* Posts by Adam Jarvis

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Oi, Mint 18.1! KEEP UP! Ubuntu LTS love breeds a laggard

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Re: Cinnamon Stable ?

I know this sounds like a Microsoft apologist, but are you sure you don't have an Nvidia/AMD Hardware Graphics BGA solder fault on that laptop/machine. I only see freezes of Mint (generally) on machines that also freeze/BSOD under Windows 7 / Windows 10.

I actually use Mint Live USB (because its so stable) to check machines that are causing a Windows BSOD, to check it isn't a software issue/driver issue with Windows. If it freezes with Mint Live USB, 9/10 is either a memory or BGA Nvidia Graphics hardware fault.

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Microsoft's Blue Screen of Death dead in latest Windows 10 preview

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Re: Windows 10 Conveyor (belt) Edition

Metered Wifi Tweak as mentioned, in detail. Along these lines...

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Only the metered Wifi one mentioned. In theory (not tried it) that would allow you to download just this month's cumulative January security update manually (64Bit version is 974MB in size), allowing you to skip feature updates/new versions, just have security updates.

Trouble is, security updates only continue 9 months after the rollout of a new Windows 10 Version, i.e the Creators Edition in April 2017, so this method would allow you to this for Win10 AU1607 until February 2018 (I think).

https://support.microsoft.com/en-gb/help/4009938/windows-10-update-kb3213986

from the Windows Catalog

https://www.catalog.update.microsoft.com/

(it can now be used in other browsers)

Setting Metered Wifi:

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If you want to do this:

Click on the Wifi Icon on the taskbar.

Click Network Settings

Select Wifi on left (may be already selected, shown in blue)

Click on Manage Known Networks

Select the Wirless Network you are using.

Select Properties

Turn on Metered Connection Switch.

That would work, as long as you don't use Ethernet/a Wired conection at any point.

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TV anchor says live on-air 'Alexa, order me a dollhouse' – guess what happens next

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Could help reduce Piracy.

Maybe every pirated/ripped music album appearing on the Internet should have a mandatory voice intro, saying "Alexa, order me all of {Artist}'s back catalog of music. {pause} Everything". {to my Amazon music account}*

*added by Amazon.

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Networks in 2016: A full fibre diet for UK.gov

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The Internet has proved its usefulness both rurally and urban, stop faffing, its here to stay.

Regulators Ofcom, including a whole industry of so called experts has formed/grown up around trying to decipher bamboozed, obfuscated 'upto' ADSL/FTTC Internet speeds. It's all just become so bloody complicated no one can actually see a way of getting competition back in the market place with the current BT Openreach local loop infrastructure. BT is utterly entrenched, in part by market regulation, CMA allowing takeover of EE.

In terms of your 1983 IBM its like sticking with a 10BaseT 10Mbps Coxial Network within an Office Environment, spending hours monitoring transfer speeds, putting in place hundred's of manual procedures (copying to external devices etc) to provide a work-around because of the slow 10Mbps network speeds. Being completely frustrated, knowing that replacing the cable, network card, you can have 1000Mbps, for pretty much the same cost, if you go about it correctly.

Let's get rid of all the waffle, Pointless G.fast based on BT copper carcass tech is obsolete before its out the door.

Upgrade the local loop to true fibre, which enables households to take multiple services from different telecom providers. Job done. Follow Swiss model of 4-6 (redundant) fibres to the Premises for future proofing/wholesale open access.

Stop pampering/agreeing to a pointless USO limited to BT current legacy copper carcass infrastructure. Apathy will mean no one with an ADSL connection of 5Mbps upwards is going to pay BT £5000-15000+ for 10Mbps USO. It's utterly pointless regulation.

It's a situation Ofcom is never going to win against BT and will cost just as much in handouts/regulation costs. The only way is providing the redundancy to enable true choice, true fibre optic FTTP with wholesale open access to redundant fibres.

At least start now (because its going to take a long time at this rate) insist all new installs/end of life upgrades are FTTP from now on Openreach's local loop. DO IT NOW OFCOM, enough is enough.

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Government calls for ideas on how to splash £400m on fibre

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Re: Really?

It's like average Broadband speeds, they should be averaged over a 4 hour peak usage period, not over the full 24 hours, i.e. not through the night when speeds are at maximum for those hours, when no one is using it.

Also special days of maximum of peak usage; Olympics Coverage etc, should be selected in advance (at the start of the year) for monitoring for separately produced Data, to show the Backhaul network is up to the demands of peak usage, on key dates.

The current Ofcom average speed data is flawed, when measured over 24 hours/quiet periods. And Ofcom, why isn't all data published, we're paying for this monitoring. Make all gathered data public, good and bad. Stop producing pretty trickery, little data sets that make Ofcom look good.

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Re: Not all of London has 'superfast' Broadband

Make sure that it is FTTP, none of this FTTC cop out.

"That's fine as long as you accept that it will mean upgrading significantly fewer properties"

AndreuC,

The criticism of your comment is fully justified.

You're making this assumption here without any regard to the topology/landscape - properties types serviced, you didn't clarify your generalised comment and is based at best, on some stereotypical 'urban' landscape. You're making this statement 'FTTC is cheaper' without knowing the properies being serviced.

I'm picking you up on it, because that's a typical biased type BT statement (as though from the horse's mouth. Maybe you're just too close to BT, you hear this line everyday from BT's marketing dept).

Let stop this bullshit. It's an outdated idea. FTTC v FTTP costs differences are less significant today, because most of the selective 'ideal' i.e. cheaper, cherry picked locations are already serviced, i.e. where there are existing POTS cabinets.

New FTTC 'infill' rollouts will often mean either new copper cabling, redirects of existing lines (exchange only lines). These new FTTC cabinets also will require new Power/Connections to Grid, new Cabinets + Planning, because they required to be 'active powered'.

This includes actively powered FTTdP,FTTrN infill.

There is also the upper limitation of the copper carcass technology, its a Cul-de-Sac limited use technology going forward.

These problems are far less of a problem with true passive fibre, in order to achieve the 'infill'.

I rightly, brought you up on it, because you're feeding the usual BT well worn line that FTTC is cheaper, without any clarification.

With proper planning/use of Mobile Phone Apps for customer notifications/updates, upgrades to true/pure FTTP could be 'street upgrades at a time', not individual properties.

There needs to be a fundamental change to get BT/Customers 'on side' together, to make the FTTP rollout as cheap as possible. Maybe that means Competitions again/use cases, where Communites have to justify why they should be first, all in the roll of getting people 'actively interested' in real Fibre.

