International Council on Clean Transportation, a non-governmental organization, raised questions about emissions levels.
while announcing cloud computing first policy 2014
How can the libs kill FTTP and at the same time provide a policy to use cloud service providers first? Assuming they are attemping to lead and promote the same to businesses how are small and medium businesses meant to use cloud services to their maximum potential without fibre?
VERSION 3.0 - OCTOBER 2014
Non-corporate commonwealth entities are required to use cloud services for new ICT services and when replacing any existing ICT services, whenever the cloud services:
• are fit for purpose;
• offer the best value for money, as defined by the Commonwealth Procurement Rules; and
• provide adequate management of risk to information and ICT assets as defined by the Protective Security Policy Framework
The source matierial shows google didnt say "YouTube is EVIL.". The reg has added that as a quote when its not true.
The way I see it the options are:
1) Sign up to the new payment scheme.
2) Remove your content and submit DMCA requests when someone else uploads it - a way out.
3) Use the content ID system and let people view it for free.
That doesnt seem too bad to me. Its just a pitty enough people are stupid enough that google probably wont loose their position in streaming, even if smart artists abandon the platform.
Im sure its no mistake that they support centos and oracle, but not redhat. So they'll take the money for hosting, take the customers, maybe give some $ to redhats biggest enemy (oracle) but make sure none goes back to RH. They are within their rights to do so, but i dont believe for a second they do want to work with RH.
MSN isnt dead.... just the client
As all of my contacts used pidgin instead of Microsoft's crappy client before the end of live messenger, we just kept using it through reports of it closing down. thus far the network is definitely still alive to this day. I dont know if the skype client is using or not, but I suspect they wont turn off the backend network in a hurry. as all that data that goes through it has to be worth $ to them.
yes, and the omission of the hybrid cloud tech in redhat enterprise linux 7 (and centos). It will does this very well, and has the ability to use rented grunt or storage across the net for short term needs when you need to crunch through a big job then back to normal on your private system. I wouldnt be buying a propriety system ahead of this.
Im sure the recent health services budget cuts after the election have not helped. Perhaps the desk thats meant to have someone sitting in it looking after this kind of stuff is now empty?
I looked in to this quite closely. The reason openbsd need so many machines is so they can support many different architectures. most those architectures are obsolete, but they maintain and run servers because the different processors running with different speeds and features and other subtle differences often show up security bugs such as in openssh (but also other components/apps). Once the test suites find an issue in say openssh on vax or spac it is often proven that it exists on other architectures but doesnt show up easily. So the fixes end up befitting everyone who runs openssh, including most the linux distros.
the problem is that the openbsd guys are an old school stubborn lot and you cant convince them more small donations from outsiders would work. They want to charge more for open bsd cds (which i reckon many possible donators would not even want) or some large corporate to come forth (and they arnt). They dont want to put a donation meter on their site so you know people are donating and your money is well spent and they dont want to do anything differently. If you try to politely suggest that small donations would work and suggest some more modern concepts to attack the donations it is very likely you'll get turned away by an ill considered rude answer. Good luck openBSD... I respect your code but the way your going, your going to need it.....
"The government need not stop its practice of collecting bulk metadata about Americans' phone calls, the group found. But it recommended that this data be held by a private party, rather than the government itself, and that the government should only be able to request specific information when it is needed for investigations."
Cool. Works just fine for me. Looks like 1000+ downloads now.
And it doesnt have any location/gps access. Not sure why it needs to know my account details, or sdcard access though, unless its going to allow download and offline streaming. Which would be pretty cool. Pull down the video via wifi at home then watch on the bus.
Re: Not sure...
Yeah, start testing it if you want and submit bugs to the trackers. But dont plan on using it in production in 2014.
So, I get 5mbit ADSL now and HFC passes my house and has been there for 10 years. So because of this I will get no upgrade at all, and even if I did the best that would happen is to get connected to 10 year old HFC. And that HFC is shared bandwidth so if the majority of subscribers move on to it, the usable bandwidth will not live up to expectations. So getting connected to 10 year old tech that the private sector built is part of a plan which will now cost the taxpayer $92 billion AUD. How the hell can you call that an NBN or value for money or building infrastructure for the future?
