Pacific Internet

I currently get ADSL service from Pacific Internet. They’re not the cheapest on the block, but the service is generally reliable and I am happy with the service. Today I got an email announcing that I can get my service for about $5 less per month. That’s nice – but what impressed me was that I don’t have to do a thing to get the cheaper rate. They just start the new pricing next month!

I’m impressed by this because soooo many companies change their pricing and expect you then to either find out for yourself and contact them to take advantage of the price change, or to fill out some stupid marketing questionnaire or otherwise jump through hoops to get the discount. So I’m pleasantly surprised when a company does the right thing by their customers.

Iraq civilian casualties

John Faulkner, ALP, as reported on Margo Kingston’s Webdiary:

Today I wish to place on record some facts about the civilian casualties of the Iraq War. … But here is a number you won’t hear from this government: 16,389. That is the number of verifiable civilian deaths reported by at least two independent news sources and recorded in the “Iraq Body Count” project, a volunteer, not-for-profit effort to record civilian casualties. … The survey results suggest that even excluding Falluja, 98,000 more Iraqis died as a result of the invasion of Iraq than would have if the invasion had not taken place.

That this was tabled in parliament is a fairly strong move – especially given Labor’s relative lack of enthusiasm in going after the government in this regard.

Hybrid Lighting

WorldChanging: Hybrid Lighting:

The system pipes sunlight throughout a building, providing useful levels of light whenever the sun is out. But on cloudy days, or at night, the lighting fixtures turn on fluorescent tubes to supplement the output — that’s the “hybrid” part. The system can even capture light for power generation.