Maybe, having local campaigns/targets of 50% take up in the towns (based on the old exchange notion), could mean BT agree to rollout out FTTP to the remaining properties on the outer edges of an exchange. Make the people living closest feel the guilt/peer pressure from the 'outer edge' neighbours without FTTC, living in notspots.

I just don't buy it, that there aren't better ways of rolling out true/pure FTTP, using today's mobile app technology to keep people upto date.

If I can get 1 hour notifcation of a DPD delivery, showing where the Van is on route, BT can do the same for FTTP rollout. The idea that its difficult to contact Customers to enable access for Fibre to the Premises, is been excessively laboured by BT 'as difficult', because its in BT's biased copper carcass interest not to rollout true/pure FTTP, especially now they own EE.

BT are basically sitting on their hands waiting for more handouts.

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The Register's Top 20 Most-Commented Stories in 2016

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Re: 100% certain. What's not to like about the new Macbook Pro?

Let's be thankful for that.

That no technical journo at El Reg has the ability through lying gritted teeth to say how wonderful the new Macbook Pro 2016 zero travel, stubbed fingers, clattery clack Keyboard is.

How innovative that touchbar is for touch typists.

How fcuking wonderful it is to have the SSD soldered/intergrated to the motherboard and if thats not bad enough, at a crucial flex point in the motherboard design, right below an ideal place for a coffee spill, to run through the keyboard and destroy it. Destroying even the remotest hope that the £200-£500 Appe Store charge to connect to Apple's proprietary in-house 'rescue' connector might work. All designed to make Applecare a compulsory add-on.

Apple's 'Pro' £1750-£2500 Sealed up, 4 year shelf life devices - which have batteries glued in so well, Apple themselves will struggle to recycle the Aluminium machined bases.

Each design having minute changes to connectors/its framework, so that no part of the last 4 iterations, fits an older model. Not even one USB 3.0 type A port. Magsafe gone.

What's not to like? (without lying through gritted teeth). Thank God El Reg doesn't want or need an invite from Tim Cook. The quicker this current 'Pro' design dies the better.

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Folders return to Windows 10's Start Thing

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Re: Does anyone even use the Win 10 start mess?

Does anyone even use the Win10 start mess?

Advertisers do, that's about it.

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US cops seek Amazon Echo data for murder inquiry

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Alexa...'SOS'...Alexa...'Emergency' = X device begins full recording...transcript.

Where X = {Alexa, OK Google, Cortana, Siri} etc. (until device dies, power pulled/portable device battery goes flat)

How long before those two commands are added to the device (or forced to by Governments). I claim my 'obvious' Patent here.

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Radical 5G rules proposed, but UK can address woeful coverage right now

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Re: Small cells ? 5G ? Oh please, it is so much simpler than that

"2G/GSM uses band 8 for coverage which is 900 MHz and LTE on Band 20 has the same coverage grid"

A bit misleading , maybe true in terms of Voice, but data throughput at the extremities of that coverage cell aren't going to anything like what you'd expect in terms of LTE Data speeds, they'll be more like 2G Data speeds and massively affected by the topology of Britain's landscape/line of sight to mast.

Good to see the mention of the implementation practicalities of 5G though (coverage v capacity). Needs to be highlighted far more often.

Let's be clear the UK needs full fibre backhaul rollout into a lot of very remote areas to achieve 'blanket anything' in terms of data speeds/coverage/capacity, whether it be 4K streaming, LTE/5G Mobile. Microwave relay links work up to a point, (which ultimately connect to a fibre backhaul), but not in terms of en-masse capacity.

If Elon Musk wants to dig any tunnels, rather than tunnels for cars, micro tunnnels for fibre, with an automated GPS based 'rat run' tunnel digging machine for Fibre, covering the UK with a 1km square spacing grid of Fibre cabling, is probably a good place to start.

My main reason for always advocating full fat pure Fibre is to allow the dismantling of Ofcom and all its merry men/reduce maintenace costs. Pointless jobsworths analysing and talking vast amounts of hot air and hype, when its fibre cables in the ground that is needed to shut them all up -

Not hot air and hype of the so called 'good enough' benefits of Copper Carcass crappy overhyped G.fast, which is obsolete technology before its even out of trial (it's a fault finding/maintenance nightmare in the making). Constantly pushed as a solution by biased technical reasoning by (revolving door employment) BT/Ofcom Folk.

Somehow, we've ended up in a siutation where an massively entrenched BT is sitting on their hands, pontificating, asking for more handouts, Ofcom/CMA have to take some of the blame for this, and be severely reprimanded.

Regulation (both ofcom/ofgem) needs a complete re-think/overall, its not working for 'joe-public'.

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London's Winter Wonderland URGENTLY seeks Windows 10 desk support

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Re: Sounds like MS could get some free publicity

If it was three MS Senior Management, you could probably fund Shelter's Winter Budget for the homeless for several years. Trouble is, doubt they could or would do it.

Three from MS Marketing might a good start, they could hardly do a worse job, staying at MS instead, for those days.

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National Lottery whacked with £3m fine for suspect ticket win

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Audience Participation?

Wasn't there a big win once by someone that was sitting in the audience of the BBC Saturday Lottery Draw Programme/Dale Winton era, during the first few years of the Lottery. I vaguely remember this. Always thought that was far too coincidental.

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Apple ordered to cough up $2m to store workers after denying rest breaks

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There's an {potential} Apple Watch App for that!

Maybe Tim Cook could build the breaks into an Apple Watch App. Apple Watch might then have an actual real world use for Apple Employees + others.

Oh right, not what Apple is about or an area Apple want to get into. Employee Well Being, that is.

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BT's hiring! 500 more customer service folk to answer your angry calls

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Peston on Sunday Interview with Mike Rake , Chairman of BT Plc, his 'Freudian Slip'

Text Extract from the interview (genuine).

Mike Rake (BT Chairman)

What ofcom...{interupted by Peston}, What we are negotiating WITH OFCOM is not actually a structural separation of OFCOM. It's more of what is called Enhanced function separation. We (BT) are committed to creating an independent board THAT WILL RUN OFCOM with an independent Chairman,Independent Directors.

Peston: Openreach not Ofcom. {You mean Openreach}

Mike Rake: Oh, Yes (chuckle). that's a Freudian Slip! (Haha) (He can't stop chuckling to himself) Openreach (he continues to chuckle) that will run the networks, invest in the networks, which will have more freedom on Capital and operating expenditure, more hiring for commercial rollout.

