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#1197762 NBN - Is it too expensive?

Posted by Leonid on 14 November 2017 - 06:51 PM

Also, if we're looking at most people taking slower/cheaper plans and using that as a measure of what people want, we may also want to look into the fact that people having a copper line home phone on POTS in rural areas are spitting chips that come fire season they may have no access to the outside world.

To be fair, there's no solution to that. Fibre to the home is no solution during fire, especially with NTDs and Lithium batteries. Powered nodes are no good either.

I think at the moment the only thing that can survive fire is Unifi AirFiber and that's only because it can be dozens of km away from the fibre.... but still... no real solution.

#1197739 NBN - Is it too expensive?

Posted by Leonid on 13 November 2017 - 05:06 PM

I'm sure I'm just misunderstanding; but what IS your end game?
Given where we are now (because we can't go back in time), if you were in charge tomorrow; exactly what would be done?

I would terminate VDSL2+ entirely.

I would use powered nodes, FTTN-style across the country, linked by fibre - all owned in perpetuity by a government not-for-profit entity.

I would legislatively prohibit that company from laying the fibre. Instead it would have power to tender and inspect.

Each powered node would have space in it sold to each of the telcos for installation of their cells. In addition, each node would have XGPON ports - a minimum of 200 of them per node.

I would set a minimum CVC purchase relative to the number of users connecting to each node, relative to the ISPs target market/margin. In addition I would rule that to provide internet access each 4G provider must
A: wholesale their network to any third party at fair price
B: to provide internet access anywhere, any tier 1 provider must have purchased space and deployed cells in every single node.

I would provide two plans on 4G/5G:
25Mbps and 50Mbps

Anyone wanting more than that in a resi area would be asked to fund their own fibre build at cost (ie not for profit).

All business districts would be entitled to fibre.

In addition I would try leave all nodes capable of disruptive technologies - ie UniFi AirFiber, etc.

#1196239 Same-sex postal survey is a go

Posted by Leonid on 19 September 2017 - 07:42 PM

I've always said I'd vote yes, my thought on a SSM vote has always been "why the fuck not".
But I keep seeing a lot of hatred and vitriol being spewed out in regards to this vote and its not coming from the side everyone said it would be.
I've seen death threats and threats of rape and I wish there was some way i could send a giant "fuck you" to these people without putting a mark in that no box.

I thought the same thing.

Except I know gay couples who hate these retards as much as I do, and don't even care if marriage goes ahead or not, because they've got everything they want.

So it used to be that I was ardently pro gay-rights. Now, I just want this issue put to rest, and not crop up again and again and again and again.

So I ticked yes. Because my life won't change.

#1193299 Why is there not a fuss about polygamous marriage?

Posted by Leonid on 13 July 2017 - 06:05 PM

Yeah except what do you do if partner 3 hates partner 2 and wants to divorce 2 but not 1?

And 1 wants to remain to both.

How the fuck does that work?

This isn't gay marriage which is basically just a removal of gender from legislation - this is a whole new beast.

Just keep scaling it up. How do we work the family tax benefits for a 17-person marriage?

In fact, the only way poly marriage works is if you kill off gay marriage, restrict women's rights and allow men to multi-marry.

While you're at it, may I suggest a name change from Commonwealth of Australia to "Saudi Australia"?

#1191029 The Buffett Rule

Posted by Leonid on 23 April 2017 - 03:37 AM

And just in a by the by, when an individual pays SIX POINT FUCKING NINE MILLION BUCKS in tax, I don't give a shit what percentage he pays.

He's paid far more than he consumes as a citizen.

Um, Not necessarily.
If the taxable income is 39 million I'd say it's a logical conclusion that this person could afford to consume more than you at your taxable income rate, could imagine.

I'm assuming here the word "consume" refers to more than just eating, yes ? ;)

Does Warren Buffett consume more government healthcare than his secretary?

How about social handouts?

The fact of the matter is rich people either use the same government services at the same rate or lower than us mere mortals.

Yes, they often use more services such as grants available to companies. But their companies pay for that in tax too.

But that's company tax. I don't want to go there.

I just want to talk about personal income tax.

When Warren pays $6.9m dollars, and Betty in the mail room pays $1200 and then the government hands her $20k in family tax benefits, well... I reckon Warren's paid for far more than what he's getting from the government in return.

#1190696 The end of Clarke and Dawe

Posted by Leonid on 10 April 2017 - 05:51 PM

When I get up there, and if there's a god, I'm punching him in the face.

The only good thing on the ABC...

#1186027 how crap is this government ?

Posted by Leonid on 02 December 2016 - 08:42 PM

Maajid Nawaz.

For his trouble of being an anti-extremist and critical of Islam, he got a listing the Southern Poverty Law Center as a hate preacher against Islam.

Fucking SJWs

Yes, him. And Ayaan Hirsi Ali as well. I am well aware how badly the SPLC has jumped the shark there, but I'd forgotten the man's name and checking on mobile was a PITA.

