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Reader Comments on Aardvark Daily 8 July 2002

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


From: Allister
For : The Editor (for publication)
Subj: Skipping adverts

Oh my goodness!!  Have I been breaking the law when I make
the coffee during the ad break?

And while we're on the subject, anybody fancy having a go at
broadcasters about inconsistent volume levels?  I'm finding
advertisements consistently louder than the TV programs they
interupt - and I even noticed this on National Geographic
channel last night (via Sky).  Previously I thought it was
only the FTA stations.

My mute button has a new lease on life.

From: Donald Mackie
For : Right Of Reply (for publication)
Subj: "Ailing business model"

Thanks Bruce, you have hit the nail right on the head
with that phrase. Ever since the irritating, "advertising -
that's the way it works" campaign I've been struggling to
work out what is wrong with the whole commercial TV
picture (no pun intended).

From: Tony Levaggi
For : The Editor (for publication)
Subj: Telstra Clear

This is off-topic, but relates to recent Xtra coverage, but
it would appear to me today that Telstraclear have inserted
a HTTP Proxy server into their IP network. I'm pretty sure
this behaviour wasn't occurring last week.

From two different Telstra served locations, one a home
broadband cable connection throughSaturn, and one a
business location on Wellington CityLink, the remore HTTP
server shows the originating IP address as a box with a
name like cf1.telstraclear.net, wheras last week the actual
source address of our network was shown.

This is without any configuration at the client mentioning
HTTP proxies. This clearly a problem in a couple of ways -
I'm sure they'll still charge for that International
bandwidth they're saving, and if you have any interest in
the source of your web traffic, e.g. a security filter on
IP address, this totally breaks that.

I haven't been able to get through to Telstra to ask them
directly yet.

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