That's what you were negotiating with them {ofcom}, they are saying the don't trust your plans, why they (ofcom) are now trying to break the company up.

Mike Rake at this point still can't stop chuckling to himself...(he knows BT basically owns ofcom). He make several further chuckles to himself, knowing the mistake he made was really the truth.

Ofcom is a total waste of space and money. It proved Ofcom / BT are in each other's pockets.

Freudian Slip - my arse. It was a true eye opener of an interview, regards BT/Ofcom's relationship.

Just as annoying though was Ed Balls, ignorantly flicking through his mobile phone while the interview took place. Fcuking technically clueless Politicians, happily accessing data from his phone {Strictly gossip probably}, but not interested in how BT intends to make sure that data is delivered to millions of phones, going forward. i.e. BT's rollout plans.He couldn't be bothered to actually listen (or just hadn't a clue).

Mike Rake is well past his Prime, in terms of deciding Britain's future regards Superfast Broadband. Its probably his clueless idea to promote Pointless G.fast, over FTTP. Mike, do us all a favour and retire, you really proved in that interview you're really not up to the job.

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It’s Brexploitation! Microsoft punishes UK for Brexit with cloud price-gouging

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If you're in it for the long term...

If you're in it for the long term, Microsoft should soften the blow during the hard times, profit in the easier times. Crucially, you take these factors into account when setting your inital price (irrespecitve of AWS Pricing). Ebay sell Yoyos, Microsoft don't need to. Cloud should be about security and stability, even when the physical World around it is going through a period of change/mayhem.

Microsoft have really forgotten core values here. MS will suffer for it.

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Microsoft's Neon project to redesign Windows for nerd goggles – reports

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Facebook Flat Web Design.

A rewrite of Flat Design History to big up MIcrosoft...

Flat Web Design was first used by Facebook, from which others followed. Facebook didn't follow Microsoft. Microsoft + others followed Facebook's design cues. i.e. Facebook set the trend.

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Why I just bought a MacBook Air instead of the new Pro

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Worth watching, regarding the iFixit teardown / Recyclability (shockingly bad).

Twit.tv (Leo Leporte) the show, the new screensavers, did a really good investigation into the recyclability of the new macbook w/touchbar.

The interesting fact that came out was that even Apple's recycling facility can't recycle the new macbook, due to the lithium-ion Batteries being glued in.

https://www.twit.tv/shows/new-screen-savers/episodes/80?autostart=false

Worth watching from 24 minutes onwards for iFixit section, macbook review starts around 9 minutes.

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Apple unplugs its home LAN biz, allegedly

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Worth watching, regarding the iFixit teardown / Recyclability (shockingly bad).

Twit.tv (Leo Leporte) the show, the new screensavers, did a really good investigation into the recyclability of the new macbook w/touchbar.

The interesting fact that came out was that even Apple's recycling facility can't recycle the new macbook, due to the lithium-ion Batteries being glued in.

https://www.twit.tv/shows/new-screen-savers/episodes/80?autostart=false

Worth watching from 24 minutes onwards for iFixit section, macbook review starts around 9 minutes.

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Ofcom slaps ban on BT/EE 4G spectrum bid

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Re: Are Ofcom admittting that they fcuked Up? Or is Theresa May confirming they have?

"A few points for you to work on Ofcom, if you're reading"

None. It was referenced with a sarcastic tone. Ofcom are a complete waste of space. BT has technically incompetent MPs and ofcom wrapped around their little finger. As regulators go, ofcom, the regulator couldn't be more predictable if they tried.

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Russia shoves antitrust probe into Microsoft after Kaspersky gripes about Windows 10

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Given how stable Windows 10 1607 AU is of late...

Given a fully updated, Windows 10 1607 AU has become fairly stable and useable of late, Microsoft would be as well giving users a 12 month 'Update Pause' on the release of Windows 1703 Creators Edition, before an update is forced.

Forget this 'one Windows' bollocks, it isn't. There are will be 4 distinct versions by then, Windows 10 1507, Windows 10 1511, Windows 10 1607 + Windows 10 1703. Without even getting into all the variations of Home/Pro/Enterprise, and the list of updates each require.

Over the Past 18 Months its felt like living in a Classic Art-Deco Bungalow as a building site (yes, its a bit drafty), while the house around is demolished and rebuilt as a modern McDonalds Mansion, yes, a lot is better, but with the new, comes change.

You still have to go to work each day, eat, sleep, wash your cloths, feed/protect a family and generally use what's around you, while this building work is carried out around you. Afterwards, you need a bit of time, to accept the new.

Microsoft - give User's a chance to accept Windows 10. At this moment, its a Calm before the storm, again. It's reached a pretty good point.

Or is the reason Microsoft don't want to do the obvious, exactly what Kaspersky claim?, a constantly shifting platform gives Microsoft Products a technical advantage (it does).

There is some merit in that. It's has felt like a constantly shifting platform beneath your feet these past 18 months.

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What went wrong at Tesco Bank?

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Dave Lewis, Tesco CEO, just got that call...

Peter Yapp, the deputy director for the incident management directorate, explained how his role worked: “If something [regarding a cyber incident and your company] breaks in the press, I'll get a call from someone in government,” he said, and he would be expected to explain what the incident meant.

“If you haven't phoned me and told me about it, I will phone you,” stated Yapp.

“It is worth telling me about the most serious incidents,” he told his audience, acknowledging that these were difficult to define, before comforting them: “We do not tell the ICO what you tell us.”

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/10/13/

new_gchq_unit_says_it_wont_rat_your_breached_business_out_to_the_ico/

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Facebook opens up, shares blueprints for its 100Gbit network switch

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Another example of how 'Pointless' G.fast is obsolete?

I'm sure BT would prefer Facebook put these plans in a cupboard and threw away the key, forgot about them for a while. It would give BT more time to exploit (sweat) their Copper Carcass 'Pointless' G.fast technology. G.fast is looking more obsolete by the day, with Open Source Switches becoming the norm/standard.

And approving a BT 10Mbps USO until 2030?

Ed Vaizey what were you thinking?

We need to at least make the break from Copper for everything from now on (new installs/renewals). Trump Day would be a good day to start. Just do it ofcom/BT. The writing is so on the wall for Copper making up the local loop. Ofcom/MPs - stop listening to the copper biased technical crap coming out of BT's mouths.

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What a bee-lief! UK's asian hornet outbreak is over ... for now

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Brexiteers cheer!

