I doubt if payments are the problem. Ironically it is more likely a “Privacy” consideration.
no but if we have to build a new transpacific cable simply because every fibre being used on the current one needs a companion fibre owned by the NSA/GCSB passing its contents back to big brother's panopticon then it does affect us - especially if our internet traffic is limited because the NSA denies US landing rights to competing cables simply because the routing equipment will be provided by someone they have no control of
New Snowden docs: GCHQ’s ties to telco gave spies global surveillance reach
Access through “partners” such as Cable & Wireless pulls in gigabits globally.
GCSB may not be mentioned in this article but then most Merkins don’t even know we exist, just the ones with the power to “Rule Them All"…
however the article does confirm that the cables we use into the US are in fact tapped
(it makes more sense to tap them at the US end - saves them having to pay for bandwidth to send all that data back to the US)
EDIT: it's particularly scary that it's Vodaphone that's providing the taps to the spooks, maybe I need another cell provider
we were in Berlin summer 1990, East Berlin was having a going out of business sale, the currency was being merged the next week, things were very different from 3 years before - back then there were these stops on the subway under the East that the trains just slowed for, there were lonely guards with machine guns standing under single bulbs - 3 years later those stations had opened that week, you could tell, they were the only ones without graffitti.
While we were there Pink Floyd played the wall at the wall, saw possibly the best double bill ever Midnight Oil at their prime and Sinéad O'Connor in a Nazi era ampitheatre built for the '36 olympics
OK the scariest thing I saw on TV tonight is that Judith Collins has a clone who follows her around ....
BTW: remember that rates setting by valuation (in NZ) is a 0-sum game - if your valuation goes up by 50% and the average valuation increase across the city is also 50% then the rates you pay will not change
(or rather the percentage of the total rates take that you pay will not increase - if they increase the total amount they want your rates will still go up)
Also remember that when they say that "rates are only going up by 3%" it's cumulative, a bit like compound interest, an exponential thing - that's last years increase plus 3% - ideally rates increases should be quoted against a historical benchmark adjusted for inflation rather than what they soaked you for last year (Dunedin's had a decade of increases over inflation, sometimes 10% per year, while the elderly living on fixed incomes don't see that in their pensions)
Won't someone think of the children? after all if they'll be spending all their money on real estate and none on taxes to support us in our dotage, it's not going to be good..
Really I blame corporatised governments, ones that see no benefit in thinking a decade or two ahead and value short term monetary measurements over long term social good.
Well that and the inability to see beyond the edges of Auckland and see that Auckland's property market is starving the rest of the country of investment capital - if you want a cheap house, less traffic, a more relaxed lifestyle, fewer dirty politics, and none of the Auckland part of the Nats and their shenanigans we all have it right here, anywhere else but there. I know it's usually a joke but rumblings of succession seem to have grown recently, those halfway funny jokes about cutting the cable and letting that fish float away seem to happen more often these days.
Obviously Key is now a witness in this case, I look forward to the police raid of his office where they take away all his phones and computers
Of course it's possible that that someone called the PM and not John Key ....
My favourite ODT headline was "Police stoned during IRA raid" I always wondered how they got that past the powers that be
I was going to propose an ex-national MP/ex-All Black who seems to be at a loose end for the killer robot job but then realised that the fix was in and Bridges obviously already has a candidate in mind
Oh you're right, my apology - it was tagged "Tom Scott and others" with no additional credit