Reg hack spares blushes at Infrastructure NSW, Cisco
Wrong document on website means we may have dropped a sysadmin in it
Here at Vulture South we're always trying to cook up story ideas, and this week one that wormed its way into our cerebellum was whether the recently-released 'First Things First' plan from Infrastructure New South Wales included any thinking on technology's role in infrastructure planning.
The plan is a centrepiece of the new-ish NSW government's agenda, inasmuch as econocrats and Sydney-siders alike bemoan the city's sclerotic and productivity-destroying transport arteries.
The plan's centrepiece is new roads, and plenty of them, a tactic we thought a little odd given that we keep hearing how technology will mean we can all spend less time commuting.
Technology's impact on infrastructure is addressed admirably, with one section noting that “More and more, work is something you do, not necessarily somewhere you go”. Elsewhere, the plan talks up the importance of broadband and explains that infrastructure it recommends recognises that technology-fuelled shift but also takes into account the reality that:
“... an enduring human need is for connection and collaboration. Workers still need an ‘office’, but less and less of the sort that has been used for the last 50 years or more. This is likely to lead to a different mix of cleverly designed places and spaces where people, workers and citizens can congregate and connect for all sorts of work-related reasons.”
Which is lovely stuff and got us thinking about how Infrastructure NSW cooked up its plans. That line of questioning led us to third-party reports referenced in the plan, one of which came from Cisco.
We downloaded the Cisco document and found it contained two anomalies. One was its publication date of 2011, which seemed odd given footnotes in First Things First referenced a 2012 submission from the networking giant.
The second was the presence of several incomplete references, with the excerpt below typical of the lacunae.
No Reg hack would stay on the payroll for long if that kind of error didn't provoke a desire to know if Infrastructure NSW had based its multi-billion-dollar plans on an ill-referenced draft. Your correspondent therefore asked the parties involved what was going on.
Both have sworn on a stack of holy works that the document we downloaded from Infrastructure NSW's website is a draft that was not relied on when the agency formulated its plans.
Cisco told us Infrastructure NSW “did indeed have the final version of our report in hand as they were determining their strategy.” The final version is now online (PDF).
A spokesperson for Infrastructure NSW told us “it was a simple administrative error that we uploaded the incorrect (draft) report to our website.” We do hope the admin responsible isn't in too much trouble.
Both parties thanked your correspondent for noticing the error.
Infrastructure NSW also pointed out, a little sheepishly, that El Reg may be the only member of the public that has bothered reading the Cisco document.
Given its role in the formulation of the overall plan, that's perhaps the most embarrassing thing of all. ®
Not the end of the world, but you can see it from Macquaire Street
"desire to know if Infrastructure NSW had based its multi-billion-dollar plans on an ill-referenced draft. "
NO! I can't believe it! A NSW planning document that references material from a major contractors as recommended government policy? I CAN'T BELIEVE IT! IT'S IMPOSSIBLE!
What do you mean the material is even a few years out of date? BUT BUT BUT.... NSW is the MOST ADVANCED STATE IN AUSTFAILIA!
Hi. I'm from NSW. I was born here, I live here, I work here, and honestly if it wasn't for my wife and two cats I would rather be ANYWHERE ELSE rather than here. I would prefer to live in MILTON KEYNES rather than any of the stinking shitholes that laughingly refer to themselves as centres of civilisation in this armpit of a state.
We were settled by PEOPLE WHO WERE TOO STUPID TO STEAL AN APPLE PROPERLY. They then bred with each other (and apparently some of the cattle they brought over, but hey, anything goes in a crowded boat, eh?) to produce the most vile forms of homo sapiens known.
I'll spare the intervening 220 or so miserable years to today - where Shitty Fail (sorry, CityRail) contractors rip up copper wiring quicker than they lay it (and sell it to scrappers). Where our building standards make China & India look like safe places to live. Where you can buy a politician for less than a really bad suit. Where the wealthy live like, well, the wealthy (1,700 sqm "cottages") run the media, own most of the property and most of the magistrates (marvelous chaps, we share a box at the races you know). Where the local heroes are 'fuudy' players who embarass chimpanzees for being in the same clade.
Our current Glorious State Leader, Fatty O'Barrel, has a solution for EVERYTHING - an INQUIRY. Need new transport infrastructure? INQUIRY. Need new Harbour crossing? INQUIRY (BTW, has anyone else notice the subtle structural reinforcement being done to the Bridge? Like someone has noticed it might need it? Quiet, eh?). Need to sort of housing & planning laws? INQUIRY. Impossible to live in Sydney and stay sane? INQUIRY. Can't decide whether to go home early or eat another pie? INQUIRY.
This is not to say any leader of our State has been any better, since... oh... forever. Even Gov. Macquarie himself was a corrupt bastard - between him and Ben Boyd I think 75% of the State is named them!
The best leader we ever had was Govenor William Bligh (Yes, THAT Bligh. I kid you not) - read some history - he really was our best leader - he tried to stand up to the corrupt scum that went on to run this hellhole.
Pray to whatever gods you believe in - you don't want to end up in Sydney, believe me.
Re: Spoiling the image of Oz...
Oh and BTW, good article!
We were settled by PEOPLE WHO WERE TOO STUPID TO STEAL AN APPLE PROPERLY.
This is why I shouldn't read the Forums at work. I get odd looks as I try not to laugh out loud.