Thursday, June 01, 2006

Tax Freedom day today - Every body elses anyway ;-)

Your Total Tax Bill

Your Tax Freedom Day
Saturday, 20 May 2006

Days worked for the Government

Days worked for yourself

A bad sporting weekend

As a companion post to; A good sporting weekend

Well the results of the teams I support all seemed to swing the wrong way this weekend:
Warriors play terrible football again and get destroyed by the Sharks (Started listening to the game on the radio... didn't even bother to download from Bigpond)
Hurricanes botch the final - at least we couldn't see the smug smiles on the Crusaders faces in the fog.  Damn - was kind of hoping the Canes were going to line up Daniel a bit better, they didn't even give him a touch up!

And most importantly we lost our soccer 4-1, a bad performance if I do say so myself.  Still I can at least take comfort in that I was on the bench for this one so can blame it completely on others ;-)
On a further downside we had to place a formal complaint about the opposition due to a number of incidents on and off the field - the most unsettling when one of their strikers punched our right back in the face, then wouldn't leave the field of play after being sent off...

(Thanks to weizguy for prompting me to actually remember to write this post :-> )

Wednesday, May 31, 2006

An amusing Meme to try

Whats your score? (no cheating - one attempt only...)

Monday, May 29, 2006

Very Deceptive Broadband Statistics

I have to thank DPF for posting about these on his blog (where I have also commented briefly on their issues).
The full report is available here.

For anyone interested in the state of broadband across the OECD countries it makes a good read - and has plently of pretty graphs for those who want a brief read. However be sure to check what the scale being used on each one is as the authors have done a good job of attempting to make New Zealand appear that it is performing badly on almost every graph despite them leading that statistic.

As a case in point: (New Zealand is highlighted by being the gray bar).

Thats right - this statistic is the cost of a new connection. So smaller is better... The authors are using the innate perception though that this is putting NZ at the bottom of this statistic.

The worst however is when they calculate their final conclusion. This is done by ranking on the following formula:
Business [Download + Upload + Monthly Cost + Connection] + Data cap = Business Ranking
Residential [Download + Upload + Monthly Cost + Connection] + Data cap = Residential Ranking
Business Ranking + Residential Ranking = Final Ranking

This means the Data Cap ranking is given a 50% weight in the final score. The authors have decided that monthly cost, connection cost, upload speed and download speed are all only worth a 12.5% weighting versus the data cap.
And despite the datacap ranking for NZ being last, and this 50% weighting, we still get 18th in residential (and 24th in buisiness).

Furthermore even if the datacap was the most important thing to be ranked on they have only ranked on initial size - not charge per GB after breach, further distorting the results. (I know I prefer my orcon plan that only charged $10 per 10GB over the cap to Australia's "For example, a limit of 200MB per month was not unusual
and neither was an excess charge in the region of A$100 per additional gigabyte."

This is appalling statistics at its worst - and I deplore the Dominion Post and DPF both who should be able to do a halfway critical analysis on this before reporting the result as "fact".
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