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Reader Comments on Aardvark Daily 13 February 2002

Note: the comments below are the unabridged submissions of readers and do
not necessarily reflect the opinions of the publisher.


From: Alan Waller
For : The Editor (for publication)
Subj: taxation

Sir,i cannot get over how hypocritical governments
are,after hearing all the bull yesterday,how the Government
are going to improve growth in this country etc.
And now the Government proposes to increase the level of
taxation on petrol,when they are collecting well over
$1billion dollars per year already,which ends up in the
consolidated fund.This well and truly slows down the
productive sector.Yet again it shows we have idiots,with
nothing between there ears running this country.They know
how to upset people in a election year

From: robert rozee
For : The Editor (for publication)
Subj: free internet providers

    in your 11 February 2002 Edition you have a link to an
article in the New Zealand Herald titled "End of the road
approaching for free internet access". The Herald article
refers to, 'the country's last remaining no-fee net
service, Zfree'.

this is slightly inaccurate:

- i4free still offers a free service, at least it did last
week when i last used it (because zfree was not working
right). since few people are using it, the performance is
quite acceptable (4-5k/second on a 56k modem),

- freenet also offers an unlimited free service (when i
checked a few weeks ago) for those who are outside of the
main centres; you make a toll call to them, and only have
to pay telecom's toll charges - which can be price capped
to $5/month under one of telecom's call plans (dial a
nominated area for no more than $5/month - i assume the
plan is still available). freenet seem to somehow collect
their cut through interconnect fees. i have not used the
freenet service as you have to sign up and pay a $15
advance fee - although this is not consumed if you dial in
as detailed above.

as an aside, i also note that both zfree and i4free
throttle morpheus/grokster/kazaa file sharing performance
quite severely. with zfree, bandwidth is generally allowed
through from around 4am onwards.

From: Neil Bates
For : The Editor (for publication)
Subj: Jetstart & P2P software

I, like many Xtra customers who use Jetstart have P2P
software installed. I personally run Morpheous.  I am aware
that Jetstart prohibits running a server therefore I have
disabled Upload ability within the software essentially
meaning that no one can take anything from me (therefore I
am not running a server) but I also note that this service
is running noticeably slower than a month or so ago.
This speed change came around the time of Xtra complaining
about servers being run etc and as the other people I know
running this software via other ISP's have noticed no such
speed change I can only assume Xtra have throttled back the

I seriously hope this is not the case as there has been no
notification that this has happened but are we to simply
believe that the Morpheous service has grown so popular
that speed has been compromised (files that would typically
run at 12-15 k/sec not are barely reaching 1 k/sec...) to
this extent?

What are others experiencing ?

From: Richard
For : The Editor (for publication)
Subj: Jetstart

Its not just you. There claims of the "servers" being the
problem is an outright lie. I have seen uploads run at
close to 15k/sec on there service.

There advertising IMHO was misleading on the matter of it
being faster, and consumer law says that the fine print
cannot put _unfair_ conditions on the big adverts.

This is like selling a telephone connection (or fax) where
you can only make calls, and are unable to recieve calls.
It is _NOT_ an internet connection with these restrictions
in place. If your with xtra, call tommorow and close the
jetstart account. Get the final months bill credited back.
Try for the whole duration that the performance has being

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