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It shouldn’t be a difficult process to connect your NBN enabled home to an ISP but so far TPG has made it the most difficult process I’ve ever encountered. I’ll admit that I went into the endeavour knowing full-well that TPG’s Customer Service is the worst but their actual service is pretty good. I was a customer of theirs on ADSL for quite a few years and as long as you didn’t have to talk to them about anything, it was sweet.

As Lloyd put it: TPG are good when nothing is wrong.

To bring you up to speed, I’m moving into a house that is served with Fibre to the Premises NBN and I wanted an ISP with the backhaul that will let me really use it all. TPG has a fairly good deal, unlimited quota, 100/40, $99 a month. Price is about the same for all providers at that speed, quota is what I wanted, and TPG has the network chops to handle the traffic.

During the ordering process online there is a section that says, “Save $10 and pick up your modem”. I wanted to do this for two reasons. First, $10 can buy me a beer and a half at most pubs. Secondly, I haven’t actually moved so if they were to deliver it, no one would be there to receive it and I wanted it in my hands as soon as possible. And seeing as the address given for their head office is right next door to where I work I figured a quick walk during lunch and I’d be good to go.

Things fell apart during the ordering process because there isn’t actually a section where you can elect to pick up the modem. So as soon as I processed the order and I received the automated email advising me of the order being received I emailed them via Reply To to advise them that I wanted to pick up the modem and asked them how to arrange that.

Next email I get the day after is an alert telling me that my modem is at the Post Office in my new suburb. It appears that they have processed it in record time and actually tried to deliver it before 10:00. I know this because the missus was at the new house doing some cleaning after 10:00. So I hit reply to the email alert to ask them about my first email and the pickup. The auto-reply advised it could take 1 business day for a response so I called them up.

On that call I was told that the modem was at the Post Office, if I wanted to do a pickup from the head office I’d have to wait up to two weeks for it to be shipped back at which point I could go and collect it. Faced with two weeks without internet I gave in and said I’d pick it up. Grumbling loudly I hung up the phone.

Shortly after that call I get an email from the Service Provisioning Team telling me that my request to pick up the modem is being processed.

At this current time I am not entirely sure where the modem is, if it is at the Post Office I won’t be able to collect it because I can’t prove that I live at the new address. I suggested to them that perhaps they could just configure a new modem for me to pickup from the head office while they try and sort out where the first modem is but that doesn’t seem like something that they can do.

Multiple emails have resulted in me being frustrated and angry, I’ve included my phone number a few times and requested call backs but so far nothing. I have just sent a scathing email to them about 15 minutes ago and we shall see what comes of it. In it I mentioned that I will be contacting the Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman for their assistance, I also suggested that I will visit them in person to try to find someone who can rub more than two brain cells together to get this sorted out (I rather liked that one).

Next step I think will be to check out Whirlpool and see if I can get a TPG minion from there to actually look into this instead of just watching it bounce from queue to queue.

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I think this is the best ‘open letter’ to HBO that I’ve ever seen and I wanted to preserve it in the public forum for all time.

Dear HBO,

I am an Australian citizen and love Game of Thrones (Along with like half of the Australian population) and just like every other Australian fan each week I am faced with a difficult choice, I can either illegally download an episode or I can just not watch it. I list those as my only two options because we have a serious distribution problem in our country (the article I have attached explains the problem better than I ever could).

Our only legal option for watching your show is Foxtel… as you may not have had any experience as a customer of their services I will put it as concisely as possible: using Foxtel is like hitting up an all you can eat banquet at a cheap Indian restaurant. It costs you $30 to get in when all you really wanted was the butter chicken, and your only memory of the whole experience is the burning sensation left on your ring the morning after. Their services are well below industry standards and incredibly overpriced.

This leaves me in a quandary, do I deal with the financial and logistical equivalent of 5 hours of bleeding out my rear end in exchange for Foxtels weekly low definition poorly buffered offering? Or do I easily and simply download the episode in high definition 2 hours after it is released for free…? I think we all know which decision is more appealing…

However In an effort to be reasonable and compensate your company fairly for the pleasure of watching your show I would like to offer you the following compromise: I will gladly pay HBO $10 an episode for every episode of your show that I download illegally, just provide me with a means by which to pay and I will transfer the coin. Alternatively offer HBO go in Australia, or literally mail me out a memory stick with each weeks episode saved on it because even waiting for a memory stick to come by mail would be a better option than paying $30 a month for what is quite possibly the worst streaming service this side of West Africa…

Written by John Hyslop on HBO’s Facebook page


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Recently a very good friend of mine weighed in, briefly, on the topic of Target’s new policy regarding transgendered people being allowed to use the bathrooms of the gender that they identify with. Being my usual self I had to make a comment so I posted the following:

An important reminder: no transgender person has ever been arrested for indecent sexual activity in a public bathroom. Everyone who has ever been arrested has identified as their birth assigned gender.
True transgender people just want to pee without being attacked by insecure people that think they’re wearing a dress just to see children’s bodies.
The solution of course is to make every bathroom unisex.