The road to hell is paved with good intentions.

One more reason Donald Trump got elected. I was listening to his speech in Ohio.

You know what the man kept harping on about? Jobs. Jobs. And jobs. And returning manufacturing to places where it was ripped out from under the noses of low-educated basic decent people, by the powers that be in Washington.

And I think I now realise why politics is completely broken. Here and in the USA. Most people don't give two shits about whether there are 40 genders or 2. Or whether someone is a Muslim or an ISIS fighter. It's all the same fucking shit.

Here's what people want: food on their table, a future, an expectation that the next generation will live better than the last.

And after they get that, maybe they'll listen to the argument for why there ought to be 40 genders.

I'm beginning to think Trump might just pull off a good presidency.

#1185970 how crap is this government ?

Posted by Leonid on 02 December 2016 - 07:18 AM

Given the choice between a Catholic overlord or having the teachings of PC bullshit rammed down my throat... pass me the holy water, thanks.

Yep I'll take my chances with Christendom than with holier-than-thou religion too.

 Actually my best semi-local butcher is Halal and thinks most of his race are assholes - I buy there every time I am in the vicinity - great chicken :)

I wasn't aware Halal was a race. Nor Islam, for that matter. ;p

However, there is a great big streak of intolerance built into the religion, if that's what you mean. There's several clips of Sam Harris and his ex-Islamist friend on YouTube if you're interested.

Maajid Nawaz.

For his trouble of being an anti-extremist and critical of Islam, he got a listing the Southern Poverty Law Center as a hate preacher against Islam.

Fucking SJWs

#1185217 Trump wins the election *dies inside*

Posted by Leonid on 12 November 2016 - 11:12 PM

Perhaps Trump doesn't actually care what they be as long as they work and are intelligent. Wouldn't that be a novel state of affairs.
Hang on the above does exclude illegal immigrants, regardless of race or sex or sexual orientation... he doesn't care for illegals.

That's because by definition illegal immigrants are criminals and knowingly employing them is a criminal act?

#1185215 Trump wins the election *dies inside*

Posted by Leonid on 12 November 2016 - 10:45 PM

So a woman, a black man, and a gay man.

That line was trotted out yesterday evening/early this morning.  But it demonstrates nicely that Trump meant none of what he said during the race - one can only hope he's a complete fraud, and actually not a total buffoon.  (He can't avoid that entirely, with that enormous string of frivolous lawsuits.)

He said nothing about gays, blacks or women. Sure the insulted individual women but never did he say they were as a gender, incapable.

I'll also point out that as far as I'm aware, he's the first Republican to co-operate and empower Republican gays + he's the first president-elect to hoist a rainbow flag.
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#1185122 Trump wins the election *dies inside*

Posted by Leonid on 10 November 2016 - 11:29 PM

You know she denies that.

I do. I also know Trump denies groping 13 (or now 14?) women.

I believe both of them, as much as I believe that there's actually gender called Femme Queen. Or that precious petals need safe spaces at universities.

#1184729 how crap is this government ?

Posted by Leonid on 01 November 2016 - 02:35 PM


So Trump might have a better showing in Ohio. A place that is feeling the loss of it's home grown industry, and blames free trade for that.

That last bit sounds awfully familiar to what has been happening here in Aus.

And in England and everywhere else the cabal rules.  People everywhere are fed up to the teeth.



Thing is - free trade is not the enemy.


The left is.


(Bear with me.)


High wages. High welfare spending. High arts spending. High education spending.


Who's responsible for pushing these higher and higher in the West? Generally the left? And this slowly bleeds manufacturing overseas. Is it surprising therefore, that the people vote for a protectionist right-winger?







I think it's way past time that the West applied a new standard to country areas - if you're a manufacturing company in the deep country, you're tax-quarantined. 10% tax.

#1183651 how crap is this government ?

Posted by Leonid on 06 October 2016 - 08:20 AM

This is an excellent summary re why Trump still rides high: https://www.theguard...r-working-class

It will happen here too as both parties disconnect from your average blokein a pub.

The basic summary is:
1. Politicians have left the people behind, egged on by a shrill media class
2. The media is a false god with few believers
3. When you push people too far, they'll vote for anybody who gets them, even if it means watching the world burn.

We saw this in our last election with Turnbull's commendable innovation agenda. I mean, it's good... no doubt. We need innovation.

But to a blue collar worker it just sounds like "let's get more technological so we can replace more jobs", and the innovation pitch completely alienated the blue collar base - the Howard's Battlers.

#1183268 how crap is this government ?

Posted by Leonid on 28 September 2016 - 09:34 AM

From The Oz:

Left has no empathy for great middle ground

This is a shouty, shallow and callow media age in which young Lefty tyros are rewarded for sharp opinions and violently executed tweets. Their opponents in the right-wing blogosphere too easily drift into hate and conspiracy over genuine inquiry.

