Category Archives: Technology & Telco


Advice from Facebook executive Andrew Bosworth to staff: If you need to change teams, companies or careers to make sure your day-to-day life matches your passions, we will be sad to see you go, but we will understand. What happened next, … Continue reading

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You are a slave to the state

As technology enhances the state’s capacity to surveil its citizens it is becoming more and more apparent what relationship we have vis-a-vis the state. This is especially so in the modern welfare state. The logic is as follows: the state pays … Continue reading

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Just how absurd the Low Value Good GST is

The extract below is from Chris Berg and my submission to to Senate inquiry. ~~~+++~~~ To highlight the absurdity of the Bill, we make use of one of the examples set out in the Explanatory Memorandum (pg. 21). Wei is … Continue reading

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No wonder Conroy resigned from the Parliament

Telstra today has announced a new 4G network that offers speeds of up to 10 times that offered by the National Broadband Network. Telstra, Ericsson, Qualcomm Technologies and Netgear have combined to deliver the world’s first commercial Gigabit LTE network … Continue reading

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The ABS & Census websites are currently experiencing an outage. We're working to restore the service. We will keep you updated. Thank you. — Census Australia (@ABSCensus) August 9, 2016 Tell your census horror stories here. Those $180 daily fines … Continue reading

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Roving bandits steal IP

There is a piece in the AFR with the headline: Why is the technology industry so afraid of tax? My RMIT colleague Jason Potts and I think we have an answer. It revolves around differentiating between intellectual property and intellectual … Continue reading

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Model T versus Tesla model S

The Race of the Centuries: 2013 Tesla Model S vs. 1915 Ford Model T We stage a multi-state enduro to find out if today’s automotive pioneer can outrun its predecessor. Cutting to the finish, the Tesla won by an hour … Continue reading

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Epstein on regulation, Tarrabok on productivity etc

Nerd alert! Video of Richard Epstein speaking at high speed without notes at the Hayek Seminar at George Mason University. Professor Epstein will draw on his most recent book, The Classical Liberal Constitution: The Uncertain Quest for Limited Government (Harvard, … Continue reading

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Visiting Fukushima

In May this year we returned to the megalapolis of Tokyo, following our visit to Fukushima prefecture and the site of the destroyed Daiichi reactors. We carried dosimeters (a device that measures radiation) through the 20 km radius exclusion zone and wore them at … Continue reading

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Data deluge

The ever-increasing quantities of data available for processing are leading to a revolution in research and analysis. Each year a new high in the volume of data is reached, we now speak in exabytes (1000^6 bytes) and even zettabytes (1000^7 … Continue reading

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