Posts by Rich of Observationz

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  • Hard News: Shooting for the Moon,

    I don't think that the NZ government should be making the technical call on what to use.

    Rather, how about setting requirements for a 5 year and 10 year schedule, e.g:

    5yr: 75% with 20Mbit, 95% with 2M, everyone (including rural) with 512k
    10yr: 75% with 100M, 95% with 20M, everyone with 2M

    Then put the implementation for each district out to tender using whatever technolology mix the tenderer wants, WiMax from lampposts or whatever.

    There would need to be some access rules, and arrangements for e.g. Telecom copper to be acquired at a fair price, but not one that reflects a monopoly position.

    Back in Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 4422 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Shooting for the Moon,

    what price would you pay for...

    About $50, same as now. I don't plan to budget any more for internettery.

    But it's not what *I* would pay for the service. It's what an average household would pay - or, more specifically, the price/adoption curve.

    Taking a small group of early adopters (like the readers of PA, I suspect) and extrapolating to the whole country is a bit of an obvious fallacy.

    Back in Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 4422 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Shooting for the Moon,

    Has realism set in :-)

    We have Telstra fibre at both Auckland and Wellington (fringe CBD) offices. With 1MBit of bandwidth, coz it's uneconomical to go over that. I'd assume they'd connect any kind of premise if one was willing to pay the price, no?

    I'm unconvinced on the upgradability of passive networks. If it gets built out with 100G bandwidth say, wouldn't all the users need to upgrade equipment at once for 1G bandwidth? Personally, I'd want to see a very solid answer on upgradability before any FTTH rollout was started - otherwise we might get another situation like in Wellington.

    Also, I think one has to be careful that the system is affordable. If 10% of households took the service up, that'd be around 30k of capital per line. So about 3k a year just to cover the interest. It gets better as takeup increases, but unless you made fibre compulsory, i can see a lot of people sticking with copper/sky/freeview.

    Maybe the best business model for this is the Iridium one: get wealthy and dumb investors to fund it, let in go bankrupt, then have a new owner step in without the debt.

    Back in Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 4422 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: In tha Hoodie,

    if you want the engine & car schedules, toll will give them to you - you don't have to wait in the rain and count as they go through

    Not sure what this was apropos of, but isn't it the end of trainspotting when that happens? A sad loss for youth - I guess it's WoW all the way from now.

    Back in Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 4422 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Bean-Counting the Beat,

    There are side band frequencies of reduced power and range that can be used, but there are big issues with those

    Which don't seem to be that much of a problem to Fleet FM, Twisted, UP FM, Base FM etc. (E&OE here..)

    Auckland's guardbands are fairly full I think, but every else (even in central Wellington) a twiddle of the dial suggests there is lots of free bandwidth. But there isn't any money in small scale radio - you have to do it because you want to, and maybe that's the problem for a country music station. bFM and Active both have excellent Americana/alt.country shows, as well.

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  • Hard News: Bean-Counting the Beat,

    I think dance music has a different business model and a different (but obviously overlapping) audience to non-dance music.

    DJs (as I undertand it) make money from, in order:
    - gigs
    - 12" (etc) mixes to what one could call the "prosumer" market - people who are into DJing at some level
    - remix albums for consumers

    (The Tiestos and Paul Oakenfolds possibly make more on the remix CDs than on 12"s).

    The record companies are not an essential part of this process. While a lot of succesful DJs are signed to majors, quite a lot are not - and Tidy Trax or Anjuna probably shift as much vinyl as one of the major-owned labels like Positiva (guessing here).

    Also because (as Simon says) there are only a few dance radio stations and almost no TV exposure, conventional airplay doesn't really figure in getting a DJ noticed.

    I think dance music is doing pretty well - established clubnights like Fevah, Twisted, Slinky can pack out venues - large venues in the case of Auckland. But if some government/industry promotion body wanted to subsidise dance parties featuring new NZ talent, then I know a few people that could do the necessary.

    Back in Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 4422 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Bean-Counting the Beat,

    Tom (Beard):
    Ravers as the new bogans indeed! Mind, I did go into Super Cheap Auto in Petone at the weekend and they were playing hardhouse. The person I was with commented that if they play it in car accessory stores then it is clearly mainstream.

    Back in Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 4422 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Cool,

    Last time I went through LAX on NZ1, you leave the plane and are held in a primitive lounge area for two hours while they refuel/load and unload passengers/generally fluff around.

    Because you are 'entering" the US, you are checked by a customs dude and get a green tag, which you then immediately hand do another customs dude (so you have been in the US for less than a minute). This must screw up their visitor stay statistics something rotten.

    What they don't do is to security check you at any stage. So if you had an accomplice (like an LAX cleaner) hide weapons in the lounge area, you could get on the continuing flight with them.

    Oh, and most walk-through detectors are adjustable. They set them according to level of paranoia / number of passengers / desire of the search staff to have a quiet day.

    Back in Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 4422 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Cool,

    PEOPLE WHO PUT THEIR SEATS BACK WHEN THERE IS SOMEONE BEHIND THEM

    So unless the plane has every second row empty, one should not use the recline at all, ever? Maybe the airlines should disable that feature?

    You could always buy two tickets and select the seat behind you for the imaginary person. Although, I think Ryanair charge per kilo for SLF* now, so you can see a per-metre charge coming in as well.

    (SLF=Self Loading Freight. What airlines call their passengers).

    Back in Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 4422 posts Report Reply

  • Cracker: ALTered States,

    These are not watched substances.

    These people have all the solvents you want in up to 209l containers. I'm sure they'd ask what one wanted it for, but a quick google reveals a helpful site explaining the (legitimate) purpose for all the main solvents.

    Or, if you prefer an online site where you don't need to explain yourself, RS sell Isopropanol
    in handy 5l cans.

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