* Posts by TheHangingJudge

2 posts • joined 16 Nov 2017

nbn™ pauses hybrid fibre-coax build and will fix current connections

TheHangingJudge

My fibrous experience

My house was in the area picked for the trial rollout of FTTH in metro Melbourne early 2011. Even though I had pretty good speed already through Telstra cable, I went for it because it was free to connect and maybe wouldn't be later.

I went for Optus on cost and it has been crap. Hard to say whether it would have been any better with Telstra because a lot of the problems have been outside the house, which is NBN responsibility. There is a drop out or major go-slow every other evening (insufficient CVCs?) for 30 mins or so but recently there have been several days-long outages and I have had to call in a fault, which takes 20-40 mins on hold on the mobile (you have no hard line because that is via the NBN).

One of the many engineers I have met says that this is because the street distribution boxes put in as part of the first tranche of rollouts are now very fragile and when engineers go inside to correct a problem for one property, they cause a problem for another. Is this rollout going to be like painting the Forth Bridge?

Universal basic income is a great idea, which is also why it won't happen

TheHangingJudge

Make the unemployed useful

Instead of UBI, why don't we immerse the unemployed in liquid-nutrient-filled capsules, link their brains up to Facebook to keep them occupied and harvest their electrical energy to run server farms?

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