Reader Comments on Aardvark Daily 13 February 2002
Note: the comments below are the unabridged
submissions of readers and do
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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 speed. 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 lousy.Hit Reload For Latest Comments
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