Senator Conroy and me on Triple J’s Hack

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Yesterday’s edition of Hack on Triple J is worth listening to not just because I’m on it, but because Senator Stephen Conroy finally makes an appearance. Some of this answers are… curious, to say the least. You run a trial and then define what you were looking for? I’ll post more later, including a transcript of the relevant pieces. Meanwhile you can listen to the podcast.

4 Replies to “Senator Conroy and me on Triple J’s Hack”

  1. It sounded like Kate O’Toole couldn’t quite believe what she was hearing either. I wonder if it’s getting to the point that Conroy can’t remember everything that he’s made up… er, said.

  2. Once again, well done Stil.

    Are we certain that fibre-to-home is as future-proof as is being suggested — you sounded a little too enthusiastic to be objective…

    Not that it matters for me. Perth is considered regional… Telstra has been splitting the dual copper wires here, so we can’t even get crappy ADSL in lots of places.

    Apparently there’s nothing in their terms of service that says they have to provide you a paired line.

    End result, we get forced on to capped and shaped wireless, but at least we get to choose an alternate provider.

    But bandwidth is an increasingly serious issue as more and more people are forced on to it as a ‘reasonable’ solution.


    The Internets — I hear it’s big in Japan, big in Japan…

  3. @Chade: All kudos to Triple J’s Kate O’Toole for asking, in plan language, what we were all wanting to be asked. Too many interviewers on mainstream radio and TV soften the questions. She didn’t. The result was exposing the sham of Conroy’s position. well done.

    @Sabian: Over the course of half a century, copper wire moved from delivering 300 bits per second to 24 million — a speed increase of 80,000x. similarly, optical fibre can today handle 100Mbit/sec, but through multiplexing and other techniques will similarly provide much greater speeds. Perhaps not 80,000x, but fibre is durable and the basic infrastructure will last for ages if properly maintained.

    Wireless, on the other hand, is limited by a simple fact: a specific wireless set-up operates at specific frequencies, and thanks to the Shannon–Hartley theorem, it has a fixed data capacity. Physics. You can’t avoid it.

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