Net neutrality is important and I quote from Wikipedia:
Net neutrality is the principle that Internet service providers must treat all data on the Internet the same, and not discriminate or charge differently by user, content, website, platform, application, type of attached equipment, or method of communication.
A basic knowledge of human nature suggests that corporate monetary interests will take precedence without net neutrality.
Here is a useful article on the subject from the Australian ABC:
Today I want to highlight an article from Scientific American:
The FCC’s decision to kill the 2015 Open Internet Order hands more control to large broadband providers, but internet users have other options for getting online.
Here in Australia we have not yet reached a stage where lack of net neutrality has caused a serious problem – not from what I can see anyway. I do not trust the big corporates, or the Australian Government (who have made a ghastly mess of the National Broadband Network (NBN)); so it is reassuring to have an awareness of the content of the Scientific American article in the back on one’s mind.
The Australian Financial Review have penned an informative article about the NBN debacle:
Currently I have a Telstra cable Internet connection which has been here since I moved in during mid 2013, nearly five years ago. Ever since coming here I have enjoyed a download speed of around 112 mbps, which is quite fast; and fast enough for my current needs. Due to a variety of reports about poor speeds on the NBN I am concerned that once connected to the NBN, my connection sped may drop, possibly significantly, which has happened to others.
Often I take a simple approach when thinking about issues and ask simplistic and foundational questions; which can throw an issue into sharp focus. For example:
- Why is the concern about lower speed even a concern in 2018? Come on!
- Why am I now concerned about going backward and a getting significant drop in speed having had fast Internet at this premises for nearly five years, and elsewhere before that?
- If it’s not broken why ‘fix’ it?
- What sort of nitwit minds devised and presided over this mess?
Frankly I am reminded of the words of Ronald Reagan, US President: “The best minds are not in government. If any were, business would steal them away.”
Now, I know that just because someone is a US President does not mean they are not a Daft Punk, however we need to examine the wisdom, of lack of, in what is said. After all, even daft punks can come up with some sage advice. Look at the wisdom, not the person.
Ronald Reagan’s comment is a generalisation and as such is not correct in all cases, however it does seem applicable and responsible for much of what goes on in governance. The NBN mess is a case in point.
Recently, here on the Gold Coast, we heard that the NBN has been delayed:
I was so pleased at this news because it increases the chances that a solution to the NBN mess will have been found by time I am forced to connect to the NBN. (NBN connection is compulsory within 18 months of availability, when the exisiting connections, such as my cable Internet will be turned off, so the longer it is delayed in my area the better).
Simple question: Isn’t it ludicrous that a technically competent person (who first used Internet in early 90’s and once worked in IT security) is actually pleased at delays to the NBN? And hopes the delays are huge.
Politicians should have a good think about the simple issues – the ‘big picture’ if you like, and get the bloody mess sorted! Soon.
Have Australian politicians considered how they must look on the international stage? A bunch of tech incompetents comes to mind, though morons might be more accurate.
Party politics aside, I have to say I admire the Gold Coast City Council’s approach to the problem:
The article, from The Australian, comments:
A fibre network up to 10 times faster than the NBN will be in place by Christmas after the Gold Coast Council refused to wait for the national network to be rolled out and spent $5.5 million building a better version.
Ten times faster! It won’t help all of us though, and probably not me.
In conclusion then, how can we benefit from this NBN situation from a personal development and life/business coaching perspective?
The NBN disaster is a good example of how not to go about things. They should have used the approach below:
- Start with a focus on the result.
- Commit to the result as non-negotiable. It is an ‘anchor’ for the mind.
- Look for different ways to achieve the result without compromise.
- Be creative.
- Decide that you will achieve the result. Faith is in some respects, a decision.
- Be wary of negative and defeatist thinking.
- Take action, and be prepared to be flexible, but not in a compromising way.
