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The most significant Fieldays innovation of all

For me, the 2013 Fieldays was the best yet in 45 years of showcasing the finest of New Zealand’s agri-business sectors. The number of people attending Fieldays reflects a growing interest in the exhibits and activities.  Which makes it such a great annual opportunity for…

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Data Vampires

Broadband retail service providers have a tendency to waggle their finger at the consumer when things go awry.  But a review of the telco industry’s proposed Product Disclosure Code does not go far enough to banish this attitude. The classic example of this blaming attitude occurred back in…

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Budget 2013: Press Release stakes

Investing $200 million here, a $130 million boost there, multi million dollar recognitions everywhere!  The headlines of press releases around last week’s budget seemed to be focused on growth and opportunities. I will not read the entire 2013 Budget as such.  It’s a rather dry…

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Third world broadband tolerated

Across the globe, people are reaping the benefits of modern telecommunications networks.  But not in New Zealand’s remote rural areas. In Africa, SMS text messaging from mobile phones is helping improve the health, education and economic development outcomes of millions. Governments across Asia, Europe, America…

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something light and frivolous – or is it?

“The Internet was one of the greatest disasters to befall mankind,” runs the introduction from a video at the UK humour site  Poke. “Now its survivors tell their story.”

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The future of computer interfaces

From Germany, pmdtec’s brings us CamBoard Pico, the next-generation of gesture-based interfaces with our computers. The video below shows the system components and what the software is capable of. The detection of hand gestures performed at a comfortable distance from the computer is impressive, seemingly accurately and it appears,…

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When the rubber hits our gridlocked roads

Auckland Mayor Len Brown was clearly delighted at last Friday’s release of Auckland’s draft Unitary Plan.  “Today is a major milestone in Auckland’s journey to become the world’s most liveable city. This is where the rubber hits the road.” his press release said. I wonder…

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on RBI speeds, latency and quality of service

Long have I argued that the government’s RBI (Rural Broadband Initiative) contract was deficient in its specification of the RBI Broadband Service. Not only are the specifications for the service inadequate, but given the way that mobile broadband demand (as distinguished from rural fixed broadband…

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The Water Commons: a solution for all NZers

Last week, I introduced the concept of the “Water Commons” as a means of community management of our freshwater resource. This is not about ‘ownership’ of water.  For a long time, much longer than Maori’s claim to ownership of the water, common law has held…

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Opinion: Amy Adams lets rural New Zealand down.

The government has confirmed its long-held intention to auction the 700MHz “digital dividend” spectrum to a duopoly plus one of mobile telcos. CIT Minister Amy Adams announced last Thursday that the auction will be held in the third quarter of this year. The digital dividend…

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