Now it’s getting beyond a joke.
The latest news this morning is that the Coalition has edged ahead by 2000 votes with 20% of the vote still to be counted.
Of course Crazy Eyes Bishop was immediately wheeled out to stare the public into submission and claim that Labor now had no right to form Government. Of course being the impartial observers and reporters of news that they are, the media immediately jumped on the bandwagon and are now pushing the independents to make a decision.
A couple of things on this:
1. There is still 20% of the vote to be counted and the lead is only 2000…get a grip!
2. Funny how as soon as the LNP edges ahead the independents get the pressure ramped up massively.
Frankly the media have now lost any minor semblance of impartiality they may have retained and are now simply cheerleading for the Coalition.
UPDATE: As of now Labor have now regained the lead in the two party preferred votes. Funny how I don’t see any commentary about the LNP no longer being entitled to form government now that they aren’t winning the 2PP…
While doing some reading on the broadband network and the overwhelming disgust anyone with any knowledge has for the Abbott plan, the “user” comments found have brought the stupid to a whole new level.
Here are some samples:
- “THIS PUTS THE NBN into perspective and highlights the OVERKILL and waste of money
I was just copying 7.5 Gb from an internal hard drive to 2 other Hard drives, One is a HP personal media drive that has a special dock in the PC to plug in. The other is a 500 GB USB2.0 drive.
In both instances I get between 9 and 12 MB /second transfer.
ie the bottom speed of the cheaper coalitions broadband plan.
SO WHY DO I NEED TO DOWNLOAD AT 1GB per second when i can only copy between hard drives at 9 to 11 MB per second.”
- “What nongs are the tech heads that want to spend aprx $2000 per person to supply the broadband, absolute craziness especially with Labor record of waste. Most people will not be using it because of the cost, what a wate of money. I can get faster internet now but am not going to update to a faster plan because of the cost.”
- “Fast broadband is a nice feature but I don’t need more than 6 Mbit ADSL1 gives me at the moment. This speed fulfils all my needs and would be enough for 90% so claimed benefits of the fibre network. The real problem of Internet here is slow servers and network latency when accessing overseas servers. NBN is just another commercial project so it should not be funded by government and taxpayers money. Why spend money on something that already works? Why not spend 43 billions on health system or public transport? NBN sucks.”
- “The only purpose super fast broadband serves is to enable users to more quickly download porn and pirated movies. No personal user needs broadband at 1gbps, except for businesses – and they are already serviced by the private networks. I skyped with my girlfriend overseas on a 512kbps connection. This is the biggest waste of money in the country’s history.”
- “NBN is selfish. It is for people who want faster internet, because they are selfish. 43 bn can be far better spent elsewhere.”
- “Let those people who need ultra fast broadband pay for it. Organisations are already doing that now. Newer, cheaper technologies will arrive soon enough. I’d bet 6 billion dollars on that. 10 years ago I was using 56k dial up. We laugh at that now. Will we be laughing at 43 billion dollars of fibre optic cable in 10 years time, or maybe crying at the huge waste of money.”
Words escape me.
The level of FAIL in these comments is just so high I don’t know how to respond, except by saying that people this STUPID should be asked to STEP AWAY FROM THE COMPUTERS…for the good of everyone.
Being a professional computer nerd the National Broadband Network is of keen interest to me, particularly during this election campaign, so I was interested to hear what the LNP pulled out of their hat as their “better, cheaper broadband network”.
Well they didn’t fail to disappoint, with only half of their adjectives actually applying.
The basics of their policy is as follows:
- $6 billion “cost” instead of $43 billion
- 97% “broadband” coverage instead of 93%
- fibre backbone and hybrid fibre copper to the premises
- Tesltra to do it
- 12-100 Mbps speeds
And apparently the magical wireless fairy will make everyone else happy.
Not surprisingly anyone who has any technical knowledge at all is shouting that this is basically bullshit and a massive step backwards…after all don’t we currently get 12-24Mpbs? that’s if you’re lucky enough to live close to an exchange.
So the upshot is, they are offering us speeds that we currently get, on a network that is still copper and hence will need to be upgraded at some point, being installed by the company that we desperately need to have their monopoly broken, with no guarantee that those people unlucky enough to live in an area with RIM or pair-gain will ever get broadband.
Contrast this with the government’s policy of faster speeds for 93% people, with fibre connections to the home, on a network that is future-proof with technological advances only requiring updates of the transmission/reception equipment not the pipes themselves, taking the monopoly out of Telstra’s hands and breaking them up.
No contest really is it?
Here are some further links on the topic: