By Michael de Percy, University of Canberra
With unwavering confidence Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull unveiled the consultants report showing Labor’s ambitious plan to provide fibre–to-the-premises (FTTP) broadband to the vast majority of Australian households would have cost A$73 billion.
Indeed, Turnbull suggests NBN projections to date have been “extremely optimistic” with the rollout significantly slower than expected, [...]
Nextgen Networks have successfully tested a 400 Gigabit link from Canberra to Sydney.
Sadly the test was simply that, and there and no current plans to make this upgrade permanent.
“We installed, commissioned, tested – and then removed – a 400 Gigabit link from Sydney to Canberra and it worked,” chief technical officer Phil Martel told an [...]
As seen on Bunda Street this afternoon.
A real shame the world’s #1 can’t spring for advertising that isn’t at the expense of the rest of the city.
Back in October The Diplomat had a story about Australia’s view of maritime strategy.
This bit had particular local resonance:
Operating in the firing range off Hawaii last August, Lee’s command, the ANZAC frigate HMAS Perth, engaged seven sea-skimming targets with Evolved Sea Sparrow Missiles. Perth demonstrated that it can take on the deadliest threats out [...]
An intriguing tweet just in from ACT Policing indicating Canberra’s top police will be boosting their klout scores as the great unwashed get a chance to be directed to a series of tangentially relevant fact sheets (if previous such exercises are any guide):
Tweet to the top: @CPOACT will be joined by DCPO Quade & myself [...]
To celebrate the end of 2013, the American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics (AIAA) proudly presents
WORKING AT THE LEADING EDGE OF AEROSPACE TECHNOLOGY
by Air Vice-Marshal Kym Osley, AM, CSC – Program Manager, RAAF’s New Air Combat Capability
Date: Monday 2 December 2013
Time: 6:30pm till 8:30pm
Location: The Deck & Nottingham Room, Forrest Hotel & Apartments, 30 National [...]
Andrew Barr has announced this year’s Canberra BusinessPoint Awards.
The awards, which are managed by the ACT Government’s business advisory and mentoring service Canberra BusinessPoint, showcase the range and depth of successful businesses operating in the Canberra region.
They showcase the innovation and ingenuity of ACT companies who have taken the astute step of seeking assistance [...]
ANU students Shanae King, Matt Shadwell and Jessica Evers, along with their as yet unnamed robot (I suggest “The Subjugator 5000″) hope to compete in a tournament of robots.
Sadly this tournament is some sort of obstacle course instead of a frenzy of robots tearing into each other with hammers and saws like a real robot [...]
UC is celebrating the work of Alexandria Garlan and Mitchell Harmer:
Creating an app for construction workers to sign on or off site using just their smart phone has won University of Canberra students over $35,000 in prize money at the Innovation ACT awards.
Mitchell Harmer and Alexandria Garlan were part of a team of four ACT [...]
In a big day of news out of the ANU science department we’ve got a great leap forward in quantum computing:
ANU PhD student Seiji Armstrong has made a quantum leap towards next-generation computing.
Working with a team in Tokyo, Seiji has created the largest cluster of quantum systems ever – a milestone on the way to [...]
At first glance it’s disappointing to see ANU has been working on making lasers smaller. We want great big honking lasers thankyou very much.
But when you read a bit more it’s very exciting:
Faster, smaller electronics are one step closer with researchers from The Australian National University successfully making the first room temperature lasers from [...]
IT News has a blood curdling story on doomed-to-fail government plans have some sort of public wifi around town with no actual business plan and ignoring that phone companies are already building solid mobile data networks around town that are sustainable.
While the territory is prepared to front up an initial grant to set up the [...]
The Australian has a piece of some good use being had from the ACT’s dalliance with the TransACT fibre network as iiNet flips that part of its recent purchase to NBN Co:
THE competition regulator has given the green light to a $14 million deal that will see the NBN Co buy iiNet’s Canberra-based fibre-to-the-premises network.
I have a decent pair of headphones (earbuds) that have served me well for the last couple of years. Sadly the right hand speaker has decided it has had enough and is no longer working.
Rather than fork out for a new pair, I was wondering if anyone could point me in the right direction of [...]
We didn’t notice last week when a torching iPad Air alarmed the Canberra Centre Vodaphone store. But the story has since been circulating in and out of world mainstream and tech media until now, nearly a week later, it’s lighting up The Register.
Apple fanbois around the world are on red alert after one of [...]
ACT Policing apprehended three juveniles last night (Friday, 8 November) after an aggravated robbery on Nott Street, Fraser.