Brexiteers will be using this, the first good news for them since the Vote. They've managed to keep a few foreigners out, even if its only for Winter. The fact they can't afford to feed themselves, yet the wasps can, over Winter, is not pertinent here.

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Amazon's very own Linux now available for download

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Pointless G.fast. Real Fibre optic is 'courageous' Ofcom/BT, not G.fast.

Develop AWS Biz Apps?

BT keep coming back saying copper carcass based G.fast will do the job up until 2030 at least.

What do you need faster broadband for? Isn't it fast enough? BT offer an USO of 'upto' 10Mbps, be done with you - plebs.

In this future World, 'courageous' Multinational goals are now defined by removing a head phone jack.

In the real world, good luck to working/developing with AWS (in any commercial sense), uploading to Cloud / downloading patches/ISOs, from anywhere other than select locations in the UK.

G.fast is an Pointless Cul-de-sac technology for select 'cherry picked' locations. It's not an inclusive one for the UK as a whole.

Of course, BT don't want small biz/ground-up companies to get us out this Brexit mess, they want Multinationals developing for Multinationals, with Multinationals swallowing vast amounts of taxpayers money in the process.

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Windows 10 market share stalls after free upgrade offer ends

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Re: No such thing as a free lunch

I'm expecting this to come in the form of 'inactive use' after so many months (like Mobile Sim Cards) Windows 10 deactivates if a user doesn't log-on, and will need to reactivate for a norminal fee. That's my take. Either that or Windows 10 Creators Edition is going to be a 'bloater' and require a memory/ssd/graphics update, additional hardware maybe as a minimum. It will happen at some point no doubt.

Maybe it will just be in the form of more and more restrictions on Home/Pro users to push them towards a subscription based enterprise/biz licence, where you need configuration/oversight.

"This is more than a one-time upgrade: once a Windows device is upgraded to Windows 10, we will continue to keep it current for the supported lifetime of the device – at no additional charge"

- Terry Myerson.

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MacBook headphone hell

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Apple deaf to feedback?

It seemed Apple are deaf to feedback.

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Smart Meter rollout delayed again. Cost us £11bn, eh?

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Re: Not Late Yet

Sounds like the Dreams Bed Sale, which ends 'Monday', but which Monday?

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@ofgem = {hashtag} #Fuseless / F'useless.

Is there anyone that actually wants a Smartmeter?, if they think it will reduce their Energy costs they are deluded. This is about manipulating the consumer with deals that will be so complex, they will never know the true cost of their Energy.

Ofgem, have a single completely blinkered approach - vain attempts of trying to increase competition, they should really give up and just concentrate on increasing Customer Service levels to something even marginally acceptable.

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MPs want Blighty to enforce domestic roaming to fix 'not spots'

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If you thought Ofcom were bad, Ofgem is a f'in nightmare to deal with.

Ofgem don't regulate (or provide oversight) of the roll out of new billing systems. If a Utilty company rolls out a complete lemon of a system (CoopEnergy, still not resolved 18 months later). Ofgem will do nothing. Ofgem only deal with the consequences, not the prevention. Ofgem were told in month 1 of massive problems regards CoopEnergy, yet did absolutely nothing for 18 months. Then you find out Ofgem don't regulate CRM+Billing (Customer Relational Management Systems).

You have to ask what is a UK Utility Company in 2016, if not 'just' a CRM+Billing System, with a bolt on call centre. I often wonder what the purpose of ofcom/ofgem really is. They seem more like narcissistic organisations (caring about their own image more than customer resolution) i.e. appeasement smokescreens (at best) for the industry, paid for by consumers.

In a word,

Basically useless.

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Re: Stupid

A virtualised allocation of Network resources (on an annual basis) to operators would be better than fixed allocation via auction, which causes operators to 'land bank' excess spare capacity.

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First Step. Just stop operators charging consumers for 2G.

A fairly easy solution would be to prevent any billing of legacy 2G data connections, if a consumer connects to a mast as 2G (or equivalent in terms of speed). The billing is dropped for those packets.

Mast Congestion, should be a 3 strike policy, with a plan initiated to increase capacity or face ongoing fines for slow speeds/contention. There should be strict definitions of what 3G and 4G are, in terms of an acceptable Mbps speed by distance/radius/topology for each mast.

(All smartphones can connect '3G/4G', but this doesn't determine the throughput, the mast's backhaul does).

Temporary mobile masts should be erected for enforcement in notspots, which are able to route data/calls for all networks, any calls/data routed though such temporary masts, equates to a fine against mobile operators. Gives ofcom the ability to prove via the use of temporary masts the need for coverage that is not been offered.

The only way networks will be improved if it hits actual network operators in the pocket, not their customers.

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Microsoft goes back to the drawing board – literally, with 28" tablet and hockey puck knob

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Re: Apple Bootcamp no longer supports Windows 7SP1 on newer iMacs.

Nothing special about Macs regards to VMWare, given that's what VMware is for. Anywhere VMware runs, Windows, Linux, Mac, (even iOS, using Horizon), Cloud/Local Servers/(ESX/ESXi) - you can run Windows 7 as a VM.

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The Surface Studio Hybrid Drive - Linux Friendly?

The Hybrid Raid SSD in the Surface Studio sounds like the same Lenovo SSD design that doesn't support Linux.

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Apple Bootcamp no longer supports Windows 7SP1 on newer iMacs.

You'll be out of luck, Apple don't support older versions of Windows on newer iMacs (no bootcamp drivers). The Bootcamp drivers for a new iMac will only support Windows 8.1/10. Apple no longer support Windows 7 on newer macbooks and iMacs, haven't for a while.

Apple don't support newer versions of Windows i.e. Windows 10 on older iMacs officially, but we have Windows 10 running on a 2008 iMac + 2009 iMac (the 2009 24'' is the one to get). ATI Radeon HD 2600 Pro dedicated graphics are more stable than the Nvidia 8800GS, which freezes occasionally, due to buggy Nvidia Drivers, but the Nvidia 9400M is OK under Windows 10.

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Microsoft's Surface Studio desk-slab, Dial knob, Surface Book: We get our claws on new kit

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Re: Microsoft Surface Studio

Nothing wrong in that at all, I'm just making the point that Microsoft are marketing this, by pulling on the 'Pushy Parent' heartstrings. You could of course, just take them to some rock pools on a beach, and they'll be just as happy. It's much more fun making '3D sand castles' on a real beach.

