[Linux-aus] Political Recognition for Technology in Australia - was Re: Seeking feedback - EFA Citizens Not Suspects campaign

Bret Busby bret at busby.net
Fri Jun 28 17:14:52 EST 2013

On Fri, 28 Jun 2013, Charles Gregory wrote:

> Date: Fri, 28 Jun 2013 10:29:44
> From: Charles Gregory <la.lists at chuq.net>
> To: russell at coker.com.au
> Cc: Linux Australia List <linux-aus at lists.linux.org.au>,
>     Bret Busby <bret at busby.net>
> Subject: Re: [Linux-aus] Political Recognition for Technology in Australia -
>     was Re: Seeking feedback - EFA Citizens Not Suspects campaign
> On Fri, Jun 28, 2013 at 10:58 AM, Russell Coker <russell at coker.com.au>wrote:
> On Fri, 28 Jun 2013, Bret Busby <bret at busby.net> wrote:
>>> In the meantime, using a (rough, and, not very accurate) figure of a
>>> population of about 20 million, then, the listed cost cited above, of
>>> $37400000000, gives about (3.7x10E10 / 2x10E7) $1800 per person.
>> 37400000000/7600000 == 4921 which is pretty close to the 5000 number that
>> has
>> always been used for the cost per household.
>> This isn't economically viable and there's no realistic possibility of the
>> NBN
>> being privatised in any sort of profitable manner which doesn't involve
>> writing
>> down the value to something significantly less than $37.4 billion.
> It's also worth pointing that the build cost is being spread over ten
> years, and the actual lifespan of the network is often stated as 50 to 100
> years.

According to the (wonky) NBN web site, the NBN is expected to be 
operational here, in about 2018.

I think that, by the time that the NBN is fully implemented, it will be 
obsolete and redundant.

I still have my PC-XT clone, and, as far as I know, it will still work, 
providing I kick start the harddrive.

But, whilst it may still work, that does not mean that it is now a 
worthwhile computer. My (al)pine mail directory, alone, is larger (by a 
few hundred times) than the capacity of the hard drive in that computer. 
And, something like (al)pine is all that that computer would be good 
for, now. I assume that a version of DOS or Minix is available (if Minix 
itself, would not fill the hard drive), that would run on the PC-XT 
architecture, if I did not use the PC-DOS or Novell-DOS or DR-DOS that 
was last run on that computer.

Just because a thing still exists, and, may be still (kind of) usable, 
does not mean that it would fit in with the technology at the time.

Bret Busby
West Australia

"So once you do know what the question actually is,
  you'll know what the answer means."
- Deep Thought,
   Chapter 28 of Book 1 of
   "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy:
   A Trilogy In Four Parts",
   written by Douglas Adams,
   published by Pan Books, 1992

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