And what's up with the scare quotes? You would think the complainant was on trial here.
If ross' standard is that only a criminal conviction is meaningful, then let him wait for perjury and false complaint convictions before attacking Nicholas.
"I would've told the cops to take a hike."
If I were asked to provide evidence that shattered an accused rapist's alibi I'd travel as far as necessary. Your sense of responsibility is pretty atrophied.
You know... I don't know what I mean by that. I think that was me misremembering the problems of crosstalk as pairs get bundled up into binders.
I shall cease wittering about things where my knowledge is marginal now :)
It'll be nice when that ADSL2 actually gets retailed...
(Oh yeah, 3 Mbps or more is pretty acceptable performance in that at that speed, many sites can't deliver that fast to you. While it's nice to have 10 so that your network Linux install from Citylink doesn't interfere with your video, that's icing for me).
I do have a cheap DSL router these days (one of the old DSE modem routers XH1149 I think). I'm not upgrading because I'm moving to Wellington soon and I hope to have lovely 10Mbps cable. It would be interesting to know what the best and the worst modems are though.
However, I think many urban users are in fact 5-6 kilometers away from their exchange. Unfortunately I don't know where to get a map of exchange locations, and Telecom's database of line speed and location is not publicly available. The number of people sharing your piece of copper is also important. Where I live seems to have the unfortunate double whammy of being distant from the exchange but with a lot of users. And the technician who called at my last place (who was English) told me that Telecom use the BT system but broke all the BT rules about how many phones should be hanging off the same piece of copper ("broke" = too many, of course).
Anyway, I just thought Reece should know that depending on where he is, DSL performance is not Telecom's fault, except in a long-term planning/capital investment sense. 7-8 Mbps is the best possible result and it is not going to be the performance the large majority of users see, even without rate limiting.
Can't be swelling my inbox any further, I'm afraid, but I'll investigate the RSS option. Glad to hear further tweaks are in the works.
You could do worse than have a hard look at Metafilter for features - it's a had a LOT of careful usability tuning for a community site over several years, and it shares a similar kind of vibe to what I think PA is trying to create.
I particularly like the way Metafilter handles this. What you see as a logged in member is something like this:
blah blah (45 comments) (7 new)
If you click on "45 comments" you go to the beginning of the thread. If you click on "7 new" it takes you to the first new comment since your last visit, which is generally exactly where you want to be. Not the last comment in the thread, but the first new comment.
I'd love that in PA, because I hate clicking "last post" and then having to backtrack to join the dots between what's just been said and what I last read.
"Apparently the potential line speeds on the copper network are some where around 7.5-8 Mbps"
That's only true if you're very close to the exchange with low line noise, few other devices on the wire, and so on. 3 or so is as good as most people can expect.
Several years ago (round 2001), when few people used DSL and fullspeed was the norm, I got 6 Mpbs in Berhampore (Wellington). I have never had anything like that with DSL in any location in New Zealand since.
520 is Remuera in my distant and vague recollection, and so at least a couple km away.
Because I'm renting and leaving town soon I have no filter and *cough* my router/modem is hanging off an extension because of the impractical faceplate location. Therefore I think I'm probably not getting the best connection I could.
Hmm. Here in sunny Greenlane I see (Orcon DSL) 2188 down and 716 up. Considering I have plugin filters and a degree of dodginess in the phone wiring that's not too shabby.
The argument I was putting was not that it the status quo is best because it is traditional, but that it is traditional because it is best (or least bad, anyway).
I would prefer any evening-up to be protecting the complainant, not stripping more from the defendant.
I read today in the Herald that there are apparently special circumstances in which previous convictions can be admitted in evidence. I would love to know what those circumstances are - that would give us all more facts to think about.