The word ‘result’ is loaded. By ‘loaded’ I mean that it must be a good result – good on various metrics including: health, cost, ethics, science, time and more. Damaging your health for example is not a result, it is a failure. When you focus on the non-negotiable components of your result, it forces you to think better and harder about how you might succeed. Easy and sloppy thinking wants to compromise – you would not eat a half-baked cake so why take a half-baked approach to life’s issues?
I’ve had to cut back on cake.
A personal example of starting with the result in mind and working back to determine the actions required:
I am too fat. For a number of reasons, though one is that I have been greedy. A friend used to call me ‘The Biscuit Monster’. I still need to lose around 20 kilos, though most people say I do not look fat.
Lower quality sleep increases appetite. I discovered that caffeine can interfere with sleep for much longer than commonly thought, at least in some people, who can have symptoms for several days after consumption. I was drinking too much white tea and thus consuming more caffeine than advisable in any case. How can we know for sure if even a ‘recommended’ consumption of caffeine is not interfering with our sleep? I can’t. Can you?
Good quality sleep is also essential for good physical health, as well as mental health. This is all science. It is not negotiable, regardless of what we might think, or how smart we are. We tend to have only a subjective view about how our bodies are really coping.
I also discovered that caffeine consumption, which raises the stress hormone cortisol, can encourage the deposit of fat around the abdomen, which is a known bad area to carry fat from a health perspective.
The result? Better sleep and reduction of risk of fat deposition around abdomen by cutting out caffeine.
Caffeine had to go.
The result was my focus, regardless of how I felt, what part of my psyche thought.
Now I only drink decaffeinated green tea. I eat a small quantity of chocolate which does contain a small percentage of caffeine, however it not enough to be of concern. I went ‘cold turkey’ to get off the caffeine and broke my addiction to it. Yes, most people are addicts, requiring a daily caffeine fix. Let’s be honest eh!
I may have white or other caffeinated tea in future – probably two to three times a year on special occasions such as High Tea with lady friends. And more cake.
A useful website on caffeine: Caffeine Informer
Another article from Scientific American:
Science is fact based. Not fake. Ironic that US President Donald Trump goes on about ‘fake news’.
An interesting article:
Here is the conclusion:
“We have to start dealing with each other based on how we behave, not based on whose side anyone says they are on. If we see our ‘enemies’ as inhuman and deserving the worst we can do to them, we have lost already. To win at radical cultural change, we have to persuade. We have to argue over the ideas and the methods. We have to deal with the issues. Hate speech doesn’t do that. Ever. We have to be the change we want to see and our methods matter, which means we have to speak up against hate no matter where it comes from. We have to say no, this person does not speak for me. No, this behaviour is not acceptable.”
Sage words indeed. So timely.
I love Tasmania; the best place in the world to live. Where I live, the Gold Coast, is probably second or third best, with Melbourne in the mix.
I’m a British expatriate and love my country, however just on the pollution metric alone, much of the UK is ‘uninhabitable’ from a health perspective.
London, my home town and city of birth:
Here is another report:
How can one live in the UK now? I left in February of 1997, though I also lived in Australia from July 1982 until March 1987. I used to joke I left the UK (97) just before the lights were turned off – today it is not a joke. What price health? Philosophically, London real estate is now worthless; if you value health.
Tasmania is a lovely place from many perspectives, including lovely clean healthy air, some of which is from the southern ocean.
I have been deeply concerned about the fate of the Tasmanian Devil – a marsupial – for some time, so this is good news:
Note the comment about the importance of this predator in the ecology of Tasmania. We abuse our environment at our peril. We need to exercise great care when interacting with ecosystems.
Here is a nice video clip of a Tasmanian Devil in the snow. Yes, we have snow in Australia – it is not all hot.
— Discover Tasmania (@tasmania) July 3, 2017
Antibiotic resistance is a huge concern. Here is good news – from the University Of Queensland, just up the road from me in Brisbane.
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