Category Archives: Technology & Telco

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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It hurts when you laugh

Nick Cater is magnificent in The Australian today: LIKE Tarzan, the feral child raised by the Mangani apes, Stephen Conroy ended his term as communications minister barely able to speak intelligible English. He had, after all, spent much of the … Continue reading

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The NBN Board

Siobhan McKenna is getting worried. She is the part-time Chairman of the Government-owned NBN Co. receiving $209,630 per annum (plus superannuation and other benefits) of taxpayers’ money and is now using our money to employ a lobbying firm (Bespoke) and … Continue reading

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Individualised Transportation Modules (ITMs)

Back in 2010 I wrote about the concept of individualised transportation modules: self-piloting vehicles that can fly from point to point making road and rail redundant. Adrien – a public transport advocate – called this science fiction. Yet, self-driving vehicles seem just … Continue reading

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Coalition NBN policy

The official slogan of the Coalition NBN policy is Fast. Affordable. Sooner. But it should be Faster. Affordable. Sooner. Better. After all, the NBN is a pipe dream. It will never be – just like a Labor surplus. Conroy could have … Continue reading

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Techie toys

I am an early adopter or, as my family puts it, a sucker for new techie toys. I am currently using an iPod (well, several), an iPad and a Kindle. I don’t have an iPhone, mostly because I don’t like … Continue reading

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NBN Business Plan

The NBN business plan is here. The pricing section contains this table The following table describes wholesale access pricing for NBN Co services. Peak download speed (Mbps) Peak upload speed (Mbps) Fibre Wireless Satellite 12 1 $24 $24 $24 25 … Continue reading

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Whether you like it or not.

There is a very old joke (from the 50s I think) about the Communist Party organiser telling the crowd  how wonderful it will be under Communism. “When the revolution comes comrades, you will have caviar for every meal” One fellow … Continue reading

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