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Re: Microsoft Surface Studio

The presentation sold this device to (John Lewis* type) 'Pushy Parents' (the three female presenters were stereotypical of such) with income/money who will spend anything in trying to gain quality time with their 8-12 year old children, who are increasingly self obsessed with their own tech, as they get older. i.e. its aiming to extend the years you can still interact and do stuff with your children. People will pay good money for that.

The presentations were awful, almost laughable. The hardware is sound though (firmware permitting), thank god. Panos, for all his verbal, its actually a well thought through, decent bit of kit and crucially, no doubt it will sell to both 'Pushy Parents' and designers. This will be profitable, I'm 100% sure.

For US readers: *John Lewis is very well thought 'aspirational' Department Store in the UK, for all your middle class essentials. Not cheap, but you get what you pay for, mostly. When life reaches that point of being comfortable.

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Did Apple leak a photo of its new Macbook Pro in an OS update? Our survey says: Yes

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The travelling circus of Driver implementation.

The UK is in for a shock, once they start having to pay the 1:1 UK:US Dollar pricing, with VAT@20%,the UK Prices for the new macbook might end up been slightly higher than the US.

I'm guessing 5-10% above US Prices, A $1500 new mabook will be £1650 in the UK

(In fairness, the Apple upfront cost is always high, but the cost of ownership, especially if you implement a 'limited damage plan, keep the box' policy, is minimum {over a three year life} for macbooks. Don't take my word for it, listen to IBM)

The problem (more so) with this macbook will be the lack of drivers for anything other than macOS for the specialist devices - the Oled touchpad and the fingerprint touchID, Windows 10 AU 1607 Bootcamp drivers maybe, but you won't see Windows 8.1/7SP1 drivers.

I call this the 'travelling circus of Driver implementation'. A new laptop gets released, comes into town. The drivers appear just before the circus arrives and leave not long after the circus leaves, leaving you with laptops where they can only run certain OS's, which acts a window of opportunity. This works with Printers too.

It's even harder where those drivers only run on a very small subset of machines (like specialist fingerprint readers/oled touchpanels). Has the effect to make these, very restrictive proprietary drivers, making the laptop obsolete quicker, as regards to new OSs.

Regarding the 1cm bezel which Apple are bound to salvate over, we had this in 2005 on a Toshiba Portege M100, then we seemed to lose narrow bezels for 10 years.

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Openreach split could damage broadband investment, says BT's chief exec

Adam Jarvis
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What Era are you living in?

Look at the Alton Tower's tragedy. Everyone filmed the crash, not a single person phoned 999 for 11 minutes. No one via a landline. It's telling of today's generation.

The idea of having to power an analogue telephone as the inhibitor reason to rollout G.fast over real Fibre FTTP. It's just more (BT) Copper Carcass biased reasoning from you as why pointless G.fast should be the solution, over real Fibre.

The analogue phone is completely irrelevant for all everyday tasks (other than a last resort Emergency) and that would only be in a real World situation where there isn't Mobile.

Don't take my word for it, look at BT Retail's own call revenue figures or any ISP for that matter. NB. Note the use of 'ISP' in terms of BTRetail, that's what it is now, primarily an ISP.

OK, BT's argument is to keep analogue phones For Emergencies? Fine. You think most worry? Maybe those born before 1980, most only care about their Broadband connection, Messaging Apps, Facebook and Mobile.

Every communication for me, is either Messaging Apps,Skype,Mobile, email even the odd text.

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Adam Jarvis
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Re: No one is saying Pointless G.fast can't do the job - up to a poiint.

So what's you answer when 'UK Plc' needs to move quickly, be agile - upgrade networks as jobs start to move to areas/Countries with true fibre optic FTTP, say 10Gbps, because UK businesses can't compete on time/price, because of the time it take to move vast data farms/collate data, they can't compete. Did you predict the data used today even 5 years ago, let alone 10 years ago?

The problem with your response, is your pushing the same BT line ever single time, 'Fibre is expensive, G.fast is cheap', its just not true, once you take into account the maintenance / noise/ interference aspects of G.fast.

G.fast isn't cheap, I repeat G.fast isn't cheap, its a biased legacy copper technical solution put forward by BT, for BT, that favours BT's legacy copper carcass of a Network.

G.fast is overly complicated (regarding fault finding, more so than FTTC) requires exponentially carpet bombing an area with G.fast nodes to get any form of blanket Ultrafast coverage. Powering the nodes is real challenge. Interoperability of existing makes of routers/firmware. As stated you need a minimum of 25 G.fast nodes per 2Km2 area to get blanket Ultrafast Broadband speeds. A single G.fast node covers a very small subset of the area covered by an existing FTTC cabinet..

Realistically, you ever need more than 'upto' 300Mbps, G.fast technology can't be upgraded, its a Cul-de-Sac Technology, yes, you could add more G.fast nodes, bringing G.fast closer to the premises but as said, the number of G.fast nodes you need goes up exponentially, and so does the cost, to the point it would have been cheaper to just connect fibe to the premises in the first place. And if the taxpayer is paying, that's what we should do.

Taxpayer shouldn't listen to BT, because Cul-de-sac tech G.fast is fundamentally the wrong technical solution for UK Plc.

To make that jump to true fibre optic 1-10Gbps, you have to reverse out the Cul-de-Sac and start again.

Everything you put forward, works within the confines and limitations of the existing legacy BT network. The talk of BT Ducts, duct capacity etc. The Ducts in the past, carried a minimum of 200 copper pairs from the exchange to the cabinet. Are you saying that's now not possible with Fibre? or just another excuse, biasing your choice of G.fast over FTTP.

We setting ourselves up for failure, G.fast is not the route to take, its just not ambitious enough.

I do understand how pseudo/multiplexed FTTP is currently rolled out from Huawei FTTC cabinets, how this Fibre backhaul is limited to provide true FTTP, and its already showing its backhaul limitations in terms of true FTTP.

BT will never recommend true FTTP rollout because its not in BT's interests in any shape or form. But that isn't a reason not to be ambitious (in the interest of the UK PLC, not BT PLC) and go down that true fibre FTTP route, because its the right long term route.

G.fast won't cheap in any shape or form, it's a con put forward by BT for BT.

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Adam Jarvis
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Re: No one is saying Pointless G.fast can't do the job - up to a poiint.

You're confused in your response.

'If there's existing G.fast then the area isn't a "not spot".

There is no 'existing G.fast' anywhere at the moment as it's still in pilot.

I said 'notspots remain notspots'

If you mean if there's existing FTTC then the (exchange) area isn't a "not spot".

