A New Look at the State of Australian Hosting and ISPs

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Thanks to Lucas Johnson for his thoroughly review of the Australian state of Affairs and ISPs, for more of his work check out his detailed Digital Pacific Review to learn what hosting works in 2017.

As far as internet speeds go, bureaucratic, industrialized, rich nations have a tendency to stand at the top of the list. Only a brief look at the Akamai State of the Internet Report’s data on the average internet speeds around the world will prove this to anyone. South Korea still stands proudly at the top of the list, with 26mb/s, closely followed by other technocratic nations like Sweden, Hong Kong, and Switzerland. However, near the bottom of the top 50 nations on this list, sits a surprisingly slow Australia, at an average speed of 10.1mb/s. Panting and coughing in the dust behind far poorer nations like Bulgaria, Romania, and Kenya. A skype call with your grandmother from Brisbane will be far more muddled, slow, and fragile than one with your aunt in Nairobi.

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It’s tempting to speculate that Australia’s internet problems may come, in part, from it’s geography. After all, the majority of servers hosted by the most-trafficked websites in the internet are in Europe and the American west coast. This theory, however, clearly contradicts the data. New Zealand, a nation even further from these server hubs, has a respectable internet speed of 12.9Mbps.

The story of how Australia ended up with awful internet service is one of monopolies and bad government policy. Back in 2013, a change of governmental policy started to speed up already existing plans to bring better broadband internet to Australia, urban and rural, in two ways. First by substituting the pre existing plans of running fiber-optic wires directly to homes and businesses with the one to instead utilize pre existing copper wires on the “Last Mile” of the network, referring to the connection between the larger network and individual homes and businesses. This was the first mistake.

In the second chapter of the Australian government’s corner-cutting bonanza, the government-owned broadband network Telco was entirely sold off to private buyers in an attempt to reduce costs for taxpayers. This was the second mistake. Telco (then renamed Telstra) quickly became the reigning monopoly, controlling nearly every tower and cable in Australia. By pricing out any smaller ISP’s that might challenge them and paying lip service to Australia’s related regulatory bodies, Telstra was able to kick back, shaded from the reforming rays of competition.

As of now, the problems with internet service in Australia are not being rectified. In May of this year, the ACCC (the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission) declined an opportunity to allow smaller ISP’s access to Telstra’s towers, securing their monopoly on Australian internet, and the status quo.

Not all is lost, however. Though Australia’s internet lags behind the competition, the average internet speeds in Australia have nearly doubled since 2013. Worldwide, almost every nation on earth is seeing exponential growth in average connection speeds, and Australia is no exception to the rule.

Don’t give up on Australia’s government, either. Australia is internationally famous for it’s progressive and disruptive policies, from it’s world-class healthcare system to it’s harsh regulations on the tobacco industry. It isn’t at all difficult to imagine Australia cracking down on Telstra and reforming the ACCC in the near future, especially as Australians come to expect more from their online services, and poor internet connection proves damaging to the Australian economy.

 

 

 

Herzon Talks ISP Security and BJJ Training

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Chris Herzog has been around the block. As the head coach at Empire Academy of Combat Sports in Rochester, New York, Herzog holds black belts in Shotokan Karate, American Kickboxing, and Judo and is a brown belt in 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu. As well, Herzog has trained martial arts for over 27 years and internationally competes within Sambo, Judo, and submission grappling.

“Coach Zog” has seen both the traditional side and sportive side of martial arts. After years of training he has developed a comprehensive coaching methodology based on cycling techniques in the form of paths. It is a progressive series, rather than the traditional method of teaching techniques in isolation. For instance he may teach the lock down and whip up or fat whip, old school, plan b, when that fails dogfight, half and half on day one, then progression to other paths as the student progresses.

Herzog credits 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu founder Eddie Bravo with “allowing me to think outside the box and contribute to 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu.” He also utilizes 10th Planet terminology, stating, “Eddie Bravo came up with the idea of using pneumonic devices, a specific name to recall specific information. This is one of the things that led to my attraction to 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu”, and is what led to his utilization of pneumonic in all aspects of coaching. He gives credit to his Judo coach, Mark Tripp of US Combat Sports, for his teaching him the difference between being an instructor, or coach.

The same methodology is implemented by all of the staff at Empire. Because all of his teaching staff is on the same page the flow continues, regardless of who is teaching. If we continue with our previous example, but substitute a new teacher, that teacher would continue where Herzog left off and continue down the path, ultimately allowing the student to develop his skills to a black belt level in the paths he has been taught. He also recommends all newbies to invest in quality compression shorts

When competing he needs only to get an opponent in a position that he has covered in a path. The opponent, regardless of rank or skill level, is competing in an area where the other guy is a master. Not knowing the path himself he has no way of knowing how to escape it, or when, or even if his escape attempt was part of the path and was needed to get to submission.

