Category Archives: Technology & Telco

Hypocrisy and bullshit

Following the terrorist attack in Christchurch last week the Morrison government (and others) is seizing the opportunity to blame social media companies. Here is Scott Morrison on Twitter: Shocking – 69 minutes. Now this isn’t a criticism of the NZ … Continue reading

Posted in Media, Taking out the trash, Technology & Telco, Terrorism | 84 Comments


Who would have thought that the otherwise respectable MIT Technology Review would have an infestation of Luddites. Yet the evidence to plain to see.  In a feature called The 10 worst technologies of the 21st century they offer up the following … Continue reading

Posted in Cryptoeconomics, Technology & Telco | 35 Comments

Let’s get Zuckerberg

As many Cats know I’m a huge fan of Facebook and Google too. Those two organisations provide extremely valuable services and are so good at what they do that many of their competitors are struggling. As such they have come … Continue reading

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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

Posted in Cryptoeconomics, Oppressive government, Technology & Telco | 55 Comments

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

Posted in Taxation, Technology & Telco | 63 Comments

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

Posted in Global warming and climate change policy, Rafe, Technology & Telco | 5 Comments