Apologies! Slow days this week


hi everyone,

hope you’re well and having a great week!

Just wanted to let readers know that Delimiter will be having a slow couple of days today (Thursday) and tomorrow (Friday), with only a couple of articles being posted on each day.

Don’t worry, I’m not sick! ;) But there is an absolute stack of stuff happening behind the scenes that requires my attention at the moment, and that has necessarily taken a higher priority than things on the writing front. The site will have a moderate amount of content over the next day or so, but not to the normal level.

I’m conscious that things have been a bit slow on Delimiter in general this week. My sincere apologies for this. Your patience is very much appreciated.

Kind regards,

Renai LeMay
Editor + Publisher, Delimiter


  1. I dont know about others – but I just appreciate being advised.

    I think your other readers are generally understanding, take your time.

  2. I just hope there is some positive stuff in there.

    I actually didn’t come to Delimiter for a week or so, because I had become depressed reading about NBN malarky and privacy shenanigans!

    I know its not Renai’s fault and he is doing a stellar job. Its the state of reality which is doing my head in.

    • Don’t forget Brandis’ and Turnbull’s war on consumers.

      Sigh. The worst Steam does to me is shitty support and occasionally it switches to Finnish or whatever other language. “You are browsing Steam in Finnish. Click here to switch to English.” That message is useful, yes, but somehow that’s missing the point. Fact is, however, that I’ve got more than $30 in my Steam Wallet and god knows how many hundreds in my backpack. FOXTEL ain’t doing that. Finnish or no Finnish.

  3. Huh, Grahame Lynch is having a blast again: http://www.commsday.com/commsday-australasia/comment-sorry-professor-tucker-your-facts-are-not-what-they-seem

    There are GigaHertz of spectrum! GigaHertz! And the DOCSIS spec says it can do gigabits in download speeds! The spec of course, did anyone read the damn spec? Gee, I guess we no longer need GPON. Thanks, Grahame, for letting us know the DOCSIS spec and its ever marginal attempts of pushing spectral efficiency. It can do hundreds of Megabits in upload speeds too! Wait a minute, what’s this in Commsday:

    > [NBN Co] will not guarantee minimum download speeds above 25 Mbps or upload speeds above 1 Mbps, CommsDay can reveal.

    Errrrrr…. hush. It’s more important for Malcolm to cluck and throw over the chess pieces, including the King, and declare victory without even knowing the game being played:

    This of course following an attack on Rod Tucker in which:

    > Mr Tucker’s comments come a day after a speech by Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull at the same conference, in which he purportedly told attendees that Mr Tucker was “innumerate” and incapable of understanding the need to roll out cheaper technologies than fibre.


    Well done, especially on the ad hominem. If everything fails, go for the ad hominem. And considering the ad hominems here were started by Turnbull years ago, that chess board is now long covered in a long-running failure of bird excrement. If there’s a par on this course, you’re certainly doing your best to go under it quite successfully. Do we now all get a price through this victory? Is it a little trophy? Is it made of brass and does it have a plaque? And somehow New Zealand is doing something scary called 1 Gbps on FTTH for $65 wholesale, so whatever Lynch and Turnbull’s argument is, whatever that may be, if nothing else, if we can only take away one tiny thing from this I guess the mental image of Grahame Lynch pissing in the wind while reading his latest Markovian attempt at a coherent argument is, alone, amusing enough to really carry his writing here.

    So that’s what’s new.

    • “> [NBN Co] will not guarantee minimum download speeds above 25 Mbps or upload speeds above 1 Mbps, CommsDay can reveal.”

      So remind me why we’re now spending $41 billion on that?

      • Judging by the output of Mr. Turnbull’s office I’ll have to guess it’s cheaper, sooner, more affordable and, I quote when actually pressed on the details (before the election, mind you), ‘get fucked’.

  4. Hmmm. Isn’t AT&T one of the few VDSL success cases Turnbull loved to cite? So what’s this: http://arstechnica.com/business/2014/06/att-we-need-to-buy-directv-because-u-verse-tv-is-a-failure/

    And I quote AT&T here. Yes, AT&T, not anyone else:

    > 33. Google’s deployment of FTTP in Kansas City has been very successful. That deployment demonstrates that there is both high demand and a strong business case for Google to expand its FTTP infrastructure.

    > 34. AT&T has seen Google Fiber’s competitive impact first-hand. Since Google Fiber entered the Kansas City marketplace in 2013, AT&T has lost approximately [CONFIDENTIAL] percent of its subscribers in Google’s Kansas City “fibrehoods.”.

    And elsewhere:

    > […] Google’s early performance in Kansas City has led experts to predict that Google Fiber will capture the business of at least half of covered households in three to four years.

    And that, to quote Ars Technica: “AT&T’s U-verse video offering has been a failure and can’t compete against Comcast and Time Warner Cable”, although they say it’s more to do with lack of scale rather than technical limitations at that end and that they should please be allowed to merge with DIRECTV. Which seems like a bit of a weird statement because Verizon sure ain’t complaining about lack of scale
    even though FiOS has, not least of all because it’s a brand new network with a lot more capex required, fewer subscribers than U-verse…

    So here we have Turnbull’s prime example of VDSL complaining to the regulators that they want to merge with another multi-multi billion concern because they can’t compete with HFC and especially not Google Fiber… yet somehow VDSL here in Australia at a per premises cost multiple times of that of AT&T is somehow a good idea and we should not look at AT&T’s attempt to switch to FTTH with Gigapower as they now realise they need to do starting in Austin?

    Fair enough. FTTP. High demand. Strong business case. Don’t look at me. I didn’t say it, Turnbull’s poster child, AT&T, did.

    Grahame Lynch: several million premises who will never want it

    AT&T: there is both high demand and a strong business case

    AT&T: 1. Lynch: 0.

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