Monthly archive for March2013

Unitary Plan delivers rules & culture, lacks resilience

Last week we looked at Auckland Council’s draft Unitary Plan and asked: how do we determine whether it works for the people of the city? One approach to looking at how the plan works, was to search the plan for matters affecting individual properties. As…

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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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Persimmons on the digital highway

Seven times.  At least. That was the answer to the question posed last week: “How much more do rural people pay for equivalent broadband services above what urban people pay?” I took some criticism of that figure because my five times multiplier was based on…

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Rural Broadband closer to what it should be

How much more do you believe rural people should pay for equivalent broadband services above what urban people pay? Amidst a growing belief around the world, that fast broadband access is becoming a necessity for participation in our society, equality of access is becoming a…

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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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