When one considers that Herzog is well-versed both Sambo and BJJ, it is no surprise that many of these paths lead to leg locks. He has, over the years, perfected leg locks. In particular he has perfected the control positions leading up to the submission. Gone are the days of blindly grapping hold of a leg hoping to get a submission, Zog teaches control. The position he calls the knee knot is just that, it ties ones opponent up in a knot, at the hips and legs, in a position similar not unlike the 50/50 guard, yet with its own series of transitions and complex movement.

I attended a seminar Chris put on in Indianapolis. At the start he gives an example of the idea of being at black belt level, regardless of ones’ current rank, in the paths. He then teaches a flow of techniques and movement that builds on itself, like algebra, until one develops a mind map approach.

Through all the physical stuff there is the philosophy behind it, the coaching methodology, the Zen of Zog. Coach Zog says “Jiu Jitsu is the truth. You can’t lie to yourself when on the mat; you can’t lie to your opponent. Jiu Jitsu reveals you to you, it is the truth.” In a world full of political correct crazy talk and political double speak, truth is a rare commodity. So preach it brother Zog, give us the truth.

“Instructors instruct, and generally what they do is what their good at, what they know. This is a very traditional martial arts concept. Karate is a good example. You bark out the commands and everybody marches up and down the floor looking uniform, everybody moves the same, regardless of strengths, regardless of weaknesses, regardless of body types. Uniformity was more important than actual individuality. So an instructor is like a Drill instructor, march, march. That’s an instructor, someone who can regurgitate information that was given to them before. A Coach can take that information, regardless of what martial art it is, and guide their student along their own path.”

I asked Coach Zog what to say to the kid who is athletically gifted. He can move wrong, yet still get results, what do you say to that kid?

“Just because you can doesn’t mean you should,” Herzog responded. “The process is more important than the result as a beginner. You may have results without the process but when the people who follow the process catch up, you’ll be left behind. What I’m saying is, because I’m bigger than you I can muscle you into an Americana. It’s about generalities, meaning I have to be able to apply it to him, to her, to this guy Ben (a 320 pound monster at 10th Planet Indianapolis). So it’s all reliant on economy of motion, a practitioner must be able to apply the technique against all skill levels. If I rely on muscling a technique I will not be able to use it against all body types, all skill levels, for me that technique is then useless.

When asked about coaching a new fighter who is perhaps a little too eager to fight, he gave us this nugget of Zog Zen. “When a 18-year-old kid comes up to you and says I think I’m ready but you think he is going to get hurt, Do you want to be a fighter, or do you want to fight, cause there is a major difference. Fighters are technical, they are strategic, they are disciplined, and they live a lifestyle that’s different, almost a rise above the average person’s lifestyle because of the work ethic and discipline needed to be a fighter.”

Coach Zog utilizes the following training method. He says “I teach everything progressive in a five technique progression. I teach jits for 45 minutes, followed by minute drills. Students pair off and work a path with a partner resisting about 50-percent, trying to follow a path they know. When then spar for an hour, five minute rounds with 30-second breaks. I usually do a path for about three weeks. For instance out of a year about eight weeks may be spent on half guard paths, its frequency based.”

There are a lot of guys out there teaching leg locks, but not so many understand the positioning the way Coach Zog does. His approach to coaching, training and competing is a method that seems to be keeping up with the incredible pace the growth of MMA has set. If you want to get a little help in running this race you may contact Coach Herzog. Coach Zog can also be found rattling the halls of the 10thPlanet Jiu Jitsu forum at 10th planetjj.com, where one can access free video instructional.

 

The Basics in Choosing The Best Amplifier for Rock Sounds

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One way to step up your guitar-playing game is by exploring the use of amplifiers. Basically, amplifiers are electronic devices that increases the power and amplitude of a signal. Amplifiers are used for many electronics such as musical instruments, home theater sound systems, smartphones, etc.; some amplifiers are external and some are already internally installed.

Amplifiers are extremely popular in the music industry as these devices help instruments produce better quality sounds. In the world of guitars, amplifiers play an important role especially for rock music. Interestingly, top musician Jimi Hendrix even claims that there was a time when he did not get what he wanted out of the amplifier, so he kicked and kicked it on stage. This is why choosing the best amplifier is crucial for an amazing performance so that the musician won’t throw a fit.

That being said, this article will guide you in getting to know the basics when choosing for the best amplifier that is right for your taste.