Re: Can Aussie pollies do anything right?
I think you'll find the liberal party are running the country like a business. Trying to spend the least amount of money on the least amount of stuff they can get away with for short term profit.
The government however should be trying to do what is best for the people. They should be prepared to spend money to keep the economy moving.
Those who I know who work in Parliament are some of the hardest working people I know - you just wouldnt know it! The media is very selective on what it reports and heaps more goes on than most people know about. Huge documents are researched and picked apart and negotiated on very limited timeframes, and they need to balance all the different groups trying to influence them different directions.
Then they need to go in to damage control mode when the media runs an unfair one sided over simplification on every subject thinking they can summerise 800 pages of complexity in 1 headline. If that was possible Im sure the results we see would be a lot better! Its horrible work/life balance.
The oversimplification of politics in the media is really unfortunate as it has a huge effect on what people think.
So the research paper is claiming that everyone who was interested in bitcoin in the early days are all really aliases for satoshi, who then decided to transfer some coin to DPR in 2013? Sounds like people throwing names around to try and get some useless study published to me.Could the link be any weaker at all? Is it even a link?
Re: Destined to fail
I dont see that underpowered but consistant hardware specs is the benefit some say it is. I dusted off the old xbox 360 last night and fired up badlands. I noticed the game chunking quite a lot during the intro.
Conversely, PC games have been able to automatically benchmark the pc rig they're running on and configure to suit for years and years. Varied PC hardware is simply not the problem console gamers say it is. Its just an excuse to justify lame hardware and slow development cycles while the manufacturers milk more cash.
This will build on the success the steam platform already is.
Re: This will either save PC gaming or kill it.
They have said you will be able to dual boot it, so there are pleanty of ways you can also use it as a media player. Performance wise this leave the 'next gen' consoles for dead. I bet they sell a lot more controllers than systems though, as plenty of people will want to supply their own hardware (or use existing hardware).
Its because the Australian police consider piracy a civil offence (and it is, too).
If the MPAA want to act, then they should identify the sellers then take them to court themselves. The court system would then make a ruling.
Telling the police to do all the work at the tax payers expense is not how things work here. Hurrah for the police doing things the right and legal way.
So cisco is paying a site license for unlimited use on the h264 codec for the whole world? That would have to be one hell of a license fee. Something doesnt smell right. There will have to be limitations, or else the fee will have to be so large that mpeg la are happy to never accept a cent from anyone else.
I can see the license being restricted to use in FF and/or other browsers would work. But I bet I cant write my own unrelated video conferencing application and distribute it then say "cisco will pay up for that part".
i wouldnt trust huawai
After seeing what the NSA have done in the USA (and the rest of the world), breaking / backdooring crypto standards and possibly hardware (intels random number generator) I would expect that everything is backdoored. Sure the intel guy who made intels RNG says no way it is backdoored, but whos to say that one person in the right place didnt slip one on the silicon before it was produced? The same thing is surely happening in China. The regime is different, but people are people. So the question becomes whos back door do you want on your infrastructure? Im guessing China is enough of a threat to take seriously.
Or maybe the competitors of the named brand shoved a few boards in the competitors products then sold them to retailers, only to buy them again and get the story in the news. I would say this would be more likely!
Not that you couldnt put a cheap small allwinner chipset based system with wifi in an appliance.....
My mate has one of these. Ive used it with him to get some great footage, but have kept it away from everyone because the risks are real. Its about 50cm from side to side, made of hard plastic (not styrofoam) and quite soild. It would make a mess of a chopper stabilising rotor if it hit it, thats for sure.
