[LINK] Battery back-up mandatory for NBN?
Roger.Clarke at xamax.com.au
Fri Nov 5 10:26:21 AEDT 2010
At 9:56 +1100 5/11/10, Bernard Robertson-Dunn wrote:
>Dare I suggest Problem Analysis?
>If people have a problem requiring communications in the event of a
>power failure, then it is up to them ...
>A question: Taking bush fires as an example, what makes communications
>more important than say ...
Answer = deeply-entrenched victim mentality.
In the last 50 years, the Orstralian self-image of the rugged,
self-reliant bushman has been replaced by the whinger (I was born a
Pom, so I'm allowed to use the word).
(1) I support public health and safety measures that can be shown by
systemic logic and empirical study to be effective and cost-effective
(2) I despise the State paternalism and cry-baby dependency that we're
all expected to put up with
I'm not really sure how important it is to be able to make a
phone-call to 000 (or other number?!) (a) from any fixed-point, or
from any point within (b) the 93%-of-population area, or (c) the 97%,
or (d) the 100%. I'm tempted to add (e) estuaries and coastal
waters, (f) the oceans, and (g) the special case of the Southern
Ocean; but it's hard enough already.
It seems like a desirable rather than a mandatory.
Anyone who makes assumptions that being able to make a phone-call
prevents problems, or even necessarily reduces loss of life and human
suffering, needs to wake up to the real world.
(Line congestion, excessive demand on switching-centres, excessive
demand on the relevant response centre, excessive demand on the
relevant rescue / emergency / health-care services, congested roads
and airspace - think smoke, human communication errors in large
quantity - think Chinese whispers, the list goes on).
Roger Clarke http://www.rogerclarke.com/
Xamax Consultancy Pty Ltd 78 Sidaway St, Chapman ACT 2611 AUSTRALIA
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Visiting Professor in Computer Science Australian National University
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