On Tue, Nov 23, 1999 at 04:09:22PM -0800, Josh Bailey wrote:
[aisles of 7513s]
Sounds like one of Roger's buddies sold someone a line :) How many
7513s do you need to terminate a gig of international traffic?
To be fair, China is (a) much closer to established fibre-rich nations,
and (b) far more likely to attract dollar-laden investors, lured by its
limitless supply of untapped, virgin consumers.
However, I think the point about China's growth compared to NZ's is
spot on. Anecdote, only barely related, mind you (bear in mind that
when I left England about five years ago, Demon Internet had a 256k
circuit to Sprint in New York, which supported about 10,000 customers.
The world-wide-web was something that happened to other people)
Just recently I had cause to phone up the police station in Bedford,
England (where I used to live). I was after a summary of my records
in the police computer, so that I could keep the Canadian immigration
people well-fed with paper.
Me: "Can you send the form to me? I'm in New Zealand."
Plod: "Oh yes, no problem, we can send it anywhere in the world. Wait
a minute - do you have e-mail?"
Me: "Yes. It's jabley(a)patho.gen.nz."
Plod: "OK, I'll highlight the parts of the form you need to fill in,
and send it to that address."
Me: "Bugger me, that was quick."
Note that this is just the policeman that happened to be at the front
desk when I called. No "oh, I'll put you through to our e-mail expert"
or anything. And this is Bedford we're talking about, which is loosely
equivilent to Masterton in NZ terms (no disrespect intended!)
And to crown it all:
Plod: "Do you have a PGP key signed by us?"
Me: [pause] "No, actually."
Plod: "Oh well, you'll need to send that back through the post then,
because we can't accept it by e-mail."
 The record was blank. Just in case you were wondering.
 I can jump ship just as easily as the next man.
 Actually, "G-E-N..." "Jem? J-E-M?" "No, GEN. G-E-N."
"OK, so that's
"T A T H O.." "P. P A T" "I'm sorry, could you say that
again?" "J A B..."
[repeat until dead]
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