Not technically true, the rollout of FTTC cabinets only cover a subset of the existing full exchange area, once an area become FTTC enabled, due to the technology there are FTTC notspots formed, (that may have been or not have been notspots previous within the exchange area on ADSL). FTTC may also enable areas that were previously ADSL notspots, but its not a given, for the full exchange area.

An exchanged can be labelled 'FTTC enabled' with a minimum of 1 FTTC cabinet, leaving a large expanse of subscribers on different non enabled cabinets without FTTC, stuck on existing ADSL products.

In the same way, G.fast will be a subset of the FTTC cabinets already in situ, so even with the full 1:1 mapping with FTTC (rolled out in the same locations as FTTC), FTTC enabled doesn't necessarily mean it will become G.fast enabled.

And of course, from this - 'G.fast notspots' will be formed, that may be FTTC enabled, i.e. lines more than 250m from the FTTC cabinet (125m as the crow flies), as G.fast only covers a subset of the area an FTTC cabinet covers.

Subsidies for certain FTTC cabinets, with say current low uptake, will be the litmus test for more BT taxpayer subsidy.

"If that situation is proved wrong and there is no loss, BT hands the subsidy back"

BT have raised the threshold from the original 20% to 30% to avoid paying back such amount.

That threshold is likely to be even higher for G.fast rollout.

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Adam Jarvis
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Re: Serious??? Good job?

G.fast wouldn't help you either, the way its being rolled out, is by attaching to the green FTTC cabinets.

Looks like you are on Cabinet P55 (The percentage figure at the end is the percentage of that street connected to that cabinet). Given how far 3000m from the nearest FTTC, you'd have no chance, even if you were connected to Cabinet P44, the FTTC enabled cabinet, as some nearby Postcodes are.

Bear in mind for G.fast, you need to be within 300m by cable (150m as the crow flies) to get 'upto' Ultrafast broadband speeds, not 3000m. Then imagine the number of G.fast nodes needed to carpet bomb that area, to get blanket coverage. Hence the term: 'Pointless G.fast'

Cabinet P55

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(Distance in metres is important here, even if the cabinet was enabled - none of these addresses are capable of FTTC, let alone G.fast).

RM12 5DE Egbert Close Hornchurch, Essex 3,034m ADSL ADSL2+ Fibre Not Available P55 95%

RM12 5DF Oswald Close Hornchurch, Essex 3,073m ADSL ADSL2+ Fibre Not Available P55 100%

RM12 5DG Offa Close Hornchurch, Essex 3,051m ADSL ADSL2+ Fibre Not Available P55 54%

RM12 5DH Dunningford Close Hornchurch, Essex 3,041m ADSL ADSL2+ Fibre Not Available P55 100%

RM12 5HU Gray Gardens Hornchurch, Essex 3,028m ADSL ADSL2+ Fibre Not Available P55 100%

RM12 5HX Boulter Gardens Hornchurch, Essex 2,912m ADSL ADSL2+ Fibre Not Available P55 26%

RM12 5JD Gray Gardens Hornchurch, Essex 3,043m ADSL ADSL2+ Fibre Not Available P55 100%

RM12 5JH Furness Way Hornchurch, Essex 3,002m ADSL ADSL2+ Fibre Not Available P55 100%

RM12 5JR Kendal Croft Hornchurch, Essex 2,928m ADSL ADSL2+ Fibre Not Available P55 16%

RM12 5JT Ennerdale Avenue Hornchurch, Essex 2,918m ADSL ADSL2+ Fibre Not Available P55 100%

RM12 5LA Rosewood Avenue Hornchurch, Essex 2,664m ADSL ADSL2+ Fibre Not Available P55 5%

RM12 5LD Wood Lane Hornchurch, Essex 2,839m ADSL ADSL2+ Fibre Not Available P55 12%

Cabinet P44

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(Distance from cabinet important here 3000+m, none of these addresses are capable of FTTC)

RM12 5DE Egbert Close Hornchurch, Essex 3,034m ADSL ADSL2+ FTTC Available from 16th July 2010 P44 4%

RM12 5DJ Rosewood Avenue Hornchurch, Essex 2,581m ADSL ADSL2+ FTTC Available from 16th July 2010 P44 100%

RM12 5DL Carnforth Gardens Hornchurch, Essex 2,653m ADSL ADSL2+ FTTC Available from 16th July 2010 P44 100%

RM12 5DP Ullswater Way Hornchurch, Essex 2,773m ADSL ADSL2+ FTTC Available from 16th July 2010 P44 100%

RM12 5DR Ullswater Way Hornchurch, Essex 2,801m ADSL ADSL2+ FTTC Available from 16th July 2010 P44 100%

RM12 5DS Station Parade Hornchurch, Essex 2,458m ADSL ADSL2+ FTTC Available from 16th July 2010 P44 100%

RM12 5DT Woburn Avenue Hornchurch, Essex 2,433m ADSL ADSL2+ FTTC Available from 16th July 2010 P44 96%

RM12 5DU Woburn Avenue Hornchurch, Essex 2,470m ADSL ADSL2+ FTTC Available from 16th July 2010 P44 100%

RM12 5DX St Andrews Avenue Hornchurch, Essex 2,674m ADSL ADSL2+ FTTC Available from 16th July 2010 P44 100%

RM12 5EA St Andrews Avenue Hornchurch, Essex 2,658m ADSL ADSL2+ FTTC Available from 16th July 2010 P44 100%

RM12 5EB Egbert Close Hornchurch, Essex 2,915m ADSL ADSL2+ FTTC Available from 16th July 2010 P44 100%

RM12 5ED Coniston Way Hornchurch, Essex 2,901m ADSL ADSL2+ FTTC Available from 16th July 2010 P44 100%

RM12 5EH Coniston Way Hornchurch, Essex 2,952m ADSL ADSL2+ FTTC Available from 16th July 2010 P44 100%

RM12 5EJ Coniston Way Hornchurch, Essex 2,833m ADSL ADSL2+ FTTC Available from 16th July 2010 P44 100%

RM12 5EL Windermere Avenue Hornchurch, Essex 2,518m ADSL ADSL2+ FTTC Available from 16th July 2010 P44 100%

RM12 5EP Windermere Avenue Hornchurch, Essex 2,630m ADSL ADSL2+ FTTC Available from 16th July 2010 P44 100%

RM12 5ER St Andrews Avenue Hornchurch, Essex 2,733m ADSL ADSL2+ FTTC Available from 16th July 2010 P44 100%

RM12 5ES Coronation Drive Hornchurch, Essex 2,521m ADSL ADSL2+ FTTC Available from 16th July 2010 P44 10%