Tubes vs. Solid State

There has been a long debate on which is better between tubes and solid state amps. In the end, however, they both have pros and cons.

When it comes to tube amps, they have thick and creamy sounds with soft distortion that is pleasant to the ears. Tube amps can also be much more powerful than solid states; however, tube amps have higher initial and maintenance costs.

As for solid state amps, they offer clean and accurate sounds. Some solid state amps are loaded with modeled amp sounds which makes them versatile as well. Most solid state amps, however, sound the same unlike tube amps. This could be a pro if you want a repeated tone or a con, if you want uniqueness.

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Combination vs. Head/Cabinet

From the word itself, combination amps are those whose amplifier electronics are combined into one body. Usually they are small but heavy. On the other hand, head/cabinet amplifiers are separated into two: head and the cabinet.

Low Wattage vs. High Wattage

If you prefer lower volume distortion with great harmonics, a low wattage, 10 or 15 watts, amplifier might just do you well. This is perfect for studios, practice or stage performances. However, when it comes to a really large venue with more audiences, such as concerts, a high wattage, 30 watts and above, amplifier will do well. High wattage amps also distort at higher volume.

Remember, whatever is louder is not always better. Sometimes, going beyond 30 watts is just annoyingly loud even when it sounds great.

Marshall vs. Fender

In the world of guitars, there has always been a competition between two famous brands: Marshall and Fender. However, they capitalize on different styles. For instance, a Marshall amplifier is perfect if you’re into AC/DC or Van Halen style. And Fenders, on the contrary, are great for Dick Dale or Ray Vaughan sound.

If you’re not quite familiar with the musicians mentioned above then the best way to determine which is best for you between the two brands is by actually testing out your guitar with the two. You may also ask help from the music shop staff if you’re still a beginner.

線上賭博心態如何調整?

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很多人去玩線上賭博之前都沒有經過深思熟慮,難道不是嗎?心理想著其實從開始(「我感覺今天自己運氣不錯,也許我應該去賭上一把」)到結束(「我不想在輸的時候放棄,也許是我經驗不足,我玩的時間還應該再長一點」)都參與其中。

每個人對於賭博這件事都希望贏,不管是線上賭博還是實體賭博,都包含著機會贏更是賭博最吸引人的地方。但是如果不如你意你沒有贏,會發生什麽事呢?身為輸家的你,你能夠對此不予理會,轉頭離開嗎?試著把賭博中的樂觀主義和適量的現實主義混合起來聽起來是一個好主意,但事實上多數人賭博都不會贏。除非賭徒們出老千,否則想贏錢的唯一方式就是有好運氣時見好就收。想要瞭解更多線上賭博 http://onlinecasinotw.com/.

而當某某人玩了21點、老虎機、德州撲克等贏了大獎的時候,他們有時會對自己再次贏的機會變得過於樂觀,贏大獎可令他們不切實際地以爲大獎會再次輕易降臨。而其實對待賭博最好的辦法是像對待其他花錢的娛樂形式一樣,如果你贏錢了,這是個令人高興的事,如果沒有,希望你已經在遊戲中獲得了一些樂趣,畢竟「為了發財去賭博,更不可能因此發財。

 

Useful Tips When Setting Up and Throwing A Movie Night at Your Backyard Theater

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Instead of getting inside your car and driving to your nearest local cinema; why not just head to your backyard instead? Instead of lining up for tickets that are good for only one movie; how about having unlimited access to your very own personal movie theater—at home?

Backyard Theater

In a way, having your own backyard theater saves you from a lot of hassle. What’s even better is that you can freely invite your friends over without having to worry about anything. From food to movies, everything’s basically free.

Now, you might be wondering as to how these home backyard theaters work. Basically, they’re just similar to indoor home theaters except they are situated in a more unique place—your backyard. The backyard is a good venue since it gives you that movie night chill feels. It’s definitely something worth investing in.

For some people, they opt to outsource and hire professionals to set up some furniture and other things; however, another option to install a backyard theater is setting it up yourself. As long as you have a credible and easy-to-understand guide, you won’t have much problems doing it by yourself. That being said, let me hand over some tips that could be helpful when you’re setting up and hosting movie parties in your own backyard theater.

Tips

  • Please refrain from using a television in your backyard theater. Doing so will only risk damages to your television since drastic changes in the weather may have a bad effect on it. Instead, go for inflatable screens or you can even make your own screen by using a canvass, an empty wall or a cloth.
  • It’s better to have portable screens just in case you’ll have some change of heart when it comes to the positioning of the theater.
  • Try to secure more than one speaker. However, if your sole speaker is of superior quality then forget about securing other speakers. Do so if one speaker is not enough for the entire audience to hear. Opting for surround sound is also an assurance of a better movie night experience.
  • Consider the lighting that surrounds your backyard—check if there are street lights or neighboring lights that may affect your home theater. If there are any, try to position your home theater in such a way that the lighting won’t be a disturbance.

