Jun 262015
 

Tony Abbott (our illustrious Fuckwit-in-Chief) has a problem. One could call it an addiction. He seems to find comfort in the Australian flag. The bigger the problem, the more heat he is feeling, the more flags appear. This story is much better explained in pictures.

On the 15-16th of December 2014, there was a siege in Martin Place, Sydney. Tony Abbott was quick to jump on it and call it a terrorist attack, but quickly started to back pedal when agencies ‘corrected’ him. Three other hostages and a police officer were injured by police gunfire during the raid. The inquest after the siege ended found “No shot fired by Mr Monis, other than the one that struck and killed Mr Johnson, struck anyone.” Whoops. Tony had to calm the nation – so that meant going on TV with the Australian flags for comfort.

Photo thanks to NY Post

On the 23rd Feb 2015, Tony was still on his terrorist war path. The headlines were bold, and the quotes even bolder. “Prime minister plans to name antiterrorism czar as part of crackdown on ‘hate preachers’” We then see Tony Abbott again addressing the nation at an Australian Federal Police media room. We know this is serious shit. SIX flags serious.

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We forward a little more to recent times, and Tony has continued to put his foot in it. He’s exposed confidential documents while having a brainwave and holding a press conference while meeting with ASIO chiefs to combat terrorism at home. The cover up was swift – of course the documents were suddenly classified as ‘not confidential’. The diversion tactics went into overtime. Tony starts attacking the media regarding Q&A saying “Heads need to roll” (I covered this previously).

In all this frenzy – Tony is feeling the pressure. He wants to ram through laws in Parliament to cover what is seen as exposure in practices that may end up being overturned and ministers being spanked by the High Court – and rising talk of an early election.

Tony has to address the nation. This shit is serious.

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Of course, with the internet being, well, the internet – people picked up on this.

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Ahhh Tony, you might be a crappy Prime Minister, but at least you give us something to laugh at.

Jun 232015
 

I’ve been a long time viewer of Q&A. It really is a unique show which puts public figures in the hot seat to face the general public. Depending on your beliefs, this can be good or bad – and every vary during the course of a single episode – however nobody can deny that this weeks Q&A failed to get tongues – and keyboards – wagging.

Things got really interesting when Zaky Mallah appeared. The topic had just turned to the proposal by the Liberal Party to remove due process and have a minister make executive decisions about the status of peoples citizenship. I won’t try to intrepret the discussion – its best viewed by yourself:

Now for a bit of background. Zaky was charged under new counter-terrorism laws – but acquitted in 2005 by a jury. Between being charged and being acquitted, he served 2 years in a maximum security prison. I’m not sure about you, but I’d be pretty pissed off at serving 2 years in a maximum security prison to only be acquitted and released.

Secondly, Zaky was born in Australia. The ministers both talk about ‘removing him from the country’ – however where exactly do they propose to remove him to? Has he committed a crime in another country that can have him deported? This commentary from two political leaders that are willing to state such a strong conviction on national television, yet have no idea on what the full story is.

With that in mind, we get to the *really* scary part – analysing the reactions from the politicians. Especially one – Grahame Morris actually appeared on national TV and stated that people “kick her to death” – referring to Australia’s first female Prime Minister – Julia Gillard.

I won’t get into the whole detail, nor will I get bogged down in that part any further – but I want to get one message across. Are you comfortable to have people like Grahame Morris have complete control over revoking citizenship of Australians? I know this thought scares the hell out of me.

Jun 222015
 

Well, the politicians have done it again. Officially, its called “The Copyright Amendment (Online Infringement) Bill 2015” – which passed through the senate 37-13. Unofficially, its a flawed document that breaks on just about every technical level.

In a nutshell, what it allows is that the “Rights Holders” can go to the courts and say “ZOMG, THIS SITE PIRATES OUR SHIZNIT!”. If the judge is able to check all the tickboxes required, the order will come out to ALL Australian ISPs to block access to the IP address hosting the site(s) in question. The ISPs comply and black-hole that specific IP address.

Now, the problem here is that a single IP address is normally used to host multiple web sites – so if you happen to use the same service provider as the judge orders to be dropped, then sorry, your site disappears as well. This has happened before when ASIC ordered the blocking of a small address range and killed around 250,000 web sites.

When laws like this pass, it shows that the people making these decisions have no basic understanding on how the itnernet works – nor have they been given the correct advice on the drastic consequences that can occur from what seem to be simple changes.

So what do we do about it? Bring this up with your local Members of Parliament and make your views known.

Jan 012015
 

I’d like to just quote this post from Whirlpool – as it sums up perfectly the current state of the NBN.

fttnvdsl2 writes…
to date I doubt very much that anyone has any appreciation of the amount of work that has gone into getting the network up and running from zero. with all due respect, only someone heckling from the sidelines with no knowledge of the project would think so.

Lets see now after 15 months!

TurnBULL and Co still haven’t delivered

a) A Corporate Plan for the next 3 years

b) A 3 year rollout Plan

c) Even a coherent 12 month rollout Plan is still being formulated

d) No idea of how much remediation of Telstra’s copper will be required

e) No idea of how much repair and replacement of HFC networks will be required

f) No idea of how much they are going to have to charge for the USO and the billions that will have to be pissed down the gurgler maintaining obsolete copper

g) A revenue model which the financial industry won’t piss themselves laughing at (which I might ADD is now in complete disarray)

h) TPG openly ripping into the LNP’s FRAUDBAND network with it unguaranteed UPTO 25Mbps by deploying their own FTTB network

i) No 1Gbps retail plans on the market

j) No migration of the existing 12/1 base tier to 25/5Mbps (Noting that Labor’s NBN was to start the migration to a 10Gbps network in 2016)

k) A plethora of product designs not delivered

l) A legislative program that is questionable to say the least not to mention the reality that much of it may be blocked in the Senate due to being what can only be described as piss poor value for Australian citizens