RM12 5HX Boulter Gardens Hornchurch, Essex 2,912m ADSL ADSL2+ FTTC Available from 16th July 2010 P44 6%

RM12 5JJ Dunningford Close Hornchurch, Essex 2,992m ADSL ADSL2+ FTTC Available from 16th July 2010 P44 100%

RM12 5JR Kendal Croft Hornchurch, Essex 2,928m ADSL ADSL2+ FTTC Available from 16th July 2010 P44 84%

RM12 5JS Kendal Croft Hornchurch, Essex 2,862m ADSL ADSL2+ FTTC Available from 16th July 2010 P44 100%

RM12 5JU Ullswater Way Hornchurch, Essex 2,830m ADSL ADSL2+ FTTC Available from 16th July 2010 P44 100%

RM12 5JX Langdale Gardens Hornchurch, Essex 2,733m ADSL ADSL2+ FTTC Available from 16th July 2010 P44 100%

RM12 5LA Rosewood Avenue Hornchurch, Essex 2,664m ADSL ADSL2+ FTTC Available from 16th July 2010 P44 95%

RM12 5LB Bowness Way Hornchurch, Essex 2,819m ADSL ADSL2+ FTTC Available from 16th July 2010 P44 100%

RM12 5LD Wood Lane Hornchurch, Essex 2,839m ADSL ADSL2+ FTTC Available from 16th July 2010 P44 87%

RM12 5LH Rosewood Avenue Hornchurch, Essex 2,598m ADSL ADSL2+ FTTC Available from 16th July 2010 P44 97%

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Adam Jarvis
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No one is saying Pointless G.fast can't do the job - up to a poiint.

BT are backtracking before they have even started, since the ofcom announcement earlier in the year.

Don't associate G.fast with 'inclusiveness', about furthering/enabling the rollout of 'upto' Ultrafast speeds to Rural communities, that was never the G.fast remit as a technology.

With G.fast - notspots remain notspots. G.fast is all about selective rollout to specific locations, to grab the headline "Ultrafast broadband is here!" (as always, that doesn't help if it isn't anywhere near you, because you don't live within 250m {125m as the crow flies} of a G.fast attached FTTC cabinet).

G.fast works best in cherry picked locations that already get close to 80Mbps FTTC.

If you radius out from there - to do a 'proper blanket coverage job' with G.fast it becomes exponentially expensive, because of the sheer number of (important point:) actively powered G.fast nodes required, hence it's not an 'inclusive' (in terms of the population of UK as a whole) technology.

BT have already made it clear that 'selective' rollout of G.fast will map 1:1 with existing FTTC Cabinets, i.e. you only can get G.fast if you already have an FTTC cabinet within 250m by cable length (125m as the crow flies).

No one is saying G.fast can't do the job, (if that's your copper carcass bias talking for you).

The problem 'to do the job' is the distance between the property/subscriber and a newly installed (and importantly, reiterate this point: the actively powered G.fast node.

We're back to the 'upto' terminology governed by distance - of past ADSL and FTTC, but 100x worse, and even more obfuscated, because the final leg is still Copper or Aluminium.

BT love G.fast, because it allows them to sell 'upto' Ultrafast broadband marketing as an artificially capped 'Finite Resource', priced according to speed, with little worry for them, whether its copper or aluminium cabling, because that affects you (in terms of speed) but aids BT, in terms of marketing. It's difficult to sell true fibre FTTP as a limited resource, when the optical cable is all the way to the property.

So how many G.fast nodes would the UK require for blanket coverage?

In a 2km2 area with a FTTC cabinet in the centre of that graphic, you need 'upto' 25 equally spaced G.fast nodes to get blanket coverage depending on the 'upto' Ultrafast Broadband, say 200-300Mbps - you intend to rollout. Thats a lot of high tech/firmware patches to always work / talk to each other (remain powered) and rurally there isn't the maintenance for that to happen.

Real Fibre optic FTTP is a simpler, passive network, it requires no additional power from its source. Once its in, its more or less job done, in comparison to endless fault finding G.fast will create.

Each G.fast node has to be actively powered (making them expensive to install, and inherently adding more complexity into the local loop, i.e. more stuff to go wrong and far more reasons for it to go wrong)

Top 'upto' G.fast speeds are very susceptible to distance, interference, Power Supply smoothing issues, Low frequency Pump Noise, damp, poor cabling copper/alu, poor connections, the list is endless.

Saying the 'expensive' subscriber termination costs are the reason not to rollout real fibre is a con, its doesn't show the true picture of the ongoing maintenance costs of G.fast. It's been done in order for BT to sell their bias toward their legacy copper carcass network, BT want to sell the taxpayer G.fast, because it suits BT (in terms of maintaining their own asset values), not the UK as a whole.

I'm not anti-BT, I can see exactly why BT are doing what they are doing, going this route. The problem is, its the wrong approach for the UK as a whole.

Split BT (and reform ofcom while you're at it, too many love-in ex-BT employees making the decisions), concentrate on real fibre optic to the premises FTTP at local loop level, with the use of local support in Rural areas, to get it rolled out across farmland, verges, riverbeds, public footpaths etc. Build on the model of B4RN.

Stop further investment in BT's Copper Carcass now, force all new installs to be real FTTP fibre optic. It's going to take a long time even with active local support rurally, so we may aswell start now.

If BT (on our behalf of the taxpayer) are to use G.fast at all, G.fast should only be used as a last resort (start with a cut-off at distances <500m by length cable, but it really need to be <250 by cable length, everything else real FTTP.

Legislate:

For every G.fast install, mandate an FTTP install at the outer reaches of the local loop/network, so that BT can't cherry pick their customers.

We're already seeing apathy regarding FTTC uptake because subscribers have slowed connections at peak times, it's impossible for any normal person to actually work out the reason their distance based 'upto' copper based ADSL connection is slow, hence users are already sceptical that FTTC won't just be more of the same, with congestion in the backhaul/internodes, not the last leg, the local loop. With real fibre FTTP, subscribers can firmly point the finger at the backhaul, if congestion does occur, not which way the wind is blowing, as is the case at the moment.

The real reason G.fast is been put forward as a technical solution is to extend the life of BT's copper carcass. It's not cheaper in the long run, its potentially a maintenance nightmare. G.fast is certainly not something taxpayers should fund. Don't get sold a Pup, Mr taxpayer.

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Apple’s macOS Sierra update really puts the fan into 'fanboi'

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Re: Rantastic, almost as good as my rants regarding ofcom, BT and pointless G.fast.

