For once we agree Paul. But complaining about Telecom is not going to make them or the problem go away. Look how Vodafone reacts when someone suggests sharing their GSM network. That is why the private sector should not control infrastructure but be only allowed to lease space in or on it.
I think we've reacted really well to the suggestion we "share" the GSM network actually. Co-location and roaming is happening - what we're objecting to is being told we have to wear all the costs of allowing someone else to build stuff on the network when we'd already reached commercial agreements on this kind of sharing with the parties concerned. Why regulate something that's not broken?
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I was astonished to hear Maurice suggesting raising debt to finance a public-owned (presumably) fibre to the home project.
I can see this working if it's in conjunction with Telecom's cabinetised network... Telecom owns that, we the people own the fibre at the ends of it (cabinet to curb/property) and everyone gets open access to the last mile.
On the point about cabinets, in general it's a great principle to get the fibre as deep into the network as possible. What Telecom is suggesting, however, is akin to the government saying it will invest $1.4bn in improving regional transport by building motorways and then building them all in central Auckland. Most of the customers who will be moving from exchange to a new cabinet won't notice any difference as they're already well within the range needed to get faster broadband.
It's not cabinets that are wrong here - far from it - it's the lack of consultation and the protectionist approach to the roll out. The areas that really need cabinets are further afield (not central Auckland) yet they're getting nothing.
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The trick, as I remember it, is The Two Week Rule... that is anything any child does good or bad will only last two weeks before they're on to the next trick in the book.
If you can string sentences together like that I'm afraid you're still getting enough sleep and that can't be tolerated.
Also, the main role of the midwife seems to me to be to reassure parents that the child will grow up despite them, not because of them. In that, you've got yourself a winner on the day.
Have you had the cloth nappy/disposable nappy diatribe yet? We were hell bent on using cloth until I discovered number one child was bright red (baboon red) from knees to navel... simple answer, switch to disposables with their magic urine-retaining power and to hell with the environment.
oil or no oil I'd still like to get from the city to the Shore in a direct line. Personally, I'd like to see more ferries (think Sydney) but that's not likely any time soon...
I found a book of photos of Auckland through the ages (well, OK, the last hundred years) that showed dozens of ferries heading in and out of Auckland CBD until fairly recently. I'm not sure why we can't have them back, but without the infrastructure at each end to get people to the ferries (whatever form that takes) it's all a bit silly really. Kind of like building a large railway terminus in the middle of town and saying "voila, our transport problems are solved."
Ignoring the rugby for a moment (I grew up in Wales. Waddayagonna do? Just be glad we didn't lose to the Poms!), the bridge.
23m taller than the Eiffel Tower, built for near enough as makes no difference E400m (that's Euros - roughly a billion Kiwi).
Which makes me wonder WTF we think we're doing talking about spending $3 billion on a new Auckland harbour crossing... THREE BILLION??
here's my plan: let's budget for half that, fly Sir Norman and his team here, give them $500m for their own uses and let them loose. We'll save a fortune and if the result is half as gorgeous as the Millau Bridge, it'll be worth twice as much.
Come on Auckland. Show us yer vision.
Dam that's a fine tale...
of course, the true environmentalist would only drive the Tesla...
I'd include a photo but frankly it's beyond me.
Meh, get a scooter.
My 50cc Hyosung Fast SF50 (seriously) costs me $4.55 a week in petrol AND you get the thrill of surviving the ride to work each day! My god, the adrenalin! All that for $1000 up front.
I did get to drive a Lexus hybrid and I'm glad to see a serious car company going down the hybrid route... each model will have a hybrid version and the only major difference (aside from the engine of course) is the additional "h" on the badge. No boxy boringness for Lexus. Not sure it helped with the environment though - I drove it with a heavy foot and used the V6 petrol engine like a kind of turbo (creep along silently then ... WAMMO! MORE POWER!!) but I did like having a car that was almost silent on the motorway. Very nice.
NZ organisations report attacks by foreign governments
With tension mounting between the US and China over hacking allegations, two New Zealand organisations report they may have been subject to online attacks by a foreign government, while one says it has been the victim of a likely “cyber-terrorist” incident.
According to the 2007 Global State of Information Security Survey, released today and published in depth in CIO New Zealand magazine, 163 IT security incidents globally (3% of the total reported) were considered likely to be of terrorist origin, while 150 were attributed to attacks by foreign governments.
Hi Craig, but that's my point... in the Good Old Days (TM) (can we still do (TM) or has that meme fled?) newspapers did write copy aimed at readers in one particular local/segment/whatever... these days they re-use copy from other areas without any regard for relevence whatsoever.
Have a look at the Stuff "Editor's picks" column. As I write the number one story is "NSW mulls crushing cars to stop boy racers" and one of the others is "Fire exit gets drinker into trouble". The first story might have resonance over here but the second one is about some drunk in a pub south of Perth. I find that kind of thing happens a lot on Stuff - the stories aren't written for a Kiwi audience and yet they're run as if they're local news.
Can't I just get stuff that's relevent to me/my situation? Sadly, I can - but not from newspapers. Actually, scratch that "sadly"... it's great. I get my news online from the source that's most applicable to the news story. It's the End of Mainstream Media As We Know It and I for one welcome our virtual overlords (aka Russell).