As for the work that Labor did do prior to the vandals demolishing the NBN well that’s simple for those of who actually do understand what has been done! eg

Built from scratch a company of close to 3000 people with all of the processes and systems with the ability to:-

a) Work through, develop and construct the legislative programs that would be required to deliver the statement of expectations of the Government together with the necessary recommendations to assist in that process.

b) Delivered the Interim Satellite service on “time” and on “budget” – to replace the dial up Satellite service that the LNP were previously responsible for which I might add that the LNP were happy to see continue being delivered by the private sector!

c) Built the Long Term Satellite solution that is on “”schedule”” and on “”budget”” for services beginning in mid 2015 in the face of the LNP’s opposition who called it the Rolls Royce of all Satellite services and that we didn’t need it because and wait for this – because there was enough capacity in the private Satellite market to service all of Australian’s needs!

d) Contracted for, trialled and were rolling out a Fixed Wireless network on budget!

e) Delivering the National Transit Network to support all access technologies, which was on budget and on schedule for completion by 2015 under him.

f) Designed and delivered the OSS/BSS systems through to the production environment and commissioned these to function at scale.

g) Designed and delivered the National Test Facility and a Network Operations Centre which is an important component in the management of National network

h) Responsible for the successful development and launch of a suite of Products covered by WBAs.

i) The successful negotiation of the Telstra agreement for access to their pit and pipe infrastructure that would avoid the requirement to duplicate existing infrastructure nationally together with gaining access to their dark fibre network which would over the lifecyle of the project reduce capex expenditure together with progressively allowing the project to meet its prescribed targets and timelines.

j) Completed the very technical finalisation of the SAU and were awaiting the sign off from the ACCC.

k) Reworked the Fixed Wireless network to allow for the additional delivery of a 25Mbps speed tier component to that network

l) Included additional technology into both the Satellite and Fixed Wireless platforms to allow for the delivery of a “minimum” 25Mbps to all users of those networks.

m) Provided for the introduction of a 250Mbps 500Mbps and 1Gbps service to be delivered from December 2013 into the project’s deliverables

n) Included into the scope of the project the responsibility for the Building of a Greenfields fibre capability which wasn’t part of the original project that can complete more than 30 new developments a week, anywhere in the country.

o) Were building a Customer Connect capability that had connected more than 100k end users and which was rapidly growing the ability to deal with with the exceptionally high take-up rates that were being experienced.

p) And finally, responsible for implementing and growing the capability to build the LN/DN component of the Brownfields network at a cost that preserves the integrity of NBN Co’s financial plan.

q) etc etc etc

ALL THIS WAS DONE ON BUDGET!

And as Mike Quigley stated the initial slippage in the initial volume rollout into the brownfields environment see p) was being addressed with the private contractors having publicly stated thier intention to deliver what it was they were contracted to deliver not to mention Telstra accepting thier own complicity in initially holding the project up by not allocating the appropriate resources!

And as we see now Mike had catered for the adoption of new deployment processes that have been successfully trialled which provide for

The evaluation, contained in an internal presentation document dated August 2014 and seen by Fairfax Media, shows a team combining telecommunications firms Cemetrix, CommsConnect and Linktech Telecom was on track to complete the Melton rollout in just 104 days, compared with an average of 344 days in other areas.

Ninety per cent of buildings were serviceable by fibre by the end of August – 61 per cent faster and 50 per cent more cheaply than in areas using previous rollout models, the document said.

And to think that all this was in place 15 months ago when turnBULL and Co took the reigns of control on NBN Co and ground the rollout to a halt in some area’s and cancelled existing contracts wholus bolus!

And yet given their fully costed ready to go faster and cheaper alternative they LIED to the public about!

Not 1 customer connected to FRAUDBAND!

Fttnnnnnn unbelievable huh!

Where’s the financial imperative for ICT to develop Web 3 applications to run on unguaranteed UPTO 25Mbps obsolete copper networks when we already see sunset clauses being effected to shut down PSTN networks as provided in America and Europe?

Dec 062014
 

The more I dig into the proceedings of the Senate Committee focusing on the NBN, I am more and more convinced that the Liberal Party has intentionally sabotaged NBN Co to fail.

When the Abbott lead Liberal Party won the election in September 2013, Malcolm Turnbull gutted the board of NBN Co and (with sadly little review) installed a heap of his mates to run the company. Since then – looking at the many hours of Senate hearings, very little has been achieved. There is no financial plan for beyond 6 months from now. There is no rollout estimate.

I could say many words on this – and it could easily be seen as bias. The best way is to highlight via actual footage from the Senate Committee overseeing NBN Co.

This is the first NBN Co board answering questions to the Senate Committee – starting with the Chief Financial Officer:


In contrast, this is the current NBN Co CFO doing his best to not answer anything:



The problems don’t stop here. In the first video, you notice the rest of the board of NBN Co willingly answering questions with as much detail as possible. In recent times, the board of NBN Co have been trying their best to avoid any solid answers to any questions put to them.

Again – I don’t wish to imply and of my own bias here – I suggest that anyone interested watch the actual videos of proceedings directly from the Parliament of Australia web site. If you do end up watching the whole proceedings from the 2nd December, notice how Bill Morrow (the CEO) gives some not-so-subtle hints to the HFC Expert hired by NBN Co to stop answering questions in detail.

Below is a list of a few recent sittings:
2nd December 2014 – National Broadband Network – Part 1 (NBN Co Board)
2nd December 2014 – National Broadband Network – Part 2 (NBN Co Board)
4th December 2014 – National Broadband Network (Stephen Rue)