Fry Up: The cynic, the optimist, the realist

Star Trek on saw

The cynic, the optimist, the realist

Vodafone took the market by surprise this week when it launched any-network plans based on its notorious on-net plan BestMates. The new any-network NZBestMates plan means customers can nominate a number on a rival network to be part of their closed calling circle. Previously they had to be on the Vodafone network.

The cynic might say NZBestMates is a pre-emptive strike against any renewed campaign by the Commerce Commission to regulate retail plans on incumbent mobile network operators. The Commission is monitoring cross-net mobile traffic following the regulation of mobile termination rates in May. The last report showed a teeny weeny increase in cross-net traffic for the months May to July. The next report, covering August to October, is due out in December.

The optimist might say that Vodafone has experienced huge growth in text traffic since it launched its any-network plan TXTNZ in March and it wants to provide a competitive offering having so completely lost the war to regulate mobile termination rates after the seven-year fight.

The realist might say it’s not about texts or calls. It’s about data and a pre-pay plan that charges $30 for 150MB (along with 50 minutes, one BestMate and 2500 texts) of data, which won’t get you much when online music services like Spotify arrive in New Zealand.

Vodafone any network plans not good enough says 2degrees

Spotify coming to New Zealand early next year

The cynic, the optimist, the realist walk into a bar

And get served by this man.

He may be a member of the open source community, given his sartorial elegance.

Fry Up has based this assumption on reader feedback to an online article about government agencies using an information sharing system called Spatial Information Services Stack (SISS). In the article the system was described as both open source and freeware.

New Zealand Open Source Society president Dave Lane pointed out in the comments section that “open source” and “freeware” are not the same. Lane says freeware is a term used to describe non-open source (ie proprietary) software that is made available for no cost.

A discussion ensued as to whether the language really mattered, with Lane defending his corner. However he did concede to one comment, which suggested that “A good story on open source is... while dressed in short sleeve shirts, shorts and knee-high socks."

To which Lane replied: “Damn, you got me in one. I’ll roll my sleeves down next time. Heh heh."

Open source front end for environmental data

Open source and propriatorial?

So what happens if you cross-pollinate open source and propriatary software? At next week’s ITEX conference hosted by Computerworld next week there is a panel discussion entitled “Open source in a hybrid environment”. Dave Lane will be a guest, along with Orcon CTO Thomas Salmen Orcon and Radio New Zealand new media manager Richard Hulse.

The cynic might say a hybrid environment sounds like a sell-out. The optimist might say it's combining the best of two worlds. The realist might say this Fry Up section is blatant self-promotion for a Computerworld event.

The cynic, the optimist and the realist take a taxi in New York

To avoid this woman playing the theme to Star Trek on a saw in the subway.

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