Great device, but you need to respect the law and use common sense if you are going to fly one.
thats not a bug, its a feature
Other than really stupid flaws which can be detected automatically with tools like lint, if anyone chooses to run them, you cant do this automatically. How can you tell if its a bug or expected operation. I can see these tools closing holes, and breaking as much functionality, and it taking just as long for a human to create the original intended result.
Re: You lack sufficient cynicism young commentard
"The "public" can get FTTP under the coalitions plan if that is what they want. It has always been an available option that you can pay for if you require it."
Can you produce a link to current documentation for this? I want fibre to the premisis, and considering what it will cost me in stamp duty to move house, I am prepared to put down the thousands and pay for it if I have to.
I heard it was an option, then I read somewhere that it wasnt, and now I can not find current facts at all. If I can buy it, I will, and I dont know what happens next. Do they run fibre from the exchange to just my house? From the node? (I read that the FTTN architecture was not upgradeable and would need to be ripped up to swap to FTTP). Do they run a single house off a shared 30 connection GPON passive fibre card like the original FTTP plan (though it would have been blocks of 30 houses installed at one, withthe fibre pulled through the ducts in one hit), or do they install a dedicated link per household?
This is not just a pro FTTP rant... I really do want straight answers on if I can pay now and what happens. I want to take that option. Anyone?
Gee, nice bit of microsoft spam. I hope they paid well for it.
For a competing system, see redhat hats offering.
You can have public, private or hybrid cloud where you can lease extra capacity on an as required basis adding nodes via the net to your own private cloud on an as required basis.
But really, is this even news?
Why make everything so hard to move to a failing platform that needs some love right now? They must really hate their customers. The left hand giveth and the right hand takes some more away.
Re: undemocratic swill
We now know the NSA have been working with American security companies to weaken security systems and insert back doors. I would say its VERY likely that diebold are part of this, and the system is more open to corruption than we thought. Either turnbul is in on it, or ignorant. Eitherway we need to make sure this does not happen. We should never allow electronic voting on closed systems, or systems imported from anywhere else.
wikileaks lost the game the moment their preferences were announced, and the nazi party ranked high, and above the quality greens senator scott ludlam who has been doing a very good job pushing the issues wikileaks supposedly stand for. They were trying to play the preferences game but preferences were put in which were not approved by the wikileaks national council, and in doing so they became part of the problem they are trying to solve (and lost most of their supporter base). It turns out you cant say one thing and then do another when running on a platform of transparency and proper process.
More info here: http://danielmathews.info/blog/2013/08/statement-of-resignation-from-wikileaks-party-national-council/
Re: One wonders how stupid Nokia shareholders must be
well, option (1) building a better phone had been in development for more than 5 years. Nokia engineering had developed shedloads of drivers and IP against texus instruments OMAP chipsets, they owned QT, they had a theme that scaled desktop apps down to a small screen size very well. It was linux kernel based and it did already exist. All they had to do was stop elop from only allowing them to sell it to the wrong markets, then calling it a failure and tossing all that R&D in the bin. The N900 before it was well received http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nokia_N900 though possibly a little late but they were on the right track could have sold android along side it as another option, and had a certain amount of compatibility and shared development investment between both OS as they used a linux kernel.
So much quality work wasted to either devalue the company for microsoft and to sell win phone OS when nobody else would. This whole thing would have been like watching a train crash for the nokia engineers who understood what it could have been.
So google shouldnt be able to use the java api which is not protected, but its ok for oracle to take redhat linux under its open source licenses, then f**k it up craptasticly and collect support $ while giving nothing back to red hat?
At least redhat fund a lot open source development and give back heaps to the community.
True oracle do invest in some linux development (btrfs comes to mind) but I dont think they can talk, here.
For cloud hosting, host your own. Then you know what it is and where. Hire some skilled staff who can keep it running and keep the data backed up offsite. If your worried about web or email use SSL on your mail server and https in your browser.
IMHO No business should keep any private data out in the cloud. Its not a question of country.
Re: But why?
But why? Where I work I see large corporates buying IP and making custom chips for custom applications (think engine computers, motorola cpus, and other bits of hardware baked in to make a purpose build low cost application platform.).
