Stilgherrian (@stilgherrian)

Wentworth Falls NSW AU

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August 10th, 2010

“Budget surplus” means the government takes more tax than is needed, to keep for random pork-barrel spending at the next election.

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My theory must be correct: Tony Smith will announce broadband policy in the 1pm ACS / National Press Club ICT Election Forum

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Maybe I have been misinformed? This is all about Nauru and “general observations” not broadband. Did lie to me?

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RT @abcnews: Colonise space or perish, Hawking warns http://bit.ly/azdkNp [But are Branson’s new spaceships wheelchair-accessible?]

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RT @Davidramli: By signing up to their press list, you just produced enough carbon to fill a house. [And enough bile to fill a bathtub.]

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@PennySharpemlc These politicians are such attention-seekers, eh? ;)

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I complained to ALP HQ that I wasn’t getting all of Labor’s media releases. I now see the error of my ways.

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I have read the full Coalition broadband policy now, but reggae still shits me to tears. Sorry @bgosford @jimwhitman but it does.

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@andrewdotnich The Goddess does have a thing against Apple generally, I’m sure, but why your iPhone in particular I wonder?

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@susan_m No idea what you’re talking about there, but no it wasn’t a quote from a song, or anything else.

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Reggae shits me to tears.

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@theburgerman Thanks. It’s just something I ate yesterday combined with chronic insomnia. A quiet day today should help a lot.

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@theburgerman You can have my spot at the speakers dinner, Sir. I’m a little to ill to go.

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@andrewdotnich WTF? What “new album art” for ? It’s just the usual photo of me and the ZDNet logo, isn’t it? I hope… [checks]

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“The Tony Abbott Time Warp”. It’s a song, y’see… http://bit.ly/9lxIGF

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@rycrozier The “weird format” is PDF, you just have to change the file name to something.pdf so it’s recognised.

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The Coalition broadband policy is up on their website, but I had MIME issues when downloading. http://bit.ly/czOD2p

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Ah, another media conference which I wasn’t told about. I know election campaigns are busy times, but…

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As an aside, I feel quite dreadful and certainly won’t be at speakers’ dinner tonight, nor today’s fine panels. [More wood?]

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How come policies always have planks? Or is that meant to be platforms? Why is politics made of wood anyway?

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RT @jasonlangenauer: How to take a walk: http://bit.ly/diMMd6 [This is actually very important.]

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@saleemkhan I was at yesterday and only a tiny minority was using a digital device. Half your problem right there.

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Hah! Voicemail at @crikey_news says: “We’re taking a short break and our office will re-open Monday January the 4th.” Probably not the case.

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@expectproblems Yeah I got sidetracked at the critical point, and wasn’t sure who actually said the c-word. Ah well.

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Just checking, did anyone say “cyber” apart from Tony Smith?

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Dishwashers will always be smarter under a Labor government.

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Tony Smith says the bottleneck to fast broadband has been backhaul, but is that right?

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RT @GrogsGamut: The speed of light will always be faster under a Liberal government.

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We already have @paulbudde’s commentary on Coalition’s broadband policy http://bit.ly/djNEfv

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@AngryAtkin And it’s precisely false statements like that which lead me to use the term “blind ideology”.

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@AngryAtkin “I can’t try proprietary apps before purchase” isn’t true. Many, many of them have free trial periods.

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@AngryAtkin I’m not arguing with the arguments in specific cases. It’s only blind ideology and generalisations I tend to avoid.

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RT @sylmobile: Australia’s 19th century triumph of building the Overland Telegraph! http://bit.ly/alg91J [Bonus animated GIF!]

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Why do journalists keep asking about “guarantees”? Are they not aware that the world can change unexpectedly?

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@AngryAtkin Well y’see that’s an example of the ideology, that “proprietary” = “crap” and “open source” = “not crap”. But another topic…

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@AngryAtkin Actually, personally I don’t think “uses open source” is always a plus. I look more at “right tools for jobs”, not ideology.

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Tue plan (delayed): Lunch; 1300 ICT Election Forum and subsequent analysis; maybe Walkley speakers dinner, maybe not. Health comes first.

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And now www.tonysmithmp.com works in Firefox too. I suspect a transient DNS error.

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I retract my comment about www.tonysmithmp.com since it actually works for me in Safari but not Firefox. YMMV. Weird.

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Also www.tonysmithmp.com is not responding at the moment. Again. Not a good look if you’re running for comms minister.

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In 75 mins Tony Smith defends this jumbled policy in a live debate against Senator Conroy. Good luck.

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Coalition broadband policy also entrenches urban bandwidth superiority? Regions wouldn’t get NBN’s cross-subsidy.

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Does anyone recognise the voice of the female journalist giving the Coalition chaps a hard time right now?

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I missed the start, but Coalition NBN policy seems to be short-term fiddling not long-term strategy, plus a bit of ideology.

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Off course as soon as I turn off news stream, Coalition randomly announces broadband policy. Any recording of the whole thing?

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Watching ICT industry, media, policy-makers fail to choose a hashtag. Hey, let’s trust them with a multi-billion dollar industry!

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So, it appears to be related to something I ate. Do I need to draw a diagram?

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What sort of stupid arsehat hashtag is ? How fucking long does it have to be? It’s a tag, not a life story!

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Grrr! Early-morning fatigue has not subsided, nor has body ache, fever. Botheration. I declare myself ill and start rearranging the day.

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It’s at least amusing to hear the journalists shout “Mr Rabbit! Mr Rabbit!”

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“Email is Dead: But can anything take its place?” webcast Thu 12pm @zdnetaustralia http://bit.ly/953JFs @lifehacker http://bit.ly/aDGdzA

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Writing. Not writing as fast as I’d like. Not writing as fast as I’d like because cats do not assist in the writing. Les chats sont cons.

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Economist commenting on broadband for @ABC_NewsRadio http://bit.ly/9GbTzW (MP3) says he doesn’t know NBN competition model. Hah!

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@mpesce Of course people have no consensus on which routers are best, since mostly they judge solely on their limited, random experience.

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@mpesce My experience with dodgy routers has been 1. firmware needs upgrade 2. dodgy power supply needs filtering.

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@SnarkyPlatypus Je suis intrigué. Puis-je m’abonner à votre newsletter?

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Dear Porcine Overlords, I am sorry to have sullied your race just then. In future I will use slugs for that analogy.

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Ah, to blind tribalism! [clink] Everything Party X / Person Y does bad. Everything Party M / Person N does good. Oink oink oink.

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Continuing to be amused by some people’s gloriously simple worldviews. Party X or Person Y being in charge explains everything!

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@SnarkyPlatypus Bonjour. Malgré l’aide de l’hégémonie du chat, le monde est rempli de fatigue. Et vous?

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I’m still not feeling so flash, so even this is a relatively ambitious schedule, alas.

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Wed plan: Write for Crikey; prepare then do my 1320 “masterclass” in audio podcasting at Walkley Media Conference; remainder TBA.

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Emerges, nearly almost, somewhat.

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If tomorrow is to be bearable at all, this is where I disappear. [exit]

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