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  • Hamboy,

    What signal is being sent to Telecom -- and for that matter, to such companies as Vodafone and Orcon, who are already installing their own equipment in unbundled Telecom exchanges?

    Didn't vodafone make a statement not so long ago, saying they were putting a hold on their red network roll out, because of telecom's cabinentisation?
    I braved vodafone's website, but can't find anything about the red network roll out forecast and chorus's one doesn't have CHCH CBD forecast to 2010, which is actually one of the earlier ones.

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 162 posts Report Reply

  • Matthew Poole,

    though I doubt that that was actually the intent

    The PAS readership: being reluctant to give credit to Tories since 2006.

    In this case, to politicians in general. Cunliffe is the only one who I'd give the credit of actually being able to discern the subtleties of language around "peering", and even he probably wouldn't come up with something quite so, err, useful.

    But you're right, when it comes to matters commercial I'm unwilling to give National any credit whatsoever about considering reining in the baser urges of large corporates. Their history is not replete with examples that give me comfort.

    Auckland • Since Mar 2007 • 4097 posts Report Reply

  • giovanni tiso,

    Hey, it wasn't a criticism. If a tory told me it was raining, I'd leave the umbrella at home.

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7473 posts Report Reply

  • Evan Yates,

    Looks like when I get it out on DVD when released (as promised) it’ll be time to scrub the house down or something.

    @legbreak

    Kung Fu Panda has been out on DVD for quite a while. We have a copy and it gets watched regularly by the young-uns (and not-so-...)

    If you don't laugh at the dumpling/chopstick battle then there is no hope for you...

    On the internet front, I know that rural broadband may become a hotter topic when the proposed National Animal Identification & Traceability system gets off the ground. If farmers, stock transporters and saleyards etc. are required to participate in electronic registries and data transfer systems, then net speed in the back-blocks will become an issue.

    Hamiltron, Te Ika-a-Māui • Since Nov 2006 • 197 posts Report Reply

  • Matthew Poole,

    How does giving town dwellers fibre help in getting broadband (of some sort) to Eketahuna?

    You have to start somewhere. Even getting the inter-city links established improves the chances of cockies getting faster tubes. Plus, I didn't say that there was any benefit to rural dwellers from the current plan. I was answering someone else's question as to what benefit faster broadband offers to the primary sector.

    I don't see how it enables me to decide that right now, at 1333, I want to watch Goodbye Pork Pie in Wellington when nobody else does. Doing that efficiently requires big caches of content fairly close to the end users, and that isn't cheap.

    Akamai is a beautiful thing, and it's got those big caches of content fairly close to the end users. In NZ. Now.
    Also, IPTV doesn't pretend to offer you every movie ever made. You choose from what's available, not from anything, ever, in the history of movies. So it doesn't have to let you watch Goodbye Pork Pie now, or even tomorrow, because there's probably insufficient demand. It might, however, let you watch last week's Coronation Street , or some of the movies that were showing at the cinema in January.

    Auckland • Since Mar 2007 • 4097 posts Report Reply

  • Gareth Ward,

    It will be interesting to see who are the private parties in these deals.
    In their existing structures Telecom, Voda, Telstra and even Vector are all currently banned from my reading of it (IIRC Vector own a vertically integrated telco unit that sells data over fibre but that could possibly be easily adjusted to this model) . Transfield, Downer, Fulton Hogan etc may want to build it but owning it would be a big change for them.

    So who's going to do it?

    Auckland, NZ • Since Mar 2007 • 1727 posts Report Reply

  • Emma Hart,

    Hey, it wasn't a criticism. If a tory told me it was raining, I'd leave the umbrella at home.

    Our secret socialist agenda: filling the streets with wet Italians.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4651 posts Report Reply

  • Gareth Ward,

    Good call on NAIT by the way Evan.

    Auckland, NZ • Since Mar 2007 • 1727 posts Report Reply

  • Kyle Matthews,

    The PAS readership: being reluctant to give credit to Tories since 2006.

    I think you'll find we were doing it a long time before that.

    That's just when we started doing it here :)

    Since Nov 2006 • 6243 posts Report Reply

  • giovanni tiso,

    Our secret socialist agenda: filling the streets with wet Italians.

    By golly, Russell was right: you are a tremendous prose writer.

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7473 posts Report Reply

  • Emma Hart,

    Our secret socialist agenda: filling the streets with wet Italians.

    By golly, Russell was right: you are a tremendous prose writer.

    And in fewer than 140 characters, too. I really must start selling you guys stuff...

