NZCS Newsline: history, asymmetry, testing and tax

, posted: 2-Dec-2011 12:14

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VariousNZCS: Formative years (Part 2 of 4): 1975 - 1985

NZCS has been part of the IT industry for as long as the industry has existed, celebrating our 50th Anniversary in 2010. However the Society's also seen significant membership growth in recent times with many new members.
While we look forwards as an organisation, it's hugely important that with so many new members we don't forget our rich history and heritage. So we're spending a few weeks outlining some of the organisation's history, this week we look at 1975 to 1985.

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Juha SaarinenThe tyranny of asymmetry
Juha Saarinen

During the early days of ADSL, an acquaintance opined that he wanted his ISP to zero-rate upstream bandwidth, that is, not to charge for it. He said he never uploads anything and wondered if it was possible to buy a connection with download bandwidth only.
To this day, I'm not sure the person understood my explanation as to why he really did not want a download-only connection, as the Internet is a two-way street and not a broadcast medium.

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Chris O'BrienTesting aint Quality
Chris O'Brien, Director, Avoria Ltd

Testing may be an important discipline in developing products and services, but (and there's no delicate way to say this) it's expensive, time-consuming and does not create high-quality products and services.
Until we acknowledge how wasteful testing is, we will never create a world where every test manager and analyst can be consigned to more value-adding tasks, and where the burgeoning test industry can shift its focus from the supply of testing services for profit, to wealth generation through the improvement of quality.

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Patrick McCalmanIT Tax update: Implications of the festive season
Patrick McCalman, Tax Partner, Deloitte

The festive season is fast approaching, and as sure as the Boxing Day Christmas sales, businesses around the country will be celebrating the year gone by with a function for staff, and perhaps clients.
Businesses should be aware that the costs of throwing a Christmas function may fall within the definition of "entertainment expenditure" in the Income Tax Act, which means that there will be specific tax and compliance obligations in respect of the expenditure incurred.

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