About 9.30pm, three juveniles followed a man from a bus stop in Daley Crescent onto Nott Street and demanded the man’s mobile phone and bag containing personal items. After refusing the demands, the man was struck in the [...]
Under our Dark Lord Abbott’s present public service jobs freeze, the CSIRO look to lose about a quarter of their staff, reports the Syndey Morning Herald.
Thanks to Tony’s plan to cut 12,000 jobs from public servants, the employment of 1,400 non-ongoing CSIRO staff and the research projects they’re working on are threatened. Sadly for these [...]
The Register has a story about ANU’s Dr Brad Tucker and his plans to get the broken Kepler space telescope doing something useful:
Dr Tucker outlined the proposed new science mission to The Register, explaining that if NASA okays the project, a large chunk of Kepler’s future will be helping to unravel the mysteries of [...]
BlameMonkey’s life has been enhanced with the latest fondleslab:
Arrived at 7:45, doors opened at 8, I was in by 8:20 and out now with new ipad.
Goosepig is being a horrible person and making me wait for Christmas for a new iPad Mini.
It’s like being dead.
Kate Lundy is drawing attention to the Liberals yanking the rug out from under the feet of those already signed up for NBN connection:
The Abbott Government has terminated the National Broadband Network’s fibre rollout in multiple Canberra suburbs, leaving local residents and businesses having to rely on last century’s copper for their broadband.
The rollouts [...]
The Australian National University has the intriguing news that they’ve taken to levitating mirrors like milking stools on three legged lasers:
Physicists from The Australian National University have shown that three lasers are better than one when it comes to levitating small but visible objects on light, designing an extremely precise sensor by floating a [...]
Is your IT system holding back your business?
Space issues, distracting pop-ups, long loading times, failing backup systems, and dangerous security holes are just some of the problems that can arise from not having your IT systems properly maintained. These issues are not only frustrating but cost your business time and money, and can be [...]
My grapevine is now into day 3 of not working. T
he phone contact recording say they are working on it.
Have been with them for some time and I reckon this would be the longest it has not burbled along happily. I was with Bigpond before this and don’t remember any 3 day no service. [...]
[ 25 October 2013 to 27 October 2013. ] We are all aware that bio-diversity isn’t something that started 100 years ago right?
At any rate I’m not going to complain, bio-diversity is a brilliant and important thing, well worth celebrating even if trying to tie it into the centenary seems a little forced.
From the 25th to the 27th of October, the ACT will be [...]
ACTEW Water have put out a 15 minute short film about digging up artifacts at the Cotter.
Get yourself a coffee and have a watch if you’re keen.
This 15 minute film looks back at the Indigenous archaeological program undertaken at the site of the new Cotter Dam between 2008 and 2013, with the eventual return to [...]
ANU has announced a major advance in the world of electronics coming out of Acton:
The Single Layer Capacitor (SLC) is a small conductor of energy inside electronic devices. Its main benefit is its thermo stability: it doesn’t heat up as much as standard Multi-Layer Capacitors.
One of the project’s key architects, the Research School of [...]
It sure as hell sounds like the start to a horror movie over at ANU:
Something massive is going on in East Antarctica’s Enderby Land and a team of researchers from the Research School of Earth Sciences are on their way to investigate.
The first hint of mystery came from the GRACE (Gravity Recovery and Climate [...]
In an article that will make you stupider for having read it the Herald Sun is declaring the Canberra Raiders have won the not at all coveted “facebook fan page growth” competition for 2013.
With no raw numbers it’s hard to say if 181% growth is anything to get excited about. Going from 1 fan to [...]
Bear with me here. A huge chunk of Canberra’s economy turns on this hat.
Recently I was in the market for a hat. Fedoras had served me well in recent years but a man needs a bit of variety and really, if you can pick one up in Target how cool can it be? (Nerf guns [...]
NBN has come to my street and I am looking to wall mount behind the family PC in a central main living area rather than in the garage or a cupboard.
Does anyone have any recommendations on an NBN specific enclosures (or something to keep it all neat in a public space)?
This in from John Dow:
I applied for unrestricted access to the Canberra airspace to celebrate the ferry flight of my new L-39 Albatross into Canberra. I don’t think they had any idea what they were in for when they approved it!
I made this video to showcase the incredible Canberra Cityscape scenery for FSX from [...]
[ 15 October 2013 to 19 October 2013. ] We’ve just gotten word of a stack of activities that are happening as a part of Earth Science Week. These events are spread between Questacon, CSIRO Discovery Centre, and Sir Harold Raggatt Theatre, are completely free, and are just chock-full of information to feed your brain mouths with.
Get to it.
Petroleum Geology: helping to secure Australia’s [...]