This is something that people will keep wanting to do, and with IBM having been a large long time supporter of linux they will not worry about not being able to get vendor support.
In these applications it doesnt matter what chip it is. It'll come down to what options you can put in the silicon, and price point, and the existence of software tools. This will make ppc hardware or ppc + linux os a viable option in this field. Sure the chips were falling behind vs x86, but were not talking ppc from 3 years ago. Were talking the next gen, and if they have done the engineering right with regards to heat and power they may remain relevant in some markets.
Just dont expect one on your desktop pc or your phone. If thats what your thinking, you have not seen the deeper picture.
This is a good thing. Adam has been my ISP for nearly 10 years, and in that time ive been very happy with the local support from knowledgeable and helpful people, and with usually no wait to speak to them on the phone.
When telstra where looking to buy Adam, I figured that if they closed down the local office then I would move to iinet as a backup plan. Apparently the Adam owners were looking to cash in, so if they had to go somewhere Im happy that it is iinet. From all reports they look after their customers too, and I have a lot of respect for them taking the battle against AFACT to the high court, and winning at every level.
 but also thanks to the other ISPs that backed iinets efforts too.
Nah, thats not true. Adam have signed an agreement for wholesale NBN access and already offer it.
Re: How, Now?
I dunno, there is a lot of x86 windows software out there. Intel have demonstrated x86 processors sucking less juice than arm. But windows 8 and surface dont have a reputation to justify the cost. They need to have a loss leader, sell them under priced and get them in to the market as quickly as possible. Once people have them they'll demand software suited to the platform (desktop apps will be there, but surface pro apps designed for touch with the right gui will help, and start to sell). Microsoft are not making anyone want these products. I dont know what adds the rest of the world are seeing, but the only one ive seen is a bunch of corporates sitting around a table where everyone has a surface pro, and then they all dance around. It looks stupid! a) nobody in business has a pro and there is no reason to get one. b) nobody in business dances in synchronisation at meetings c) its not different and cool, its apple 3 years ago and while apple have lost a lot of cool lately they still have a lot more than microsoft!
There are problems here with net neutrality. It is not the ISPs place to send their customers to specific stores. They say it'll be industry wide and send you to alternate sources "when" it is not available from the main ones - but this comment should set off alarm bells.
I do see this hurting the smaller and more new world content distributors who offer a fairer deal and have less money to hand to comcast. This is the beginning of comcast funnelling customers to clients who pay big and that is a very dangerous thing. Whats more its also one of those slipery slopes, there are sales and therefore money in it and once this begins nobody will be able to pull it back. It'll only get larger and more wide spread.
This should definitely be rejected by consumers. Unfortunately, few understand the larger picture.
Simon Hackett knows what hes talking about. Hes built internode (now owned by iinet) and the agile wholesale network and speaks from what hes learnt. Is there any chance we can get him in to a top job at the NBN co. I dont doubt that hes right on all accounts and his advise would be beneficial if followed.
Good on em! It'll save them money in the medium/long term, and provide yet another reference site to prove it is possible and does work. Since we cant wait for the whole world to be powered by one single epic 24x7 renewable power installation, every bit built and emissions saved is good - and a 1 megawatt hour plant is nothing to be sneezed at. Keep it up apple, and anyone whos in a position to do the same go for it. And im not even an apple fanboi, I have zero apple products and avoid itunes like the plague.
Nah, not speculation for funding if the CSIRO are involved. They have a very good track record of releasing good and impartial information, including on the climate. Much more on their site. http://www.csiro.au/science/Changing-Climate
why no, the ps3 dev kits ran on linux and windows, apple ios is bsd, the license is right for sony. the question is, does it run games, or just compile them? dev environment, or dev console....?
Also what we need should be better defined. We dont need the internet at all, but it sure has benefits to the economy and quality of life. Perhaps what can we use, or what we need to compete with europe/asia and the usa in the cloud based services market.