So on a range of issues the Left and Right yell at each other in what psychologists refer to as ­different emotional languages, like a husband who really cannot understand what his wife is saying about why their marriage is going awry.

I got that feeling very strongly last Tuesday morning when I heard Andrew Bolt being interviewed by Fran Kelly about Tuesday nights very interesting program with Linda Burney on Aboriginal recognition. Kelly was perplexed Bolt seemed not to agree with all the received Radio National wisdoms she was trying to get him to concede.

And yet the thinkers behind recognition, people such as Noel Pearson, have always known ­Andrew with his ability to ­articulate the honestly held and genuine concerns of his readers was the biggest danger to any ­potential referendum, even if it was first proposed by Andrews confidante Tony Abbott.

Just as with same-sex marriage and Muslim immigration the megaphones of the Left show no understanding of, or even empathy for, the great middle ground of Australian public opinion, which is where these issues will be ­decided.

Those in the maximalist camp on Recognition give every indication of preferring a loss to a win on slightly less ambitious terms. Wiser heads in the movement know proponents who argue for a treaty now would be smarter to take it one step at a time.

Still, I had real admiration for Bolt, who showed tremendous courage to expose himself to a full tilt ABC ideological crusade with newly elected federal Labor MP Burney. The Twittersphere was a feral sewer about him that night and next day.

Having been into the ABCs Ultimo fortress in inner Sydney several times lately I can say the pursed-lipped tut-tutting is ­almost overpowering when a critic of the corporation crosses the threshold. Good on Bolt for doing it I reckon.

It was also gutsy of diminutive Burney to front a couple of ­conservative, and physical, giants in Bolt and Liberal Party federal MP Cory Bernardi in the latters Adelaide electoral office.

It is unlikely Bolt or Burney will ever persuade each other but viewers may have sensed an ­increased recognition on the part of each of the participants of the others genuine passion.

An Essential Media Poll published in The Guardian on Wednesday highlighted this sort of hyper partisanship and the inability of many in journalism even to understand how their own country feels about issues.

Given what has happened in Europe since German Chancellor Angela Merkel opened the nations borders to Syrian refugees a year ago it should have been no surprise to The Guardian or the ABC that half the nation wanted a ban on Muslim immigration.

The poll showed 49 per cent supporting a ban and only 40 per cent opposing. John Barron, hosting The Drum on ABC TV, seemed shocked that even large numbers of Greens and Labor voters supported such a ban.

It does make you wonder whether some journalists ever talk to ordinary Australians. Five minutes in any pub in the country will render such polling unnecessary.

The ideological and media ­divide is just as wide for same-sex marriage. The sheer brutality of the Lefts reaction to any Christian spokesperson either opposing change or supporting the plebiscite promised by the ­Coalition elected less than three months ago is vile.

This is not just a challenge for journalism. It is also a problem for the body politic.

If journalists dont understand how their audiences feel and the media and politics become ever more sharply partisan, how will reformers ever bring about social, economic and political change?

This Balkanisation of social attitudes and the subsequent prioritising of opinion over reporting that seeks to explore and understand is making Western countries increasingly difficult to govern. Even something seemingly uncontestable such as repair of the federal budget now elicits sharply partisan divides among journalists and politicians.

I support recognition but would never think a referendum should even be held if a proposition was so ambitious it was guaranteed to fail.

A libertarian on same-sex ­marriage, I would nevertheless defend to the death the freedom of Christians, let alone Muslims and Jews, to stick to their religious convictions.

I think a ban on Muslim ­immigration would be the most dangerous thing the country could do if it really is interested in preventing young men from self-radicalising online.

After all, teenagers feeling so alienated from mainstream ­society today that they seek solace in the websites of Islamic State would only feel more like outsiders were all Muslim immigration banned. But it should sure as hell be ­obvious to any thinking journalist why in the face of so many attacks on Western targets during the past two years many Australians would be attracted to such a ­proposition.

If we try to walk a mile in ­anothers shoes, we might begin to see why Aboriginal kids would think it unfair to suggest they should just be happy to forget about their heritage and history and again accept what is being ­offered them. But we might also understand why Bolt believes people today should not be atoning to people many generations and multiple ethnicities away from the brutalities of white settlement.

We might understand the complexities of race from the ­position of the other person, as Stan Grant has so eloquently tried to explain.


#1182801 how crap is this government ?

Posted by Leonid on 15 September 2016 - 10:20 PM

I am totally fucking bamboozled by the Defence Minister not having a problem with sending our defence forces out in uniforms that
the ministry  thinks would be too expensive to have made by their fellow citizens.

Look... I'd rather they wore cheaper but equivalent quality clothes, but had better armour and tactics gear.

End of the day - it's just a shirt, pants and boots. Admittedly they have to be tough, but honestly... it's just good fabric - whether it's sown in Aus or in China isn't really going to make much of a diff.