    #covershideousembarrassment

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4651 posts Report Reply

  • Mark Harris,

    Hands up those who think Richard Worth has heard of wikipedia.

    Good point, though I know he (or someone who works for him) has certainly heard of Facebook. He "friended" me and many others I know before the last election. I left him on my list to see what use he made of it, but never heard another word.

    I deleted him this morning, mainly because he's a dick.

    Waikanae • Since Jul 2008 • 1343 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    Our secret socialist agenda: filling the streets with wet Italians.

    Wetalians.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22834 posts Report Reply

  • LegBreak,

    Kung-Fu Panda is out on DVD??

    Obviously the tactic of not going to DVD store until around 6pm on Saturdays is working.

    OK, I’ll take your collective word for it, and get it out in the holidays.


    As long as this isn’t another elaborate PA joke...

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 1162 posts Report Reply

  • slarty,

    I suspect the real agenda is "my mates at W**** and V**** wildly sunk millions into fibre and wireless and this gives us a chance to buy the toxic assets off them.

    I've gotta get out of this job, I'm getting too cynical...

    I had fibre past the home when I lived in Portsmouth in the early 90's. It was cool, and broke the BT monopoly. SO I admire the goal...

    Since Nov 2006 • 290 posts Report Reply

  • JackElder,

    @legbreak - it was released just before Christmas. You're sufficiently behind that they're about to release Madagascar 2 on DVD, man. Personally I'm looking forward to the school holidays so I can take my daughter to Monsters vs Aliens... and then there's Pixar's new one, "Up", which looks beautiful.

    Wellington • Since Mar 2008 • 708 posts Report Reply

  • Neil Graham,

    I also confess to luddism here, but can someone tell me whether wireless could conceivably work, and whether that would be cheaper?

    Yes and No, or No and Yes. Your choice.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 118 posts Report Reply

  • Graeme Edgeler,

    Good point, though I know he (or someone who works for him) has certainly heard of Facebook. He "friended" me and many others I know before the last election. I left him on my list to see what use he made of it, but never heard another word.

    A post-election analysis discovered that Richard Worth was the third most popular candidate on Facebook, after John Key, and Helen Clark.

    Wellington, New Zealand • Since Nov 2006 • 3207 posts Report Reply

  • Stewart,

    We have a wireless broadband system at home (currently at work) because of our semi-rural location. It is supplied by a company called GeoLink (probably www.geolink.co.nz). It is not totally reliable or particularly fast but beats the hell out of the old dial-up ihug service we had before.

    I think it has elements of a relay-system involved so it can get a bit flaky but, as I say, it is am improvement on what we had before. And it is all we are likely to get for the foreseeable future.

    It might be suitable for farmers, etc unless they want to watch/download movies, etc...

    Te Ika A Maui - Whakatane… • Since Oct 2008 • 577 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    n other news: RussellBrownNZ has been editing his own wikipedia page as well. Imposing the Microsoft hegemony on everyone ... I don't know =)

    Heh. In case anyone didn't get it, RussellBrownNZ ain't me, it's Graeme.

    Fair point, I suppose.

    I did once make an edit, but in general that's best left to others.

    So ... would anyone else care to undo the March 16 2009 edit and get me back to being born in Lower Hutt, rather than Timaru?

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22834 posts Report Reply

  • Kumara Republic,

    A post-election analysis discovered that Richard Worth was the third most popular candidate on Facebook, after John Key, and Helen Clark.

    Was it because he's not Rodney Hide?

    The southernmost capital … • Since Nov 2006 • 5430 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    This just in: NZ broadband dramatically improved, says new report

    Memo to new government: do please try not to screw that up.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22834 posts Report Reply

  • Paul Williams,

    I did once make an edit, but in general that's best left to others.

    I'm actually fine that edits are made by the individual concerned if they're identified as such. There's some matters about which only direct knowledge can be the authority even if it is open to challenge.

    Sydney • Since Nov 2006 • 2273 posts Report Reply

  • Gareth Ward,

    NZ broadband dramatically improved, says new report

    When I speedtested the other night I was getting 9Mbps down and it said the average speedtest for NZ was something like 3Mbps. That's pretty impressive as far as I'm concerned but not sure of the nature of speedtesters...

    Auckland, NZ • Since Mar 2007 • 1727 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    I'm actually fine that edits are made by the individual concerned if they're identified as such.

    Yes. I happened to be not logged in at the time I made the edit, but perhaps I should have.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22834 posts Report Reply

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