Posts Tagged ‘Internets’

I’ll put my hand up

John Cole asks:

Is there anyone dumber than right wing bloggers?



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Deed Poll

I’m going through a pseudonym reassignment process. I’ve dropped the ‘P’ from the front of my name – it was an obscure reference to Terry Pratchett (while another such reference exists on the ‘About’ page for this blog), and people keep reading my name as ‘phobias’ instead.

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Meet the stupids

Andrew Bolt posts a story of a wrongful conviction as an argument against the death penalty. The comments from the Boltheads are where things get truly frightening. Apparently, not only does capital punishment have a strong deterrent effect (at least in the United States), but wrongful convictions are no longer possible because of DNA evidence – and even if they were, executing a few innocent people is a price worth paying to ensure that dangerous criminals are kept off the streets and put into the cemetery where they belong.

I tend to find Andrew Bolt’s views repugnant in many cases, and flawed in most, but in this case we seem to be in agreement. The really disturbing thing is that many of his followers are a lot more distorted in their view of reality than he is.

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Supraliminal messages

Maybe Andrew Bolt organised this as payback for Leftist editing bias on Wikipedia?

Dirty tricks

[credit to tigtog for the picture]

I have trouble seeing a genuine sinister intent behind this. My best guesses would be fatigue-induced accident or temporary moronicism on the behalf of a News.com.au online staffer.

Darryl Mason reports a rumour that Malcolm Farr hit the roof.

Anyway, it looks like Mark Latham was right and this really is the Seinfeld election campaign – “not that there’s anything wrong with that”.

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Good Bloody Grief!

The Internets are melting! The GG says that the blogs say that the Coalition is making a comeback!

At least Samantha Maiden got one thing right:

The Australian’s analysis of the result is always wrong.

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New stuff

I have added some bits and pieces to the sidebar on the blog’s main page. These include some AddThis buttons for feed subscription and social bookmarking, as well as some external RSS feeds. I am drawing election news from Aunty’s web site, and I am also showing the conversations on other blogs I am tracking through co.mments. I started using this system to track comment threads recently, and so far it’s working pretty well.

If any of the stuff is not working as planned or if there are more useful things I could add, I’d welcome any feedback.

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The LP

For those who live in a cave on the Pakistan-Afghanistan border, Larvatus Prodeo is broken due to spam (perhaps a sophisticated high-tech anti-Left scheme engineered by Richard Alston?)

The counter-insurgency is hiding over here.

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Helen Coonan shouts, “hurrah!” – we’re ninth among OECD countries in broadband speeds. She is referring to this report.

Problems? Stephen Conroy sees some:

“These figures and this statement by the OECD that these figures are just based on departmental estimations demolish [Communications Minister] Helen Coonan’s claims that Australia has leap-frogged up the table,” he said.

“Helen Coonan has put in the fix, she’s knobbled the figures and it’s a disgrace.

“She’s got her own department to supply statistics that back up her claims.

“Helen Coonan needs to get out more. She needs to travel Australia, meet with the thousands of Australians to here how much Australians are crying out for faster broadband.”

Coonan’s office disputes this:

A spokesman for Senator Coonan has strongly rejected Labor’s claim, saying the Australian Bureau of Statistics provides the broadband speed data to the OECD.

Although the speed data in the OECD portal does not list its source, the broadband penetration data (on which we rank 12th) certainly says “Estimate: DCITA estimation in absence of official ABS statistics.” However, it is worth noting that the speed data is based on the average of the advertised speeds of 48 services. Many of the high-speed services (e.g., ADSL2+) have relatively low penetration in terms of the number of telephone exchanges and the number of ISPs in a given area that offer it. Furthermore, the advertised speeds are theoretical maximums, with actual speed declining as distance from the exchange increases. The end result is that while the ads might paint a nice picture, many people in many parts of the country cannot get the speeds they claim are available – which Senator Coonan doesn’t seem to care about right now.

Other problems? iTWire has some:

Australia’s increased broadband ranking was the good news. The bad was that, with FTTH presently stalled, we are falling even further behind the most advanced nations. The OECD reports that: “Operators in several countries continue upgrading subscriber lines to fibre. fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) and fibre-to-the-building (FTTB) subscriptions now comprise eight percent of all broadband connections in the OECD, up from seven percent a year ago, and the percentage is growing. Fibre connections account for 36 percent of all Japanese broadband subscriptions and 31 percent in Korea.” The figure in Australia was so low as to be rated zero!

There is also now lots of information on data prices including a chart showing average monthly data cap size in those countries that use this pricing model: Canada, Czech Republic, Portugal, Iceland, New Zealand, Australia and Belgium. Australia had the second lowest cap size (15GB) after Belgium (13GB) as against leader Canada with 65GB). Australia’s price per additional MB (in $US purchasing power parity) was way above any of the others, at $US.105. The nearest was Portugal at $US0.04 followed by Iceland at $US0.03. New Zealand came out quite well at $US0.10.

So, our broadband connections are expensive, have relatively low download allowances, and we are not developing the fibre infrastructure that is required to keep up with the world. To borrow an analogy from today’s festivities, we’re like a horse that’s running ninth as we come around the final bend with 500 metres to go, except that we’re five wide and the jockey has dropped his whip and stopped encouraging the horse.

Thanks for the pep talk, Senator Coonan.

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A sordid little soap opera is going on between Glenn Greenwald, the personal spokesman for General David Petraeus and (possibly) a skilled computer hacker who has managed to create perfect forgeries of US military e-mails. The latest installment of the saga begins here and then continues here. The uniformly stunning intellect of the Rightist blogosphere in investigatified journamalism is also on display here.

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Champagne Labor advertising:

Tip of the hat to Darryl Mason for finding this.

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