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Paul Brislen. 08 March 2019, 2:00 pm

I fought long and hard, tooth and nail to get a comments section up on Computerworld back in the day. It happened, eventually, after I'd gone but I was delighted. They had comments on all the stories and PC World went so far as to have a forum where users could banter and shoot the breeze.

My god, it was horrible.

But those are just comments. Uninformed, well meaning (I'll give them the benefit of the doubt) but misguided, even the ones threatening to come round and punch my lights out because I'd espoused the wrong view point on whether Half Life was better than Quake or some such.

But what happens when you weaponise the comments section?

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Chris O'Connell

Paul Brislen. 04 March 2019, 6:12 pm

Chris O'Connell, the stalwart of rural broadband, has died suddenly in Wellington.

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Content options

Sarah Putt. 21 February 2019, 5:47 pm

Slowly and surely the content bundle that has served broadcasters so well for so long is being dismantled as new online options come on stream.

Spark has announced that its sports offering - unsurprisingly called Spark Sport - will launch next month with initial pricing at $19.99 a month. It's starts with a free month trial, and the company is calling it a 'beta' launch so that it can "obtain feedback from kiwis".  It's a kind of dress rehearsal before the main event, the Rugby World Cup.

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Paul Brislen. 08 February 2019, 12:00 pm

Tonga is cut off from the internet for two weeks... Huawei may be cut off for good if this carries on... and InternetNZ and Flag Day goes off without too many websites being cut off.

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Notes from The Nog - the Network Operators Group conference

Hamish MacEwan. 07 February 2019, 6:38 am

The New Zealand Network Operators Group's annual conference (NZNOG) aims to provide an opportunity for participants in the New Zealand telecommunications sector to exchange technical information and s…

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SamKnows - and soon we will too

Paul Brislen. 04 February 2019, 8:30 am

Being able to closely monitor traffic patterns is something that only a select few of us are interested in, but for those that do want to know, SamKnows is now monitoring home internet connections as …

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Paul Brislen. 25 January 2019, 4:40 pm

The next phase for Huawei in New Zealand is going to be difficult.

The company, which has been told it can't build the core network assets for Spark's new 5G network (and presumably would get simil…

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IoT Auckland explores satellite technology

Sarah Putt. 22 January 2019, 8:11 am

Rocket Lab has successfully launched 24 satellites in the past year, but what do they do and how might they benefit New Zealand? The IoT Auckland Meetup group got an opportunity to find out about the …

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Huawei's year off to a rocky start

Paul Brislen. 16 January 2019, 2:17 pm

Huawei's year is off to a rocky start with more countries reviewing the role Huawei equipment plays in their networks.

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Telco sector looking rosy for consumers

Paul Brislen. 19 December 2018, 8:05 am

Data use is up dramatically, texting is no longer a thing and voice calls from a landline are on their way out if the latest Commerce Commission annual report into the telecommunications sector is any…

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Paul Brislen. 07 December 2018, 5:15 pm

Stupidity is its own reward, as the Australian tech sector is discovering...

PLUS: The second round of US vs Huawei has been awarded to the US on points... And the light at the end of the tunnel m…

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