[Linux-aus] Political Recognition for Technology in Australia

Bret Busby bret at busby.net
Fri Jun 28 17:41:54 EST 2013

On Fri, 28 Jun 2013, Bret Busby wrote:

> On Fri, 28 Jun 2013, Paul Parker wrote:
>> Date: Fri, 28 Jun 2013 09:27:02
>> From: Paul Parker <paul2471 at gmail.com>
>> To: "linux-aus at lists.linux.org.au" <linux-aus at lists.linux.org.au>
>> Subject: Re: [Linux-aus] Political Recognition for Technology in Australia
>> Re: [Linux-aus] Political Recognition for Technology in Australia -
>> was Re: Seeking feedback - EFA Citizens Not Suspects campaign
>> Agree with David Lyon we need question what sense drives Technology policy.
>> Concentration upon NBN to some houses being connected misleads discussion.
>> Attention needed on fibre optic connection to sub-exchanges, so areas
>> being connected quickly have available a suitable minimum standard for
>> connection speed.
>> Many still lack access to ADSL/2,  mobile internet, satellite or other
>> equivalent services.
>> Need clearer which areas have reasonable services, which do not.
>> Does dial-up of 50 kps  (OK for 1991)  remain the national minimum standard 
>> ?
> From memory, we used to get about 64KB/s via dialup, which gave us download 
> speed of about 10MB/hr (it has recently been up to about 10MB/s, and, 
> sometimes, better).
> But, with the increased spying on us and what we do, and, other interception, 
> by the federal parliament, regardless of how many KB/s we are supposed to 
> get, the actual speeds will probably revert to about the 33.6KB/s  (an even 
> slower) dialup speed, even if we have 6" wide optical fibres in the cables.
> It does not matter whether you have a ferrarri, or a porsche - if you are 
> driving it through deep puddles and muddy paddocks with foot-high grass, and, 
> having to stop and open and close gates, and, drive it over cattle stops, 
> then you can not really maintain an average speed of over 150km/hour.

And, that is if the ASIC does not block access to all of the ISP's - 
"But we had to do it - after all, the "I" does stand for insurrection, 
doesn't it?"

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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