Posts by Paul Campbell

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  • Hard News: It would be polite to ask,

    A friend of mine pointed out today that most non NZers expect the islands to be called "North Island" and "South Island" while we strangely include the article as part of the name.

    He suggests we officially rename them as "The North" and "The South"

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2424 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Of Monsters and Old Boys,

    Surely it should be given the additional recognition of becoming a decile 11 or 12 school.

    Oh great now there's going to be some National cabinet minister actually asking that question ....

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2424 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Doing anything Thursday?,

    personally I just don't want to be arrested for being naked ....

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2424 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The New World Order: A Visual…,

    I for one am offended by my long time personal protest of dipping a teabag in water to protest about being a taxpayer but not having a vote (I lived in the US for 20 years but never took citizenship), not even for the local school board, coopted by a bunch of johnny-come-lately wingers who don't really seem to understand what that whole Boston tea party thing was all about.

    NZ's sensible idea of letting everyone who's a resident (and therefore a taxpayer) vote is so much more civilised.

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2424 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Official Information,

    It's friday some interesting links (vi boing-boing):

    Mow the lawn (possible NSFW)

    The EFF opines Is the Queen now a copyright criminal?

    Talking about iPods and the Queen - who on earth thought this would be a good idea - she will not be amused - they should have got her a "wiiPod" ....

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2424 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Quantum Faster,

    Well I guess part of my (slightly) pro-ATM bias is that I've been doing digital TV for a while - it and ATM go together really well - many cable TV headends are in essence just big ATM switches with modulators hanging off them (there's a reason why transport stream packets are 188 bytes long - each fits in 4 ATM cells) - a lot of IP data in cable plants float around on ATM as well

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2424 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Quantum Faster,

    Rich - your list is probably about right - but assuming you're running ATM under everything on your fibre it's not a big stretch that you can choose an ISP, a TV provider, and a VOIP provider independently - for example you might choose take city-wide broadcast ATM virtual circuits (VCs) from a city-wide TV provider, telephone VCs from telecom, IP packets on VCs from a ISP, etc - of course each of those would probably love to lock you in with their particular bundle .... but we already see that happening now

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2424 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Quantum Faster,

    I'm in 2 minds about the IPTV as killer-app - living in Dunedin, full of hills, cable of some form makes sense for lots of people - really though it depends on what 'dark fibre to the home' means if it's dark fibre back to some colo then I guess it depends on what my ISP provides and will route to (and if they can handle the load), on the other hand if the fibre goes to a cabinet with more limited backhaul then a more traditional ATM ring containing broadcast TV makes sense.

    But suppose the fibre goes past my house, I race out with a shovel, dig a trench, hook up a cool fast modem - it's still dark fibre until there's someone at the other end .... one real problem we have is that the ISPs probably don't have the capital to hook up the other ends of the fibre - look at the current ADSL+ build out - most of the country is still waiting - my ISP (Orcon) has managed to build out some of Auckland, and a little bit if Wellington - the rest of us are waiting - much as i like them I'm starting to look to jump

    Oh yeah and a quantum .... it's a really really small thing

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2424 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Imagining Auckland: no…,

    part of the local issue is that Dunedin is HUGE, especially for it's population - in fact most of it is farmland, very little of it is 'city', though by far the bulk of the population lives in urban areas - the people up in Middlemarch do have genuinely different needs and concerns from those in the city, but because most of the voting population is urban they get little representation

    I think your argument about the students has some merit - but do you serious;y expect the current council to listen? the anti-stadium meeting filled the town hall last night, but the good ol' boys in the tartan mafia will ignore it

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2424 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: TiVo and some tunes,

    depends on how much bandwidth they are throwing at it HD sized streams are going to strain your software decoder while SD sized ones wont

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2424 posts Report Reply

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