Fairfax Tech Column

Fairfax Tech Column

27.4.2018 Fairfax Tech Column 92


Everyone using a mobile phone in our country – which means practically everyone – has some gold bling they aren’t necessarily aware of. The mobile phone system we use in Australia is know as GSM (originally standing for Groupe Spécial Mobile, a group formed by the Conference of European Posts and Telegraphs in 1982 to research the merits of a European standard for mobile telecommunications but later modified to mean Global System for Mobiles) which is the common stan ..

20.4.2018 Fairfax Tech Column 91


With the mention of military drones, the first image that comes to my mind is that of Helen Mirren starring as Colonel Katherine Powell, a UK military intelligence officer, in the 2015 British thriller film, Eye in the Sky. This movie focused on the ethical challenges of drone warfare. With that image in mind, you can imagine my alarm when it was recently announced that US military ground drones were set to be deployed on Australian cattle stations. My first impression was of a six-wheel ..

13.4.2018 Fairfax Tech Column 90


When I read ‘The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club’ I should have taken more notice of the words of Charles Dickens. As far back as 1837, Dickens had one of his characters use the expression “Never say never.” Since the first FSAM went live in Dubbo on 4 May 2016, I have written and spoken about the NBN many, many times. It was only a few months ago that I said I had written about the different NBN technologies so many times that I would never need to write a ..

06.4.2018 Fairfax Tech Column 89


This week saw another major tech launch on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) when a Swiss flag flew to mark the launch of a Swedish company (whoops)! At the end of trade, Spotify had a market capitalisation of almost US$30 billion. Not bad for a company that was only created ten years ago and is yet to turn a profit. You read that correctly. Spotify has lost money each and every year of its existence so far. Why, then, were 30 million shares traded throughout its first day and the pric ..