Also, remove Adobe Flash from the macbook. That always helps.

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Adam Jarvis
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Rantastic, almost as good as my rants regarding ofcom, BT and pointless G.fast.

I think you've fallen for the Jony Ive/Apple line, that macbooks don't suffer like PC Laptops, from their fans getting blocked with crud.

Regarding the overheating, where do I send the Arctic MX2/MX4 Compound to or an Aerosol of Compressed Air?. Every thought something is blocking the fan heat transfer fins? It tends to build up as a wall of fluff between the fan itself and the fins. The extra CPU cycles of macOS Sierra, might have just made something noticeable that wasn't with El Capitan.

El Capitan is pretty battery efficient and ran really cool (for me) when idle, to a point sleeping El Capitan wasn't much of an issue any more, but its mostly tethered at a desk.

Apple did seem to find a way to kill off redundant CPU Cycles (processes of Windows behind Windows not visible) in El Capitan. With macOS Sierra though, Apple seems to have decided it could find use for the redundant CPU Cycles with crap like Siri/Search.

I'm sitting on a macbook right now, in macOS Sierra, its as quiet as a lamb, I'm in Firefox 49.01 though and no, I've never even opened Siri.

Siri is removed from the Dock. I'm not completely anti-voice, quite surprised how good (and actually useful on Android) 'OK Google' was recently, but if you can touch type, its pretty pointless.

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Adobe on patch parade to march out 83 bugs

Adam Jarvis
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Microsofties might hate what Steve Jobs stood for...

But on Flash, Jobs made the correct call, at a time no else would.

So 'll say it again ofcom/BT (if you're reading), why the fcuk are we forced to install this shit to use BTWholesale Speedtester in the UK?

Ofcom. Pull your finger out (finger or whatever) and force BT to ditch this Flash based BTWholesale Speedtester. Old installations of Flash are a root cause of compromised PCs. End users shouldn't be forced to install Flash just so they can test their Broadband connection.

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PC sales sinking almost as fast as Donald Trump's poll numbers

Adam Jarvis
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Re: Just yesterday, 3 hours wasted

Sounds like failed Graphics Hardware, failed BGA lead-free solder balls on the dedicated AMD ATI Chip. Assuming it isn't (its likely to be that, HP will fob you off repeatedly though).

Use a bootable USB ISO of Linux Mint 17.3/18, boot from that (17.3 is more reliable for this), see if you get any graphics issues, attempt to install the AMD Proprietary Drivers, log out, log back in, you can see if the problem is hardware or software better then. The USB of Linux Mint, is bootable without actually installing anything to your computer.

You may need a RJ45 hardwire network connection if you Wifi doesn't work out of the box. Most do, Broadcom there is a proprietary driver to install, like the AMD Graphics.

Yep its a real pain,Windows 10 forced updates. I had this in Windows 10 Pro.

There is a knack to getting Windows 10 to stop looking for a replacement Graphics Driver (often it will offer two display device drivers at once (Nvidia in my case), meaning the Powershell 'device driver' block hack doesn't work. Assuming you've already allowed Windows update to run, and this has happened.

Go to Device Manager, under Display Devices->AMD ATI etc, right click - properties, select Driver Tab, Rollback Driver, if grayed -> Uninstall Driver. (try both ways, if unsucessful first time)

Go to System -> Advanced System Settings, Click Hardware Tab

Select Device Installation Settings...

Do you want to automatically download manufacturer's app and custom icons that are available for your devices?

Select -> No (your device might not work as expect).

Run Windows Update. Allow it to parse/download, attempt to install any Graphics Device Drivers.

Once upto date..

Manually install HP AMD ATI Graphics Driver.

Run Windows Update again. It should now keep the manually installed driver.

You may have to work at a lower screen resolution to do these operations.

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Sckipio touts fibre-like symmetrical G.fast kit

Adam Jarvis
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Re: Pitfalls of G.fast

The point here though is there is a choice/a crossroads.

At the moment consumer 240VAC devices (made to the cheapest price point) connected to BT lines aren't actively acting as PSUs sending several watts to Power BT Equipment outside the subscribers home, which is what is been proposed, that's a big change, no opto-isolation.

The sheer exponential number of G.fast nodes needed, hence the term 'carpet bombing', to get effective blanket G.fast coverage, rather than selective coverage (which is what it will end up, notspots still notspots).

This isn't a cheap alternative to Passive Fibre Optic FTTP. Especially, if you rationalise it to lines 500 metres or more in length and when you rationalise it, you may aswell just stick to Passive Fibre Optic FTTP, across the network, keep it simple to one technology (cheaper to bulk purchase), going forward within the local loop. (legacy FTTC technology will be around for a while yet).

BT using the difficulties of final termination of Passive Fibre Optic as the reason to rollout of G.fast. I don't buy it, that termination of Passive Fibre Optic is overly diffcult or expensive, when you factor in all the pitfalls of G.fast. I don't buy the BT line 'Fibre is expensive, G.fast is the cheaper'.

G.fast is a pointless technically biased solution put forward by BT, for BT. Taxpayers should play no part in it.

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Adam Jarvis
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Re: Pitfalls of G.fast

AndrueC, I did (try to) make that point in my first post:

"It's not a cheap alternative to real Fibre, its just an alternative that makes use of BT's legacy copper (in the interests of BT, and only BT). It will get rolled out iniitally as 1:1 mapping with existing FTTC Cabinets, so notspots are still notspots"

'notspots remain notspots'

(maybe 1:1 mapping wasn't the best way to describe it, but it means it will only go into places where existing FTTC cabinets exist, the technology is mapped in, one for one, replacing one existing FTTC line card with a newer G.fast line card).

Also a point often missed, the quality of PSUs in existing FTTC Cabinets will need be substantially improved to cater for the PSU noise sensitivities of G.fast too.

Britain's Broadband gets an minor incremental upgrade (BT will certainly lobby to go the route of further handouts/taxpayer subsidies) to enable exactly the same people that were getting 'upto' 80Mbps beforehand, to get 'upto' G.fast speeds, which I'll be generous and say, 'upto' 100Mbps-200Mbps* (on a good day). As said, notspots remain notspots.

(*as always 'upto' dependent on cabling alu/copper, site issues, crosstalk, low frequency pump/induction noise, distance from the FTTC by cable length, Backhaul/ISP traffic management/network management/congestion - restrictions permitting - ofcom's idea of regulation heaven, keeps them in a job, hence their unremitting support for G.fast)

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