Which got a response from a friend of my friend.

Can you site your source? cause that sounds pretty incredulous to me.

Unfortunately for this friend of a friend, he caught me while at work during a particularly dull and quiet moment so what started off as a couple of links to some websites to backup my statement, it turned into a bit of an essay.…/statistics-show-exactly-how-many-times……/more-gop-lawmakers-arrested…/…/more-republicans…/

I also want to point out that there is a VERY big difference between someone being transgendered and using the bathroom and someone dressing up as the opposite sex in order to perv on people in the bathroom.

I SERIOUSLY doubt that anyone would go through months and years of ridicule and abuse from strangers, friends and family as they transition just so that they can go and look at people in a public bathroom. There is a BIG difference between being trans and cross-dressing. A HUGE difference!

A couple of friends of mine are trans and the horror stories they have told me of things that happened to them as they were coming to terms with their gender identity have me absolutely convinced that the men who are wearing dresses and sneaking into women’s bathrooms are NOT transgendered, they are simply a wolf in sheep’s clothing attempting to gratify their own sexual behaviours whilst not giving a damn about the very real issues surrounding transgender people.

Will we continue to read stories in the news about a man in a dress watching women pee? Of course we will because a sensational headline like that will grab the average readers’ attention and get shared on a lot of Facebook pages. Will that same news story investigate if that man is living as a woman or was just wearing a costume to get into the Ladies room? I seriously doubt that.

Remember, according to the media at large, “You are not safe in the public bathroom because the transgender monsters are coming to get you!!!”

It is time for society to grow up and move on, especially middle-class white people who continue to cling to 200 year old society standards. Yes, black lives matter, Yes, gay people are real and they aren’t here to assault you, Yes, transgender people are here and guess what, they don’t want to assault you any more than the gays or the bi’s or anyone else.

Now I really must end this comment, it started off as a couple of links and turned into an essay.

I thought my job was done but then the stupid reared its ugly head.

So is it your contention that just because someone is transgender, that they could therefor never be a sexual predator ? That somehow being confused about their sexual identity means that they can’t possibly also be confused about what is OK and what isn’t OK with regards to other sexual activities?

Hopefully this response gets the point across.

No. What I’m saying is that transgendered people are stastically less likely to sexually assault someone in a public bathroom than a man wearing a dress or a Republican official.

There will always be people of all types who will commit heinous acts, the statistics currently show that the reasons people have against transgendered people using a bathroom are not valid reasons to enact such ridiculous laws.

If the lawmakers came out and said what they really feel instead of hiding behind this “won’t someone think of the children” fa├žade they’d never get any law passed. What they are really saying is, “we don’t understand you and that is scary”.

It can be confronting if you don’t understand why people are changing the gender that they identify with, there is a massive stigma against men showing feelings, “ man up” is a phrase uttered a lot, so to then find out that a man wants to be a woman.. Well that’s the ultimate failure there for a man isn’t it? To admit that he has emotions and a feminine side and that he’s not happy in his own body.

Becoming a woman is considered to be bad by conservatives, is that because they consider women to be second rate compared to men?

I know a few transgendered people and I know the struggles they went through to find themselves. To go through all of that to then be told where you can and can’t pee because some middle class white boy thinks everyone is trying to get in his pants or trying to fiddle his kids is a huge insult.

One transgendered friend of mine has transitioned all the way. Does that mean that because she no longer has a penis she gets to use the ladies room now? Legally she’s still classed as male but physically she’s female. Quite good looking too. Do you think it would be safe for a beautiful woman to enter a male public bathroom? The straight men in the public bathroom are statistically more likely to rape her if she does compared to her raping another woman in the ladies room.

We’ll see what happens now.

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Every now and then I go back to the Freenet Project to see how it is coming along. Each time I’ve installed it before I’ve always uninstalled it because the amount of Child Pornography has been to damn high.

A completely uncensored system sounds like it would be great, people in war torn countries or with oppressive regimes would still be able to communicate and stay safer than running a blog on the regular internet. It would also be great for those trying to avoid the NSA and their meta data tracking.

Instead, the lowest degenerates alive just use it to share the worst kind of material. And it appears that the developers of the Freenet Project are ok with this use. When you first install it there is a page that has some bookmarks to various Index Pages. Because you can’t Google things on Freenet, static index pages have been created to help you navigate the complex dark net. There are two types of Index Pages. Cleaned up and full of CP. I don’t see why the developers would even include any index pages with CP in them, it feels like they are endorsing this highly illegal usage of what should be a useful system.

I’ve just installed version 0.7.5 Build #1470 and within three hyperlink clicks from the start page to the index pages I’ve already found links to CP sites.

This is only 4 rows down from the start of the Index Page.

Looks like I will once again be uninstalling Freenet. Until they clean up this blatant Child Pornography I won’t be using this service.

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