[clug] [OT] The Register is trying to crowfund $100-$250K for indep study on NBN

Paul Wayper paulway at mabula.net
Fri Jun 21 08:31:48 MDT 2013

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On 06/21/2013 02:55 AM, matt andrews wrote:
> Peh, The Register.  They used to be interesting on tech stories in the 
> mid-noughties... but given their track record of broadcasting
> anti-science climate-denial rubbish in recent years, they have no
> credibility whatsoever these days in my eyes.  Might as well be reading a
> News Limited tabloid.

So you're willing to dismiss their technical articles based on their
environmental opinion?

Sure, I agree that their environmental reporting has been random at best -
I've seen all opinions at El Reg, which is unsurprising given that it's
basically about four seventeenths of a step up from SlashDot's editing on

But dismissing things out of hand because they're wrong with one part of
their complex and broad-ranging opinion doesn't really help you, IMO.

Back to the original post: I don't really think an extra study at this point
is going to prove anything.  It's going to show a mixed range of opinions,
from "OMG I need teh gigabits right now" to "I'd be happy if they chopped it
all down and installed big semaphore towers".  It's going to show that
there's a demand for bandwidth, and then each party is going to show how
their proposal delivers it - or they're going to say it was
unrepresentative.  There are already enough good modelling, and good
business case studies, and useful examples of how it'll help people - or how
1.5Mbit is enough for everyone - out there to quote.

The downside is that now they've started the project, if they don't get the
funding it'll look like people don't care.  So we're back at square one.

Hope this helps,

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