Australia's NBN, how it will affect your existing landline phones when you are migrated depends on how your home is currently wired and how many phones you have.
There's been a bit of rubbish being spread by RSP (Retail Service Provider - AKA: ISP) sales type
people telling you your existing phones wont work when you're moved to the NBN. There is some
truth to this, but no you likely do not need to re-wire your entire house or some such rot, or buy dect phones as only means of more phones, as many are being told, and despite other rhetoric from these sales geniuses, you can have more than one fix wired phone.
There are issues with leaving multiple active outlets in place on your original phone line when NBN connects your new service with their VDSL modem that's for certain, they can and do create issues that result in poor performance with your service, that's one of the few things NBN chief Bill Morrow and I actually agree on
There are typically two wiring layouts of a home with multiple outlets and ADSL, the first and most common is daisy
chained, that sort of looks like this
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In 2015, we ran a test on our most commonly used sites for IPv6 responses which yielded pathetic 8% results, so
this is a quick update to the article I wrote back then - IPv6 Reality Checks
, but it seems here we are two and a half years later, only a handful of the previously IPv4 only hosts have managed to graduate to IPv6.
These hosts have since IPv6:
However the following, the over whelming vast majority, still have yet to add IPv6 -
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With all the Edward Snowden revelations about the extent of activities of the U.S.A's N.S.A, we are all like oh how dare they the privacy invading bastards
, we all attack and condemn them - rightly so! We now realise how far out of control they and other Five Eyes member nations really are, so we tend to take more steps to protect our privacy from their prying eyes, make no mistake they are privacy invading power tripping scum who spend more time spying on friendly nations and their own law abiding citizens - than terrorists.
Yet, I'm betting pretty much all of those outraged over the NSA's actions, spend most of their days on
facebook, probably an unhealthy amount of time too, revealing everything about their life, now, I wrote some time ago
about what I think of the privacy invading POS that is facebook, but recently, information on what they collect by their own admission, came to life, and it would make even the most seasoned operative at the U.S.A.'s NSA and U.K.'s GCHQ jaw drop in puddles of drool...
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A revised entry for 2017 can be found here
Recent statements made on an Australian industry mailing list about how well IPv6 was doing, with some people reporting their traffic is split 50/50 between IPv4 and IPv6, raised my eyebrows, I was not entirely convinced about those figures, so decided to put that 50/50 to the test to see how it applies in my situation.
One of these gentleman told me that my test was flawed, setting it up to fail even, well, I disagree with that, since if 50% of the traffic is favoured as IPv6, it still stands to reason that if I disable IPv4, about 50% of my traffic should still work - albeit slower at times for local sites since I'm limited to a tunnel provided by Hurricane Electric in California, U.S.A, so I expect a bit of lag using local sites, anyway, getting back on point, that should then result in the remaining 50% or so of traffic to actually fail, which is kind of the point if one wants to test the theory of half of the sites working or not via IPv6.
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Update: March 29, 2015
Metadata, just the latest annoyance by the Australian Government to spy on our Internet use, they couldn't screw us over with the failed mandatory filtering attempt, so they'll try get us another way. Not sure what all the fuss is about however since we now know the United States's NSA and UK's GCHQ has been doing this a long time thanks to the Snowden Releases, so all Canberra need do is pick up the phone and call head office
Now, I'm not going to go into all the bungling of them trying to sell this to us, Bumbling George Brandis's comedy show has been doing the rounds for a while now, when he came out with his and Woger Wabbott's , I mean Tony Abbott's version, it was like the two stooges Larry and Moe, without curly - Malcolm Turnbull, who finally did have to join the duo and fix up their diabolical mess, sending relief down peoples spines knowing the Government did not want to know what websites you went to, just who had what IP on what date. Much more different to voice, since they do want to know who you called, and when and from where.
When this came about I was in two minds about it, didn't have strong objections, my IP's static so wont be too hard to find me in radius, and I've had it for nearly five years at home, so there's no doubting its accuracy, as for phone, well, I make/get SFA phone calls, I rarely use 3G data because it's about the same price as pure gold in Australia. Most of my communications from home is by IRC, IM (Jabber/Skype - so the U.S.'s NSA already know who I talk to anyway), Email, ramblings on Twitter, or this strange thing called ...
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