Every week, Computerworld Australia collates all the things our readers have been saying about the news, both in the forums and in comments.
Here’s what you had to say on: NSW Auditor General slamming Transport NSW cost blowouts
“What isn't being addressed here is why and how these projects are going over time and over budget. Why was the original specification so fundamentally flawed? The easy answer is to point to incompetent government officials or dodgy vendors. The more nuanced answer lies in the middle with both parties under pressure to deliver a tender and a response to that tender without truly knowing all of the potential variables. If there was an easy answer then we'd see a lot more projects running on time and on budget.” – said Davy Adams on NSW Auditor-General slams Transport NSW cost blowouts
Here’s what you had to say on: The delayed launch of the My School 2.0 website
“From the people who brought you home insulation deaths. They can't even launch a website. What hope do they have of building a national broadband white elephant?” – said Bobolob on Federal Government delays My School 2.0 until next year
Here’s what you had to say on: Exetel’s claims the TIO suit is expensive but necessary
“It seems that John Linton needs to work out what he is talking about before he starts talking.
The TIO scheme is not a "government agency", nor is it a "rogue organisation". It's the industry's own dispute resolution scheme.
Most of his rant does not appear to need a reply, though some of his customers might not be aware of the structures involved and might take it at face value.” – said lantana onTIO suit "pointlessly expensive" but necessary: Exetel
Here’s what you had to say on: The Attorney-General being overwhelmed by the support for R18+ games classification
“I agree with ratings on games. The question on censorship is a bit more tricky. I would not want unfettered content available to all. I do wonder if it can be controlled by government. Maybe back to common sense and parental engagement with their children, I dont know what solves that problem.” – said Visionary on Attorney-General overwhelmed by support for R18+ games classification
Here’s what you had to say on: The first NBN trial sites to trial telehealth
“Some good ideas in there, however management and ongoing maintenance of the technologies for centralised practices will have its challenges.
I have been thinking about the NBN quite a bit lately, given the amount of money the Goverment is considering pouring in, as a key implementor in the Nations Largest Network rollout for WA Education e2C of Telstra TPIPS, WIP, GWIP and Singtel VSAT and Gillat Voice platforms (that has since been used my many other businesses and Government agencies).
Considering my involvment for many years in Medical IT I came up with what I believe to be a good compromise for the NBN that is this:
If we really are interested in building a cost effective NBN it should be delivered intially to business and homes only in all Australian cities.
To just plan a rollout to all users (even country area's) is just cost prohibitive for Australian's, (especially in the initial phases) and is best off serviced by existing industry and if necessary offered governement grants and consumer rebates on using existing platforms, such as Next G enabled routers etc, wifi towns with Satellite etc.
Some years ago the Federal Government had a great incentive for GP's and that was called Medipremium (delivered through a select group of ISP's), a subsidised Internet Service that also covered areas like backup, privacy, antivirus and data protection reviews.
The biggest stumbling block I see to any of this is in medicine is a lack of standardisation of practice management software, as well as pathology, radiology, referral and payment gateway systems, and this includes at the radiology and pathology providers in terms of digital imaging standards (dicom and the like)
It will be interesting to see how e-health fills this centralised mediation space - filling the gap between providers of different PMS systems.
Ultimately Australia, with about 23 million people, 8 states and territories, should make this decisision federally, and not at a State level, as all this duplication between the states has been part of the problem for years, and has led to massive inefficiences within the Australian Medical System and ehealth, as state bodies build thier power bases (such as divisional GP offices), rather than concentrate on delivering a standardised systems of information interchange for patient healthcare.” – said Brook Papworth on NBN first release sites to trial telehealth
Here’s what you had to say on: The privacy Commissioner’s claims Cloud can enhance privacy
“The Australian government is really going all out to secure cloud computing as a future technology worthy of investment. I love it how they have properly backed cloud and are making organisations confident that any investment will be backed by the government. Leading by example is the way forward...the investment is coming in.” – said Cloud_Zone on Cloud can enhance privacy: Commissioner