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  • Make sure you have extension wires; they will definitely be useful especially if sockets are located a bit farther.
  • Debug the place before an actual movie night. Bugs will only make everyone feel uncomfortable–throwing a movie night might just end up useless as everyone might want to stay inside the house instead.
  • Inform your neighbors about your upcoming movie night just so they won’t call the cops when they hear people scream in the middle of some horror movie.
  • Do adjustments whenever necessary. To give your friends and family the best experience, try to move your projector forward or backward to and from the screen in order to adjust the size and resolution of what is projected onto the movie screen.

Why PHP Based Platforms Are The Best Bet For Your Business

For those who do not know, PHP is a very popular programming language, that was created in 1994 by Rasmus Lerdorf. Since then its popularity has been steadily growing. Today almost 82% of the website use PHP, so most of the Web relies on this programming language to some extent.

phpAs more and more people enter the online world, many of them using their mobile devices, it has become crucial for the servers powering the world’s websites to react quickly to the user’s requests. Studies have shown that a person will leave a web page if it takes more than three seconds to load. This means that speed is of utmost importance when it comes to the Internet user.

 The changes and upgrades in PHP have managed to dramatically boost the performance of sites that use this programming language. It is believed that PHP 7 offers a 100% speed improvement compared to the earlier version PHP 5.6. To see the speed of a PHP7 site in action, check out this site dedicated to helping people prepare for nursing exams. This means that web developers can create websites that offer engaging and interesting features that will quickly respond to user input. But let’s see which are the most important benefits that this upgrade has brought.

 Main benefits of PHP 7

Speed

 As mentioned above, speed is one, if not the most important benefit of PHP 7. Developers managed to find a solution to improve PHP so that it can increase performance while reducing memory consumption. Speed is now twice faster compared to PHP 5.6 according to benchmarks tested on major projects, WordPress and Drupal.

 Type Declarations 

Now the type of variable that is being set is specified and not set automatically by PHP. As PHP is considered a weakly typed language, it does not require the user to declare data types. There are still data types associated with variables, but you can do major changes such as adding a string to an integer without causing an error. Type declarations are very useful helping you get the expected results by defining what should occur. This will also make your code easier to read.

Error Handling

Error handling is another feature that has been added. If in the past handling fatal errors was almost impossible in PHP, now an exception would be thrown when such an error would occur, instead of just stopping the script. A fatal error means a blank white screen on a production server, which would confuse the user and therefore cause your credibility to drop. It can also cause problems with the resources that have not been closed properly or are still in use.

Security

Security is a huge concern for a lot of places, especially in regions of the world with instability in both the government and the political environment. Take for example Syria and Turkey, both countries have experienced a lot of big changes over the last few years. VPNs in Turkey are becoming more and more common as people struggle with Internet privacy.

New Operators

• Spaceship Operator

The spaceship operator, also known as Combined Comparison Operator, is a cool addition to PHP 7, which complements the greater than and less than operators.

• Null Coalesce Operator

This operator will return the left operand if it is not NULL. The important thing to mention is that it will not raise a notice in a situation when the left operand is a non-existent variable.

 Easy to use

 PHP 7 has an easy and readable syntax, with a code that is embedded in the HTML source code, based on C/C++. That is why it is very easy to use and programmers are very comfortable coding with it.

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Platform independent

PHP can be run on all important operating systems such as UNIX, Linux, Windows or Mac OS.

 Supports all major web servers

 This programming language can support all major servers, such as Microsoft IIS, Apache, iPlanet server, Netscape, etc.

 Supports all major databases

It also supports all important databases, such as IBM DB2, MySQL, InterBase, FrontBase, SQLite, ODBC, PostgreSQL, dBase, etc.

It is secure

 PHP 7 has many layers of security to stop malicious attacks and threats.

 Large communities

There is a large community of PHP 7 enthusiasts who update and share documentation, tutorials, FAQs and online help.

 Proven and trusted

 Since its inception more than two decades ago, PHP has got better and better. It is trusted by millions of developers and websites and the numbers are going up day by day.

PHP 7 is the most important update that has been made in the PHP scripting language in more than ten years. Therefore, upgrading to PHP 7 is a very important step and a necessary one if you want much faster performance and less overall demand on your web servers.